A Skeptical Look at Power Balance Products

Alternative Medicine, Bioethics, Cancer
I’ve had a couple of folks write in and ask about Power Balance devices. It looks like this may be an example of a quack product and company. But, it's even worse than that. As one reader wrote to me: The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund started a partnership with the pseudo scientific product Power Balance. The OCRF directly profits from the sale of the bracelet with the ORFC and Power Balance printed on it at $12.50 a time, this is serious money as millions of the bracelets are sold all over the world. … I think that this is the start of a worrying trend, if a organization (sic) this big will take money from crank product sales, then others will follow suit and they may choose a worse pseudo science. I…
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Obama Admin Relents, Posts Pro-Abstinence Education Study After Complaints

Children's Health, Parenting
The Obama administration relented recently in the face of public pressure and national news highlighting how the Health and Human Services Department refused to make public a new study showing the effectiveness of abstinence education programs. Here are the details from LifeNews.com: The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of HHS, funded a survey of 1,000 adolescents 12-18 years-old in order to measure parent-adolescent communication and adolescent attitudes toward sex and abstinence. The study found parents strongly support the concept that sexual relations are best saved for a marital relationship and parents' attitudes are more important in influencing adolescent views than the level of parent communication with their adolescent. The American Public Health Association (APHA) highlighted the results on its web site: “Adjusting for all other factors in…
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Obama, Congress Cut Funding for 176 Abstinence Programs Despite New Study

Children's Health, Mental Health, Parenting
More than 176 abstinence education programs will lose funding for their outreaches to youth and young adults on September 30 because Congress and the Obama Administration canceled all grants going to abstinence-centered programming in their FY2010 budget. Here are the details from LifeNews.com: The funding cuts will come even though the Obama administration was forced to reveal the results of a new study showing the effectiveness of abstinence education programs and the support parents have for them. “We are greatly concerned that the sex education policy being implemented by this administration does not reflect the values of what most parents and teens clearly want," Valerie Huber, Executive Director of the National Abstinence Education Association told LifeNews.com today. Huber explained that some programs will lose their funding midstream in their five-year…
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