Read Cancer care mistakes, including surgery on wrong patient, detailed in Manitoba critical incident reports | CBC News by Marina von Stackelberg (CBC)
Five different incidents involving cancer care occurred in a three-month period in 2017, according to newly released Manitoba Health critical incident reports.

CBC reports that CancerCare Manitoba has cooked a few nightmares with Type-I and Type-II errors in diagnosis. Imagine going home being told you’re fine to later die ignorantly happy. I don’t know whether to laugh or laugh about it.

Among an array of charities, I am a staunch supporter of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), or Doctors Without Borders. One way to support them is through Amazon Smile. Whenever you make a purchase through Amazon, a portion goes to MSF.

I invite you to support MSF for the venerable work they do.


It’s very simple. Ask one of the anti-vaccine proponents to visit, say, the African meningitis belt for a cup of coffee.

Read 50 years ago, the safety of artificial sweeteners was fiercely debated by EMILY CONOVER (Science News)
Scientists are still learning more about the health effects of chemical sweeteners

A 2014 study in mice and humans revealed that saccharin may alter the gut microbiome, mucking with the body’s ability to use glucose (SN: 10/18/14, p. 6). Another study suggested that artificial sweeteners in diet sodas might encourage overeating by interfering with how the brain keeps tabs on calories (SN: 7/14/12, p. 14).

Read Watch your step: why the 10,000 daily goal is built on bad science by David CoxDavid Cox (the Guardian)
An entire industry has been built on the claim that 10,000 steps a day were necessary to be healthy. But where did the figure come from?

Originating from a 1960s Japanese ad, probably as a beautiful philosophical number with historic, cultural symbolism, the ‘10,000’ in ‘walk 10,000 steps daily’ may be an arbitrary, not particularly scientific target:

“This number keeps being reinforced because of the way research studies are designed,” says Prof Catrine Tudor-Locke of the Center for Personalized Health Monitoring at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “So, the study might find that 10,000 helps you lose more weight than 5,000 and then the media see it and report: ‘Yes, you should go with 10,000 steps,’ but that could be because the study has only tested two numbers. It didn’t test 8,000, for example, and it didn’t test 12,000.”


“Six thousand steps and above is getting you into that range of what these studies are showing and is protective against cardiovascular disease, in particular. […] And for people who have elevated risk factors to begin with, this can cause an improvement in those risk factors.”