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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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What is “integrative oncology”? Even the Society for Integrative Oncology doesn’t seem to know for sure

Science-Based Medicine - November 20, 2017 - 3:25am
Last week, the Society for Integrative Oncology published an article attempting to define what "integrative oncology" is. The definition, when it isn't totally vague, ignores the pseudoscience at the heart of integrative oncology and medicine.
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What is “integrative oncology”? Even the Society for Integrative Oncology doesn’t seem to know for sure

Science-Based Medicine - November 20, 2017 - 3:25am
Last week, the Society for Integrative Oncology published an article attempting to define what "integrative oncology" is. The definition, when it isn't totally vague, ignores the pseudoscience at the heart of integrative oncology and medicine.
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15 Credibility Street #29: Amateur Hour

Doubtful News - November 19, 2017 - 7:55pm
Trump nominates Brett Talley, an unqualified lawyer and former paranormal investigator, for Federal Court in Alabama. Being a former ghost hunter is the least of his problems. Bigfoot gets another “official” name: Kryptopithecus gimlinpattersonorum. What does this all mean? Can you name a species from a photo? Yes. A classic case of taxonomic vandalism: Raymond…
Categories: Skepticism

Alternative healer proposes legitimate species name for Bigfoot

Doubtful News - November 17, 2017 - 10:09pm
An alternative healer with a PhD and background in entomology (study of insects) has exploited an opportunity to officially name Bigfoot as a new species. Thanks to a rule change by the naming committee, a famous film that some believe depicts an actual Bigfoot has been designated the type specimen for the as-yet non-corporeal animal.…
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Hopelessly Devoted to Woo: TLC and Forbes Bring Us Yet Another Celebrity Healer

Science-Based Medicine - November 17, 2017 - 8:00am
Endorsed by journalists and studied by academic medicine, bogus celebrity energy healer Charlie Goldsmith now has his own television program. In other words, it's just another day at Science-Based Medicine.
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Hopelessly Devoted to Woo: TLC and Forbes Bring Us Yet Another Celebrity Healer

Science-Based Medicine - November 17, 2017 - 8:00am
Endorsed by journalists and studied by academic medicine, bogus celebrity energy healer Charlie Goldsmith now has his own television program. In other words, it's just another day at Science-Based Medicine.
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CAM use leads to delays in appropriate, effective arthritis therapy

Science-Based Medicine - November 16, 2017 - 9:00am
A preference to use CAM before seeking medical advice may be harming patients with inflammatory arthritis.
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