Category: Science and Medicine

Joovv and Other Red Light Therapies

The Joovv Go is a handheld device for red light therapy. Red light therapy remains controversial: most of the claims are not supported by credible scientific evidence.

/ October 4, 2022
Malhotra as Pee Wee Herman

“I know you are, but what am I?” Dr. Asseem Malhotra rails against COVID-19 “misinformation”

Projection is a common defense mechanism used by those spreading health misinformation and disinformation. Last week Dr. Asseem Malhotra published part 2 of a plan to cure "the pandemic of misinformation on COVID-19 mRNA vaccines through real evidence-based medicine". Unsurprisingly, it was chock full of antivaccine misinformation. It's a real "I know you are, but what am I?" exercise in disinformation.

/ October 3, 2022

Impressive New Data on the Benefit of Childhood Vaccines

A new study adds compelling evidence that vaccines given to young children prevents disease and saves the lives of people of all ages. It may not be surprising, but it's nice to see. Spread the word.

/ September 30, 2022

Guest Submissions: Can’t People Read?

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/ September 27, 2022

Minimizing COVID Via Pseudo-Profound Bullshit

Some COVID-minimizers use "seemingly impressive assertions that are presented as true and meaningful but are actually vacuous" to fool people into thinking they are receiving profound, secret knowledge. It's actually just bullshit.

/ September 23, 2022

Dr. Vinay Prasad echoes a common antivax trope that portrays concern about a deadly disease as irrational fear

Before the pandemic, antivaxxers likened concern about childhood diseases to mental illness. In the age of COVID-19, Dr. Vinay Prasad accuses medicine of "legitimizing" irrational anxiety and says we should treat COVID like the flu—with one telling omission. In a recent paid Substack, he doubles down and accuses physicians and scientists of anxiety disorders that "interfere with people's lives".

/ September 19, 2022

CDC Issues Warning as the Virus Associated with a Rare Polio-Like Illness in Children Returns

After a pandemic related lull, pediatric respiratory infections are roaring back. Unfortunately, this means that there will likely be a spike in cases of a polio-like illness caused by enterovirus D68.

/ September 16, 2022

Jay Bhattacharya errs on excess mortality in New Zealand

Jay Bhattacharya claims that New Zealand COVID policy was “a grand failure” based on flawed logic and a misinterpretation of the data. He should retract.

/ September 12, 2022

Did New Zealand Let Too Few People Die of COVID?

Doctors used to agree mass death was a bad thing. Not anymore.

/ September 9, 2022
Acupuncture

But Is It Real?

Why we need more science in medicine.

/ September 7, 2022