Tagged: Lancet

An update on Zika infection and pregnancy - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Mar 16, 2016

New research which looked at the data from the 2013-2014 outbreak of Zika in French Polynesia, estimates that the risk of microcephaly is about 1 for every 100 women infected with the Zika virus during the first trimester of pregnancy. Zika is the virus spread by mosquitoes (and more rarely by sexual transmission) that … Read More

Making mountains out of scientific mole hills - Open Parachute

Ken Perrott May 25, 2015

The controversial Lancet editor, Richard Horton, has produced an opinion piece which some are interpreting as an attack on medical science, if not science in general. His article, What is medicine’s 5 sigma?, is being touted by websites like Collective Evolution … Continue reading → … Read More

Press Complaints Commission upholds homeopaths complaint - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 16, 2013

Tauranga homeopath Clive Stuart has had part of his complaint against an article on homeopathy (Homeopathy – Trick or Treatment?) published in the July 2012 edition of North & South, upheld by the Press Complaints Commission (PCC)*. While the PCC did not agree with his complaint that balance needed to be numerically equivalent (there were quotes from two … Read More

The Great NZ Science Project begins! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 11, 2012

Today sees the launch of the ‘Great NZ Science Project’, a TV and web campaign that is part of the NZ government’s new $60 million National Science Challenges initiative announced earlier this year. Says Minister for Science & Innovation Steven Joyce: “We are keen for the public and the science community to tell us what they … Read More

The Healthy Contraceptive? - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Dec 21, 2011

The MacDoctor sees that the Lancet is up to its old tricks again – publishing controversial comments and papers with poor scientific reasoning behind them. You would have thought that almost single-handedly producing the anti-vaccine movement with a poorly researched, bogus article would have taught them some caution, but apparently not. Not yet published in [...] Related posts: … Read More

The Wakefield-Autism BMJ editorial revisited - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Jan 09, 2011

Fellow SciBlogger Grant Jacobs has written an excellent post on the BMJ’s recent editorial ‘Wakefield’s article linking MMR vaccine and autism was fraudulent’. I’d like to add a few points. I was recently told that the BMJ originally rejected Wakefield’s paper. I wonder if they sent it out for peer review? * If so, wouldn’t it be interesting … Read More

Too Little, Too Late - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Feb 03, 2010

The Lancet has finally withdrawn the paper on MMR and autism that it published 12 years ago. The study: “Ileal-lymphoid-nodular hyperplasia, non-specific colitis, and pervasive developmental disorder in children” consisted of a series of 12 children all of whom had been referred in to a paediatric gastroenterology unit with a triad of autism-like symptoms, abdominal [...] Related posts: … Read More

Final chapter in the MMR-autism scandal - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Feb 01, 2010

In the world of medical research, Dr Andrew Wakefield is about as controversial a character as you can find. Andrew Wakefield It was Wakefield who was behind claims published in The Lancet in 1998 that pointed towards the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine being linked to autism in children. His paper and subsequent statements to the media that parents be … Read More