Tuesday, December 30, 2014


(i) Vaccines work; and here are the facts in comic form (medium.com)

(ii) On a related note, Steve Novella discusses the evolution of pertussis (whooping cough) bacteria:
One can already argue that it is everyone’s duty to get vaccinated, not only to protect themselves but to contribute to herd immunity for everyone. We can now reasonably argue that this duty extends to minimizing resistance to the existing vaccines. Non-compliance can not only lead to outbreaks, but to diminishing effectiveness of the vaccines for everyone.
(iii) Yet another example Goodhart's law, "When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure." Did Northeastern University game college rankings? Or did it just excel at something that every university tries to do?

(iv) NPR's story about fear-mongering by the Food Babe elicited a response at her site. David Gorski at science-based medicine offers a useful summary in his response to her response.

(v) While on the matter of food, here's Scott Adams on how you may want to think about atoning for the "eating season" we are currently in.

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