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.

COVID-19 Testing

Currently available tests for COVID-19 are imperfect but useful if used properly, with rapidly evolving research on new tests underway.

/ May 20, 2020

Do Masks Work?

Let's review the evidence for the effectiveness of wearing face masks during a pandemic (reprinted from NeuroLogica).

/ May 13, 2020

MMR is Safe and Effective

A new systematic review shows convincingly that the MMR vaccine is safe and effective.

/ May 6, 2020

Stroke in COVID-19 Patients

A case series of five patients with COVID-19 and young strokes sparks many questions.

/ April 29, 2020

No – COVID-19 Is Not Just a “Bad Flu”

By any measure, COVID-19 is more than just a bad flu season, which is pretty bad to begin with.

/ April 22, 2020

The Psychology of Vaccine Denial

A new study sheds a bit more light on anti-vaccine attitudes.

/ April 15, 2020

More Pseudoscience for COVID-19

The science and pseudoscience of COVID-19 are being tested in the real world.

/ April 8, 2020
Acupuncture needles

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