Health

Virginity testing is as unscientific as it is sexist, but will banning these tests prove effective?

Banning virginity testing won't stop the violation of women’s rights, but protecting human rights will make such tests obsolete

Do we really need supplements? A skeptic’s guide to micronutrients

While most nutritional supplements are probably not worth your time and money, not everything on the vitamin shelf should be dismissed

Encouraging patients to question their vaccine eligibility will cause more harm than good

As the vaccine rollout continues at pace, it's vital that messaging to patients remains clear: if you're invited for a vaccine, please take it

Activated charcoal is increasingly popular, so let’s talk about what makes for a good toothpaste

The alternative medicine community is very fond of their charcoal toothpastes, but the vast majority offer zero protection to teeth

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

When it comes to our health, doing nothing is often better than doing something wrong

Most of the time, being proactive can be a good thing, but when it comes to healthcare, doing nothing is better than doing something stupid.

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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