public health

The science behind the Flint water crisis: corrosion of pipes, erosion of trust

The science behind the Flint water crisis: corrosion of pipes, erosion of trust

Flint’s recent water crisis is a stinging reminder that the infrastructure we often take for granted has many vulnerabilities. The crisis also underscores the complexity of providing communities with safe, high-quality potable water.

If we want medicine to be evidence-based, what should we think when the evidence doesn’t agree?

If we want medicine to be evidence-based, what should we think when the evidence doesn’t agree?

To understand if a new treatment for an illness is really better than older treatments, doctors and researchers look to the best available evidence. Health professionals want a “last word” in evidence to settle questions about what the best modes of treatment are.