So, last week I had the pleasure of enjoying this delicious meal while exploring some backstreet neighbourhoods in Muscat, Oman. See can you guess what the green stuff is… Here’s … Continue Reading Results being “due to” causes somehow doesn’t imply causality
Good news everyone. I’ll be giving a keynote at next month’s Psychology, Health, & Medicine conference in Limerick. Here’s the abstract: How to Not Die: What we really know about … Continue Reading “How to Not Die”
So I got me some of them reasonably famous Po Chai Pills here in Hong Kong. The name means “protective aid” pills, but you won’t be able to tell much … Continue Reading Po Chai Pills: May contain stuff, etc.
This is dangerously close to “day job” territory, but yesterday evening I was on the wireless talking about the relationship between psychological traits and physical health. This was part of … Continue Reading Personality goes a long way…toward making you sick
I am generally nonplussed by birthdays. And I realise that blog posts about blog posts can sometimes be boring. However, as I’m an obsessive hoarder and a data geek, in … Continue Reading One year in: The Science Bit’s greatest hits
Here is an opinion piece I wrote for in this week’s Modern Medicine magazine. The version below is the final draft prior to some very minor typographical edits. The article also … Continue Reading The costs of complementary medicine
My post on Dr Wendy Walsh — “Atheists die first”: CNN’s “expert” fights back — has been experiencing a spike in hits over the past day or so. It deals … Continue Reading “Atheists die first”?
It’s Christmas (kind of). This is a science blog (kind of). And so, therefore, I am obliged to offer you… …A SCIENCE-OF-CHRISTMAS SPECIAL! Woo-hoo! As with all Christmas-related activities, blogging … Continue Reading Scientific advice for Christmas (Original Soundtrack), Part 1
So, apparently, being married is good for you. Married, I tells ya, as in party to a matrimonial contractual arrangement with a legally eligible spouse. Why might this be? Well, one … Continue Reading “Marriage saves lives!” (Well, it has a nice ring to it…)
Have a look at this recently launched public health campaign, pithily titled “Stop the Spread“. It aims to address the problem of overweight in the general population. Co-ordinated by Safefood, … Continue Reading Stop the spread of the ecological fallacy
In case you haven’t heard, tobacco smoking is very bad for your health. In fact, it is extremely dangerous. It is associated with an astoundingly morbid gallery of adverse consequences, … Continue Reading Sit down while I explain…
This week’s news that researchers had apparently debunked the link between dietary salt intake and heart disease was surprising to say the least, but for all that it was lapped … Continue Reading A study not worth its salt?