Motivation to Exercise in Mice

A new study in mice shows a connection between gut microbiome and willingness to exercise. Could this discovery lead to improved motivation to exercise in humans? Possibly, but we don't yet know if humans share the same pathway.

/ January 10, 2023
Damar Hamlin

How antivaxxers laid the groundwork to blame COVID-19 vaccines for Damar Hamlin’s cardiac arrest

Right after Buffalo Bills safety Damar Hamlin collapsed from a cardiac arrest after a tackle and was resuscitated on the field, antivaxxers immediately pounced, blaming COVID-19 vaccines even as CPR was still continuing. That's because antivaxxers had "primed the pump" over more than a year with stories of young athletes who had supposedly "died suddenly." (Warning: This one's long, even by Gorski...

/ January 9, 2023

Science-Based Satire: A New Fad Diet Has Farmers and Doctors Baffled

Are people crawling around farms eating directly from the plants or using their mouths to dig up root vegetables in order to better absorb the life sustaining essence of their food? No, and frankly I'm surprised at you for even considering the possibility. This is satire. But there are a lot of people out there partaking in some rather silly diet fads.

/ January 6, 2023
Fruits and vegetables, juiced.

Eight Glasses of Water Myth

The notion that everyone should drink eight glasses of water per day is a persistent myth. Let's break it down.

/ January 4, 2023

Quack Quack

Joe Schwarcz's new book Quack Quack is an informative and entertaining look at quackery and pseudoscience past and present. A delightful read.

/ January 3, 2023
Gaslighting gaslighter

Was 2022 the “year of the gaslighter” with respect to COVID-19?

"Gaslighting" is a term that refers to the manipulation of someone in order to lead them to question their own reality and even sanity. Last month, a COVID-19 minimizer and antivaxxer, C. J. Hopkins, declared 2022 the "year of the gaslighter," revealing yet again that it's always projection with science denying propagandists. Unfortunately, 2023 looks to hold a lot more of the...

/ January 2, 2023

It Will Take More Than “Courage” to Restore Public Trust in Medicine

Judah Kreinbrook, a first year medical student, responds to a post on Sensible Medicine by a medical student that exaggerated the risk of myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccines while expressing anger at how trust in medicine has been undermined. Having been raised by a family steeped in antivaccine views, Kreinbrook invokes his journey to SBM to gently correct his fellow medical student and...

/ December 31, 2022

Misinformation is Censorship

It's impossible to have a meaningful conversation with a misinformed interlocutor- and there are many- who insists COVID is just the flu, it poses a "negligible" risk to a healthy person younger than 65, and the pandemic ended long ago.

/ December 30, 2022

Should You Take Vitamin D Supplements?

Recent research found that supplemental vitamin D doesn't prevent fractures or have any effect on the diseases it has been claimed to help, and blood tests for vitamin D are useless.

/ December 27, 2022