Sunday, March 28, 2010

Yeah, what he said...

Dubito Ergo Sum has a recent post that I wish I'd written. So I'll just link to it and pretend I did.


Friday, March 26, 2010

Serious new acupuncture infection risks described

From the always awesome Consumer Health Digest

Microbiologists at the University of Hong Kong are concerned that the threat of infections associated with acupuncture may be much greater than previously thought. In a British Medical Journal editorial, the researchers warned that bacterial infections, hepatitis B and C viruses, and possibly even HIV may be transmitted through the use of contaminated equipment and lack of adequate skin disinfection. They expressed particular concern about mycobacteria that can grow rapidly where needles are inserted and lead to large pustules, abscesses, and ulcers after several weeks to months. Two outbreaks involving more than 70 patients were reported in 2006, and a case of methicillin resistant Staph aureus (MRSA)was reported last year. [Acupuncture transmitted infections. British Medical Journal 340:c1268, 2010]

Saturday, March 6, 2010

"Autism Specialists" Sued

From Quackwatch's Consumer Health Digest:

A couple of seriously harmful quacks are being sued by the parent of a client for damages related to negligence, lack of informed consent, intentional misrepresentation, negligent misrepresentation, battery, and civil conspiracy.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Sometimes The Good Guys Win

From The Rogues Gallery: Psychic Charged With Fraud


Why I Continue to Like Ben Goldacre

Read When is it okay to ignore people you don’t trust?

Her's my favorite bit:

First they found all the papers ever published on smoking and alzheimers, using an explicit search strategy which they describe properly in the paper – because they’re scientists, not homeopaths – to make sure that they found all of the evidence, rather than just the studies they already knew about, or the ones which flattered their preconceptions.

Because that's how science works.