Skeptical Fails and Wins this week

Happy long weekend, skeptifans. Here are your Fails and Wins this week.

New birth-control pills can triple the risk of blood clots
This Win came from the Globe and Mail. A pair of studies have come out that suggest new birth control pills containing drospirenone, a synthetic version of progesterone, may have a greater risk of causing blood clots than their predecessors. The article does a good job of explaining what the studies found, and also explaining why the studies are not conclusive. Other factors like the length of time someone has been on birth control, need to be taken into account. It also gave the numbers to show that even if the risk is increased, it’s still low overall. It’s nice to see medical reporting that sticks to the facts.

Is the stuff in sweet sap really healthy?

A recent study suggested that maple syrup contains compounds beneficial to health. But does that mean we should be slathering it on our breakfast every day? This article discusses the relative benefits and drawbacks of the calorie dense syrup, and puts the theoretical benefits in perspective.

A Boy, An Injury, A Recovery, A Miracle?
Anna sent in this story. Part Win, part Fail, it discusses how the Catholic Church investigates a potential miracle. It’s an interesting story of a boy who recovered from a terrible infection of flesh eating bacteria.

That’s the Fails and Wins this week. Send me your links: links [at] skepticnorth [dot] com.

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