Health

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.

Why I called for the Brazilian Senate to impeach President Bolsanaro over our Covid crisis

Science-based policies can save us from future pandemics. We won't get them by remaining silent when denialism takes over governments.

Inside the White Rose: The Covid conspiracy graffiti group operating on your doorstep

Throughout the pandemic, the White Rose movement has been growing, plastering towns with Covid conspiracy propaganda stickers

The JAMA ‘child mask’ research is fatally flawed – masks don’t cause “dangerous CO2 levels”

The study’s basic methodological errors, and flawed supplemental literature did not stop pundits from using it to scaremonger about masks

You’re probably not Galileo: scientific advance rarely comes from lone, contrarian outsiders

The pseudoscience and vaccine scaremongering from Drs Heather Heying and Bret Weinstein illustrates the importance of intellectual humility, especially when operating outside your field of knowledge

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

How the ‘Lockdown Sceptics’ misquote research in their quest to appear scientific

Even the most robust arguments of the so-called 'Lockdown Sceptics' rely on quoting selectively from the studies they reference

Brazil’s COVID-19 inquiry puts pseudoscience on trial

The COVID-19 inquiry in Brazil is an opportunity to understand what went wrong and what can be learned - it is one we can't afford to pass up

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