Daily Archives: January 14, 2013

Leftover Links 14 January 2013

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Good evening everyone. Hope you enjoyed your Monday (I jest). Here are some rather odd stories I found today that I really have little comment on. Enjoy. I can’t say I can guess what is going on here. Serial cow killers baffle French farmers – The Local. Lie detector tests = utterly worthless. Murder victim…

Homeopathic ‘vaccine pills’ under scrutiny in the U.K.

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BBC News – Homeopathic ‘vaccine pills’ should be withdrawn, says regulator. A homeopathic pharmacy endorsed by Prince Charles and the Queen has been told to stop advertising sugar pills labelled as childhood vaccines. The government’s medicines regulator stepped in after an investigation by BBC Inside Out South West. It found a number of homeopathic products…

Headline alert: Poor diet is not necessarily the CAUSE of allergies

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The word “linked” might be a read a bit too strongly in this headline. BBC News – Fast-food ‘linked to childhood asthma and eczema’. Data from more than 500,000 children in more than 50 countries suggests poor diet may be to blame for rising levels of these allergy-related conditions. Fast food often contains high levels…

Brain Gym: Just use yours to see how silly this is

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Brain Gym claims challenged. Australian neuroscientists have attacked a taxpayer-funded brain-training and exercise program used in NSW classrooms for making ‘silly’ pseudo-scientific claims when explaining how it works. The Brain Gym website says its 26 physical exercises will “bring about rapid and often dramatic improvements in concentration, memory, organising and more” by developing “neural pathways”…

Complementary meds for kids: Parents not consulting with doctors

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This study result is a bit disturbing. It suggests parents are more readily seeking out alt med for kids but aren’t informed by a real medical expert, their doctor. More kids taking alternative therapies, but doctors rarely told: study | CTV News. A growing number of Canadian children with chronic illnesses are being treated with…

Cat treks home across Florida (UPDATE: How did she do it?)

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Cat Lost on Vacation Travels 190 Miles Home – ABC News. In November, Jacob and Bonnie Richter brought their cat, Holly, along on a road trip to the Daytona International Speedway, 190 miles from their home in West Palm Beach, Fla. Spooked by fireworks one night, Holly bolted from the Richters’ motor home. For days,…

A joke? Black panther toy surprises observer

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‘Cuddly toy’ sparks Peterborough panther speculation – Local – Peterborough Telegraph. A large cuddly toy left on a grass bank triggered concerns that a black cat might have been on the loose in Peterborough. Eagle-eyed reader Marc Peacock-Smith contacted the PT after spotting what looked like the outline of a black panther-like creatrure lying on…

Call to fund sound research for childhood cancer

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As we posted a week ago, a skeptical activism project is underway to raise money for legitimate children’s cancer research. How are things going? SPCP tells Doubtful News: The Skeptics for the Protection of Cancer Patients (SPCP) are delighted to announce the receipt of a $2,500 donation to their St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital fundraiser.…