Pseudoscience takes hold with athletes at the Olympics

Pseudoscience takes hold with athletes at the Olympics

Steven Novella | 
In London in 2012 I noticed the almost ubiquitous multi-colored tape snaking in unusual patterns along the bodies of athletes ...
Viewpoint: Neuriva Plus nonsense — The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik doubles down on ‘snake oil’ brain supplements

Viewpoint: Neuriva Plus nonsense — The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik doubles down on ‘snake oil’ brain supplements

Harriet Hall | 
I wrote about the brain supplement Neuriva over a year ago. I thought their claim to have proof from clinical ...
From Mike Adams to Alex Jones to Joe Mercola, here are the most notorious COVID hucksters

From Mike Adams to Alex Jones to Joe Mercola, here are the most notorious COVID hucksters

Scott Gavura | 
[H]ere is my growing list of COVID-19 snake oil promoters. You may not know more of Alex Jones than his ...
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Probiotics can’t help with most gastrointestinal issues, new guidelines say

Scott Gavura | 
If the gastrointestinal tract is a rainforest, then can oral doses of “good” bacteria provide meaningful health benefits? … The ...
Have we done enough to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections?

Have we done enough to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 infections?

Steven Novella | 
As we are seeing the beginning of the end of the first wave of COVID-19, the burning question is – ...
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‘Nothingburger of a paper’ and why we still don’t know if anti-malarial drugs work against the coronavirus

David Gorski | 
Last week, I wrote about an experimental treatment for COVID-19 that repurposes old drugs. One version of the treatment uses ...
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Viewpoint: Coronavirus fears spark claims of ‘bogus remedies’ from alternative medicine peddlers

Harriet Hall | 
The news is full of alarming reports about the new coronavirus that originated in China and is spreading throughout the ...
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Aging as a preventable disease: Why living to 100 should be easy

Harriet Hall | 
Science is investigating some intriguing clues suggesting that aging and death may not be as inevitable as we thought. David ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Denouncing’ HBO, Bill Maher for helping Dr. Jay Gordon spread vaccine misinformation

David Gorski | 
Dr. Jay Gordon (who usually likes to be called “Dr. Jay”) and I go back a long time, ever since I ...
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Alternative treatments for opioid addiction? Florida doctors forced to endorse chiropractic, acupuncture, massage

Jann Bellamy | 
Billed as an effort to combat the opioid crisis, a new Florida law requires physicians and other healthcare practitioners to endorse ...
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Viewpoint: Evidence for CBD oil as a miracle cure-all ‘isn’t impressive at all’

Scott Gavura | 
Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is everywhere and seemingly in everything these days. It’s touted as a panacea for a massive range ...
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A breakthrough cure for cancer? Beware the hype

Steven Novella | 
There is a good rule of thumb – whenever a headline asks a question, especially a provocative question, the answer ...
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Is there any evidence to support ‘leaky brain’ theories?

Harriet Hall | 
Three years ago Mark Crislip wrote about leaky gut syndrome for SBM. He said, “because of an almost complete lack of supporting basic ...
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Viewpoint: ‘Indigenous Ways of Knowing’ fad threatens to undermine rigorous medical science

David Gorski | 
[There is one form of] special pleading that is gaining some currency, and that’s basically carving out an exception to ...
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Preventing Alzheimer’s: Is Lisa Mosconi’s ‘brain food’ diet anything more than pseudoscience?

Harriet Hall | 
Lisa Mosconi has a web and media presence and a book Brain Food: The Surprising Science of Eating for Cognitive Power ...
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