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[21 Jun 2013 | Comments Off on Science and Honesty: David Vaux “Why I retracted my Nature paper” | ]
David Vaux

There is a very insightful article on the difficulties of overcoming bad science that has been published in respected journals on the blog Retraction Watch. David Vaux from Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research found himself in the awkward position of having written an article lauding a breakthrough paper on transplant research only to find later that none of the results could be replicated and that in fact the techniques used actually increased rejection rates. Originally, Dr. Vaux wanted to submit a rebuttal manuscript to the …

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[17 Nov 2010 | Comments Off on Radiology Paper | ]

Our paper in Radiology is on early publication. It’s even being picked up by the mainstream media, (e.g. MSNBC).

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[14 May 2010 | Comments Off on Panacea or Snake Oil? | ]

With the multitude of health supplements out there, it’s difficult to figure out which ones work and which ones do not. Ideally, we’d follow the results of good scientific studies that have been corroborated by other studies. Unfortunately, wading through the results is extremely difficult. There is a good attempt and collating some of the results and categorizing the benefits by the reliability of the evidence. The people at Information is Beautiful have made a very nice bubble visualization of a whole host of supplements …

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[11 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Flu Shot FAQ | ]
H1N1 Flu

Well, flu season is upon us and this year all the worry is on the H1N1 virus that is poised to become a pandemic. There’s lots of information and disinformation out there that makes it quite confusing. If you have questions, read on. Hopefully I can help point you in the right direction.
There is an excellent Flu Shot FAQ on the background for the flu and flu vaccines at Mental Floss, that seems quite sensible and informative. Another excellent but extremely long article helps dispel some of …

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[4 Oct 2009 | Comments Off on Zombie Fungie | ]
Zombie Fungie

The cordyceps fungus is about as freaky as mother nature gets. Imagine a parasite that, when it gets inside you, begins to alter your behaviour. It essentially begins controlling your mind. In the case of a cordyceps-infected ant, it forces the ant to climb to a high point, perhaps high atop a lonely branch. There, the ant dies and the fungus bursts from its body, spreading spores in the wind. Soon more insects are infected and forced into the macabre dance of the cordyceps.