Month: October 2023

Study laundering: IPAK, antivax “scientists,” and the return of living dead antivax studies

Antivaxxers don't like it when one of their crappy studies that they somehow managed to sneak into a decent peer-reviewed journal is deservedly retracted, as happened to Mark Skidmore's paper that estimated that 278K people might have died from COVID-19 vaccines. Fortunately for Skidmore and others, there exist fake journals that will launder their study by republishing it so that antivaxxers can...

/ October 30, 2023

Skeptics in the Pub. Cholera. Chapter 2a

The serialization of Skeptics in the Pub. Cholera. continues.

/ October 28, 2023

Science-Based Satire: Chiropractors Brace for November Neck Pain Tsunami

Are men who grow a beard next month at risk of neck injuries caused by chiropractic subluxations? Of course they are. And what about those leftover pandemic beards? Shave. Shave now! This is definitely a real problem. I mean, I can't just make something up...on the internet.

/ October 27, 2023
COVID-19 vaccination

COVID-19 Vaccination and Factors Contributing to Vaccine Refusal

An examination of COVID-19 vaccine refusal in Hong Kong suggests that fostering trust in health authorities, boosting confidence in vaccines, and combating misinformation are all necessary as we prepare for the next pandemic.

/ October 26, 2023

Study Correlates Red Meat Consumption and Type II Diabetes

Large study finds association of red meat consumption and type II diabetes - but the data needs to be put into perspective.

/ October 25, 2023

Has MSU economics professor Mark Skidmore been “exonerated” over his retracted paper claiming that COVID vaccines killed 278,000?

Tech bro turned antivax influencer Steve Kirsch is claiming that Michigan State University economist Mark Skidmore has been "exonerated" after having had a paper retracted claiming 278K deaths from COVID-19 vaccines in 2021 alone. In reality, Skidmore just republished a revised version of his retracted paper in an antivax journal after the MSU IRB failed miserably in its oversight duties.

/ October 23, 2023

Skeptics in the Pub. Cholera. Chapter 1b.

The serialization continues.

/ October 21, 2023

Prediction: Dr. Jay Bhattacharya Will Never Treat COVID as “One of 200 Diseases That Affect People”.

It's interesting to ponder an alternate reality where doctors who said the pandemic ended long ago took their own advice.

/ October 20, 2023

IgG Food Sensitivity Tests Not Valid

IgG testing for food sensitivity has not been validated by scientific evidence - that does not stop CAM practitioners.

/ October 18, 2023

Eradication Isn’t Extinction. Too Bad.

So close to the eradication of polio. But never quite there.

/ October 17, 2023