Archive for October, 2005

A tribute to Karrimor rucksacks

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, October 31, 2005

Here’s my Karrimor Alpinist Rucksack in 1991 in Switzerland. Here’s the same rucksack in 2005 on Helvellyn. It’s had the odd repair, but nothing major.

Prof Bill Inman: Founder of the Yellow Card Scheme

By Anthony - Last updated: Friday, October 28, 2005

Professor Bill Inman, who died on October 20 aged 76, devoted his working life to researching the risks of treatment with drugs, and developed new early warning systems to prevent a repeat of the thalidomide scandal, in which thousands of babies were born without limbs after their mothers had taken the drug to combat morning […]

Sue the Lancet?

By Anthony - Last updated: Monday, October 24, 2005

Nick Cohen on who to sue over the MMR fiasco… The editor of the Lancet is a more tempting target. Wakefield’s original research was based on a sample of just 12 children, which was too small to be meaningful, as the Lancet ought to have known. Medical journals are not the richest of institutions, however, […]

Cochrane review on MMR

By Anthony - Last updated: Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Here’s the lead author of the newly published Cochrane Review on MMR vaccine, Dr Vittorio Demicheli: “We conclude that all the major unintended events, such as triggering Crohn’s disease or autism, were suspected on the basis of unreliable evidence.” … “Public health decisions need to be based on sound evidence. … “If this principle had […]

Whacking polio

By Anthony - Last updated: Sunday, October 16, 2005

A while back there was a problem with Islamic leaders in Northern Nigeria, who refused to sanction a polio vaccination campaign – on the grounds it was an American ploy to weaken muslims. This decision led to a string of polio cases scretching across Africa and severely disrupted WHO plans to eradicate Polio once and […]

Gerin oil

By Anthony - Last updated: Sunday, October 16, 2005

Richard Dawkins is outlining the dangers of a very old drug: As with many drugs, refined Gerin oil in low doses is largely harmless, and can even serve as a social lubricant on occasions such as marriages, funerals and ceremonies of state. Experts differ over whether such social use, though harmless in itself, is a […]


By Anthony - Last updated: Sunday, October 16, 2005

In the September 2005 edition of the Israeli Medical Association Journal there is a paper dedicated to “Rabbi Dr. David Applebaum Rabbi, Physician, Teacher and Friend, murdered together with his daughter Naavah in a terrorist attack, Jerusalem, 9 September 2003 on the eve of her wedding.”. It’s a fascinating account of the life of Moses […]

Secularist of the Year 2005

By Anthony - Last updated: Sunday, October 16, 2005

Nick Cohen, who now has his own website, on Maryam Namazie – an Iranian who won Secularist of the Year 2005 last week: It was the decision of broad-minded politicians in Ottawa to allow Sharia courts in Canada which did it for her. They said if they were not established, the Muslim minority would be […]

Silent Labour

By Anthony - Last updated: Saturday, October 15, 2005

Tom Cruise again I’m afraid. It appears his pregnant girlfriend has a big task ahead. According to the teachings of the Church of Scientology, pregnant women are encouraged to give birth silently, as Scientologists believe a baby can be traumatized by hearing his or her mother scream or moan during the process of childbirth. Any […]