Science in the News

Authority & False Consensus
Low fat diets advocated despite lack of evidence such diets reduce risk of heart attack.
Do We Really Know What Makes Us Healthy
This article discusses problems with the research design and protcol for the "Nurses' Health Study," a study highly relied upon for determining relations between lifestyle, diet, and health.
Fury at DNA pioneer's theory: Africans are less intelligent than Westerners
Celebrated scientist attacked for race comments: "All our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours - whereas all the testing says not really" Read More ...
New Thinking on Appendix
For generations the appendix has been dismissed as superfluous. Doctors figured it had no function, surgeons removed them routinely, and people live fine without them.
Parents Ordered to Court for Kids' Shots
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (AP) -- Scores of grumbling parents facing a threat of jail lined up at a courthouse Saturday to either prove that their school-age kids already had their required vaccinations or see that the youngsters submitted to the needle.
Science & Tabacco Research/Industry
Sowing a Storm with Genetically Engineered Rice
Local company Ventria engineers rice as a medicine but it is classified as a food, so it does not need clinical testing.
Study: Acupuncture works for back pain
"CHICAGO -- Fake acupuncture works nearly as well as the real thing for low back pain, and either kind performs much better than usual care, German researchers have found. Almost half the patients treated with acupuncture needles felt relief that lasted months. In contrast, only about a quarter of the patients receiving medications and other Western medical treatments felt better."
Ulcer Controversy
AFTER a decade of fierce debate and much research, the once heretical view that stomach ulcers are an infection caused by a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori, and are curable with antimicrobial drugs, has prevailed. And now leading researchers are turning to the public health implications of H. pylori, including a link to stomach cancer. Until this view of the cause of ulcers was endorsed this month by an independent panel of medical experts convened by the National Institutes of Health, a Federal agency in Bethesda, Md., the theory and benefits of antimicrobial therapy were still considered unproved and radical.