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  • Happy Thanksgiving! (6)
    • Andrey Pavlov { I also very, very, very highly recommend Wonders of Life by Cox as well. Honestly one of the best biology documentary series I have ever… } – Nov 27, 1:24 PM
    • DevoutCatalyst { It’s officially on Youtube, http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwZCEr5V6Cyb-wvKpq_kIcw I’m going to watch too! } – Nov 27, 12:33 PM
    • JohnAdam { Happy Thanksgiving all. I second what Betty said. Very thankful for this blog Human Universe looks very interesting. Looks like its on BBC. Hopefully I… } – Nov 27, 12:24 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { Happy Thanksgiving to all! I somehow actually have today off of work, but have no family and only one friend with which to spend the… } – Nov 27, 11:45 AM
    • Betty { You too. I’m Thankful for this blog. } – Nov 27, 11:16 AM
  • Energy Drinks are Risky, Especially for Kids (125)
    • mouse { @Windriven – Use multiple windows. Leave your comment open on one window, use another one for your research. I don’t usually lose comments that way…. } – Nov 27, 12:21 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { To those looking for a tablet device, think Samsung. Hmm… I actually have a Samsung phone, Samsung tablet, and iPad. The iPad was given to… } – Nov 27, 11:42 AM
    • Windriven { “I was disapointed with this article as well.” Fair enough. I was disappointed in your response and in Travis’s as well. It may be valid… } – Nov 27, 8:46 AM
    • Matt D { I agree with Travis, I was disapointed with this article as well. Seems like there are quite a few appeal to fear fallacy in this… } – Nov 27, 8:14 AM
    • Mikko Ylenius { Hi! Thank you for an interesting article. I for one have recently given coffee up (up to 1,5 litres a day) alltogether since I realized… } – Nov 25, 5:48 PM
  • Selective pressures on alternative medicine (119)
    • Andrey Pavlov { Oh yes, and I’ll just leave this littl gem right here about medical doctors who believe in homeopathy going to try and treat Ebola patients… } – Nov 27, 12:16 PM
    • Andrey Pavlov { Similarly, you are correct. Physicians and medical professionals consistently rate among the most trusted professions in polls—and have for decades, with relatively little change. I… } – Nov 27, 11:38 AM
    • Andrey Pavlov { So little confidence in the logic of science — the very reasoning that dragged us out of superstition in the first place! Peter I have… } – Nov 27, 11:32 AM
    • David Gorski { I call false dichotomy, Peter. Building trust and eschewing quackery are not mutually exclusive activities. No reason not to pursue both. And I’m wondering about… } – Nov 27, 10:20 AM
    • MadisonMD { a destructive level of inter-tribal rivalry against people who are just as interested in patient welfare as us. Echoing Windriven, some fraction of CAM practitioners… } – Nov 27, 8:51 AM
  • Recent Developments and Recurring Dilemmas in Cancer Screening: Colon, Lung, Thyroid (482)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Are we playing the “last word” game? } – Nov 27, 11:29 AM
    • Harriet Hall { “I like their risk/benefit analysis giving rise to propose action now.” Translation: I trusted them because they agree with my opinion. Then I looked for… } – Nov 26, 11:35 AM
    • Andrés { Tazia K. Stagg asked: Why do you trust the Vitamin D Council? (Why does that organization seem credible to you?) I like their risk/benefit analysis… } – Nov 26, 9:53 AM
    • Tazia K. Stagg { I believe that. } – Nov 25, 3:08 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { Thank you, and I really, really meant it. } – Nov 25, 1:49 PM
  • Political Science: Chronic Lyme Disease (76)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { The FDA wants to change things now and regulate all tests (not just Lyme tests—allllll tests) even though it would duplicate the process, make things… } – Nov 27, 11:29 AM
    • LoonOut { William Lawrence: My reply to your questions/statements is too long and don’t want to burden the site with it. I will, however, be putting it… } – Nov 26, 3:00 AM
    • Chris { Le sigh: http://scienceblogs.com/insolence/2014/09/09/religious-fundamentalists-try-to-prove-fetal-dna-in-vaccines-causes-autism-and-fail/ It is kind of old news. } – Nov 25, 12:49 AM
  • Announcement: The Society for Science-Based Medicine is co-sponsoring NECSS (9)
    • Rob Cordes, DO { Are SfSBM speakers / topics posted yet? } – Nov 27, 11:05 AM
    • Windriven { I’m hoping for a dedicated SfSBM annual conference and would argue that to be the more appropriate venue for medical poster sessions. NESS is a… } – Nov 27, 9:02 AM
