First up, I tackled the controversy around evidence on exercise and ME/CFS:

Consumer-Contested Evidence: Why the ME/CFS Exercise Dispute Matters So Much

And it was Black History Month. This year, I traced the stories of African-American STEM societies in 4 posts, chronologically from their founding:

Part 1: The First Wave (1895 to 1947)

Part 2: From Psychologists to Mathematicians

Part 3: From Sociologists to Engineers

Part 4: From Anthropologists to Academic Surgeons

You can see all my Absolutely Maybe posts for Black History Month here.



News for 2019: I'm pleased to announce that I'm now a regular contributor to BMJ Blogs. I'll be generally doing (shorter) versions of suitable posts from PLOS Blogs. First up:

Evidence and choice - what does one mean without the other?

And over at Absolutely Maybe, my annual open access roundup:

Open Access 2018: A Year of Funders and Universities Drawing a Line in the Sand

I updated my Twitter profile pic for the first time with one of my favorites.... Hmm... Too statistical?




Bad visual impairment and surgery that fixed it got me thinking a lot about evidence and choice, and how little one can mean without the other:

Post-Surgery Thoughts on Evidence and Choice

And I took exception to an opinion piece by a doctor about evidence and patient advocates:

"True Patients Must Be Students of Evidence-Based Medicine": An Impatient Rebuttal

My final post for the year is a return to an issue that once dominated my life, but I've kept away from for a very long time - home birth:

The Dangerous Allure of Breech Birth at Home - and a Problematic New Paper 





The HPV vaccine and Cochrane sagas are rolling on - and I wrote about the responsibilities of the journal that published the error-ridden critique of the Cochrane review on the HPV vaccine:

Free Speech and Journals' Responsibilities in Vaccine Debates

Unusually, the journal - BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine - proposed some corrections and invited feedback. My response: 

Correcting the Record On That Critique of the Cochrane HPV Vaccine Review

At the end of the month, I had the privilege of giving the opening keynote at the terrific National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) conference. Here are my slides, and here's my post on the conference:

"High Value, Low Wastage Research" Is More Than Just a Catchphrase Now






Last month was all about the controversy over the Cochrane HPV vaccine review. This review, it turned out to have an unexpected back story - causing turmoil at the Cochrane Collaboration.Two more posts at Absolutely Maybe:

Boilover: The Cochrane HPV Vaccine Fire isn't Really About Evidence - but it's Critical to Science

Scientific Advocacy and Biases of the Ideological and Industry Kinds

And I kept tracking developments here at this website.