All posts by Steven Novella

Founder and currently Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine Steven Novella, MD is an academic clinical neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and the author of the NeuroLogicaBlog, a daily blog that covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general science, scientific skepticism, philosophy of science, critical thinking, and the intersection of science with the media and society. Dr. Novella also has produced two courses with The Great Courses, and published a book on critical thinking - also called The Skeptics Guide to the Universe.

The Myth of Vaccine Shedding

No - the measles vaccine cannot cause an outbreak through virus shedding, but this myth persists in antivaccine circles.

/ February 13, 2019

Psychological Placebos

New research shows the importance of carefully separating real therapeutic effects from psychological placebos.

/ February 6, 2019

Is An Israeli Company About to Cure Cancer?

Hyped claims for a cure for all cancers are inherently unbelievable. So don't believe them.

/ January 30, 2019

WHO – Vaccine Hesitancy Top Health Threat

The World Health Organization recognizes that vaccine-hesitancy is a top threat to the public health. Now what are they going to do about it?

/ January 23, 2019

Frequency Specific Microcurrent

Frequency Specific Microcurrents is a dubious energy medicine treatment in the tradition of Albert Abrams.

/ January 16, 2019

Cancer Death Rate Continues to Decline

The new data are in – cancer deaths continue to decline at a steady rate.

/ January 9, 2019

Regulating Fringe Practitioners

Fringe professions like chiropractic and naturopaths are not adequately regulated. This needs to be fixed.

/ January 2, 2019

SBM in 2018 and Beyond

A look back at SBM in 2018 and the future of SBM.

/ December 19, 2018

Release Active Drugs – Homeopathy By Another Name

A Russian company is marketing "release active drugs" as a new medical technology, but it is just bogus homeopathy dressed up with new jargon.

/ December 12, 2018

Italy’s Antivaccine Government – The Attack on Experts Continues

Anti-vaccine Italian government fires its entire Health Council. This is unfortunately part of a bigger trend against expertise and reality-based policy.

/ December 5, 2018