So long and thanks for all the fish
By tigtog on February 4, 2012
Doco examines how devastating disease became shiny pink marketing dream diverting donations away from organisations doing most of the work towards organisations with better PR. Is this the best use of donors’ money? And what about all the non-pinkified cancers?
By Robert Merkel on February 3, 2012
Medical research, and cancer research in particular, is the recipient of charitable funding in a way that few other areas of research are.
By Robert Merkel on January 3, 2012
The world continues to inch towards the eradication of two more diseases. The number of Guinea worm cases continues to decline. According to the latest WHO bulletin, in January through September 2011, there were 1,008 cases of dracunculasis reported, compared […]
By Robert Merkel on November 1, 2011
Nature News has a story about one of the most difficult topics in science: paper retraction. For any number of reasons, a published scientific paper are sometimes discovered to be so flawed that they must be withdrawn from publication (which, […]
By Robert Merkel on October 19, 2011
This is amazing – a (partially) effective vaccine for malaria. The full scholarly article on the Phase 3 clinical trial is here. In short, the vaccine reduced the incidence of malaria amongst vaccinated children by about half. It’s not a […]
By Robert Merkel on August 26, 2011
Clem Bastow has penned an op-ed criticizing Australian of the Year Pat McGorry for not defending the Better Access Program from cuts. But is he really obliged to?
By Mark Bahnisch on July 24, 2011
Winehouse’s struggles will have been compounded by the world she found herself in. Her death should stimulate reflection on how myths surrounding mental illness have a cruel hold over real lives.
By Robert Merkel on May 30, 2011
I’d never heard of rinderpest, and I come from cattle country. And, absent human malevolence, the world will never hear of rinderpest again. Absent any cases for a decade, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization will, on June 28th, adopt […]
By Brian on May 16, 2011
In many ways the Budget was too complex to create a simple narrative. Laura Tingle had an excellent piece illustrating this. In another piece she said that the Budget was actually better than the spin. She was impressed with spending […]
By GuyB on April 13, 2011
There is a ubiquitous, wildly popular pink elephant in the room. The “bad news” about alcohol keeps rolling in, but boy oh boy, it’s a whole lot easier to ignore it. In November 2010, The Guardian reported the results of […]
By Robert Merkel on April 12, 2011
From the perspective of somebody whose research is (partly) funded through the Australian Research Council, the world of medical research has sometimes looked like a land of milk and honey, where lavish laboratories, full of very expensive machines that go […]