It’s sunny and beautiful in Vancouver today. How’s it going in the rest of the country?
Here are the Fails and Wins in the media this week:
Where to find scientific research with negative results
BoingBoing republished some great tips, (originally found here), about where to find information about science research with negative results. Studies with negative results don’t get published as much as those with positive results, especially medical trials. When looking for published research, these tips can help you get a more complete picture on the science that has been done.
Vancouver Wellness Show: Finding tranquility on a karmic journey
Ian found this Fail. Basically, it’s woovertising for a Chinese Medicine practitioner who believes that if we all sing a song – Which you can of course learn by taking one of his not free workshops – we will heal the Earth. What is his evidence? We don’t know, because the reporter didn’t seem to ask him any questions.
Zinc found to help common cold
We criticize supplements a lot on this blog, but every once in a while there is some evidence behind their use for specific cases. A recent review on the effects of Zinc supplements on the common cold showed positive results. Zinc seems to have an impact on preventing and shortening the length of a cold. Does that mean you should mega-dose on Zinc when you get a sniffle? Not quite. More work needs to be done to figure out the proper dose and timing of taking the supplement to get an effect. This article is a Win for discussing the science as well as pointing out the areas that still need more research. Thanks to Marion for sending that in.
What’s Calgary drinking?
Lorne, David and Scott all sent in this Win of an opinion piece on Calgary’s recent decision to stop fluoridating their drinking water. The author chronicles the events behind the decision, and suggests that there was an anti-science attitude behind it – one that is comparable to the thinking behind the anti-vaccination movement. He goes on to suggest that this thinking could lead us to a “new Dark Age”. Do you agree?
Meet the man who broke the vaccine-autism scandal
Scott sent in this story. It’s one of those ‘when journalism becomes the story’ pieces about the man that exposed Andrew Wakefield as a fraud. It’s an interesting piece.
That’s the Fails and Wins this week! Keep ‘em coming to links [at] skepticnorth [dot] com.