Category: Commentary

Do face masks decrease the risk of COVID-19 transmission?

As wearing masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19 becomes a culture war issue, the evidence for whether they prevent transmission of COVID-19 remains contested. A new systematic review and meta-analysis provides the best evidence yet that social distancing and masks are highly effective at decreasing the risk of contracting coronavirus, while eye protection might also help, but it's not a slam...

/ June 8, 2020

Winning the COVID Marathon

The most important difference between the COVID-19 pandemic and all previous pandemics is the power of our science. We should acknowledge and maximize that.

/ June 3, 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

Marianne Williamson Is An Anti-Vaxxer

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

/ December 11, 2019

Reproducibility Follow Up

Let's explore dueling narratives about the reproducibility "crisis."

/ October 16, 2019

A world-renowned placebo researcher asks, “Does placebo research boost pseudoscience?”

Professor Fabrizio Benedetti is the most famous and almost certainly also the most influential researcher investigating the physiology of placebo effects. In a recent commentary, he asks whether placebo research is fueling quackery, as quacks co-opt its results. The answer to that question is certainly yes. A better question is: How do supporters of science counter the placebo narrative promoted by quacks,...

/ September 23, 2019
Gary Null doing what Gary Null does.

Gary Null’s Attack on SBM

Gary Null's fact- and logic-free attack on SBM.

/ August 7, 2019

Shaping Opinions About Science and Medicine

Responding to a commentary with all the usual anti-science tropes.

/ July 24, 2019

Media Literacy Is Key

Media literacy is an important component to teaching science and critical thinking. We'll add that to our to-do list.

/ June 26, 2019

Taking On the Wellness Industry

The wellness industry is just one more manifestation of quackery and pseudoscience in health.

/ June 12, 2019