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.

Black Cumin – Be Skeptical

The claims made for black cumin follow a familiar pattern – implausible and a lack of evidence.

/ January 22, 2020

Probiotics Online

Probiotics still don't live up to the hype, and online information is mostly misleading.

/ January 15, 2020

The Harm of Antivaccine Misinformation

Anti-vaccine misinformation has a body count.

/ January 8, 2020

Decision Against Spelling to Communicate – A Small Victory for Science

Spelling to Communicate is just another form a facilitated communication, an invalid technique that was disproved decades ago but refuses to die.

/ December 18, 2019

Marianne Williamson Is An Anti-Vaxxer

Spouting classic anti-vaccine tropes is no way to prove you are not anti-vaccine.

/ December 11, 2019

Virtual Reality Treatment for PTSD

What does the evidence say about using virtual reality to treat PTSD?

/ December 4, 2019

Scientific Fraud in China

There is a systemic problem with fraud in Chinese medical science. The problem goes all the way to the top.

/ November 27, 2019

Herbal Products and Cancer Treatment

Oncologists increasingly are warning their patients away from alternative herbal treatments, and with good reason.

/ November 20, 2019

Zapping a Cold with Copper

Will an overpriced piece of copper prevent or treat the common cold? The science is not there.

/ November 13, 2019

Black Salve Still Thriving Online

Black salve is still dangerous quackery, but it thrives online.

/ November 6, 2019