Just a Little Conflict of Interest

This is news? Academics who promoted the use of antiviral drugs in the media during the 2009-10 H1N1 flu pandemic were eight times as likely to have links with the drug industry as quoted academics who didn’t comment on their use, an analysis of media reporting has found. Previously Advertisements

Vaccinations & Informed Consent

When it comes to the matter of vaccinations, informed consent often seems to fall by the wayside. We’ve noted this before with respect to the annual flu shot hype. The dominant media message insists on how important it is to get vaccinated. Pharmacies, clinics and countless medical professionals do the same, touting benefits without ever […]

2012 Flu Season Hits New Hypes

Sampling flu-related headlines, one thing you can be sure of: the hysteria continues. The epidemic may be easing – or not. There’s a vaccine shortage or not. (Taking no chances, Delaware has lifted its Thimerosal ban, mercury exposure be damned.) You can also rest assured that there’s profit in panic and a “trendy” new excuse […]

It Takes More Than a Virus (Flu Shots 2012)

An updated version of a post we originally ran last September. The more things change… It’s that time of year again: The annual insistence on flu shots. Last year, we were told to get vaccinated because, even though the vaccine was the same as in 2010, it might have worn off. This year, the word […]

Biosis 35: Aging Cells & Biological Medicine & More

The November 2011 issue of Biosis, our quarterly newsletter, is now online! In this issue: JoAnne’s Motivational Minute: Nostalgia Connects There are a couple of quotes I’ve seen bouncing around online, both attributed to Doug Larson and both defining nostalgia. One calls it “a file that removes the rough edges from the good old days;” […]

Why Doesn’t Everyone Exposed to the Virus Get the Flu?

It’s that time of year again: The annual insistence on flu shots. But wait! This year, there’s a twist! In an unusual turn of events, this year’s flu shot is exactly the same as last year’s, but experts say you should get it again anyway. The vaccine usually changes annually to combat the three primary […]

The Good Role of “Bad” Cholesterol, & Other News of Note

“Bad” Cholesterol Not as Bad as People Think, Study Shows (ScienceDaily) The so-called “bad cholesterol” – low-density lipoprotein commonly called LDL – may not be so bad after all, shows a Texas A&M University study that casts new light on the cholesterol debate, particularly among adults who exercise. Steve Riechman, a researcher in the Department […]

Beware – It’s Flu Shot Time (Guest Post)

Watch out, folks. The flu shot mongers have started up again. You’re being urged to get one for yourself and your children. Well, here’s some vital information you need on this year’s flu shot. It is a video of an interview Dr. Joe Mercola did with Dr. Barbara Loe Fisher, the Director of the National […]