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Sun, 05 Apr 2009
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    • Mr. Stephen O’Brien:
      To ask the Secretary of State for Health if he will publish the Office of Government Commerce gateway reviews of the NHS IT programme. [266219]

      Mr. Bradshaw:
      We are reviewing our previous policy not to disclose the review reports in light of the recent decision by the Office of Government Commerce to disclose two Gate 0 review reports on the identity cards programme. No final decision has yet been taken.

      • Thanks Mr. O’Brien. How many billions of our money have you wasted? It’s a good deal more than the 3.5 billion in the previous answer. – post by waster
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      Mr Stephen O’Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23 February 2009, Official Report, column 239W, on NHS: data protection, which companies have had access to NHS patient information in each of the last 10 years.
  • “If the vaccine companies are not listening to us, it’s their f___ing fault that the diseases are coming back.” How can we deal with this zeal?

    tags: nonsense, vaccination, autism

    • But children are given so many shots from the moment they’re born. They get multiple injections all at once, and if they fall behind, doctors put them on a catch-up schedule. Babies get the hepatitis B vaccine immediately after they’re born and the only way for a newborn to contract that disease is if the mother is a carrier. Why not just screen the mother? Evan was handed to me pre-vaccinated with a Band-Aid on his foot.
      • No, you are indeed saying it is all the vaccines. This kind of emotive nonsense is what is perpetuating the problem of people rejecting vaccines. – post by waster
    • toxins
      • Toxins, ah yes. That old chestnut. She has been reading too many women’s magazines. – post by waster
    • I do believe sadly it’s going to take some diseases coming back to realize that we need to change
      • It is sad that even more children will get sick and die directly because of their misguided parents. – post by waster
  • tags: language, study, free

  • JAMA paper – tellingly contains elementary errors on evolutionary theory. Particularly embarrassing after other 200th anniversary of Darwin paper in same edition of the journal which criticises lack of evolutionary teaching to medical students. See

    tags: evolution, education, medicine

    • Then there is the issue that natural selection functions only before or during the reproductive years and not afterward, when AD and Parkinson disease occur.
      • This is false. Non-reproductive organisms can influence the survival of genetically similar organisms, thus the survival of their common genes. – post by waster
    • The major biological function of natural selection is to select for fitness, allowing for reproduction and maintenance of a lineage or species.
      • “This correctly identifies the role of reproduction, but it accepts naive group selection.” – post by waster
    • perhaps evolution has actually selected for aging and neurodegenerative diseases as a means to maintain the limits of a finite lifespan
      • “Group selection again, and no link to the large literature on the evolutionary explanations for senescence.” – post by waster
  • tags: pain

  • “University of Texas researchers have shown that they can “de-anonymize” Twitter accounts based on an anonymous social network topology and a bit of outside Flickr data.”

    tags: anonymity, social, flickr, twitter, research, privacy

  • How many parody religions does will it take? Slightly worrying that these might become real religions, like Bill and Ted’s guitar music.

    tags: religion, fsm

  • tags: news, cancer, dieat, health, badscience

      • Dietary fibre and risk of breast cancer in the UK Women’s Cohort Study
        Janet Elizabeth Cade*, Victoria Jane Burley, Darren Charles Greenwood the UK Women’s Cohort Study Steering Group

        Centre for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Leeds, 30-32 Hyde Terrace, Leeds LS2 9PL, UK.

        * Correspondence author. E-mail:

        Subjects and methods

        Background Reports of relationships between dietary fibre intake and breast cancer have been inconsistent. Previous cohort studies have been limited by a narrow range of intakes.

        Methods Women who developed invasive breast cancer, 350 post-menopausally and 257 pre-menopausally, during 240 959 person-years of follow-up in the UK Women’s Cohort Study (UKWCS) were studied. This cohort has 35 792 subjects with a wide range of exposure to dietary fibre with intakes of total fibre in the lowest quintile of 30 g/day in the top quintile. Fibre and breast cancer relationships were explored using Cox regression modelling adjusted for measurement error. Effects of fibre, adjusting for confounders were examined for pre- and post-menopausal women separately.

        Results In pre-menopausal, but not post-menopausal women a statistically significant inverse relationship was found between total fibre intake and risk of breast cancer (P for trend = 0.01). The top quintile of fibre intake was associated with a hazard ratio of 0.48 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0.24–0.96] compared with the lowest quintile. Pre-menopausally, fibre from cereals was inversely associated with risk of breast cancer (P for trend = 0.05) and fibre from fruit had a borderline inverse relationship (P for trend = 0.09). A further model including dietary folate strengthened the significance of the inverse relationship between total fibre and pre-menopausal breast cancer.

        Conclusions These findings suggest that in pre-menopausal women, total fibre is protective against breast cancer; in particular, fibre from cereals and possibly fruit.

        Keywords Breast neoplasms, cereals, cohort studies, dietary fibre, prospective studies, women – post by waster

    • It said high fibre foods are rich in vitamins, zinc and other
      nutrients which have protective anti- oxidant properties.
      • Zinc is never mentioned in the original research paper. – post by waster
      • Cade et al 2007 “It may be that other aspects of a high fibre diet are important such as the combination of micronutrients including antioxidant vitamins and glycaemic index. [8]” – post by waster

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