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/ September 27, 2022
Censored

“Censorship” and “thoughtcrime”? Antivaxxers and COVID-19 contrarians attack California AB 2098

One of the oldest tropes favored by quacks of all stripes, including antivaxxers, is to portray any attempt at regulating their quackery as an assault on freedom of speech. It's therefore not surprising that after its passage by the California legislature prominent spreaders of COVID-19 misinformation are labeling AB2098, which seeks clarify and codify the power of the Medical Board of California...

/ September 26, 2022

Minimizing COVID Via Pseudo-Profound Bullshit

Some COVID-minimizers use "seemingly impressive assertions that are presented as true and meaningful but are actually vacuous" to fool people into thinking they are receiving profound, secret knowledge. It's actually just bullshit.

/ September 23, 2022

Alternative Reproduction?

Are there effective forms of SCAMs for birth control or reproduction? Of course not.

/ September 22, 2022

Study of Multivitamin Use and Memory

Routine multivitamins are likely not the best strategy for cognitive effects.

/ September 21, 2022

The Polypill Comes of Age

The polypill is effective for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease. By combining drugs in a single pill, it improves convenience and compliance.

/ September 20, 2022

Dr. Vinay Prasad echoes a common antivax trope that portrays concern about a deadly disease as irrational fear

Before the pandemic, antivaxxers likened concern about childhood diseases to mental illness. In the age of COVID-19, Dr. Vinay Prasad accuses medicine of "legitimizing" irrational anxiety and says we should treat COVID like the flu—with one telling omission. In a recent paid Substack, he doubles down and accuses physicians and scientists of anxiety disorders that "interfere with people's lives".

/ September 19, 2022

CDC Issues Warning as the Virus Associated with a Rare Polio-Like Illness in Children Returns

After a pandemic related lull, pediatric respiratory infections are roaring back. Unfortunately, this means that there will likely be a spike in cases of a polio-like illness caused by enterovirus D68.

/ September 16, 2022
Wall of Supplements

Adverse Effects from Dietary Supplements: A survey of the US Military

Over 26,000 US Service members completed a survey on the adverse effects associated with dietary supplements. Some categories of supplements are associated with substantial adverse events.

/ September 15, 2022

A New Malaria Vaccine

A second anti-malarial vaccine in just two years could be a game-changer for this deadly disease.

/ September 14, 2022