Placebos, Asthma and Spin

If you’re in any doubt at all as what top-notch science blogging looks like then let me direct your attention to three new articles by Orac, Steven Novella and David Gorski, all of which tackle a new paper, published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, under […]

Put your willy away, Peter, It’s pathetic…

Much to my own personal amusement, Peter Saunders has attempted to respond to my recent post on the inane pile of drivel that is the Christian Medical Fellowship’s submission to the RCPsych consultation on its systematic review of the evidence relating to the mental health impact of induced […]

Right To Know? More like ‘Right to Bullshit’.

We’ve had to wait a little longer than expected for the publication of the Right To Know campaign’s ‘report’ on a so-called marketing of abortion services by the British Pregnancy Advisory Service, largely, I suspect, due to nation’s ongoing obsession with the fall of the House of Murdoch, […]

Poor memory? Blame evolution, not Google.

If you mooch around the science sections of popular news websites this weekend then chances are you’ll encounter something called ‘The Google Effect’. From what I can tell, the BBC’s report started out the headline “Internet is ‘changing our memory'” but have since backed off a little and […]

Nadine Dorries is a Fantasist

According to her own pseudoblog, Nadine Dorries is eagerly awaiting the publication of a self-authored article at Comment is Free. I am awaiting something I have written to appear on Comment is Free and will link when it is up. What will eventually appear, once its been thoroughly […]

Fisking the CMF submission to RCPsych’s abortion review

One of things I’ve been watching out for over the last few weeks has been the response of the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) to the NCCMH/RCPsych consultation on its draft systematic review of the evidence relating to the mental health impact of induced abortion. The CMF has now […]

Dorries, The Times and Abortion/Preterm Delivery

Short version: Another day, another example of Nadine Dorries talking absolute rubbish. Long version: There’s a new post up at Nadine Dorries’s pseudoblog about an article which appeared in The Times yesterday, which reports on the preliminary results of a new epidemiological study by researchers at the University […]

OfQuack to Regulate Witchcraft

Back in 2009, the Daily Mash greeted the launch of the Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (aka OfQuack) with one of my all-time favourite spoof news articles: Complementary Therapists To Be Regulated By Witch Doctor. STRICT standards must be applied to alternative medicine, according to the voodoo priest […]

Dorries and BPAS – a Pre-emptive Fact Check

Tonight I’m going to try something that’s a little off the wall even by my standards – I’m going to pre-emptively fact check a ‘report’ before its even been released into the public domain and without having any advanced sight of its contents. How, I guess your wondering, […]

When Good Science gets Lousy PR

Across all the natural sciences no subject has stirred up more controversy over the last 150 years than that of the evolution of our own species, Homo sapiens. Much of that controversy stems, of course, from the corrosive impact of the neoDarwinian synthesis on religious beliefs relating to […]