Seeking experimental treatments: There is a difference between conventional trials and unconventional clinics

DNlogo

An unusually balanced piece about cancer treatment options that makes a whole lot of sense even if it paints Burzynski’s treatment a bit too rosy. It’s more about seeking out those genuine trials that may be appropriate, why people will go far and why they are willing to try. Faced with a terminal diagnosis, North…

Broadcasting authority busy with TV3 psychics (Updated)

DNlogo

TV psychics in trouble for all sorts of worrisome predictions for viewers. TV3’s psychics breach code again – The Irish Times. A claim from TV3 that pregnancy is not “strictly considered to be a health issue” has been dismissed by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland as it upheld four complaints against the controversial Psychic Readings…

Leftover Links for November 9, 2012

DNlogo

Some interesting links surfaced today… He didn’t hear that coming? Man napping in cornfield survives being run over by combine. I have no idea… Image of the Day: Strange Hourglass- Shaped Object in Kuiper Belt. More on Burzynski trials: The 21st Floor » Burzynski: the Clinical trials. We’ll be watching for the result of this…

Was a self-proclaimed psychic and criminal part of murder plot?

DNlogo

Torture, rare coins, psychic readings key elements in brutal slaying. Prosecutors said a woman is behind a case that includes torture, psychic readings, rare coins and ultimately the slaying of a 70-year-old Seattle man. Brenda Nicholas has a long criminal history including 50 counts of first-degree theft. Nicholas is accused of taking more than $1…

Molleen Matsumura, evolution activist and writer, dies

matsumura

Molleen Matsumura dies | NCSE. Molleen Matsumura, a former employee of NCSE [National Center for Science Education], died on October 30, 2012, at the age of 64. She was an activist and community organizer helping to oppose creationist incursions into communities, rallying scientific and educational organizations to take a stand, and informing the press of…

Pepsi and Coke to launch more “health and beauty” drinks. Gulp!

drinks

New Pepsi ‘Special’ Claims to Contain Fat-Blockers | Foodbeast. Pepsi Special, a drink deemed by the Japanese government as a “food for specified health uses,” is Japan’s newest addition to its soft drink repertoire. The dextrin found in this particular vein of Pepsi is reportedly helpful when it comes to blocking fat, making it difficult…

Leftover Links for November 8, 2012

DNlogo

Leftover yummies from today. It was a slow news day… Trial documents have been posted on this libel case. Should be interesting! Psychic Sally v Daily Mail libel trial set for 2013 – slsingh’s posterous. Dumped down a well. Murder Mystery Surrounds Skeletons in Ancient Israel Well – Bloomberg. Scientology in Israel Scientology makes few…

Viral blobsquatch

Classic blobsquatch. Yeah, I can't see it either.

I’ll be brief…I have no idea why this is getting any press. It’s a blobsquatch. There is nothing to see. Alleged Big Foot Sighting in Utah Goes Viral – ABC News. A couple of campers got the scare of their lives the day before Halloween after they spotted what they claim was the infamous Bigfoot.…

Fewer visitors to Creation Museum

Dragon at Creation Museum

Creation Museum Attendance Drops for Fourth Straight Year. The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., created quite an uproar in 2007 when it opened with exhibits showing early humans co-existing with dinosaurs. Five years later, the public fascination with that take on paleoanthropology seems to be fading. This week, the museum told CityBeat that attendance for…

Giants on a drunken spree in India

Indian elephant

Tipsy jumbos on the rampage – Times Of India. High on country liquor, an elephant herd created havoc in Dumurkota village under Kotwali police station in the wee hours of Sunday. The strong smell of the Mahua drink drew about 50 elephants from the nearby jungle. They first raided a shop that sells the drink.…

Leftover links for November 7, 2012

DNlogo

Here are some links to nibble on… First, election related: It’s nice to report that Todd Akin lost. And that Proposition 37 on labeling of GMO labeled food was defeated. Premature election results Early Returns: Snopes.com CFI’s Morning Heresy for today has a rundown of interesting races and issues (for secular interests) that were up…

Not arson, it was an act of Ra

DNlogo

Burnsville? Indeed. Sun, vodka bottles start fire inside Burnsville liquor store – KMSP-TV. Burnsville fire officials say they’ve never heard of so-called firewater could become a fire starter without the aid of a match or spark, but that’s exactly what happened when vodka bottles magnified sunlight and started a fire inside Red Lion Liquors. Surveillance…

Pet psychic not successful in finding missing cat

DNlogo

Pet psychic called in to find missing Hatfield cat. Devastated owners Anna Simmons and her son Nicholas, 31, from Hatfield, have hired the psychic to find lost cat Maguire, who has been missing since September 22. After putting up more than a thousand ‘missing cat’ posters around Hatfield Mrs Simmons has now hired a pet…

Telegraph runs silly story about ‘Elixir of Life’

DNlogo

‘Elixir of life’ could be real according to British experts The ‘elixir of life’ said to have been invented by scientists in Kazakhstan could work, according to British experts The Kazakhstani leader, Nursultan Nazarbayev, gave orders to the university’s scientists to come up with an ‘elixir of life’, soon after the institution was established in…

Award recognizes those who endured threats regarding their work

DNlogo

John Maddox prize: Two strong-minded individuals are the first winners of an award for standing up for science. The British psychiatrist Simon Wessely and the Chinese science writer Shi-min Fang are the two inaugural winners of the John Maddox Prize. China’s rush to modernize and the communist government’s celebration of science and technology have firmly…

