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Antivaccine nonsense Medicine Pseudoscience Skepticism/critical thinking

Vaccines didn’t cause the obesity epidemic, RFK Jr.’s lies not withstanding

Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. published an article claiming that vaccines and glyphosate are responsible for the obesity epidemic. Too bad he cited the work of longtime antivaccine cranks.

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Religion Science Surgery

An uncomfortable question when you least expect it

When you’re in an exam room with a patient, sometimes you’re forced to contemplate uncomfortable questions.

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Biology Clinical trials Medicine Politics Popular culture Science

What do Mike Adams, Todd Starnes, and William Proxmire have in common?

Readers of this blog of a certain age and above are likely to remember a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin named William Proxmire. Sen. Proxmire made a name for himself in the late 1970s and throughout much of the 1980s by issuing what he dubbed “The Golden Fleece Award,” which was meant to “honor” public officials […]

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Cancer Clinical trials Medicine

Cancer chemotherapy and obesity

In medicine, particularly oncology, it’s often the little things that matter. Sometimes, however, the “little things” aren’t actually little; they just seem that way. I was reminded of this by a story that was circulating a couple of weeks ago in the national media, often under titles like ÔÇťObese cancer patients often shorted on chemo […]