Vaccine Studies and Conspiracy Thinking

February 13, 2010 in Medical Ethics by RangelMD

The anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists cling tenaciously to a few studies of questionable quality and accuracy and serious credibility issues.

Is the Vegetative Patient Aware?

February 3, 2010 in Medical Ethics by RangelMD

Relatively new imaging techniques have found evidence of conscious awareness in a minority of traumatic injury patients diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state.

Abstinence-only Education Works After Religion is Taken Out

February 2, 2010 in Health Policy, Medical Ethics by RangelMD

Abstinence-only sex education has never been shown to work well. What if they just threw out all of that “no sex until marriage” stuff and instead, focused on the hazards of teenage sexual activity?

Physicians and Substance Abuse

January 30, 2010 in Medical Ethics by RangelMD

There are a ton of misconceptions and outright falsehoods regarding doctors and substance abuse problems. This is not helped by media reports that make it seem as if physicians are abusing every substance “under the sun”. There is not an army of crazy, addicted, physician zombies out there ready to eat your brains.

Who Says Dishonesty Doesn’t Pay?

January 28, 2010 in Medical Ethics by RangelMD

Dr. Wakefield will likely lose his UK medical license for “dishonest, irresponsible and [showing] callous disregard for the distress and pain of children” in attempting to prove a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Good thing he currently works in Texas!