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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. […]

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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. […]

Health & Fitness

Essential Oils in the Ambulance

Dr. Steven Novella discusses the rise of essential oils. He states, “Aromatherapy with essential oils is pseudoscience, backed only with low-quality studies guaranteed to show a placebo effect. Their growing popularity warns that better science education is needed.” […]

Psychology

Strange Psychology: The Dangers of Conspiracy Thinking

There is always some minutia about important events that we don’t know, and this opens the door to conspiracy thinking. We fill the gaps in our knowledge with notions that comfort us by offering the illusion of certainty. Like superstitious thinking, we fulfill a basic psychological need with an illusion of control. […]

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