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Sense About Science's annual roundup of Celebrities and Science 2010

02.01.2011, Age: 3950 days

Each year, London based Sense About Science publishes the most flagrant scientific claims by screen, music and sports celebrities. While some of these claims are just amusing in their outrageousness, many are downright harmful, e.g. those about diets, vaccination and alternative cancer therapies.

Sense About Science publishes on its website various documents compiled by scientists about topics like Alternative Medicine, Misconceptions about Chemicals, Evidence-Based Medicine, Food Additives, Climate and Weather, or the Energy Gap. Sections such as Making Sense of Statistics and Peer Review explain to a lay audience how science works.
This year's edition of Celebrities and Science features celebrities like Olivia Newton-John, who said that she takes digestive enzymes and plant tonics to boost her immune system. Or, David Beckham, Robert de Niro, Kate Middleton, who wear silicone bracelet embedded with a hologram, promising to improve strength, energy and flexibility.
The website and the various brochures are effective tools against popular scientific misconceptions in the public domain, some of which can harm people's healths.

The recent hoax that autism spectrum disorders can be caused by the MMR vaccination has resulted in a significant rise of measles and mumps cases in 2006, at incidence rates 13 and 37 times greater than respective 1998 levels. Two children were severely and permanently injured by measles encephalitis despite undergoing kidney transplantation in London. (Source: Wikipedia.)

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