The cost of chemotherapy drugs is completely unrelated to their effectiveness

The financial incentives for cancer treatment remain perverse, and everybody is paying huge costs for very little benefit.

Routine mammograms continue to harm many and help few

Breast cancer screening will continue to be a lottery system for institutionalized torture until we spend some money and effort figuring out who actually needs to be treated and how. Why are the loudest voices arguing over screening instead of trying to fix the real underlying problem?

How are cancer deaths defined?

Cancer death statistics could actually be useful in fighting cancer, rather than just for propaganda, if they were true. But they aren't.

Evidence-based medicine includes listening to the patient

We explain "evidence-based medicine," and what you should understand about it before you discuss treatment options with a doctor.

The “wisdom of the crowd” effect is a statistical artifact

A recent paper on "social influence" and the "wisdom of the crowd" effect is actually nothing more than a demonstration of two basic statistical concepts generally taught to biology graduate students in their first year. What was PNAS thinking?

“Number sense” and math ability: what assumptions drive the science?

Media reporting of new paper wrongly implies that it shows that mathematical ability is based on how good our inborn "number sense" is.

Brain development and ADHD

A new study supports others that implicate the right caudate nucleus in the development of ADHD.

Does coffee prevent prostate cancer?

Overall, it's looking good for coffee-drinkers and cancer risk. Just remember there are a lot more variables in the equation that we do not yet understand.

Republican governors support your right to make other people pay for your health care

Six states suing the federal government to toss the ACA are among the thirteen whose citizens most desperately need it.

Women are still bailing out of science: “choice” or discrimination?

According to a PNAS paper just out, there is no more discrimination against women in science, so we should just stop worrying about it and move on with our lives, already.

The “scientific method” still works, if we give it a chance

In its article "The Truth Wears Off," the New Yorker reveals to the lay reader some of the many ways in which scientific results are biased, all of which should be obvious to scientists. These biases do not mean that science itself is flawed or in crisis. Indeed, the article demonstrates that science works as it should.

MammographySavesLives.org is a front for financially interested radiologists

The American College of Radiology is at it again - only this time their affiliation with a pro-"mammography-for-everybody" site is hidden in the back pages.

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