Category Archives: Medicine

Experiments as the gold standard for research: A new twist

Worldwide, there were more than 1.56 billion people who used Facebook daily in March 2019. There were “only” half as many daily active users in 2014, but typical adults in the U.S. already spent 40 minutes daily on Facebook, much … Continue reading

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Vaccination is in the news again (original posting of April 12, 2019, updated with new information on June 4, 2019)

I’ve written two blog postings about vaccination. One outlined two factors that may have contributed to recent outbreaks of whooping cough (pertussis) in the United States: increased rejection by parents of vaccination of their children against whooping cough, and replacement … Continue reading

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“This is a sad day for the children of the U.S.”

Howard Mielke is a toxicologist at the Medical School of Tulane University in New Orleans. He described March 21, 2017 as “a sad day for the children of the U.S.” in response to news that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) … Continue reading

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Medical use of marijuana revisited

I described two experimental studies of the use of marijuana to reduce pain in Tools for Critical Thinking in Biology and discussed two technical reviews of the medical value of marijuana in a subsequent blog posting. The gist of these … Continue reading

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Research on medicinal uses of marijuana: Is the cart before the horse?

I describe two studies of medicinal uses of marijuana in Chapter 4 of Tools for Critical Thinking in Biology to illustrate why experiments are considered the gold standard for research. In June 2015, two months after the book appeared, the … Continue reading

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