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How to talk with others who believe conspiracy theories

How to talk with others who believe conspiracy theories

In moments of extraordinary uncertainty, like the one we currently face, it is natural to seek out decisive information. Unfortunately, sometimes certainty is nowhere to be found— that is, unless you are willing to suspend disbelief. Web traffic to a site popular with...

What about the Swedish approach to COVID-19?

What about the Swedish approach to COVID-19?

The New York Times recently published an op-ed by Peter S. Goodman about the effects of Sweden’s refusal to shut down non-essential businesses and ban gatherings of large groups to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Scandanavian country pursued this policy despite...

Have the number of deaths due to COVID-19 been under-reported?

Have the number of deaths due to COVID-19 been under-reported?

There has been much debate about the actual severity of the COVID-19 pandemic.  On July 1st, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study in which the statistics for all causes of death in every state in the U.S. were compared to deaths...

Biotin interferes with COVID-19 antibody testing

Biotin interferes with COVID-19 antibody testing

Biotin (also known as Vitamin B7) is a nutrient known to interact with several blood tests including thyroid function, heart attacks, prostate, parathyroid, cortisol, sex hormones and Vitamin D if taken above recommended daily values. Supplements containing high...

Early evidence suggests the SARS-CoV-2 virus may cause diabetes

Early evidence suggests the SARS-CoV-2 virus may cause diabetes

It’s well-established that patients with pre-existing diabetes have a much greater risk of severe COVID-19 outcomes and death. A new line of research, however, is investigating the question “Can SARS-CoV-2 virus (which causes COVID-19) actually trigger the onset of...

Have we reached herd immunity?

Have we reached herd immunity?

Quick summary: Many claim it is safe to end the lockdowns because COVID-19 has run its course through our populations. Unfortunately, this is not true, and we must still contend with this public health emergency in sensible ways to limit its spread. In the last month...

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