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.

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Acupuncture for Migraine Unconvincing

The evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture in migraines remains unconvincing, and a new study changes nothing.

/ April 1, 2020

Cannabinoids for Acute Pain

A systematic review of cannabinoids for acute pain shows the evidence is preliminary, and not very encouraging.

/ March 25, 2020

More COVID-19 News

Some good and bad news about the Coronavirus.

/ March 18, 2020

Second Patient Cured of HIV Still Clear

The second patient apparently cured of HIV had a good 30 month check up. What are the implications for HIV treatment?

/ March 11, 2020

Coronavirus Myths and Facts

The novel Coronavirus 2019 is a serious outbreak that is reason for concern, but not panic, and we will all benefit from an evidence-based approach.

/ March 4, 2020

Update on Vitamin K Refusal

Vitamin K shots at birth are a safe and effective method for preventing bleeding, but that doesn't stop some parents from refusing.

/ February 26, 2020

Public Attitude Toward Science

New Pew research findings show confidence in science remains high, but there are some important caveats.

/ February 19, 2020

Handwashing to Prevent Pandemic

A new study finds that handwashing at airports is probably the single most effective method for preventing pandemics.

/ February 12, 2020

New York Times Goop Fail

A NYT opinion piece repeats all the common alternative medicine tropes in service to the further exploitation of women.

/ February 5, 2020

Cardiac Stem Cell Transplant

A new study helps put the state of stem cell research into context.

/ January 29, 2020