Health

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No More Mr NICE Guy…

The newly released draft NICE guidelines for the management of “myalgic encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy)/chronic fatigue syndrome” continue to cause a stir. And rightly so. The new guidelines not only repudiate a heretofore favoured treatment approach for a particular illness, they also threaten to discredit an entire (albeit quirky) branch of […]

You’re so vain, you probably think this global pandemic is about you

[A version of this article appeared in the Irish Examiner on 22 October 2020 ] The challenges of COVID-19 have been well reported. Death, disease, and debilitation are the scariest. Discombobulation also makes the list — nobody likes it when the entire world (more or less) gets turned upside-down. And […]

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Is the stampede of COVID-19 science encouraging substandard research?

It seems that just about everyone is doing COVID-19 research these days. To date, more than 3,500 COVID-19 trials have been registered with ClinicalTrials.gov this year (compared to, for example, just 263 trials on “testicular cancer” in the entire history of the site). Meanwhile, the social sciences are also experiencing […]

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COVID conspiracies and the psychology of vaccine hesitancy

There’s a lot of talk about a vaccine for COVID-19. However, vaccines only work if people take them, and for that we require people to think cogently and coherently about the coronavirus. But if that were actually happening, there might not actually be a pandemic in the first place. Take […]

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Why conduct good research when you can just cock it all up?

Here’s a video of my talk from last year at the Sheffield ME and Fibromyalgia Group Autumn Conference: Thanks are due to Carol Binks and colleagues in Sheffield for recording the event. They even recorded the Q&A, which you can see over on YouTube. Enjoy!