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Finding a Paper on PubMed Does Not Mean the Paper Is Any Good

10 Jun 2021

As more and more people “do their own research,” some end up consulting a website called PubMed. An argument I have encountered is that if a scientific paper is listed on PubMed, it must mean this...

When Numbers Get Politicized

21 Apr 2021

Do political beliefs affect our ability to crunch numbers?...

Bacteria On Your Body: Not Just Inactive Hitchhikers

27 Nov 2017

We share our body with bacteria. They live in our mouth, on our skin and mostly in our digestive tract. There are up to a thousand different varieties, and their total number, some 100 trillion, is...

Blueberries and Breast Cancer

20 Mar 2017

Blueberries may reduce the growth of breast cancer! So screamed newspaper headlines. A bit of an overstatement. The study referred to was carried out on female nude mice. These are mice specially...

Chemistry lesson for The Food Babe… and everyone else #11: Randomized, controlled, and double-blind studies

15 Feb 2017

The gold standard in science is the randomized, controlled, double-blind trial. If you want to know whether Garcinia cambogia causes weight loss, or whether glucosamine helps with arthritic pain,...

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