Archive for 'General' Category

The Burzynski Clinic goes bonkers

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, November 28, 2011

The Burzynski Clinic’s PR response to recent criticisms is to wildly thresh about in the internet, like a napalmed octopus with multiple Blackberries. Burzynski claims to have the “cure” to cancer, which is far from the truth, but that does lead to false hope and a charity funding drive to raise money for treatment for […]

Steve Jobs on the “single best invention of life”

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, October 6, 2011

Steve Jobs was a remarkable man. He leaves this universe after a resurgence of his pancreatic cancer, which he hoped he had avoided. Here are his thoughts on death from his 2005 Stanford address [text]. No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. […]

Libel Reform: Please sign

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, February 11, 2010

UK libel laws are infringing on the freedom of speech. Read Nick Cohen’s article, and the case of Simon Singh then: SIGN THE NATIONAL PETITION FOR LIBEL REFORM

Revisiting Tamiflu (oseltamivir)

By Anthony - Last updated: Thursday, July 23, 2009

Today sees the launch of the National Flu service in the UK. As well as advice on Swine Flu, and the use of a checklist to diagnose cases, the site will also issue vouchers for Tamiflu (from now on referred to by its generic name oseltamivir) which can be redeemed at designated collection points. Only […]

Single vaccines and anaphylaxis

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Recently the BBC reported on a concern about the use of single vaccines: UK researchers have raised concerns over the monitoring of the safety of single measles and rubella vaccines. It comes after an unexpectedly high number of cases of anaphylactic shock after single vaccines given at private clinics in south west England. Although the […]

In the eye of a vaccine scare

By Anthony - Last updated: Saturday, October 18, 2008

I recently attended the 8th International Society of Pharmacovigilance Conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Vaccine safety has been a growing component of this conference, it was addressed in Bournemouth last year, and this year had several sessions on how to improve the detection of real adverse events caused by vaccines, and how to address the […]

The descent of television

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, September 22, 2008

I happen to have a copy of The Ascent of Man by Jacob Bronowski, a book that tied in with the television series of the same name. Bronowski was quite keen on the television as medium for intellectual improvement, as this extract from the foreword of The Ascent of Man shows: Discoveries are made by […]

First signs of Hornig in the UK media

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, September 5, 2008

The free newspaper Metro is the first UK media outlet to report on the Hornig MMR study in today’s copy (page 7). Metro is part of the same group as The Daily Mail. The irony. It says: The MMR jab does not cause autism, a major international stusy has concluded. The measles, mumps, and rubella […]

Still nothing to do with us

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, June 23, 2008

A report in The Independent notes that measles is now endemic to the UK. Incidently they include a picture of a child and mother being threatened with a vaccine, why not a picture of a child with measles? Ben Goldacre comments. I cannot believe the mainstream media are trying to blame this on Wakefield instead […]