Month: March 2024

Dr. Marty Makary: “We’ll Have Herd Immunity by April” & “It’s Okay To Have an Incorrect Scientific Hypothesis. But When New Data Proves It Wrong, You Have To Adapt.”

Part 1: Doctors who said the pandemic ended 3-years ago now have the audacity to lament the "damaged public trust in the medical profession."

/ March 31, 2024

Skeptics in the Pub. Cholera. Chapter 13

Saturday. Just another workday when the Cholera is flowing. I woke early, at 6 a.m., and went to the office before anyone else. On the way, I went to the grocer’s and bought some supplies. I started, as usual, in the cubby room, and I was happy to see that as of yesterday that cases of the Cholera were staying down: there were...

/ March 30, 2024

COVID-19 Vaccination Significantly Reduces Risk of Severe Inflammatory Syndrome in Kids

A new analysis of 2023 MIS-C cases reveals that the COVID-19 vaccine significantly reduces the risk of this dreaded complication.

/ March 29, 2024
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AI for prescription drug information: Not yet useful for health care – but it’s coming

ChatGPT may not replace a health care professional's assessment yet, but its capabilities are growing.

/ March 28, 2024

Sweetened Drinks and Risk of A-Fib

Yet again the public is being subjected to warnings about the potential health risks of consuming a common food item based upon insufficient evidence. Last month it was oat products, and now it’s sweetened drinks. The study is a prospective cohort study, which means it is observational. The researchers looked at over 200 thousand participants in the UK biobank. At the start...

/ March 27, 2024
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Mark Sircus and “natural allopathic medicine”? Now I’ve heard everything from quacks

The term "allopathic medicine" was invented by homeopaths in the 19th century as a disparaging term for medicine. So to see a quack like Mark Sircus try to coopt it as "natural allopathic medicine" is quite something.

/ March 25, 2024

Skeptics in the Pub. Cholera. Chapter 12b

I did not bother going back to the office but decided to wander over the sisters to see if they had anything new from their research. I took a trolley to Southeast and hopped off early. It was a beautiful summer day, and it would do me good to walk. It was a pretty neighborhood with many trees and well-kept gardens. I...

/ March 23, 2024

Some Doctors Cared Much More About Sore Arms Than Cold Bodies

The campaign against boosters was just a small part of a pathetic, pandemic-long pattern where doctors expressed grave concern about the mildest harms of measures to limit COVID, even purely theoretical ones, while being totally indifferent to literally anything the virus could do, including the deaths of children and young adults.

/ March 22, 2024

Measles Outbreaks on the Rise

The world is experiencing increasing outbreaks of a completely preventable disease. What's going wrong?

/ March 20, 2024

Best Hospital Eye Roll

Science: Figuring things out is better than making things up. A tee shirt I recently saw. Except… In a recent post Mayo Clinic Promotes Reiki, Steve seemed surprised that the Mayo was offering Reiki. I don’t know. Maybe he was channeling Louie. I know the Mayo is a top hospital, but I trained in Minneapolis at Hennepin County and we would have...

/ March 19, 2024