Hey there skeptifans. Here are the Fails and Wins you sent me this week.
Cutbacks Hurt a State’s Response to Whooping Cough
Washington state has been feeling the effects of a pertussis outbreak, and cutbacks to the healthcare system have not helped. Thanks to Anna for this link. We’ve also seen an outbreak north of the border in BC. You can do your part to stop the spread by getting a booster shot.
U.S. regulator issues alert on dangers of controversial MS treatment
Thanks to Lorne for this link. “Liberation Therapy” has been a unfortunate case for the importance of proper medical trials. Medical trials are not simply a series of bureaucratic hoops to jump through. The processes that exist to prove the effectiveness of a treatment are there to save lives and prevent harm. Unfortunately many places allow people to freely seek this experimental and dangerous MS treatment, despite the lack of solid evidence for it. The FDA has now released a strong warning about the dangers of this treatment, which include stroke risk and death. Meanwhile in Canada, no such official warning has been issued and we have politicians still pushing for trials to be conducted here.
South Korea finds smuggled drug capsules from China containing flesh from dead babies
John sent in this link. Just when you thought alternative medicine couldn’t get weirder, this macabre story hit the news. Korean customs officials have stopped a shipment of capsules made from dead babies. The capsules are thought to cure disease, but actually contain dangerous bacteria and harmful ingredients. The capsules came from northern China, but it is not known how the primary ingredient was obtained. Horrifying stuff.
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