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February 23, 2015

"The Time Everyone 'Corrected' the World’s Smartest Woman"

The short version of an amazing stain on the American professoriate.

(I think it's a terrific example to use in stat classes. There's even at least one entire book about it.)

February 17, 2015

"Chocolate & Red Meat Can Be Bad for Your Science: Why Many Nutrition Studies Are All Wrong"

"Compliance bias" is darn difficult to control for.

February 16, 2015

"My life as a climate lukewarmer"

Matt Ridley posts a blog entry that is intelligent, balanced, and just so sane. In my experience, that's pretty rare these days.

February 13, 2015

Big Al in fuzzy slippers?!

Yep. Proof here.

February 10, 2015

"Prevent Alzheimer's Disease By Drinking Beer?"

Needless to say, if borne out in further testing, this could change everything.

"Ageing research: Blood to blood"

From Nature:

By splicing animals together, scientists have shown that young blood rejuvenates old tissues. Now, they are testing whether it works for humans.

As Glenn Reynolds might say, "Faster, please."

February 09, 2015

"Why The CDC And FDA Are Telling You Two Different Things About Flu Drugs"


The discrepancy between the CDC’s assertion that the flu drugs can prevent complications, hospitalizations and perhaps deaths, and the FDA’s insistence that the drugs have only been shown to cut the amount of time that symptoms persist comes down to how they weigh the evidence. The FDA requires randomized clinical trials, the gold standard of evidence in medicine, while the CDC also relies on non-randomized reports. 

"Tackling Cancer With a New Paradigm"

This sounds very promising.

The drugs Chen refers to are a group of immune modulation agents called PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors. These are antibodies that allow the immune system to attack tumors by blocking a pathway that paralyzes the immune response, and they’ve achieved dramatic clinical trial results for melanoma.

See also "Merck's PD-1 star Keytruda shines at ASH, but lags behind Bristol-Myers' rival".

UPDATE: See also "Harnessing The Immune System To Fight Cancer".

February 05, 2015

"General Relativity’s Big Year?"

Long-time readers here know the drill: give the points and bet on Big Al.

February 03, 2015

"Acceptance Of Evolution Is Far Higher Than Acceptance Of Other Biology"

Please tell me again who the "anti-science" party is.

. .  . in areas other than evolution and climate change, Democrats are much farther from the science consensus than Republicans are - of 55 politicians in Congress who wanted to put warning labels on GMOs, 53 were Democrats. That is real anti-science belief that correlates with a political party. The most anti-vaccine hotbeds of the most anti-vaccine state, California, are all 80 percent Democratic so that also correlates to political party if evolution and global warming belief does.

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