We are very bad at assessing risk, often giving the most attention to the things that are least likely to harm us. Geoffrey Kabat’s new book teaches us how to think more clearly about scientific studies of environmental health risks. Sharks get a lot of bad press and inspire a… read more "Why Do Things That Are Unlikely to Harm Us Get the Most Attention?"
Hazards of Herbal Medicine: Lessons Learned from Aristolochia
This “Brief History of Medicine” has been circulating on the Internet: 2000 B.C. — Here, eat this root. 1000 A.D. — That herb is heathen. Here, say this prayer. 1850 A.D. — That prayer is superstition. Here, drink this potion. 1940 A.D. — That potion is snake oil. Here, swallow… read more "Hazards of Herbal Medicine: Lessons Learned from Aristolochia"