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A simple bump on the head can kill you

How can a seemingly trivial head injury kill you? To answer this, you need a little anatomy. Your brain is a pretty important organ, and is well protected. It sits inside a thick armor (the skull) and floats cushioned in a bath of cerebral-spinal fluid. It’s surrounded by several layers of tissue, and its blood…

Imus—synonym for “stupid”

I’ve written a number of times how blindingly stupid and irresponsible Deirdre Imus has been. Now, Don Imus has revealed he has prostate cancer, and he is apparently surprised. According to ABC News, “he was surprised by the diagnosis because he had been following a healthy diet for the last decade.” He also stated that,…

How not to think

Thankfully, I don’t receive all that much blog-related mail. But this weekend I received several communications about a piece in popular liberal blog. The piece is (ostensibly) about Lyme disease, which coincidentally happens to be one of the topics of my first post here at SBM. In fact, I’ve written about Lyme disease a number…

Does Lyme disease make you shoot people?

A pastor in Illinois was shot and killed over the weekend. A similar tragedy happened in my community many years ago. Religious leaders are very public figures and have an emotional connection with members of their communities, so I suppose it’s not so strange that they should be targets. Many of the cases I have…

Prevention—science vs. nonsense

This is a cross-post from Science-Based Medicine. Go there! –PalMD There are many ways in which cult medicine believers try to insinuate themselves into the health care system. As Dr. Gorski has pointed out, “prevention” is one of their metaphorical feet in the door. The cult medicine literature often says things like, “mainstream medicine is…

The blogosphere is doing a reasonably good job of covering this, but I’m still fuming over Senator Tom Harkin’s (D-IA) health care policy hearings. Each morsel of the hearing contains more idiocy than the last. In my attempt to shed some light into Harkin’s guano-filled cave, I’m going to examine some of the specific testimony,…

Remember when President Obama said something about returning science to it’s rightful place? Well, our new president has a real tough climb ahead of him. The previous administration shoved science aside for political expediency and religious ideology. Now, forces in the president’s own party are trying to insert their own quasi-religious beliefs into health care…

Do quacks prey on vulnerable groups?

A while back I wrote about a naturopathic “physician” who was specifically preying on the Latino community. This is troubling for a number of reasons, some of which I mentioned. In my zeal to rant about the quackery, I may have not delved deeply enough into some of the other important issues. For example, Hispanics…

Before I started medical school I worked at a clinic that served the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. I was the “front office”, greeting patients, answering the phone by TDD/TTY or by relay service (this was before the existence of text messaging, instant messaging, or anything else that relied on cell phones or on the internet—none…

Dumb or dissembling? We report, you decide

There was a piece of good news on vaccine front this week. The first judgments from the Autism Omnibus Trial were announced, and the special masters (who served as judges) agreed with the rest of the reality-based community in ruling that vaccines do not cause autism. The rulings weren’t subtle, using phrases such as “misled…