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Critica Commentary is a place for discussion of all things related to denial of scientific evidence and health and science literacy. Here you will find longer pieces about particular topics, such as medical misdiagnosis and conflicts of interest, as well as interviews with key people working at the intersection of health policy, science journalism, science education, and psychology, among other fields. You may also find guest posts by authorities in the field as well as by people with fascinating stories to share and analyses of recent news articles, studies, and current events. If you are interested in writing something for Critica, please contact us here.

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  • Making the Most of Getting It Wrong
    December 30, 2018 | Comments

    Most scientific projects these days involve teams of scientists, often working at different institutions. But the job of writing the manuscript about the project and its results that is submitted to a scientific journal for publication consideration is usually given to a single person, most often the first author of the paper. After he or […]

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  • This Is For The Birds
    September 7, 2018 | Comments

    Editors’ Note: Critica follower and contributor Peter McKenzie-Brown, who lives in Canada, writes about his experience as a birder, something about which we at Critica previously knew very little. But beyond telling us some interesting things about birds and birding, the article discloses a now all-too-familiar twisting of facts to favor profit over science. Scientists […]

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  • Men. Murder, Madness, and Masculinity in America
    March 22, 2018 | Comments

    By Paul Spector, M.D. This article originally appeared here. “Men are afraid that women will laugh at them. Women are afraid that men will kill them.” -Margaret Atwood The recent shooting in a Florida school represents an increasingly common form of violence in this country. Two subjects dominate public discourse on this phenomenon, guns and […]

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  • Risks and Rewards of Transparency
    February 22, 2018 | Comments

    Among virtues that seem incontrovertible, transparency ranks high nowadays. Everyone wants everyone else to be more transparent. In healthcare, we increasingly demand that regulatory agencies like the FDA, drug companies, and medical centers reveal their inner workings. Healthcare providers and the authors of medical research studies must disclose all sources of potential conflicts of interest, […]

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  • Who’s to Blame for the Opioid Epidemic
    December 14, 2017 | Comments

    Who’s to blame for our current, horrifying opioid epidemic? A recent article in The New Yorker placed the blame squarely on the Sackler family that owns the drug company that makes the prescription opioid OxyContin. A group of healthcare leaders blamed the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) for questions on a hospital survey […]

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