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No Health Risks from GMOs

No Health Risks from GMOs

by Steven Novella
Volume 38.4, July/August 2014

The Science of Medicine

Like many public controversies, the debate can be better informed by scientific evidence; however, there is no legitimate scientific controversy over the safety of GMOs.

Health Risk from Fukushima Radiation

Health Risk from Fukushima Radiation

by Steven Novella
Volume 38.3, May/June 2014

The Science of Medicine

Fear is a powerful emotion with clear protective functions. However, fear is not always adaptive.

Herbs Are Drugs

by Steven Novella
Volume 37.2, March/April 2013

The Science of Medicine

Herbal supplements are big business. The industry has managed to maintain a “mom and pop” image to the public, the righteous underdog constantly under attack by Big Pharma. In reality, the herbal product industry is just another drug industry, one selling products that are poorly regulated and likely don’t work for their claimed indications.

The Non-Mysterious Mass Illness in Le Roy, New York

by Steven Novella
Volume 36.4, July/August 2012

The Science of Medicine

The “mystery illness” has become a Rorschach test of sorts: people see in the illness a diagnosis that fits their worldview or pet cause. But now that the dust has settled somewhat on this outbreak, what can we reliably say about it?

Pseudoscience in Our Universities

by Steven Novella
Volume 36.3, May/June 2012

The Science of Medicine

The group Friends of Science in Medicine has recently formed in Australia, and they now have over 400 professional members. They felt the need to come together over a disturbing trend—the infiltration of rank pseudoscience into once respected universities.

In Multiple Sclerosis Treatments, Hope Trumps Reason

In Multiple Sclerosis Treatments, Hope Trumps Reason

by Steven Novella
Volume 36.1, January/February 2012

The Science of Medicine

To patients suffering from an incurable disease a new idea represents one thing: hope. Science, by contrast, cares only about what works and is dispassionate, which is easily portrayed as heartlessness. Hopeful nonsense thus has a public relations advantage over pitiless science every time.

Have You Had Your Antioxidants Today?

Have You Had Your Antioxidants Today?

by Steven Novella
Volume 35.6, November/December 2011

The Science of Medicine

If you believe the hype, then you want them in your food; you want to take them as pills; and you want the maximum most powerful antioxidants that can be found in nature. Unfortunately, the evidence does not support the claim that there are any health benefits to taking antioxidants.

Selling Stem Cell Hype

Selling Stem Cell Hype

by Steven Novella
Volume 35.5, September/October 2011

The Science of Medicine

Stem cells have tremendous potential, and they will likely be playing an increasing role in medical therapies over the next twenty years. But reality has yet to catch up with the hype.

What Is Acupuncture?

What Is Acupuncture?

by Steven Novella
Volume 35.4, July/August 2011

The Science of Medicine

We must first define what acupuncture actually is before we can ask whether acupuncture works. This is not as easy as it might seem.

The Memory of Water

The Memory of Water

by Steven Novella
Volume 35.3, May/June 2011

The Science of Medicine

While the practice is indistinguishable from ritual and witchcraft, the modern homeopath would like to cloak himself in the respectability of science.