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Alice Howarth

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Dr Alice Howarth is a research academic working in pharmacology and therapeutics at the University of Liverpool. She is vice president of the Merseyside Skeptics Society, has written for The Guardian, Breast Cancer Now and is co-host of the skeptical podcast Skeptics with a K. In August 2020 Alice took on the role of deputy editor for The Skeptic.

If a lateral flow test says you have COVID-19 – you almost certainly have COVID-19

There's nothing 'bizarre' about having a positive lateral flow test but a negative PCR - all tests have limitations, so assume any positive result means you have Covid.

The BBC’s ‘Sickness and Lies’ adds to the stigma disabled and chronically ill people experience

A BBC documentary on whether chronic illness influencers were 'faking it' only served to heap more judgement and stigma onto disabled and chronically ill people

Erectile difficulties? The P-Shot injection into your penis is not the solution you’re looking for

The £1,200 P-Shot promises to end erectile dysfunction, but it's better to ditch the needle and instead have an honest, open conversation

New NICE guidelines on chronic pain fall woefully short – and not just because of the acupuncture

Chronic pain patients need evidence-based care - instead, new NICE guidelines offer them patronising messaging, paternalism, and acupuncture

University of Liverpool’s proposed redundancies raise serious red flags for academia

Plans to make 47 researchers redundant based on potentially unclear and unreasonable metrics have seen the University of Liverpool draw criticism from across the academic community

10 persistent HIV myths we need to move past to break the stigma of the disease

It's a Sin showed us how much our understanding of HIV has changed, but social attitudes to the disease still remain mired in stigma

Headlines calling HPV swabs “home smear tests” risk putting people off cervical screenings

When the media refers to new home swabs for HPV as "home smear test", they risk discouraging people from attending cervical screening

Is community testing the answer to managing the COVID-19 pandemic effectively?

Understanding the accuracy of PCR and Lateral Flow tests - and how they compare - is key in assessing the UK's community testing program

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