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SXSW Wellness Expo and Goop: Accepting HIV/AIDS denialism and antivaccine pseudoscience by embracing Dr. Kelly Brogan

Science-Based Medicine - 4 hours 38 min ago
Dr. Kelly Brogan is doing well these days. Invited to be a headliner at Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Summit and to be on the advisory board of the 2018 SXSW Wellness Expo, she's riding high. Unfortunately Goop and SXSW appear not to care about her being an HIV/AIDS denialist, antivaxer, and all around quack.
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Damn the evidence and federal regulations: VA goes full speed ahead with medical pseudoscience

Science-Based Medicine - December 7, 2017 - 1:00am
The VA recently mandated inclusion of acupuncture, reiki, reflexology and other CAM in veterans medical benefits and will require that they be offered at VA medical facilities, ignoring the lack of evidence and federal rules on what medical benefits can be covered.
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False Claims for Acupuncture

Science-Based Medicine - December 6, 2017 - 8:16am
Acupuncture proponents claim that acupuncture works for a long list of medical indications, and claiming that this is supported by evidence. Meanwhile the actual evidence, fairly and rigorously evaluated, is negative.
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Super Cool

Radiolab Podcasts - December 5, 2017 - 6:12pm

When we started reporting a fantastic, surreal story about one very cold night, more than 70 years ago, in northern Russia, we had no idea we'd end up thinking about cosmology. Or dropping toy horses in test tubes of water. Or talking about bacteria. Or arguing, for a year. Walter Murch (aka, the Godfather of The Godfather), joined by a team of scientists, leads us on what felt like the magical mystery tour of super cool science.

This piece was produced by Molly Webster and Matt Kielty with help from Amanda Aronczyk.  It originally aired in March of 2014.

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I Was Wrong about Protandim

Science-Based Medicine - December 5, 2017 - 3:00am
A seriously flawed Protandim study seemed to show that side effects were no more common than with placebo. Actually, they were almost twice as common. The researchers were looking at the wrong numbers and didn't even add correctly.
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Move over, Christopher Shaw, there’s a new antivaccine scientist in town

Science-Based Medicine - December 4, 2017 - 3:34am
Move over, Christopher Shaw, there's a new antivaccine scientist dedicated to demonizing aluminum adjuvants in town. His name is Christopher Exley. He's got a fluorescence microscope, and he's not afraid to use it.
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Science-Based Satire: Alternative Medical Adverse Events on the Rise

Science-Based Medicine - December 1, 2017 - 7:00am
Are patients being senselessly slaughtered by poorly trained Reiki practitioners? Probably not. Okay, they aren't...at least not directly. But Reiki is dumb and so is the belief that the power to manipulate human energy fields would be risk free. Here satire article is.
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Go ahead, have that coffee

Science-Based Medicine - November 30, 2017 - 7:00am
Coffee drinkers, rejoice. A new paper shows positive associations between consumption and an array of health outcomes.
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Radiolab Presents: More Perfect - Mr. Graham and the Reasonable Man

Radiolab Podcasts - November 30, 2017 - 3:41am

This story comes from the second season of Radiolab's spin-off podcast, More Perfect. To hear more, subscribe here.

On a fall afternoon in 1984, Dethorne Graham ran into a convenience store for a bottle of orange juice. Minutes later he was unconscious, injured, and in police handcuffs. In this episode, we explore a case that sent two Charlotte lawyers on a quest for true objectivity, and changed the face of policing in the US.

 

 

The key voices:

    Dethorne Graham Jr., son of Dethorne Graham, appellant in Graham v. Connor Edward G. (Woody) Connette, lawyer who represented Graham in the lower courts Gerald Beaver, lawyer who represented Graham at the Supreme Court Kelly McEvers, host of Embedded and All Things Considered

 

 The key case:

 

Additional production for this episode by Dylan Keefe and Derek John; additional music by Matt Kielty and Nicolas Carter.

Special thanks to Cynthia Lee, Frank B. Aycock III, Josh Rosenkrantz, Leonard Feldman, and Ben Montgomery.

Leadership support for More Perfect is provided by The Joyce Foundation. Additional funding is provided by The Charles Evans Hughes Memorial Foundation.

Supreme Court archival audio comes from Oyez®, a free law project in collaboration with the Legal Information Institute at Cornell.

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SBM Progress Report

Science-Based Medicine - November 29, 2017 - 7:29am
Science-Based Medicine has been operating for a decade. While we have been successful by many measures, the challenges we face remain great. Here is a look at the mission of SBM, and a call for support to our readers.
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Science Moms Fight Fears with Facts

Science-Based Medicine - November 28, 2017 - 3:00am
A new documentary takes a novel approach. It features scientist moms who are just like other moms except that they understand the science. They set the record straight about GMOs, vaccines, and other subjects of interest to parents. They provide the facts to counteract unreasonable fears.
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The integration of mysticism and pseudoscience with oncology continues apace in NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers

Science-Based Medicine - November 27, 2017 - 3:32am
Last week, I commented on the inability of the Society for Integrative Oncology to define what integrative oncology actually is. This week, I note the proliferation of the quackery of integrative oncology in places that should be rigorously science-based, namely NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers.
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And the server migration continues apace…but where are the comments?

Science-Based Medicine - November 24, 2017 - 9:15pm
SBM is changing servers again. Unfortunately, that means that there are problems with the comments.
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Stereothreat

Radiolab Podcasts - November 23, 2017 - 6:00pm

Back in 1995, Claude Steele published a study that showed that negative stereotypes could have a detrimental effect on students' academic performance. But the big surprise was that he could make that effect disappear with just a few simple changes in language. We were completely enamoured with this research when we first heard about it, but in the current roil of replications and self-examination in the field of social psychology, we have to wonder whether we can still cling to the hopes or our earlier selves, or if we might have to grow up just a little bit.

This piece was produced by Simon Adler and Amanda Aronczyk and reported by Dan Engber and Amanda Aronczyk.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Science-Based Medicine - November 23, 2017 - 1:00am
Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers, and to everyone else- have a great Thursday in November!
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Science-Based Medicine - November 23, 2017 - 1:00am
We celebrate Thanksgiving today in the U.S. and SBM is taking the day off.  We are thankful for all of our readers and commenters and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
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New Tools Against Antibiotic Resistance

Science-Based Medicine - November 22, 2017 - 7:24am
Antibiotic resistance is a serious problem that may lead to a post-antibiotic era. However, there are potential solutions that deserve research priority.
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New Tools Against Antibiotic Resistance

Science-Based Medicine - November 22, 2017 - 7:24am
Antibiotic resistance is a serious problem that may lead to a post-antibiotic era. However, there are potential solutions that deserve research priority.
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The Death of Expertise

Science-Based Medicine - November 21, 2017 - 3:00am
In Tom Nichols' new book, The Death of Expertise, he explains how a misguided intellectual egalitarianism is harming our ability to assess the truth and solve problems, and discusses some of the responsible factors and possible long-term consequences.
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The Death of Expertise

Science-Based Medicine - November 21, 2017 - 3:00am
In Tom Nichols' new book, The Death of Expertise, he explains how a misguided intellectual egalitarianism is harming our ability to assess the truth and solve problems, and discusses some of the responsible factors and possible long-term consequences.
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