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  1. Help a reader out: Abstracts that misrepresent the content of the paper
    Earlier this week, a reader of ours wrote to Steve and me with a request: First off, I just want to say thank you for everything you gentlemen do. I find that your sites are extremely helpful when trying to figure out what level of information is BS, and what is real. In short, I was wondering if e…
  2. Psychology Journal Bans Significance Testing
    This is perhaps the first real crack in the wall for the almost-universal use of the null hypothesis significance testing procedure (NHSTP). The journal, Basic and Applied Social Psychology (BASP), has banned the use of NHSTP and related statistical procedures from their journal. They previously had…
  3. Traditional Chinese Pseudo-Medicine Hodgepodge
    Qing Dynasty (1662-1722) painting, traditional Chinese medical view of the human viscera from the back. Image L0039962 from the Wellcome Trust image library, via the Wikimedia Commons. As I have noted before, more is published on acupuncture and traditional Chinese pseudo-medicine than the other S…
  4. How not to report about vaccine safety issues, Toronto Star edition
    This is the original headline of the Toronto Star‘s scientifically incompetent and fear mongering Gardasil story. It was later changed to “Families seek more transparency on HPV vaccine.” I remember it well, because several of my readers forwarded it to me not long after it appea…
  5. Hot-Zone Schools and Children at Risk: Shedding light on outbreak-prone schools
    Lieu et al. (2015). “Geographic Clusters in Underimmunization and Vaccine Refusal”. [PDF] Pediatrics, 135 (2) The subject of parental vaccine refusal and the impact that has on disease outbreaks has been covered many times on SBM and elsewhere. I apologize to our readers who are growin…
  6. Treating Migraines
    I am a headache specialist and so I receive many questions, through SBM, NeuroLogica or listeners of the Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe, about how to best treat headaches, or about a specific, often unusual, treatment. Migraines and severe headaches are very common. According to the latest st…
  7. Unfalsifiable Beliefs
    As we search for a logo for SBM or the SfSBM, Mark Crislip has been a strong advocate of using an image of Sisyphus, endlessly pushing a boulder up a hill only to have it roll back down again. It’s a bit too self-defeating to be enthusiastic about that suggestion, but it does reflect a common…
  8. The Disneyland measles outbreak: “Dr. Bob” Sears says measles isn’t that bad, and an antivaccine activist invokes the Brady Bunch fallacy
    Editor’s note: There is an extra special bonus guest post today in addition to my regular post. It’s by Paul Knoepfler, a stem cell biologist, and it’s about unregulated stem cell clinics. Be sure to check it out! Last week, I wrote about a rather impressive measles outbreak at t…
  9. New FDA regulatory role threatens bogus diagnostic tests
    The FDA regulates in vitro diagnostic devices (IVDs) as medical devices. IVDs analyze human samples, such as blood, saliva, tissue and urine. However, in the past, the agency did not use its authority to regulate what are known as “laboratory-developed tests” (LDTs), tests developed and…
  10. Smoking Cessation and the Affordable Care Act
    A young child and a chicken — neither of whom should smoke. Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death. Each year it kills more than 5 million people around the world, 480,000 in the US alone. And for every person who dies, about 30 more have serious illnesses caused by smoking. On averag…
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