Young Scientist of the year?

Hi folks,

Well summer is nearly over and the blog is about to start up again for the new academic year. We should be back in full-swing in September.

In the meantime I came across this amazing story that highlights the creativity of science, where a 15 year old boy has developed a more sensitive prostate cancer test. Interesting that 99 out of 100 professors he approached rejected his application (a sure sign of the blinkered scientific thinking that opponents of science are always criticizing us for), but one had the foresight to take him on and help him develop the idea. An inspiring story for science and good news for health care (particularly for those of us within a prostate gland) 🙂

Enjoy the last few weeks of summer!


Alternative Cancer Treatments & Medical Tourism: People & Power

I saw this excellent documentary on Aljazeera English exploring the alternative cancer therapy clinics, many based in Tijuana, Mexico. Interestingly many of these fee-for-service clinics offer treatments unlicensed elsewhere such as Laetrile, and Sono-photo-dynamic Therapy (which certainly looks like an application of techno-mumbo-jumbo, but I’d be interested in other thoughts on the effectiveness of this therapy).

Cancer Sell – People & Power – Al Jazeera English


I think the most worrying aspect is the commercial sales pressure applied by these clinics to vulnerable people. If ever you need a good argument for Evidence Based Practice, this is it.