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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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  • What Causes Cancer?
    May 11, 2017 | Comments

    Perhaps no word evokes as much dread and trembling as “cancer.”  Although heart disease kills more Americans every year, cancer seems more nefarious. We can understand that a clot in a small vessel feeding the heart muscle deprives it of oxygen, causing a heart attack. We are told there are many things we can do […]

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  • It’s Worth More than Peanuts to Get Science Right
    May 4, 2017 | Comments

    A headline in the Washington Post in January declared “New NIH guidelines on infants and peanuts may contradict everything you’ve heard before.”      Reading that headline, one might be justified in believing that once again medical science had erred and that everything we had been told about peanut allergy had been wrong. The previous […]

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  • How to Have Healthy Conversations about Science
    May 2, 2017 | Comments

    Why is uptake of the HPV vaccine so low despite the fact that it is a highly effective and safe way to prevent cervical cancer? How do we have conversations when someone is discounting clear scientific evidence and insisting on something that isn’t evidence-based? These are some of the questions that I explored in a […]

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  • The Trouble with Evidence-Based Medicine
    April 27, 2017 | Comments

    Recently, the American College of Physicians released new guidelines for back pain. They weren’t guidelines most orthopedic surgeons are likely to be happy to read. If you have back pain, say the guidelines, you’re better off waiting it out with yoga or physical therapy than taking pills or, even worse, getting surgery. While these guidelines […]

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  • Is the mumps vaccine really an utter failure?
    April 25, 2017 | Comments

    In March of 2017, in the midst of a mumps outbreak in Arkansas, STAT published an article entitled “Mumps outbreaks are spiking – and raising questions about vaccine effectiveness.” The article does a good job of providing some of the facts around a recent mumps outbreak and describing some recent increases in general rates of […]

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