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France’s top medical expert: No evidence linking Gardasil vaccine to multiple sclerosis

One of France’s top medical experts appealed for calm Monday as a scare over a widely administered vaccine that prevents cervical cancer gathered momentum. Daniel Floret, the chair of the national committee that oversees vaccinations, said there was no evidence to link Gardasil, a vaccine against the human papilloma virus…

Even married monogamous women are dirty sluts who deserve cancer now

Via Jill comes this amazing evidence of how out-of-touch and extremist sex panicking conservatives have gotten.  As I think all grown-ups are willing to admit, this whole shitstorm Michele Bachmann has stirred about the HPV vaccine is just pure sex panic (with a side dose of anti-vaxxer nuttery, but really,…

Less boob squishing seems like a value add to me

Unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about how a panel was convened to look at the breast cancer screening recommendations, and taking new evidence into account, they suggested the screening should start for most women at 50 instead of 40, and that self-exams were ineffective. I knew…

How anti-vaccination hysteria is about sex, accidentally helping Big Pharma—anything but science

It’s painful for me to write this, because I don’t like criticizing people I generally admire, but if I’m going to get on the right for sex-phobia and anti-science thinking, I have to do it for the left, too. I hinted at my frustrations in my article about the reproductive…

What’s worse: A two second shot or cervical cancer?

I hope this doesn’t come across too harshly, because I usually like Catherine Price’s blogging, but this blog post is irresponsible. She buries the most important detail, perhaps for dramatic effect or perhaps because she didn’t realize how important it was. The teaser on the front page of Salon says,…

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