Breaking News: Sticking Needles in Babies Does Not Stop Them Crying

We turn now to one of my favourite whipping boys of complimentary and alternative medicine (CAM): acupuncture. More than 3000 research studies into acupuncture are yet to show any kind of effect other than that of an elaborate placebo. Why would they, of course? What possible rationale could there be for sticking needles into your… Read More Breaking News: Sticking Needles in Babies Does Not Stop Them Crying

Longest Lived Vertebrate? More Data Required

A new study published this week purports to have discovered the longest lived of all the vertebrates. The Greenland shark, Somniosus microcephalus, is a very large, very slow growing creature that lives in the far reaches of the north Atlantic. Full grown adults can reach in excess of five metres in length. The new research, published in… Read More Longest Lived Vertebrate? More Data Required