Dear Toronto Star, your Gardasil article isn’t about transparency

The title of the Toronto Star’s misleading front page article about vaccine safety has been changed. No longer is it “A Wonder drug’s dark side,” now it reads “Families seek more transparency on HPV vaccine.” They just don’t get it, do they? Here we have a vaccine that can protect from the virus that causes cervical cancer. […]

7 questions the Toronto Star must answer about their Gardasil story

Mr. Cruickshank, Mr. Cooke, and Ms. English, I have many concerns about your article HPV Vaccine Gardasil has a dark side and request a response to these seven issues: 1. Mr. Cruickshank stated on CBC Radio As it Happens that “doctors” brought “virtually all of the anecdotes” of claimed vaccine injury to the Toronto Star. […]

Is power morecellation during a hysterectomy really unsafe?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement about power morcellation during hysterectomy and myomectomy (surgery to remove uterine fibroids), raising concerns about these devices spreading unanticipated cancers. There have been several reports in the literature and the press alike of this happening and when it does it significantly worsens the prognosis.  The American Congress […]

Your bra is not killing you

The myth that bras cause breast cancer is apparently coming ‘round the barn again. The latest scare-you-out-of-your-brassiere “article” claims there are “five research studies” that show a strong correlation between bra wearing and breast cancer. Well, that certainly sounds all scientific. Why the bra hullaballoo? A couple of anthropologists wrote a whole book about their incorrect […]

Did the American College of Radiology accuse the BMJ mammography authors of misconduct?

This week the BMJ published the latest results from the Canadian National Breast Screening Study (CNBSS). A brief summary of the CNBSS: Women were randomly assigned to annual mammography or breast exams and then the outcomes tracked. The results in the BMJ: mammography did not improve survival. This is a very interesting study and when […]

Raise cigarette taxes $2 a pack to pay for new lung cancer screening guidelines

The U.S. Preventative Services Task force has issued a new recommendation: annual CT scan screening for lung cancer for high-risk smokers between the ages of 55 and 80. Who is a high risk smoker? Anyone with a 30-pack year smoking history (meaning a pack a day for 30 years or 2 packs a day for 15 […]

The real HPV controversy from Katie Couric’s show, her expert

Part of Katie Couric’s “controversy” on her show about the HPV vaccine was the claim by her expert, Dr. Diane Harper, that the vaccine only lasts for 5 years. I mean, why promote a 5 year vaccine to adolescent girls that will wear off and leave them at risk during their 20s? The problem with […]

New study confirms no link between abortion and breast cancer

In 2004 the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer evaluated the worldwide epidemiological evidence on the possible relation between breast cancer and previous spontaneous and induced abortion ad found no link. The results, drawn from 53 studies, were published in the Lancet. A new study confirms this data, that there is no link between abortion and breast cancer. […]

Abortion, health care, HPV, chronic pain: what I’ve learned from my most popular posts of 2012

I published 97 posts in 2012 and during the year my blog was viewed approximately 970,000 times.  I’m humbled that anyone took the time to read anything that I wrote. Some posts were read by a couple of hundred people and some posts by a couple of hundred thousand. I don’t think the writing on […]

HPV vaccine may provide benefit even for women with a history of HPV-related disease

The human papilloma virus (HPV) is the virus that causes genital warts, most cervical and vulvar cancers, and many anal cancers. HPV is particularly troublesome because even after optimal treatment recurrence is problematic. Never mind the ongoing risk of cancer, it often takes multiples visits with painful biopsies to closely monitor the situation. Many women […]