Global Quickies: Whooping Cough, Breastfeeding, and Don Quixote

A 4-week-old baby died of whooping cough. The family hopes this will raise awareness on the importance of getting vaccinated.

The TV show Marketplace gets a fake natural remedy for children’s fever and pain approved by Health Canada, making the point that the licensing process for those products is extremely problematic.

“An angry mob stoned and beat a woman before hurling her onto a riverbed and setting her body alight in the Afghan capital after she allegedly burned copies of the Quran”.

The city of Sao Paulo is about to pass legislation that will fine anyone who prevents women from breastfeeding in public.

ISIS claims responsibility for the Bardo Museum attack, where 23 people died

A bride walked out of her arranged wedding after the groom couldn’t answer correctly when she asked him to add 15+6.

“France’s lower house of Parliament approved a bill Tuesday that allows doctors to keep terminally ill patients sedated until death comes— a move sure to ignite more debate about end-of-life practices.”

Irish senator claims Mother’s Day is under threat by same-sex marriage. Also claims that some US states have already banned the celebration.

Have you heard that paleontologists found the 400-year-old bones of the writer Cervantes (of Don Quixote fame)? It’s a bit more complicated than that.

Long story short: Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana call children from IVF “children of chemistry” and “synthetic”. Elton John calls for a boycott of D&G, is seen with a D&G shopping bag the next day. D&G call Elton John a fascist.

Medical staff have to report any woman whose labia or clitoris has been pierced as suffering FGM.

Featured image: Miguel de Cervantes / Hulton Archive/Getty Images


Born and raised in Mexico City, Daniela has finally decided to abdicate her post as an armchair skeptic and start doing some skeptical activism. She is currently living in Spain after having lived in the US, Brazil and Italy. You can also find her blogging in Spanish at esceptica.org.

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