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The Cholera Epidemic In Haiti

Published: November 17, 2010

As the death toll from Haiti’s recent Cholera outbreak reaches 1000, health officials have reported at lease 73 cases in the nation’s capital, Port-au-Prince. With the disease rapidly spreading across the country, it was only a matter of time until outbreaks were recorded in densely populated capital. While the progression of the cholera epidemic read more »

Charlatans and Chicanery (Part 1)

Published: October 25, 2010

Hot off the heels of the Dr. Andrew Wakefield verdict, another physician has been stuck-off of the British Medical Register by the General Medical Council. Dr. Robert Trossel was found by the GMC to be in breach of good medical practice by exploiting vulnerable patients and causing mental, financial, and possibly physical harm. After an intensive BBC read more »

Dr. Simon Singh talks Alternative Medicines (pt. 2)

Published: October 22, 2010

Many Americans rely on “alternative medicine” treatments. There have always been doubts about the efficacy of such therapies. Studies have been undertaken in recent years to test them. In some cases the jury is in. A few years ago I interviewed the co-author of a book which summarized what can be said about such treatments. Dr. Simon Singh is a read more »

Dr. Simon Singh talks Alternative Medicines

Published: October 9, 2010

Many Americans rely on “alternative medicine” treatments. There have always been doubts about the efficacy of such therapies. Studies have been undertaken in recent years to test them. In some cases the jury is in. A few years ago I interviewed the co-author of a book which summarized what can be said about such treatments. Dr. Simon Singh is a read more »

The Dangerous Unknowns

Published: October 7, 2010

Reflecting on my recent take on “pro-biotic” dietary supplements reminded me of a controversy between the FDA and another type of supplement. This controversy is not just trivial knowledge; it came to mind because it involves my field of interest, erectile dysfunction. Specifically, the US Food and Drug administration reviewed 17 dietary supplements, read more »

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