Health

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The claim that "four placebo pills work better than two placebo pills" is based on a misreading of an outdated study - we need to stop repeating it

Living donor: why I decided to give my right kidney to a complete stranger

Becoming a living kidney donor has made little difference to my life, but doubtlessly a huge difference to the life of the stranger who received it

Inside the White Rose: from stickers and graffiti to an online Covid conspiracy ecosystem

In part two of this investigation into the White Rose graffiti movement, we take a look at how members get pulled in to a conspiracy network on Telegram, and some of the confusing and bizarre claims that get shared there

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

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