Withholding medical care over moral objections? Awesome, let’s start by withholding care from bigots!

President Trump is very concerned about my religious and moral objections to providing appropriate medical care to those who need it. According to the Washington Post: The Trump administration will ...

No, breastfeeding does not prevent maternal diabetes

Another day, another bullshit breastfeeding study. This one is Lactation Duration and Progression to Diabetes in Women Across the Childbearing YearsThe 30-Year CARDIA Study: Among young white and black women ...

Anti-vaccine sentiment: a mile wide but an inch deep

In the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak, I wrote about what I believe to be the drivers of anti-vaccine sentiment: privilege, defiance and parental ego. We have to confront ...

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False reassurance, the medical error killing new mothers

When people think about medical errors they imagine mistakes like prescribing the ...

Serena Williams almost becomes a maternal mortality statistic

Serena Williams holds many wonderful statistical records in tennis, but recently she ...

Claiming breastfeeding is optimal for babies is like claiming Volvos are optimal for babies

Volvos are widely recognized as the safest cars on the road. The ...

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Withholding medical care over moral objections? Awesome, let’s start by withholding care from bigots!

President Trump is very concerned about my religious and moral objections to providing appropriate medical care to those who need it. According to the Washington Post: The Trump administration will create a new conscience and religious freedom division within the Health and Human Services Department to ease the way for doctors, nurses and other medical […]

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No, breastfeeding does not prevent maternal diabetes

Another day, another bullshit breastfeeding study. This one is Lactation Duration and Progression to Diabetes in Women Across the Childbearing YearsThe 30-Year CARDIA Study: Among young white and black women in this observational 30-year study, increasing lactation duration was associated with a strong, graded 25% to 47% relative reduction in the incidence of diabetes even […]

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Anti-vaccine sentiment: a mile wide but an inch deep

In the wake of the Disneyland measles outbreak, I wrote about what I believe to be the drivers of anti-vaccine sentiment: privilege, defiance and parental ego. We have to confront anti-vax parents where they live — in their egos. When refusing to vaccinate your children is widely viewed as selfish, irresponsible, and the hallmark of […]

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False reassurance, the medical error killing new mothers

When people think about medical errors they imagine mistakes like prescribing the wrong medication, performing the wrong surgery, or leaving a sponge inside a patient. Sadly, there are many technical errors like this, but often the worst medical errors — and the most insidious — are the simplest. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine anything that […]

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Serena Williams almost becomes a maternal mortality statistic

Serena Williams holds many wonderful statistical records in tennis, but recently she nearly became a tragic maternal mortality statistic. Her experience further illuminates the shape of the maternal mortality problem. Maternal mortality is disproportionately a problem of black women with pre-existing health conditions. All too often it involves poor medical care, specifically assuming pregnancy complications are […]

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Claiming breastfeeding is optimal for babies is like claiming Volvos are optimal for babies

Volvos are widely recognized as the safest cars on the road. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced today [June 7. 2017] that Volvo Cars will receive an award for its continued focus on safety. Of course, Volvo changed the car industry—and essentially invented the concept of highway safety—in 1959 when it released a patent […]

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Breech deaths are vanishing; why would anyone want to bring them back?

The folks at VBACFacts are shocked, shocked that breech vaginal birth is discouraged. It’s time to summon all that passion you have for patient autonomy and take some action! Let’s support Dr. Annette Fineberg and flood this hospital with letters! The following is copied from a fellow birth advocate in California: “I’m so sad right […]

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Anti-vaccine advocacy reflects a spectacular failure of critical thinking

One of the greatest ironies of the anti-vaccine movement is that its proponents imagine themselves to be deep, incisive thinkers when they are the exact opposite. Their beliefs reflect immature cognitive errors and a spectacular failure of critical thinking. There are a lot of different definitions of critical thinking, including: [Critical thinking is] thinking about […]

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Raw stupidity

Raw water. It’s the latest health craze, and no, I’m not making it up. According to the Washington Post: Hold your canteen under a natural spring and you’ll come away with crystal clear water, potentially brimming with beneficial bacteria as well as minerals from the earth. That’s what proponents of the “raw water” movement are […]

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What killed Erica Garner?

Every maternal death is an extraordinary tragedy, but Erica Garner’s death seems particularly bitter in its irony. According to NPR: She entered the public eye in July 2014 when her father, Eric Garner, died after being put in a chokehold by a New York City police officer. Eric Garner was seen on video saying, “I […]

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