Health and Medicine

Natural Health Expo(sed)? - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Oct 15, 2009

Driving around Hamilton the past few weeks I couldn’t help but notice the signs sprinkled around the city for the “Natural Health Expo” which is to take place here this week end. As I perused the website for this event yesterday I was disturbed by the large number of anti-scientific “treatments” that will be showcased. [...] … Read More

Spam Journalism #61 - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 14, 2009

Spam Journalism: The spurious use of sensational headlines to add spice to an otherwise pointless article. Don’t you just love it when headlines say the exact opposite of the main body of the article? Mobile phone cancer link charted Studies on whether mobile phones can cause cancer, especially brain tumors, vary widely in quality and there may be [...] … Read More

Sales-fest or science? - Code for life

Grant Jacobs Oct 14, 2009

Like many biologists and medical professionals, I'm disturbed by the plainly wrong and misleading nature of anti-vaccine and natural remedy claims I've seen. An advertised "Natural Health Expo" to be held this weekend in New Zealand has caused me to revisit how an earlier blog article on Crank ’scientific’ conferences suggested one simple test for … Read More

Marsden 2009-II: So much to learn from synapses - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 14, 2009

These are three more interesting neuroscience projects funded by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society on their last round. Johanna Montgomery from the University of Auckland will study what happens during development to determine what synaptic connections are maintained and which are eliminated After neurons are born in the embryo they need to make connections (synapses) [...] … Read More

New Centre for Brain Research - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 12, 2009

The Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland will be launched on November 6th 2009. The Centre is led by Professor Richard Faull, and is brings together the large group of neuroscience researchers at the University, the neurologists and neurosurgeons at the Auckland District Health Boards, and the community groups that serve those [...] … Read More

ACC for FREE - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 11, 2009

Well, maybe not. It seems like it is suddenly going to get a whole lot more expensive. Trevor Mallard seems to think that the government is fear-mongering. He, along with Brian Fallow and Rod Oram, seem to think that the ACC blowout is merely an accounting problem, a combination of accounting standards and poor investment [...] … Read More

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 10, 2009

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers the world over will be very happy that there is now reliable evidence that the  virus XMRV is a likely cause of CFS. XMRV is a retrovirus found in rats, which has previously been implicated in certain type of aggressive prostate cancer. This study ably demonstrates that 67% of CFS sufferers carry the [...] … Read More

Playing Chicken - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 09, 2009

Apparently, Auckland DHB is now going to play an expensive game of Chicken with Labtests. The Herald reports that “Auckland’s district health boards are considering bringing Diagnostic Medlab back into the provision of community laboratory services because of persisting problems with the newcomer Labtests”. This is silly. If Labtests are providing an inadequate service, they need [...] … Read More