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Mike the Mad Biologist

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Or at least, antivaxxer idiocy isn’t correlated with political leanings. Last week, in response to a post by Chris Mooney I argued that liberals weren’t more likely to refuse vaccination, despite the stereotype that vaccination denialism is more prevalent among the left (that’s always struck me as a ‘limousine liberal’ type of canard). Kevin Drum,…

When I read this otherwise excellent article by Chris Mooney about why scientific evidence often doesn’t persuade people*, I had the exact same reaction Kevin Drum did: But be prepared to be annoyed when Chris wrenches his spine out of shape bending over backward to find an example of liberals denying science as much as…

Since I’m going on vacation, I might not get to it right away, but the NY Times has a good article about two studies that appear to contradict each other about various effects to control hospital-associated MRSA infections. I haven’t given the two article an in-depth reading yet, but it seems to me that the…

Kirsten Powers attempts to debunk the claim that increased access to contraception prevents unwanted abortions: In the U.S., the story isn’t much different. A January 2011 fact sheet by the pro-abortion rights Guttmacher Institute listed all the reasons that women who have had an abortion give for their unexpected pregnancy, and not one of them…

A couple of weeks ago, I found a post, “Is HIV ‘fingerprinting’ junk courtroom science?“, which argues: But calling the comparison of HIV strains’ genes “fingerprinting” — calling to mind the more-familiar matching of human suspects’ DNA to blood at a crime scene — is dangerously misleading, they warn. “By calling such investigations HIV fingerprinting,…

Why Planned Parenthood Matters to Me

You might have heard of by now rightwing activist Lila Rose’s attempted sting operation of Planned Parenthood, which resulted in the shocking finding that Planned Parenthood workers follow the law (and don’t endanger themselves or their patients by physically confronting potentially dangerous people). Suffice it to say, it was a bullshit smear, but that’s not…

I’ve always thought that if Bill Gates really wanted to make his mark, he should build sewer systems in the developing world (and provide endowments to maintain them). Because I’m getting tired of reading excellent articles like this: The recent outbreaks of cholera in Haiti, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe suggest that our current global action plans…

By way of Atrios, we find that Massachusetts is the second safest state for drivers. No, really: The safest places to drive in the USA are Washington, D.C., and Massachusetts. Among the most dangerous: Montana, Wyoming, Louisiana and Mississippi. Those conclusions are based on federal data of traffic fatalities per 100,000 population and per 100…

Daniel Lende has been doing a fabulous job of discussing the difference between mental illness and the propensity to be violent. Lende writes (italics mine): It would be easy to conclude that politics have nothing to do with what he did. This view is wrong. What Jared Loughner did was inherently political, even if not…

STDs and Immaculate Infection

This report suggests that we either have a major public health problem or a significant theological event: More than 10 percent of teens who said they were abstinent also tested positive for a sexually transmitted disease, says a study in Pediatrics released Monday — a figure public health advocates say justifies screening all teens for…