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 Threat of Conspiracy Thinking to SBM

Conspiracy thinking is on the rise, and threatens the very notion of science and truth.

/ January 20, 2021

One More Time – Masks Work

The evidence supports the conclusion that mask-wearing policies are effective and justified.

/ January 13, 2021

The New SARS-CoV-2 Variants

Two new variants of the virus that causes COVID-19 have been detected that are more infectious. What are the implications?

/ January 6, 2021

2020 – The Good and the Bad

What 2020 has taught us about the power of science and the harm of pseudoscience.

/ December 23, 2020

Homeopathy Declining in Germany

Homeopathy is on the decline in Germany and elsewhere, partly due to the dedicated action of skeptics.

/ December 16, 2020

Exploitation of Mammals for Traditional Remedies

A recent review hints at the extent to which endangered mammals are exploited for fake medicines.

/ December 9, 2020

The Suicide Holiday Myth, Now with COVID

There is no association between the holidays and suicide – that is a myth. The effect of the pandemic is less clear.

/ December 2, 2020

CRISPR Treatment for Cancer

CRISPR-Cas9 combined with a new delivery system shows promise in treating some of the most deadly cancers.

/ November 25, 2020

Moderna’s COVID Vaccine

Preliminary results have been announced for a second mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccine, with even better results.

/ November 18, 2020

Pfizer’s COVID Vaccine

Here is everything you need to know about the recently announced COVID vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.

/ November 11, 2020