Tagged: Risk

First, Do No Harm - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Mar 21, 2012

Primum non nocere A while ago I was accused of advocating that doctors should break the Hippocratic oath. That the cardinal rule of “First, do no harm” should be ignored. Setting aside that this phrase does not appear in the Hippocratic oath, what do we mean by harm in the context of medicine? I was [&hellip … Read More

Hold that Rice, it may be dangerous or perhaps not… - Kidney Punch

John Pickering Mar 21, 2012

“White rice could cause diabetes”   The Independent UK “White rice link seen with type II diabetes”  Yahoo News “White rice raises T2 diabetes risk”  The Telegraph Those were the headlines of the last few days.  Of the three posted, one is really wrong, one is sort of OK, one is almost OK and all … Continue reading » … Read More

Treating Health - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh May 26, 2011

Philosophically, I have a deep disquiet about the tendency of my profession to medicalise health. While I have no qualms at all about vigorously treating risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure and elevated cholesterol, I confess to being a little dubious about the advisability of blindly treating the general population with the cocktail of drugs [...] Related posts: … Read More

The Risky Business of Hunger - Skepticon

Darcy Cowan Jul 16, 2010

We like to think of ourselves as rational actors when it comes to making decisions, we take in information, process it and choose the path that we think will lead to a desirable outcome (if we aren’t deep-seated masochists I suppose). Regular readers of this blog and others that espouse a sceptical viewpoint will know [...] … Read More

All passengers: please remember your space insurance - misc.ience

Aimee Whitcroft Apr 29, 2010

Excellent stuff, this, and a fitting way of both apologising for my recent absence, and attempting to be sufficiently interesting to lure my readers (who have no doubt wandered) back to the fold. Aah, look at them playing so nicely together! Although this can't possible be safe... The topic of today’s post?  … Read More