    • DrChexMix { I’m hoping for the same. As someone who is going into Psychiatry, I’m hoping to attend and be a part of a workshop for physicians. } – Nov 26, 6:17 PM
    • George Newsome { goodnightirene says: I wonder where the nearest RV Park is? The closest it Liberty Harbor Marina and RV Park. That’s across the bay from NYC…. } – Nov 26, 4:56 PM
    • bluedevilra { Will there be a poster session? Or is that a goal for future years? It would be great for med students and residents that could… } – Nov 26, 4:41 PM
  • Naturopathy vs. Science: Autism (147)
    • Tazia K. Stagg { Thank Luna. } – Nov 27, 9:06 AM
    • Skeptiquette { Haha, that was fun… but not as fun as watching the argument clinic (I had never seen that before) Thanks! } – Nov 26, 4:43 PM
    • Tazia K. Stagg { Many have quit me several times. } – Nov 26, 4:20 PM
    • Thor { I’m 100% with you on this, George, and have expressed it a couple times. To me, the issue seems transparent, and it’s somewhat perplexing about… } – Nov 26, 4:03 PM
    • Harriet Hall { Scientists have no conflict with believers who base their belief on faith. The conflict is with those who claim they have irrefutable proof that their… } – Nov 26, 11:51 AM
  • Product B: Here We Go Again (41)
    • Jopari { They called it circular DNA, existing in bacteria and viruses, I do wonder if someone could explain to me why eukaryotes have DNA that is… } – Nov 27, 6:49 AM
    • Jopari { Correct me if I’m wrong, but I remember reading somewhere that due to the nature of unicellular DNA being circular they don’t need telomeres, since… } – Nov 27, 6:45 AM
    • Kathy { I’d like to know what happens in unicellular organisms. } – Nov 27, 4:59 AM
    • brewandferment { That brings to mind something I’ve wondered about: certain skin care products, I think in the retinol category? or is it the exfoliants? both? anyhow,… } – Nov 26, 7:46 PM
    • MadisonMD { In most parts of the world, including North America, anyone can call themselves a Nutritionist. No training required. “Nutritionalist” gets extra style points and suggests… } – Nov 26, 6:51 PM
  • Brian Hooker and Andrew Wakefield accuse the CDC of scientific fraud. Irony meters everywhere explode. (288)
    • Chris { Oh, come on! Mr/Ms VACCINES MAIM KILL surely you have some kind of data. Don’t be one of those “post and run” commenters who spew… } – Nov 27, 12:27 AM
    • Chris { “We saw how Wakefield suffered an UBER attack that was entiely unnecessary.” The best way you can defend Wakefield is to provide the data I… } – Nov 26, 11:14 AM
    • Chris { “We saw how Wakefield suffered an UBER attack that was entiely unnecessary.” Hmmmm. This is interesting. Can you answer a couple of questions about his… } – Nov 25, 7:29 PM
    • MadisonMD { Oh, look. Smallpox escaped and is trying to infect SBM with its stupidity. Will it and its friends, measles, polio, and influenza get some better… } – Nov 25, 7:24 PM
    • VACCINES MAIM KILL { Its about vaccine makers not wanting to change their ways. Its about them acting insulted their science has been criticized. Its about it costing them… } – Nov 25, 4:18 PM
  • Low Dose Aspirin for Primary Prevention (89)
    • MadisonMD { Further, someone gets hit by a bus, goes into a hospital, is given an antibiotic they are allergic to and dies of anaphylaxis. Did they… } – Nov 25, 6:56 PM
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { You may not know how to record such death. The doctor would.I’m not asking about how to record such a death, I’m asking whether this… } – Nov 25, 2:16 PM
    • MadisonMD { They didn’t show particularly impressive effects even in vitro– very modest differences in effect between the cell types, suggesting it would be hard to hit… } – Nov 25, 10:23 AM
    • Windriven { “which would give you a bit of runs.” It would do him good to unload some of what he is full of. But one fears… } – Nov 25, 7:43 AM
    • Kultakutri { Sometimes, I’m inclined to wish you a chronic illness. Not necessarily something nasty, a good old GERD would be enough. After a few months of… } – Nov 25, 7:06 AM
  • Can Airrosti Really Resolve Most Chronic Pain in Just Three Visits? (47)
    • WilliamLawrenceUtridge { I simply blame the lack of appreciation for how the mind can decieve, and then commit to maintaining that deception once it occurs. Mistakes Were… } – Nov 25, 2:03 PM
    • Windriven { ” Presumably there’s a LOT more money to be made from quackery?” I don’t think so, Geoff. I’m inclined to think it has more to… } – Nov 24, 8:18 PM
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