Category: Public Health

The Scientific Integrity Act: Protecting science from politics

The proposed federal Scientific Integrity Act supports science and the scientific process as the basis of public policy and aims to protect it from politics, ideology, and financial conflicts of interest.

/ October 10, 2019

The Red Meat Controversy

A new paper flies in the face of current recommendations and concludes we simply don't know the health risks of eating red and processed meat.

/ October 2, 2019

There’s No Vaccine for HIV/AIDS, But There’s Truvada

Science has made great strides in understanding, treating, and preventing HIV/AIDS. We can hope for an AIDS vaccine, but meanwhile there is a pill that can markedly reduce the risk of becoming infected.

/ October 1, 2019

Fat Shaming Is Counterproductive

Fat shaming not only doesn't work, it is counterproductive. So what might help fight obesity?

/ September 25, 2019

Soft Drinks and Death Risk

New study linking soft drinks to increased mortality is correlational only, and should be interpreted with caution.

/ September 11, 2019

Update on the Obesity Epidemic

The obesity epidemic continues, and even accelerates, among continued debate about its causes and solutions.

/ September 4, 2019

Improving mental health is a walk in the park (but mind the volcanoes)

Using Twitter and geotagging, researchers add to the growing body of evidence demonstrating an association between with nature and improved mood.

/ August 29, 2019

Maternal Fluoride and IQ

New study purporting to show correlation between fluoride and IQ comes under heavy criticism.

/ August 21, 2019

Ebola: Science Is Making Progress

Good news! Research on Ebola has identified a 100% effective vaccine and medications that produce a 90% survival rate.

/ August 20, 2019

Americans still (mostly) trust scientists and doctors, but there are some troubling warning signs

Given all the denial of the science behind vaccines, GMOs, evolution, and climate science, you might think that Americans in general distrust scientists and physicians. It's actually not true. Trust in scientists and doctors remains high, but there are still areas where mistrust of scientists is a significant problem. What can be done?

/ August 12, 2019