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Professor's Perspective

NEW FAD: “Personalized” Medicine Efficiency Genetic Tests

“Personalized” medicine sounds appealing. Rather than just guessing at what medication to try, a genetic test can figure out, in advance, which medications will be effective and which medications are more likely to make you sicker. Except it doesn’t work. […]

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Biology

New Fad Medicine: Release Active Drug

New alternative medicines called “release active drugs” (RAD) are hitting Russian markets. Dr. Steven Novella discusses what RADs are and why medical regulation is important. […]

Business Skills

Draw to Remember Better

What’s the most effective memory trick? New studies now point to drawing as a mnemonic strategy, boosting memory performance.  […]

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Cursed Movies? No. Confirmation Bias? Probably.

Why the singular of “data” is not “anecdote.” Many have heard of the “cursed” movies: Poltergeist I, II, and III, The Exorcist and others that brought misfortune and even death to those who worked on them. But is this the work of the supernatural, or confirmation bias? […]

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Medicine and Disease

Air Dryers vs Paper Towels

Which hand drying method is the best, air or paper towel? The answer is more complicated than you might think – but do wash your hands. […]

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Professor's Perspective

Gender Diversity Can Breed Success

A study found that venture capital firms tend to have homogeneous management teams, which seems to lead to lower success rates than teams with gender diversity. […]

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Professor's Perspective

Is Rain To Blame for Low Sales?

Is rain to blame for low sales? Be wary of leaders who look to average external factors for slumping numbers and exhibit the “fundamental attribution error” […]

Professor's Perspective

The Quackery of “Food Sensitivity” Tests

IgG antibodies are a measure of exposure, not a measure of something that makes you sick or makes you feel ill. That’s it. Nothing more. So why are companies trying to sell “food sensitivity” tests, claiming to pinpoint which foods contribute to skin issues, food intolerance, joint pain, fatigue, and more? […]

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