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Tom Chivers is a senior writer for BuzzFeed UK

That ‘fertility cliff’? It may be more of a gentle slope

The study that identified 35 as a cut-off year was based on 17th-century church records. More modern evidence is available

Periods don’t sync, period

Study after study has shown that the original research was deeply flawed… but it fits a stereotype of female empathy

Parents won’t believe me, but ‘sugar rush’ is a myth

Sugar does not drive children insane. It has hardly any effect on their behaviour at all

IVF can be horrible. Adding a cancer scare to the ordeal is just nasty

Most of us, if we’re in our 30s or later, know someone who’s had to go through IVF. The fertility…

Wi-Fi and the scare that won’t die

Very probably not, says Tom Chivers, but the symptoms of people who believe that it is are perfectly real

Tidying, the secret to weight loss? Don’t be fooled by the Mail’s mad claim

There is an old adage in news reporting, which goes something like: a dog biting a man is not news;…

The great water myth

For years we have been continually told that we aren’t drinking enough water, but what is the truth behind those eight glasses of water?

An eye for a book

It’s quite hard, growing up as a bookwormy kid. It’s rock and a hard place, Scylla and Charybdis (bookwormy, see?).…

Teenage fathers and mental health: a true story unfairly reported

There’s a difference between something being true, and something being fair, as I’m sure you realise. I’m going to look…

Hyperbole about the dangers of ‘skunk’ won’t help those at risk – but a change in the law might

Can I write an entire blog post about one sentence? I’d certainly like to. The sentence in question is ‘The…

Bad news for the lazy – jogging isn’t actually bad for you

There’s nothing the health editors of the nation love more than a counter-intuitive story. We’ve been over the red-wine-is-good-for-you, chocolate-is-good-for-you…

No, cats did not smell your cancer

No, they bloody didn’t. They just didn’t. ‘Cats detected my cancer’, reads a headline on Mail Online. But, let’s face…

Finally! A health story about cancer that doesn’t resort to hyperbole

The lot of the snarky health-science debunker is not a happy one. It involves going to a lot of newspaper…

How not to be taken for a mug by misleading health stories this New Year

The Christmas/New Year period is always fun for health balls. Because we like drinking lots of wine and eating lots…

Cancer isn’t calling

I should preface this piece with a warning: I may be wrong. Perhaps, some day, greybeards will speak in dire…

The Daily Mail is wrong — homeopathy can’t cure Ebola

Normally this blog is about relatively silly things, I’m happy to admit. Is red wine good for you? (No.) Are…

Should old people start wearing stilettos?

It must, I sometimes think, be exhausting, if you actually take health advice from newspapers; diligently eating eggs one week…

How does naturopathy work? A bit like a flying vacuum-cleaner to Mars

Every so often you read a piece about alternative medicine that asks: how does it work? How does homeopathy work,…