Category: Science and Medicine

England’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Year: Mumps and the “Wakefield Cohort”

It may not be the most worrisome virus out there these days, but England has just had its worst year of mumps infections in a decade thanks in large part to their "Wakefield cohort".

/ March 27, 2020

Lipogen for Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Lipogen PMS-Free is a dietary phospholipid supplement marketed as a remedy for PMS. The evidence for its effectiveness is less than convincing.

/ March 17, 2020
COVID-19

COVID-19 update: What you need to know now that it’s officially a pandemic

On March 11, the World Health Organization officially declared the COVID-19 to be a pandemic. The causative virus, SARS-CoV-2 is spreading through the population. What can be done? Social distancing is the only hope of slowing down spread of the disease.

/ March 16, 2020

Science-Based Satire: Kinesiology Masks Revolutionize Coronavirus Prevention

Can colorful elastic tape applied to your face by certified practitioners reduce your risk of catching the novel coronavirus? No. And that's a hard no. This is satire.

/ March 13, 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

Pitfalls in Research: Why Studies Are More Often Wrong than Right

Here is a course guide to episode 9, "Pitfalls of Research", of my YouTube lecture series on science-based medicine.

/ March 3, 2020

“Personalized” dietary recommendations based on DNA testing: Modern astrology

GenoPalate is a company that claims to give "personalized" dietary recommendations based on DNA testing. Unfortunately, what is provided by such companies is more akin to astrology than science.

/ March 2, 2020

A Popular Class of Antibiotics May Increase Risk of Birth Defects

A new study in the British Medical Journal has revealed a possible association between taking a popular antibiotic during early pregnancy and major congenital malformations.

/ February 28, 2020

Quackery in Medical School: Chapman Points

If you want to become a physician in the United States, you have two educational routes available to you: osteopathic and vanilla medical schools. Osteopathic medical school graduates earn a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O) degree, and vanilla medical school graduates earn a Doctor of Medicine (M.D) degree. If you’re wondering what the difference is between the two, the answer is basically...

/ February 21, 2020