Month: May 2021

Data Visualizations

How antimaskers weaponize techniques of scientific analysis to attack mask mandates

There's a new paper out analyzing how antimask activists weaponize the tools of data visualization and scientific argumentation to produce convincing antimask propaganda. Antimaskers are claiming that it shows that they are more "scientific" than those supporting the consensus viewpoint with respect to COVID-19 and masks. What it really shows is that they are good at weaponizing the tools of data visualization...

/ May 17, 2021

CDC Data Reveals Frustrating Infant Death Statistics

Since the significant decrease in the rates of sudden unexpected infant deaths in the 90s, we have hit a bit of a wall and there is much we don't know about this complicated problem. A new study analyzing CDC data is a step in the right direction.

/ May 14, 2021

Audit reveals supplement regulation and oversight is lacking

A Canadian audit of dietary supplements shows serious problems with the quality and safety of the products you may be buying.

/ May 13, 2021

Artificial Intelligence and Science-Based Medicine

AI tools in medicine are coming, and they can be powerful, but we have to manage how they are employed.

/ May 12, 2021

A Blood Test for Fibromyalgia?

The FM/a test is advertised as a definitive test to diagnose fibromyalgia. It isn't definitive. It is expensive. It has not been shown to change patient outcomes.

/ May 11, 2021
Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Should COVID-19 vaccines be administered to children under an emergency use authorization?

Recently, Wesley Pegden, Vinay Prasad, and Stefan Baral argued in The BMJ that "COVID-19 vaccines for children should not get emergency use authorization". Their argument is lacking, and they left out a number of relevant facts.

/ May 10, 2021

The COVID-19 “Vaccine Holocaust”: The latest antivaccine messaging

The latest antivaccine disinformation consists of pointing to the large numbers of reports of death (and other adverse events) to the VAERS database. It's nonsense.

/ May 10, 2021

Mr Hyde – The Dark Side of Placebo Effect

We hear very often about the benefits of auto-suggestion (a.k.a. placebos) in medicine, but much less about their risks and harms.

/ May 7, 2021

COVID vaccine manufacturers should explore legal action against anti-vaxxers spreading disinformation

Perhaps it's time for vaccine manufacturers to consider defamation suits against anti-vaxxers who spread false information about COVID vaccines. Lawsuits by voting technology companies against Fox and others over false "rigged" election claims could serve as a template.

/ May 6, 2021

Spike Proteins, COVID-19, and Vaccines

A new study further elucidates the role of spike proteins in COVID-19.

/ May 5, 2021