Category: Health

Colbert Impersonates an Antivaxer and Interviews Paul Offit. Hilariously.

I can write about the importance of childhood vaccinations all week long, but I don’t know why I should when we’ve got Stephen Colbert to debunk the vaccine myths in his usual deadpan fashion: “I’m entirely motivated by fear.” “Can’t we put those people in a plastic bubble?” “You’re playing the children dying card. How […]

Friday Links – Gender and the Clean Western Childhood, Meal Sniffing

Women, Asthma, and the Hygiene Hypothesis I’m pretty sure this marks the first time I’ve ever linked to a philosopher’s research on lung health. Excess Airway Mucus Enzyme Discovered, Probably Leading to New Treatments The same enzyme involved in other inflammatory conditions also plays a role in asthma and COPD, and guess what? The medicines […]

Friday Links – Kids and Lung Function, Voicebox Transplant, Wal-Mart Food

Severe Early Asthma = Less Lung Function Later That’s the connection researchers in this study suggest, highlighting the need for quick diagnosis and aggressive treatment and prevention tactics during childhood. Larynx Transplant Gives Woman Her Voice Back How amazing is this story? Brenda Charett Jensen, the transplant patient, even speaks with her own voice, not […]

Friday Links – Wakefield Prosecution, Universal Flu Vaccine, Ice Sculptures

(Photo: JackVinson) Here’s One Scientist Calling for the Trial of Andrew Wakefield In this blog post on CNN, RealClearScience editor Alex B. Berezow writes, Scientific fraud is a very serious matter. From a fiscal standpoint, it is essentially stealing money. I don’t want to copy and paste the entire paragraph, so check out the full […]

Money, Medicine, and Fraud: The Latest in the Wakefield Vaccine Hoax

Surely you’ve heard of the latest development in the continuing saga of Andrew Wakefield. Although The Lancet officially withdrew Wakefield’s original 1998 paper last year, the British Medical Journal has now published evidence the good doctor didn’t just use faulty research but instead participated in outright fraud by deliberately manipulating his data. Why? That’s the […]

Thankful for Saline

This time of year, my kids’ activities start escalating towards critical mass and life starts to be about fitting holiday events and commitments into our normal hectic schedule of work, school, and play. This week alone, AG performs in her school musical, we have a houseguest from out-of-town, and Thanksgiving, as you already know, will […]

A Better Way to Talk About Online Health Information

I found an article last week that discusses medical information on the Internet without, for once, resorting to the tired old, “Health websites are BAD” theme. That particular subject isn’t just limiting; it simplifies the quality and integrity of many medical websites to the point of ridiculousness. This CNN article instead took the five top […]

Fun with Ragweed (Dear God. MY EYES.)

Ragweed is a pretty interesting little bit of vegetation. 1. Each plant can produce one billion grains of pollen.2. That’s one BILLION.3. Per plant.4. Cool mornings and rain wash some of that heavy pollen load out of the air.5. Guess what it barely does this time of year in the Denver area?6. Rain.7. And guess […]

Weird Health Wednesdays – Safety First

Scaring the crap out of children, one traffic tip at a time: This image comes from It’s great to be alive! an old children’s safety brochure full of starkly bleak images like this one that warn kids about strangers, traffic, and other dangerous elements. To see my other favorite page, “While hiding in a leaf […]