An HBO Documentary about the Theranos Fraud Raises Concerns

Elizabeth Holmes founded Theranos to develop a device that could do 200 tests on a single drop of blood in a minute. She lied; it failed; she is being tried for fraud and conspiracy. The HBO documentary “The Inventor” tells the story but has some flaws. We can learn lessons from what happened. An HBO Documentary about the Theranos Fraud Raises Concerns Harriet Hall

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Shots Heard: When the antivaccine movement swarms and harasses on social media, what can we do?

Of late, antivaxers active on social media have been ramping up their attacks on their perceived enemies, up to and including attacking even mothers who have lost children to vaccine-preventable disease. A new study looks at the characteristics of this group, even as two doctors form a group to help those who are victims of antivaccine harassment on social media, Shots Heard Round the World. Shots Heard: When the antivaccine movement swarms and harasses on social media, what can we do? David Gorski

Science-Based Satire: American Academy of Pediatrics Releases New Guidelines on Corporal Punishment

In December of last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated their policy statement on effective discipline. Did it include an algorithm to help caregivers safely dose corporal punishment? No, that’s actually pretty absurd. Offensive even, if you think about it. Don’t though. Look…a squirrel! Science-Based Satire: American Academy of Pediatrics Releases New Guidelines on Corporal Punishment Clay Jones