At first glance, I thought I’d misunderstood it. I just didn’t expect to see a paper with so much spin about high-risk home birth in a mainstream specialist journal. This one claimed that, in
I had been losing sight, slowly at first, but later, scarily quickly. By the time I had my first surgery, I was badly visually impaired. I was lucky, though. It was cataracts –
The suspense is tough. Will the HPV vaccine reduce cervical cancer and related deaths or won’t it? It should, but this is a disease that takes so long to develop, there was never
Battles over vaccine evidence sure can get toxic, can’t they? If you’re a diehard partisan, though, you can look for standard bearers on your side of the barricades, and watch them demolish any
A study piqued my curiosity in a news feed recently. Yoga could reduce depression symptoms, researchers said – but only if you expected it to (Uebelacker 2018). Yoga for depression, it turns out, is
A very influential nutrition trial just tanked. It was retracted from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) on 13 June, and re-published with new analyses and toned-down conclusions. Both Gina Kolata, writing in
“I remember wheeling down this long, narrow corridor into my office, just a confused, scared mess, but I had to confront him.” Phil Vardy was a young medical researcher in Sydney that day in 1982. The
Even for an evidence food fight – and those get plenty heated – the hue and cry about the new American Heart Association (AHA) advice on coconut oil has been quite something. “We advise against the use
The case of the missing neurological drug trials remains shrouded in mystery. Nearly 48,000 people took part in these trials for new drugs for multiple sclerosis, stroke, Alzheimer disease, migraine, epilepsy, insomnia, and Parkinson disease.
A tweet jolted me today. Doublespeak hit the news a few days ago, sending George Orwell’s final masterpiece, Nineteen Eighty-Four, back into a bestseller list. It was the anniversary of Orwell’s death this weekend, too.