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  • Treatment Developments in Depression
    March 12, 2019 | Comments

    Science works best when scientists communicate with each other. That sounds obvious and with the myriad scientific conferences occurring these days might be supposed not an issue. But there are surprisingly a number of areas in which scientists exploring solutions to the same problem operate on completely parallel tracks. That situation has the potential to […]

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  • Things We Just Don’t Know
    January 29, 2019 | Comments

    Editor’s Note: We thank our frequent reader and colleague, Dr. Richard Plotzker, for calling to our attention the articles in the Annals of Internal Medicine about coffee consumption that prompted this post. We also disclose that one of us (Jack Gorman) has a patent pending for a new use for caffeine in tablet form.   […]

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  • I Am Certain…Just Not One Hundred Percent
    September 24, 2018 | Comments

    Editor’s Note: Dr. Lauren Kantor Gorman is a New York City psychiatrist, mother of Critica co-founder Sara Gorman and wife of Critica co-founder Jack Gorman. What happens when scientists can’t say they are completely sure? On August 1, 2018 the New York Times Magazine took the unusual step of devoting an entire issue to one […]

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  • Don’t Shoot From the Hip; Shoot From the Research
    August 26, 2018 | Comments

    According to the Collins English Dictionary, “If you say that someone shoots from the hip, you mean that they react to situations or give their opinion very quickly, without stopping to think”. With pun fully intended, that is often the way statements are made about firearm-related injuries and deaths in the U.S. Almost no area […]

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  • Food for Thought Hampers Trust in Science
    July 18, 2018 | Comments

    There are few areas of science that attract as much attention by media and its consumers than nutrition. It seems that almost every time a study is published that touts a particular food or diet as having special health benefits, it garners headlines.

            One of the few things most of us believe we control is what we eat. That makes it highly attractive to think we can prevent seemingly uncontrollable events like heart disease, cancer, and dementia by choosing the right foods. It is even better when we are told we can do this without ever feeling hungry.

            It is not surprising, therefore, that science and the public intersect so frequently around diet and nutrition. Given that we want people to trust science and incorporate it into decisions about personal health and safety, it would seem of critical importance that the nutritional science imparted to the public be trustworthy and reported accurately. We have been following stories about nutritional studies closely because of their potential impact on how non-scientists judge the value of what they hear and read about scientists’ work and findings. Sadly, there are few areas of science as prone to mistakes, misunderstandings, and hype than nutrition.

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