What can Chirokinetic Therapy treat?

If you’re guessing that the correct answer to the title question is ‘nothing’ then congratulations, you have the correct answer but please permit me to elaborate a little further. At the beginning of May I wrote about David Stevens, a Leatherhead-based quack who trades under the names Vital […]

A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Libel Court

Only yesterday I noticed this rather curious report in the Press Gazette… A solicitor failed in an attempt to sue a political blogger for defamation and malicious falsehood when a judge decided that the words of which he complained could not be held to refer to him. The […]

The Great Rape Joke Controversy™ Part 1

A subject I’ve been meaning to tackle for a while, but never quite got around to, is that of The Great Rape Joke Controversy™, which flared up on Twitter (again!) the other day – and if you missed the action then I’d heartily recommend that you read Ally […]

Roger Finbow… meet Barbara Streisand.

According to the Guardian, things don’t seem to going too well for Michael Gove’s flagship free schools programme in Suffolk: There are around 10,600 empty school places in Suffolk. Or, to put it another way, if 10 average-sized secondary schools were closed down, there would still be a […]

Sympathy for the Devil? The Daily Mail and Vicky Haigh

A couple of days ago I received an email from Carl Gardner, who blogs at Head of Legal, in which he asked whether I had been contacted by Liz Watson and asked to remove from the Ministry all reference to her and to her involvement in the case […]

Debunking the Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis – the wrap-up show.

Since the publication of the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer’s meta-analysis of Aborton-Breast Cancer (ABC) studies in 2004 – Beral et al. (2004) [1] – two further large prospective studies have been published, neither of which found that induced abortion was associated with an increase […]

No evidence of abortions ‘without sign-offs’ – updated

From the file marked ‘Misleading Headlines’ the Press Association (as churned by MSN UK news) reports: 400 abortions ‘without sign-offs’ More than 400 abortions were carried out last year without the right information being submitted to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), official figures have shown. Doctors also failed […]

Debunking the Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis – pt4.

In part 3 I looked in detail at Brind et al. (1996) [1], the key meta-analysis on which the Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis is founded and foudn that Brind’s claim to have demonstrated a causal link between abortion and breast cancer is, to say the least, extremely questionable. This […]

Debunking the Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis – pt3.

To quickly recap: In part one, I looked at the provenance of the Abortion-Breast Cancer (ABC) hypothesis, noting that it is not supported by any of the major cancer research/prevention organisations in either the US or UK, including the US National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and Cancer […]

Debunking the Abortion-Breast Cancer Hypothesis – pt2.

In part 1 we looked at the provenance of the Abortion-Breast Cancer (ABC) hypothesis and demonstrated, pretty conclusively, that its main proponents are religious zealots who are motivated to promote this hypothesis by their religious/moral objections to induced abortion. As we move on to look at the science […]