Advice & Dissent: 2010

"Border collie jill surveying the view from atop the sand dune." Those were the last words of Malibu plastic surgeon Frank Ryan, best known for "reconstructing" reality TV star Heidi Montag. It's not quite up there with "Et tu, Brute?" Yet it seemed important enough for him to…Read More
To much celebration and media play, the first human trial of embryonic stem cells has begun. With a grand total so far of one patient. "I don't understand having human trials because the animal studies aren't very convincing," David Bennett, a University of Alberta…Read More
There's an interesting article in the Washington Post about Stephen Colbert's Catholicism, although one does note that he was taught by Jesuits, whose idea of Catholicism is not mainstream. But neither is it atheism. One thing I say for both Colbert and John Stewart is that agree…Read More
O'DONNELL: Right. O'REILLY: But they're not, at least not that we know of. And now they're in the monkey realm. And I don't understand, if that's the possibility that people might be cured, why the objection. Because I never buy the slippery slope.... O'DONNELL: By their own…Read More
Back when Congress knew how to pass good legislation, in this case in the mid-1980s, it took most cases involving vaccine liability out of the normal court system and put them in a special vaccine court where science and medicine would rule instead of the whims of scientifically…Read More
In my LA Times piece "Texters, You'd Be Better off Driving Drunk," Oct. 3, I stated "There are no reliable studies regarding deaths associated with driving and texting." Well, there is now. Texting behind the wheel accounted for 16,141 deaths between 2002 and 2007, according to…Read More
It's not "live!" It's not even "In color!" And there's no sound. But it's quite stunning. A surveillance video posted by Fox Chicago News Online shows a 2006 Toyota Corolla backing out of a parking space and striking a car. The Corolla then shoots forward and slams into another…Read More
World AIDS Day has rolled around again, amid charges by C. Everett Koop that "HIV is no longer on the public's radar screen, and the result is deadly serious." So the 94-year-old former Surgeon General told the 2010 National Summit on HIV Diagnosis, Prevention and Access to Care…Read More