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Ginkgo Has Not Been Shown to Treat COVID-19

5 May 2021

There is a word more and more popular in science communication circles: pre-bunking. There is so much bunk out there—misinformation, lies and unwarranted hype—that it always feels like we are...

Let’s Hear It for the Voices of Reason

8 Apr 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a golden opportunity for schemers, contrarians and conspiracy theorists to use public distress and thirst for knowledge to widen their reach. It is easy to get lost...

Back Away From “America’s Frontline Doctors”

4 Feb 2021

Not a day goes by without a video being forwarded to me accompanied by the question, “Is this true?” Invariably the answer is “um..no..there is no evidence,” and that usually ends the discussion....

The Droning Preacher of Mitochondrial Ecstasy

4 Feb 2021

Sometimes a highly credentialed person steeped in the sciences has a misleading epiphany and makes a 90-degree course correction, building a large following of people who resonate with their new...

We Need Release from "Science By Press Release"

28 Jan 2021

Chances are that most of you had not heard of colchicine before recent headlines excitedly hyping its potential as a treatment for COVID-19. Unless you suffer from gout. Then you surely recognize...

The COVID-19 PCR Test Is Reliable Despite the Commotion About Ct Values

15 Jan 2021

True crime series like Serial and Making a Murderer invite us to sharpen our abilities and to outperform the detectives assigned to the case in figuring out what really happened. We hear the...

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