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Because the world needs more Mark CrislipTM

Should anyone be in Ashland, Oregon the afternoon of Sunday the 10th of November, and is sober after an afternoon of watching the NFL,  I will be giving a talk on Supplementary, Complementary and Alternative Medicine Myths.  Sponsored by the Jefferson Center, details on their website.

For those in the Portland, Oregon area, I will be giving same talk on Monday November 18th.

7:00 PM
Portland State University
Science Bld. 1 – Room 107

Although the Patriots-Panthers game may be more exciting.

Sponsored by Oregonians for Science and Reason and the PSU Department of Physics.

Both talks are free.

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You Get What You Pay For

I will be giving a free talk entitled Acupuncture: A Science-Based Evaluation of a Popular SCAM to the Bay Area Skeptics on Wednesday, October 2 at 7:30 pm.

Information at the Bay Area Skeptics site on how to get to the La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley.

A wonderful time will be had by all. Well, those who drink first.

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New help page for commenting and login issues

Earlier this year, after getting hacked, we made some major changes. It all had to be done, but of course there are some new headaches. We’ve published a new help page explaining the changes, why you do not have to have a Facebook or Twitter account, and why some comments are held for moderation (one normal reason, one buggy reason). Obviously we are working as fast as a volunteer-powered organization possibly can to fix the bugs, and we thank you for your patience. Meanwhile, if you’ve been frustrated trying to comment, this page should offer some relief.

Help with logging in & commenting

Good news update: the “vanishing submit button” problem has (probably) been solved at last, eliminating one of the major reasons we originally published the help page.

The Editors
ScienceBasedMedicine.org

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Launching the SBM Facebook Page

As the medical student leading the charge on SBM’s social media presence, I’m happy to announce the creation of the Science-Based Medicine Facebook Page!

After we recently revived the Twitter account – which everyone should follow for the latest in SBM goodness – this page was the next logical step. It will serve as a platform for complementary and alternative media (CAM) to the site: quotes, links, events, and posts that don’t necessarily merit a full post on the blog but are worthwhile nonetheless. It will also serve as a forum for followers to contribute their own content (after moderation) to the SBM community as well. Please visit the page, “Like” the page, and recommend it to all your friends and family.

 

You can find us at:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ScienceBasedMed

Twitter: @ScienceBasedMed

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Science-Based Medicine Site Upgrades

Science-Based Medicine Site Upgrades

Hi everyone, I’m Joe Fulgham and I’ll be your webmaster for the evening. I was asked by Steven, David, and Paul to come in and fix up ScienceBasedMedicine.org’s web site. Some of you may recognize me from the Caustic Soda podcast, but by day I’m a web consultant.

In addition to a complete makeover and a slight reorganization of content we’re also changing the way you log in to post to the site. I wanted to spell out what the changes are and why we’re making them.

As you may have heard, Science-Based Medicine has had some web-server troubles of late. There was a fairly nasty security breach and recovering from that on a rebuilt server meant a few glitches and some connectivity problems. After a few software upgrades and a lot of tweaking we now have the server running quickly, efficiently, and with greatly increased security. That allows me to finally move forward on the redesign which if not active right now will be very soon.

Redesign
ScienceBasedMedicine.org is sporting a cutting-edge new layout that’s reminiscent of the previous one but leaner, cleaner and responsive.

If you resize your browser window you’ll note the new design automatically fits to all resolutions and devices. Visitors will no longer see a wildly different “mobile version” on their smartphones vs. desktop browsers vs. tablet devices.

I’ve also taken this time to reduce the visual clutter on the site, pushing a clean, content-focused layout. A lot of the old sidebar information has been moved to links in the menu while important navigation and fundraising sections (support Science-Based Medicine!) remain in the simplified sidebar for posts, while static information pages have enhanced navigation on the left side.

When you’re done reading the content and the sidebar doesn’t have what you need the new footer area has several choices for additional information, from the latest Tweets to Recent Posts and Comments.

Commenting
For security reasons and to reduce strain on the server we’re changing the way you log in to comment here on sciencebasedmedicine.org. We will no longer require a sciencebasedmedicine.org user account, but instead allow logging in with either a WordPress.com, Twitter, or Facebook account. Shortly after changing to this system we’ll be removing the 46,000+ “Subscription” level accounts from the server. Yes, you read that right. Yes, that’s too many for us to administrate, sorry.

Reorganization
I’m also changing the “Permalink” structure of the site to a friendlier version, as well as moving a few pages around within that structure. Old incoming links should auto-redirect to the current address so nothing should become completely broken. If it does, or you see any other errors toss an email to sbmredesign@holycow.com with as much information as you can give me, including relevant URIs, browser, etc.

One more blatant plug, ok? Hi Vancouver Skeptics!

Enjoy the new site!

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“Alternative Medicine: Sense and Nonsense” Upcoming Lecture by Dr. Paul Offit

For those of you in the NYC/LI area:  An Invitation from the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory for a Free Public Lecture!

Please join us for the 2013 Lorraine Grace lectureship on societal issues of biomedical research:

Alternative Medicine: Sense and Nonsense

Saturday, June 8, 2013

3:00pm

Grace Auditorium

One Bungtown Road

Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724

Americans love alternative medicine, and they are paying a high price for that devotion. From regular visits to acupuncturists, chiropractors and naturopaths to the daily ingesting of homeopathic remedies, Chinese herbs, and megavitamins, the use of alternative therapies has become a $34 billion-a-year business. Fifty percent of Americans use some form of alternative medicine, with ten percent using it on their children. Celebrities routinely hawk their benefits. But, does any of it really work?

In the upcoming lecture, Alternative Medicine: Sense and Nonsense, Dr. Paul A. Offit will take a critical look at the field of alternative medicine and separate fact from myth. Drawing on current research he will examine popular alternative therapies and discuss the issues of medical ethics involved in alternative medicine, which is a largely unregulated industry under no legal obligation to prove its claims or admit its risks.

“Making decisions about our health is an awesome responsibility,” writes Dr. Offit. “If we’re going to do it, we need to take it seriously. Otherwise we will violate the most basic principle of medicine: first do no harm.”

Come join us for a lively discussion!

The recipients of many awards and honors, Paul A. Offit, M.D. is Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and Director of the Vaccine Education Center at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as the Maurice R. Hilleman Professor of Vaccinology and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Early Show, The Colbert Report, CNN, 60 Minutes, MSNBC, Dateline NBC, the Jim Lehrer NewsHour, CSPAN, FOX News, and National Public Radio, and is often interviewed in the New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, and USA TODAY.

NOTE: In June,  Dr. Offit’s book, Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine will be released by Harper Collins.  Our own Dr. Harriet Hall has a review in an upcoming issue of Skeptical Inquirer.

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Time for a little blatant self-promotion

I thought I’d take advantage of my prerogative as managing editor of this blog to do a quick bit of blatant self-promotion. I will be in the Washington, DC area later this week, and while I’m there to attend the Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Cancer Symposium, I’ll also be taking advantage to do a little side trip to give a talk for the National Capital Area Skeptics. The talk will take place at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, VA on Saturday, March 9, 2013 at 1 PM. So if you’re in the DC area and want to hear me pontificate about quackademic medicine (and, really, what reader of this blog wouldn’t want to?), mosey on over on Saturday. Full details can be found here.

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