Andrew Wakefield, the doctor who sparked the MMR controversy, beside a supporter’s banner. Photograph: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

Don’t believe everything you read: a cynical rule for cynical times. One might think the academic journal is the one place where accuracy, validity(...)

Medical students are now being taught how to search and critically appraise the best ‘evidence-based medicine’. Photograph: Thinkstock

We assume that the medicine we receive is evidence based and up to date, but in fact it can take an average of 17 years for evidence to filter down to(...)

The Giant’s Causeway: 50 to 60 million years old or less than 10,000? It is not a matter of opinion but of evidence. Photograph: AP

Just a year ago, the fanfare over the new Giant’s Causeway visitor centre was overshadowed by a row over the inclusion of a creationist explanation, a(...)

In the infamous words of Gerry Adams from some years back, “It hasn’t gone away you know.” I’m referring to measles rather than a paramilitary orga(...)

Children are being exposed to the potentially deadly measles disease if their parents do not get them vaccinated, the Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has warned. Photograph: Eric Luke

Children are being exposed to the potentially deadly measles disease if their parents do not get them vaccinated, the Minister for Health Dr Ja(...)