Methodolatry and COVID

Doctors who call for an RCT for everything generally haven't run a single RCT on anything. Why is this?

/ May 12, 2022

The Toll of COVID

We can't take our eyes off the ball just yet - what's the state of the pandemic?

/ May 11, 2022

Plenity – A New Weight Loss Pill

Plenity is a new weight loss pill designed to create a sense of fullness. It is backed by a single study where users had an average weight loss of 22 pounds. Not an effective way to achieve ideal weight, but may help some people when combined with diet and exercise.

/ May 10, 2022
Slashers

The “12% efficacy” myth from the “Pfizer data dump”: The latest slasher stat about COVID-19 vaccines

Last week, a claim that Pfizer's own documents demonstrate that the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine was only 12% (not the 95% reported) went viral. This is a slasher stat, so-named because it is not new and, like the killers in slasher movie series, even when it appears to be dead it always appears in another installment of the misinformation franchise to...

/ May 9, 2022

Pediatric Hepatitis, A Medical Rorschach Test

Because they are from an old, established cause, pediatric deaths from COVID have receded into the background, overshadowed by pediatric hepatitis.

/ May 6, 2022

Supposedly Silenced Scientists and Dr. Rick Bright

Contrarian doctors don't want discussion and debate. That's why they ignore silenced scientists like Dr. Rick Bright.

/ May 5, 2022

Sex and Racial Bias in Cardiac Care

Sex and racial biases in cardiac care partly reflect cognitive biases that can be corrected with education.

/ May 4, 2022

Pain Reprocessing Therapy

In a trial of Pain Reprocessing Therapy (PRT), 2/3 of patients with chronic low back pain reported significant pain relief with psychotherapy that helped them reconceptualize the pain as nondangerous. Impressive if true, but flaws in research design make the study untrustworthy.

/ May 3, 2022

Columbia University finally cuts ties with America’s Quack Dr. Oz

Decades after Dr. Oz pioneered "integrating" quackery into medicine and after many years of promoting diet scams and quackery on a nationally syndicated daily television show, Columbia University appears finally to have had enough and has quietly downgraded his status. What took so long?

/ May 2, 2022

The CDC and WHO Have Reported an Unusual Cluster of Severe Pediatric Hepatitis Cases

An unusual cluster of severe liver disease in children is being reported around the world. The cause isn't entirely clear, but it may be an uncommon presentation of a common viral infection that isn't COVID-19.

/ April 29, 2022