Healthy skepticism in the news

City Paper reports that several local university newspapers, including The Pitt News, were targeted by Human Life Alliance’s annual advertising insert campaign. The full color advertising insert offers students 12 pages of misinformation about contraception, erroneously links abortion to breast cancer, and propagates the popular myth of “post abortion syndrome”. For more information on this please see Med Page Today’s article ‘Post-Abortion Syndrome’ Based on Poor Science.

NPR’s Morning Edition broadcast this story this morning: Defending Vaccines: Actress Dispels Link To Autism which gives a decent overview of this made up controversy that is actually harming children by increasing risk of potentially fatal preventable epidemics of childhood diseases that were on their way to the history books before the anti-vaxer nonsense started. How ridiculous is it that we need celebrities to advise us against seeking expert advice from celebrities? Want more information? You can start your Internet research at the Stop Jenny McCarthy site, and then you follow up by asking your own medical professional.

If all that wasn’t depressing enough, Science Daily posted an article this morning saying “Approximately 38 percent of adults in the United States aged 18 years and over and nearly 12 percent of U.S. children aged 17 years and under use some form of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), according to a new nationwide government survey.” Read all about it.

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