It’s no joke: Home pregnancy OR cancer test

DNlogo

Man Takes Pregnancy Test as Joke, Finds Testicular Tumor A Reddit post about a man’s positive pregnancy test appears to have alerted him to a testicular tumor. The man, whose name has not been made public, was shocked to see two pink lines after jokingly taking the test, which had been left in his bathroom…

Burzynski gets warning from FDA: Stop promoting your treatment as “safe” and “effective”

DNlogo

The U.S. FDA has sent a letter to the Burzynski Research Institute to cease claiming that their brain tumor treatment, antineoplastons, are safe and/or effective for the purposed for which they are being investigated. In other words, Burzynski’s claims on websites and promotional materials that this treatment WORKS is a violation because supposed to be…

Multivitamin does not prevent cardio-vascular disease

DNlogo

Shock! (/sarcasm) http://www.theheart.org/article/1469495.do (paywalled) The largest, randomized, double-blind trial to date has confirmed what smaller studies have suggested and what many physicians have long believed: a daily multivitamin does not reduce the risk of CVD. Over a median follow-up of 11.2 years, 1732 CV events occurred, but the rate of events was no higher among men…

Leftover Links for November 6, 2012

DNlogo

Time for the random links of interest from today, check them out… So now you know who won. Video: Kenyan witch doctor predicts US election outcome – Telegraph. So UFOs are on the outs for study? These folks sure keep seeing more of them. UFOs sightings skyrocket across Jammu and Kashmir, Arunachal – Indian Express.…

Faux Autism treatment claim number 476: Forced Sweating

DNlogo

OK, I made that number up. Apparently making things up is a thing… We Can Now Add Forced Sweating To The Faux Autism Treatment List – Forbes. According to a recent wire story, a company that peddles saunas has teamed up with Generation Rescue–Jenny McCarthy’s Generation Rescue–to “bring awareness to the therapeutic benefits of infrared…

Just nuke it! NOAA explains you can’t just bomb a hurricane.

Hurricane Sandy impacts the ENTIRE Eastern U.S.

There is the problem of scale and directing and focusing the energy. US weather agency NOAA responds to demands to nuke hurricanes | The Courier-Mail. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has led its Hurricane Research Division’s frequently asked questions page with an extraordinary – even for America – statement: “During each hurricane season,…

Luminous mystery: Point the camera at the Brown Mountain lights

brownmtnlights

The Brown Mountain lights are still an unsolved mystery. New observation system on its way? Brown Mountain lights still enchanting | CharlotteObserver.com. Dan Caton, a physics and astronomy professor at Appalachian State University in Boone, is one of the foremost academic researchers of the lights. He believes most sightings are bogus – people are seeing…

Wonder nut powers, activate!

evans_diet

Activated nuts? What are they and should you eat them? Social media buzzing with talk of activated almonds | The Australian. TWITTER literally went nuts when a TV chef’s bizarre diet plan involving “activated almonds” which was published in a Melbourne newspaper, went viral. Chef and My Kitchen Rules judge Pete Evans became the butt…

Mad phantom gluer of Ireland

DNlogo

Well this is weird! BBC News – Letterkenny glue attacks: more houses are targeted. On Wednesday morning, up to 60 cars and houses in the Glencar Park area of Letterkenny had their locks glued by a disguised man who was captured on CCTV. Local locksmith, Conal Kelly, said the glue renders the doors useless and…

Intoxication caused bird deaths

DNlogo

BBC Nature – Dead birds were intoxicated, an investigation finds. Animal health specialists were called to examine a dozen birds found in the playground, many with trauma injuries. Post-mortem analysis revealed that one of the birds had a large amount of pure alcohol in its liver. Scientists suggest the birds sustained their injuries in flight…

Don’t mix herbs with your prescriptions

echinacea

Herbal remedies linked to drug side effects – Telegraph. Interactions between prescription drugs and herbal or dietary supplements can cause complications including heart problems, chest and abdominal pain and headache, according to a review of existing evidence. Remedies and supplements including ingredients like St John’s wort, magnesium, calcium, iron and ginkgo caused the greatest issues,…

Leftover Links for November 5, 2012

DNlogo

A few leftover story links that did not make it onto the front page of DN today. More on the Falcon Project or “Bigfoot Blimp”. SURPRISE! Financial support is slow in coming. Idaho scientist seeks to launch aerial Bigfoot search with blimp Wild dogs kill 2-year-old who fell into Pittsburgh zoo exhibit Pleasant Hills toddler…

Acupuncture my EAR!

DNlogo

Acupucture pinpoints alternative therapy to addiction, anxiety. Once a week, Virginia Rapin has five needles stuck in each of her ears for a treatment that she says helps alleviate her depression and anxiety. The treatment Rapin receives is a form of acupuncture called acu-detox where thin, sterilized needles are placed in specific locations in the…

Bigfoot Provo Canyon video is worthless

Classic blobsquatch. Yeah, I can't see it either.

This story is silly, but it also qualifies as VERY DOUBTFUL NEWS. Since it’s going round the inter-tubes, I feel obliged to post it here. But, instead of the Fox News or Examiner version, I chose this one because it’s fair. Going viral: Bigfoot sighting? | Seattle’s Big Blog – seattlepi.com. Maybe Bigfoot has decided…

Fooled school: Taking advantage of good intentions (Updated)

DNlogo

School community fooled by leukemia hoax. When Jayden Mosness first heard about the plight of 10-year-old Alexander Jordan, he and his classmates wanted to help. Mosness says the entire school community thought Alexander was dying of leukemia. The story spread around town that he wanted to see an Eagle Valley football game, so the school…