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Science-Based Medicine 07/13/2020 03:00
You've probably seen breathlessly scolding stories in the media about young people holding "COVID parties," in which attendees intentionally try to become infected with COVID-19. Are these parties really a thing, or are they an urban legend? The answer is not entirely clear yet, but current evidence (more specifically, the lack of evidence) for them is much more consistent with the latter more than with the former.
Science-Based Medicine 07/10/2020 07:00
Two months ago I wrote a post on Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a rare condition associated with SARS-CoV-2 that causes severe inflammation throughout the body three to four weeks after an often unrecognized infection. This week I diagnosed my first case of MIS-C, and when thinking through a differential for a patient presenting with persistent high fever, diffuse rash, and […]
Science-Based Medicine 07/07/2020 03:00
Parenting websites have been alarming parents about the possibility that their children might experience dry drowning or delayed drowning, with warnings like these: "a child can seem fine after getting out of the water, but start to have trouble breathing an hour—or even 24 hours—later."
Science-Based Medicine 07/02/2020 01:00
Per a settlement with the FTC, the marketers of Willow Curve, a low-level light therapy device costing hundreds of dollars, will have to stop making deceptive claims that the device treats chronic, severe pain and associated inflammation. Any health claims made for the device must be supported by "competent and reliable scientific evidence".
Science-Based Medicine 06/29/2020 03:00
As evidence accumulates that facemasks work to decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19, new myths have arisen claiming that, not only do facemasks not work, but that they are actively harmful. These myths have no basis in physiology or chemistry, but that hasn't stopped anti-mask activists from using them to claim protection under the Americans With Disabilities Act.

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