Tagged: research

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

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

No Relief - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 08, 2009

So John Key is going to make pseudoephedrine only available on doctor’s prescription. And he’s not stopping there, either: Mr Key has asked for Medsafe to consider a total ban on pseudoephedrine, which is used to make the illegal drug “P”, pure methamphetamine. Unfortunately Mr. Key is being poorly advised on this matter by his science advisor, [...] … Read More

Nano Pills - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 03, 2009

Occasionally, you come across a piece of research that has ramifications far beyond the ones envisaged by the researchers. The Journal for Nanotechnology, appropriately named Small has this experiment reported in this month’s copy. In a fascinating understatement they say: The concept of releasing a drug inside a cell and following its action is applicable to [...] … Read More

Spam Journalism #60 - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 02, 2009

Spam Journalism: The spurious use of sensational headlines to add spice to an otherwise pointless article. Sometimes, I confess I wonder whether spam medical headlines just represent ignorance, rather than the deliberate sensationalisation of a medical article. But in this case, I think it is clear that the journalist understood the meaning but deliberately twisted it [...] … Read More