A medical statement about gender confusion in children

The American College of Pediatricians, a conservative medical organization, has issued a statement entitled Gender Ideology Harms Children, exposing the fallacy that children can be “born the wrong sex” and detailing the medical harm that can be done by “treatments” such as puberty-blocking and cross-sex hormones.

The report says that 98% of gender-confused boys and 88% of girls accept their biological sex after puberty.  And it notes that suicide rates are 20 times greater for adults who have had sexual reassignment surgery.  The report concludes, “Conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful is child abuse.”

Read the statement after the jump. [Read more…]

All Canada doctors & nurses must kill patients on demand

Canada is implementing its new euthanasia policy with new guidelines that will require doctors and nurses to kill their patients if requested, and there will be no opt-out on the basis of religion or conscience.  Wesley Smith gives the details, commenting, “I have never seen a society jump so enthusiastically into the abyss that is the culture of death as Canada has in the last year.”
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Zika, the new global plague

Zika is a virus that, in 80% of the cases, produces no symptoms.  But if a pregnant woman is infected, her baby might be born with microcephaly, a birth defect of the child having a very small head and consequent brain damage.  The virus is transmitted primarily by mosquitoes, though it can also be sexually transmitted and has been found in blood and saliva.  

So far the outbreak is mainly in Latin America, especially Brazil, which has gone so far as to recommend that women not get pregnant until the mosquitoes are brought under control.  This summer, though, the world comes to Brazil, with the Olympic games in Rio De Janiero.  The virus may threaten the games.)  And it is now in the United States, with 12 cases in Florida (though the patients picked up the virus elsewhere) and a sexually-transmitted case in Texas.  A case has also been confirmed in Europe

After the jump, I excerpt and link to a very useful site that gives questions and answers about the Zika virus. [Read more…]

Religious hospitals may refuse to perform procedures against their beliefs

In what may be an important precedent, a California court ruled against a woman who sued a Catholic hospital for not performing a sterilization procedure that she requested, arguing that since the hospital took federal funds it could not discriminate against her.  (This is also the argument being used to force religious hospitals to commit abortion.)

The judge ruled that there was no discrimination, since the hospital wouldn’t sterilize men either, which would also violate Catholic teaching; and, more importantly, that the government should not interfere with religious hospitals acting on their religious beliefs. [Read more…]

“I’ve heard a lot about purple”

We’ve blogged about the new technology that allows people who are color-blind to see in color for the first time.  Now these special glasses are available through optometrists.  After the break is an excerpt and a link to an article recounting the experiences of people with red-green color-blindness, who usually see both colors as a muddied brown, now being able to perceive those colors.

Favorite line from the story:

“I’ve heard a lot about purple,” Robison said before he tried his new glasses.

And after?

“It was everything I wanted it to be.”

 

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Biomedical studies that aren’t reproducible

A key principle of the scientific method is that experiments must be reproducible.  That is, an experiment has scientific validity only if another person tries the same experiment and gets the same result.

It has been coming out that a big percentage–possibly a majority of psychological and social science experiments are not reproducible.  That is understandable, since human beings are active agents and so cannot be expected to be as predictable as inanimate objects.

But now scientists are discovering that a large percentage of biomedical studies are also non-reproducible! [Read more…]


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