Tagged: medicine

Gardasil Post-licensure Study - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Sep 27, 2009

Last month the Post-licensure safety study for Gardasil (the HPV vaccine) was released. The study focused on the reports of adverse events as reported to the VAERS database by the manufacturer, doctors and patients or caregivers. Much has been made by detractors of the vaccine about the serious alleged side effects that have struck young [...] … Read More

Harriet’s Toolbox - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Sep 26, 2009

Harriet Hall of the Science Based Medicine Blog gave a talk at the Skeptic’s Toolbox workshop at the University of Oregon in August. The power point slides for this talk are now up on the Skeptics Toolbox website for all of us to benefit from. Head over there and check it out, the talk was [...] … Read More

Measles Outbreak - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Aug 07, 2009

There was a story in the NZ Herald this week regarding a Measles outbreak in Auckland and the response to this event by the Powers That Be. Whether or not the action taken (keeping unvaccinated children at home following possible contact with carriers)  is correct, either practically or ethically is a question that will be endlessly discussed [...] … Read More

Vitamins and Exercise - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jul 31, 2009

I think it’s safe to say that in recent years the push to “Become Healthier” has become much stronger than it was previously. Statistics like 1/4 of New Zealand adults are obese and New Zealand being the “3rd Fattest” country in the world are used to promote a lifestyle that is aimed at making us [...] … Read More

Is the mainstream media joining the fight against health fraud? - NZ Science Talk

Kevin Dec 03, 2007

There is an interesting set of articles in the Seattle Times entitled “21st-century snake-oil” [Times, page one, Nov. 18-21] in response to this tragedy. A five month old baby received twice a day “Bio-Energy” – powerful electromagnetic waves supposedly delivered to the tumour in his neck. The treatments failed and the baby died in what [...] … Read More