Does our technology improved in an evolutionary way, a random walk of trial and error, with false starts and breakthroughs? Or can a theory accelerate improvement and eliminate the needless dead ends?
The U.S. has to change clocks again in a few weeks. It's a useless junk science government policy that has lasted 52 years too long. Here are its admittedly minor health effect risks. It's still annoying.
Academia is in meltdown. A new survey by Gallup shows that only 48% of U.S. adults have a "great deal" or "quite a lot" of confidence in academia, down from 57% in 2015. And it's not just due to partisanship; confidence has fallen among Republicans, Democrats, and Independents. Maybe this wouldn't happen if academics were held accountable for their behavior.
Media reports of a polio-like condition mostly impacting children sound pretty scary, but let's give acute flaccid myelitis (AFM) some context.
A new paper in Science examines the implications of the genetic search that found a serial killer last April. A bit of genetics, a few basic demographics and you can identify that needle in the haystack. What can we do?
Medicine is a skill, and it is impossible to practice medicine without patients. It would be like asking a carpenter to learn out to make a cabinet without wood. Why then are we surprised that students learn from patients?
Information is like any other medical therapy. When in a therapeutic range, it can be curative. At toxic levels, it can be destructive. Its quantity will never trump its quality.
With today being World Mental Health Day, the film is an important reminder of the profound suffering of those challenged in this arena, and the struggles shared by their loved ones. Optimizing mental health in life is worthwhile for everyone.
The chemophobia-for-profit crowd has a very good trick up their sleeve and they play it constantly because it works. Let's use this trick against them and show why a very scary chemical may not be scary at all.
The World Health Organization is soliciting global views on trans-fats. It remains a problem for the middle and lower income countries and what to do remains a problem - after all, the devil is in the details.
Diets and dietary advice is everywhere. Medical nutrition therapy slows the progression of failing kidneys. Why is it prescribed so infrequently?
The famous vodka company cashes in on the anti-science movement.
Kentucky just reported its first flu-related death of the season. With last year’s overall hospitalization rates, among all ages, the highest recorded by the CDC surveillance system, it's time to clarify confusion.
Stats are useful, but not in the way that the popular media – and online data science degree programs – suggest.
Just like the hapless victim in Three Card Monte, physicians will bear the brunt of financial risk in Medicare Advantage and other "risk sharing" plans. It is not that they shouldn't have skin in the game, it's just that all the skin should not be theirs.
Scientists don't like to be definitive the way activists are, which is why science loses a lot of culture wars. But we will state it plainly: Roundup cannot cause cancer. It only acts in plants.
The FDA just announced that it is no longer allowing seven chemicals to be used as artificial flavors in foods because of cancer concerns. Sounds reasonable, no? NO- it's not. The agency is allowing the same seven chemicals to be used as long as they are derived from natural sources, not synthetic - something that an Organic 101 student knows is a meaningless distinction because there is no difference. Let's give them an F in chemistry.
Despite the chant that correlation is not causation, some researchers believe the design of scatter plots nudges us to the wrong conclusions. Can a change in their design lessen that risk?