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Media Coverage of Radioman's Drug Rehab Rife with Errors
November 18, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
What science really says about addiction and recovery

TV Diversity Drives African American Youth to Drink
June 27 2003
Trevor Butterworth
Can USA Today back up its controversial charge?

Nature Versus Nurture Is Dead!
June 05, 2003
Trevor Butterworth
At least to Time Magazine editors

Secondhand Smoke: Nuisance or Menace?
June 03, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
Exaggerating the risks of secondhand smoke

Drug War Hurts Pain Sufferers
May 28, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
What the media doesn't tell you

Media Coverage Hurts Chronic Pain Sufferers
May 27, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
They're worried about medication abuse

Network News Nannies: NBC Scolds Parents over Teen Drinking
May 20, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
NBC's Dateline doesn't advance the debate on alcholol abuse

Drug and Violence Prevention Programs Lack Evidence
May 08, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
But anti-science attitudes prevail on the left and right

Rorschach For Dummies
April 29, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
A case study in psychological bias

Would We Be Better Off if the Media Weren't Trying to Save Us?
April 22 2003
Maia Szalavitz

Thailand's Killing Streets
April 09, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
The Times finds a methamphetamine epidemic

Staying Skeptical Of The Sugar Wars
April 07, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
The LA Times misses the bigger controversies

Diversity Survey Challenges Conventional Wisdom
April 01, 2003
Trevor Butterworth
A new academic study by a distinguished group of researchers upends the conventional wisdom on the educational benefits of racial diversity on college campuses.

The Beginning Of The End For Ephedra?
March 19, 2003
Trevor Butterworth
Time to pitch new research into effects of herbal supplement

Fatigue-Beating Drug Induces Euphoria
March 12 2003
Maia Szalavitz
Modafinil raises questions about drug coverage

One AIDS Vaccine, Two Interpretations
March 07, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
Statistical confusion rather than news "bias" at fault

Percy (The Pit Bull) Is Not A Racist
March 06, 2003
Trevor Butterworth
Taking anthropomorphism to extremes

Is Acrylamide The New Alar?
February 28, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
The media's cooking up a scare

Fighting Alcohol Abuse with Bad Statistics?
February 25, 2003
Trevor Butterworth
America has a big drinking problem and big business is to blame, according to a new study that appears in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Dubious Data Awards 2002
February 24 2003
The ten most misleading, inaccurate or downright lazy news interpretations of statistics or science

Physical Illness is a Fact of Life: So Why Not Mental Illness?
February 19, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
Fear of medicalizing ordinary experience is no cure for mental illness

Why Meditation Might be Bad for You
February 18, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
Before you extinguish your ego, consider the scientific evidence on the risks of meditation

Can You Be Fat and Fit and Beat Obesity-Related Mortality?
February 14, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
The New Republic's contrarian stance on the perils of being overweight

Attention Deficit Disorder: Quack Pundits on the Left and the Right
February 12, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
Right and left unite against the drugging of our kids

Are Girls More Vulnerable to Substance Abuse than Boys?
February 10, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse cries wolf again

College Trauma Overhyped?
February 06, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
A bigger problem or just better diagnosis?

Research Raises Questions on Gateway Theory of Drug Use
January 30, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
Recent research opens new questions about marijuana as a gateway drug

Bigger is Not Better When it Comes to Food
January 24, 2003
Trevor Butterworth

Can Non-Prescription Pain Medication Cause Headaches?
January 22, 2003
Maia Szalavitz
The New York Times neglects important research