Mike Hall

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Mike Hall has been working in software development for over twenty years, the last ten of those as Technical Lead and CTO. He is the producer and host of the long-running podcast Skeptics with a K, part of the organising committee for the award winning skeptical conference QED, and the former president of the Merseyside Skeptics Society.

Rather less than more: More or Less misses the mark on placebo effects

In praising the power of the placebo effect, the statistical sleuths at the BBC's More or Less cited small, subjective studies that have failed to replicate

Placebo inhalers can’t treat asthma: another ‘powerful placebo’ myth busted

Patients on placebo inhalers reported that they felt better, even though their lung capacity was objectively the same - this isn't an argument for placebo asthma treatments, but for objective measurements in clinical studies

The idea that four placebo pills are more powerful than two sounds magical – because it isn’t true

The claim that "four placebo pills work better than two placebo pills" is based on a misreading of an outdated study - we need to stop repeating it

Much ado about nothing: evidence of the ‘powerful placebo’ is far from convincing

A look at a paper touting the benefits of placebo for shoulder pain shows ‘powerful placebo’ claims fail to stand up to scrutiny.

No, the COVID-19 app does not share your data with the police

Claims that the official COVID-19 app shares information with the police are simply unfounded, and only undermine test and trace efforts.

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