Category Archives: Diseases

Burzynski Clinic…meet the Streisand Effect

Today I’d like to introduce you to a quack, a charlatan, and an all-around no goodnik taking immense quantities of money from desperate families: Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski. This guy lures people with devastating cancer diagnoses to his Texas clinic, gives … Continue reading

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A reminder that being a doctor is difficult

I’m leaving for my GP’s office in a few minutes for a same-day appointment. When I show up, I will present with a group of symptoms that could be any of a dozen different things: fever, sweats/chills, sore throat, aches … Continue reading

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Not just pox parties, but pox through the post

Just when I think the anti-vaccine crowd has plumbed the depths of idiocy, I learn about something that’s so awful that I can only boggle at their abilities. We’re all familiar, I’m sure, with the idea of “pox parties”, where … Continue reading

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Stomach flu isn’t fun and isn’t flu

I’ve been a bit scarce around these parts, what with getting behind on work, seeing my cousin get married, and getting the stomach flu. Guess which was the most fun? Actually, my whole family got the stomach flu in various … Continue reading

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Measles in Maryland. Yay.

Oh. Joy. We have a confirmed case of measles in Maryland (in the Baltimore area and the Eastern shore) and the carrier went to lots of fun places like the grocery store and baseball stadium and a restaurant. Yay for … Continue reading

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Irony is a case of chicken pox

Chicken pox. Barak has chicken pox. Un-friggin-believable! ::laughs:: I believe this is what we in the business refer to as “seriously ironic.” But y’know, I’m gonna skip cursing the glare and be thankful instead that he was vaccinated, thus making … Continue reading

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Cell phone use: Only as dangerous as you make it

I’d intended to sit down and take a good look at the “OMG cell phones really do cause cancer!!!” hysteria that’s back in the news, but it turns out I don’t have to, because two of my favorite science bloggers … Continue reading

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