Yes yes, one of our favorite subjects: magical healing and other fairy stories! From a Telegraph article by a Ms Anna Tyzack entitled: “Complementary medicine - does it work?“. Of course we already know the answer for a large number of modalities that fall under the umbrella term “Complementary”. This is a just dose of the same old really bad reasoning, which over the years has allowed all sorts of pseudoscience and crank degrees to creep into academia, national health systems, etc.

No, it’s not actually the case as it was reported in such influential and accurate media as the Daily Mail and the Daily Telegraph. However, a new study showed increased levels of polyunsaturated fatty acids, linked to benefits in human health, pushing the balance slightly (only slightly as we will see) towards consuming organic milk with some tangible excuses behind.

The Guardian, has an online column called “Comment is Free” where The Guardian, The Observer, and about 600 writers contribute with posts on religion, current affairs, politics, science, and health. Unavoidably, along with thought provoking “comments” you also get “bullshit” -as Penn and Teller would so vividly say.

A much anticipated report from the largest such study in its field, the INTERPHONE analysis provided too much ammunition for the shock-title hungry newspapers to resist…

How science reporting works…

Long time no see. The “Stuff from the Science Blogosphere” series returns for the new season, after a longer than average break. And this time we have the usual alternative medicine crap, ranging from homeopathy (our favorite) to Chinese herbs and natural remedies. University courses that really should be more in touch with reality. And some antivaccinationist propaganda to close off this instalment a bit more seriously. Here we go…

“New pill can add 20 years to life” says the title. “A wonder pill could extend the lifespan of people by up to 23 years” says the subtitle. “The ‘elixir of life’ anti-ageing drug…” starts the article. A nice smiling lady consuming a white pill is shown in the photo. She seems very happy with her extra 23 years that come in a pill in your high street pharmacy. Cool and exciting stuff it seems.

That’s what the Daily Mail reported today, in yet another demonstration of sensationalistic reporting and misrepresentation. The Daily Mail begins the article entitled: “Yeti evidence is ‘convincing’ says wildlife expert Sir David Attenborough” with: “Sir David Attenborough believes there is ‘very convincing’ evidence that yetis exist.”