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[Note: I originally posted this last Thursday under another title but it got lost in other events of that day. As I find it ironic that Mr Comarow has been attacked by an alternative medicine practitioner and advocate, I find this story worthy of reposting.] A few weeks ago the skeptical blogosphere was up in…

For more details on this story, you can go to Mark Chu-Carroll, Orac, Mike the Mad Biologist, or the Autism Blog. I just wanted to share my personal views on the need for childhood vaccinations and support a public information campaign from the AAP. Until I started medical blogging, I had not realized quite how…

I’m very excited to announce to Terra Sig readers the kickoff of a new group blog called Science Based Medicine. Yes, it may sound odd that one would need to preface “Medicine” with the qualifier, “Science-Based,” but therein lies the goal of this new resource from its mission statement: Safe and effective health care is…

PZ Myers also noted this story that came via Brandon Haught of Florida Citizens for Science: a Florida Department of Education official used her professional affiliations (albeit via a personal e-mail account) to lobby against evolution being taught as the state updates its science educational standards: My name is Charlie Carraway and I’m a member…

I’ve been terribly remiss as of late in both promoting and submitting to blog carnivals. However, I wanted to draw your attention to an interesting new carnival and the latest edition of an old stalwart. The Cancer Research Blog Carnival is hosted this week at nosugrefneb.com/weblog written by Ben Ferguson, an MD/PhD student in cancer…

I was looking through more links tonight after posting earlier on the Polk County school board’s intention to introduce intelligent design into the science curriculum. I saw this post, An Open Letter to the Polk County, Florida School Board from The Austringer, Dr Wesley Elsberry. Turns out that Elsberry is a product of [a] public…

All the kool kids are keeping their eyes on the Polk County, Florida, school board and their contention that ‘intelligent design’ should be taught alongside evolution in their public schools. Fortunately, several states have groups of concerned citizens who contend that actual science should be taught in schools, lest we continue to suffer as a…

By now you have probably heard of the excellent primer published in PLoS Medicine entitled, HIV Denial in the Internet Era. Written by my fellow ScienceBlogger, Tara Smith, and academic neurologist, Steven Novella, this concise but forceful article tells you everything you need to know about the faulty arguments made by organizations and individuals who…

The relatively recent addition to ScienceBlogs, first-year medical resident, Signout, very generously tagged me with recognition as a “Thinking Blogger” on her list of “Five Blogs that Make Me Think.” This meme was started in early February by Ilker Yoldas for peers to recognize content-rich blogs. Signout was all too kind: A neighbor here at…

Humility among scientists

Yesterday, Revere (Effect Measure) threw down the gauntlet challenging those critical of alternative medicine to examine work done at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2000 on the medicinal properties of chicken soup. The news release cites work that a chicken/vegetable soup, but not simple chicken broth, inhibits in vitro neutrophil migration, or chemotaxis.…