Science-Based Medicine

Science-Based Satire: American Academy of Pediatrics Releases New Guidelines on Corporal Punishment (Fr, 22 Mär 2019)
In December of last year, the American Academy of Pediatrics updated their policy statement on effective discipline. Did it include an algorithm to help caregivers safely dose corporal punishment? No, that's actually pretty absurd. Offensive even, if you think about it. Don't though. Look...a squirrel!
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Are those “inactive” ingredients in my medicine really inactive? (Thu, 21 Mar 2019)
Drugs and supplements contain dozens of inactive ingredients. Is this a concern to those with allergies and sensitivities?
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Fighting Online for SBM (Wed, 20 Mar 2019)
Physicians are being harassed offline by antivax and other trolls. We can't let that happen.
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For Discussion: Should I Only Write About Fake Stuff If It Is Well-Known? (Tue, 19 Mar 2019)
Does writing about questionable topics that are not well-known do more harm or good? There are arguments on both sides.
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The Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians publishes Principles of Care Guidelines. Not surprisingly, they aren’t science-based. (Mon, 18 Mar 2019)
Last week, the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) published "principles of care" guidelines. Try as they might, naturopathic oncologists tried to represent their specialty as evidence-based. Unsurprisingly, they failed.
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Brief Announcement: Price of Consumer Health Book Has Been Slashed (Sat, 16 Mar 2019)
The price of the textbook Consumer Health: A Guide to Intelligent Decisions has been reduced to $9.99 on Amazon.
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Lessons in confounding epidemiology: Household cleaning products, the microbiome and childhood obesity (Thu, 14 Mar 2019)
Do eco-friendly cleaning products prevent obesity? Probably not, and you shouldn't be eating them anyway.
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Experts slam CAM lab tests, call for better regulation (Thu, 14 Mar 2019)
Experts review the evidence and find that common CAM lab tests have "little or no clinical benefit" and are "a potential risk to patient safety." Regulatory reform is urgently needed to protect the public.
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Scientists Sign Petition Warning about EMF (Wed, 13 Mar 2019)
A petition signed by 250 scientists warns about wireless technology, but the science is not on their side.
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The “Evidence” for Prodovite Is Junk Science (Tue, 12 Mar 2019)
Prodovite is a liquid nutritional supplement marketed as "nutrition you can feel." The claims are pseudoscientific nonsense and the single unblinded clinical study is junk science that relies on a bogus test: live cell microscopy.
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Naturopaths try (and fail yet again) to argue that they are science-based (Mon, 11 Mar 2019)
That booster of all things "integrative," John Weeks has devoted the entire most recent issue of The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, which he edits, to trying to demonstrate that naturopathy is science-based. It does not go well. Same as it ever was.
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Using Intranasal Breast Milk to Treat Premature Infants with Intraventricular Hemorrhages (Fri, 08 Mar 2019)
A recent study investigated intranasal breast milk as a treatment for brain bleeds in premature infants. It's a neat idea, but I don't find it all that plausible and the study conclusion is overly optimistic.
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Médecins Sans Medicine? “Homeopaths without borders” giving sugar pills for infectious diseases in Honduras (Thu, 07 Mar 2019)
Canadian homeopaths are in Honduras, and claim their magic water remedies can prevent diseases such as Chagas, dengue, and chikungunya.
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Canada Is Sending Homeopaths to Honduras (Wed, 06 Mar 2019)
The Canadian government is sending homeopaths to Honduras as part of an aid program. They dropped the ball on this one, and should just admit error and correct it, but they are doubling-down instead.
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The Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment: A Fiasco with a Silver Lining (Tue, 05 Mar 2019)
The Tuskegee syphilis experiment studied black men with advanced syphilis for 40 years. Patients were lied to and prevented from getting treatment. A black mark in the history of American medicine, it led to important reforms.
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Combatting dangerous quackery and antivaccine misinformation on streaming services and social media (Mon, 04 Mar 2019)
Last week, Amazon began removing antivaccine videos from Amazon Prime. Last month, YouTube announced that it was demonetizing antivaccine videos, and Facebook stated that it would be taking action to de-emphasize antivaccine pages in its searched. These are all good first tentative steps, but the problem of quackery on streaming platforms and social media goes way beyond just antivaccine content. Making it harder for quacks to use social media and streaming platforms to spread their dangerous misinformation will be neither easy nor straightforward.
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Flipping the Script In Action: The Nick Gundersen Case (Fri, 01 Mar 2019)
The tragic consequences of a boy with leukemia and a mother who believed an alternative medicine documentary-maker over her son's oncologist.
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Drug maker challenges FDA on animal testing (Thu, 28 Feb 2019)
A drug maker claims an FDA-required toxicity study in animals is unnecessary to determine safety and urges others to question the routine use of animal testing.
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Are Smart Meters a Health Risk? (Wed, 27 Feb 2019)
Don't worry. There is no plausible health risk from the miniscule EMF from smart meters.
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Homeopath Quits Homeopathy but Thinks the Homeopathic Approach Has Value (Tue, 26 Feb 2019)
A former homeopath shows that there's nothing scientific about homeopathy; in fact, it contradicts all known scientific principles. Nevertheless she finds value in the homeopathic approach to the patient and thinks all providers can learn from it.
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Peter Gøtzsche and antivaxers: Should a science advocate ever speak at an antivaccine conference? (Mon, 25 Feb 2019)
Last week, I wrote about how evidence-based medicine icon Peter Gøtzsche was slated to speak at an antivaccine conference. This week, I now know why he agreed to appear. In part, he thought he could change antivaxer minds. This leads me to ask: Is it ever a good idea for a science advocate to speak at a pseudoscience conference?
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Another Australian Chiropractor is in Hot Water for Manipulating a Newborn (Fri, 22 Feb 2019)
Yet another Australian chiropractor is under fire for treating young infants. Will anything be done about it?
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What’s all that other stuff in my medicine? (Thu, 21 Feb 2019)
Are all those extra ingredients in your medicine or supplement, like fillers and coatings, something to be concerned about?
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Keto Diet for Neurological Disorders (Wed, 20 Feb 2019)
Does the ketogenic diet work for epilepsy or other neurological disorders? While the consensus is that it probably does, the evidence is surprisingly thin.
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The Magic Feather Effect: Placebos and the Power of Belief in Alternative Medicine (Tue, 19 Feb 2019)
In her book The Magic Feather Effect, journalist Melanie Warner covers placebo research, shows that alternative medicine is placebo medicine, takes a "try it yourself" approach, and gives belief and anecdotes more credit than they deserve.
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The strange saga of Peter Gøtzsche and Physicians for Informed Consent (Mon, 18 Feb 2019)
Recently, it was noted that Peter Gøtzsche, formerly of Cochrane Nordic, was featured on the speaker list for an antivaccine quackfest organized by the antivaccine group Physicians for Informed Consent, along with Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Toni Bark, and Marry Holland. Two days later, he announced that he would not be speaking there. So what happened? And what is Physicians for Informed Consent?
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The Cholesterol Controversy (Fri, 15 Feb 2019)
Why is cholesterol so much more controversial than the other cardiac risk factors? A review of cholesterol’s troubled and contentious history might help us understand where many of the cholesterol controversies originated… and why it’s time to let them pass into history.
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FDA promises industry-friendly “modernization” of dietary supplement regulation (Thu, 14 Feb 2019)
The FDA promises the "most significant modernization of dietary supplement regulation" in 25 years while maintaining its industry-friendly regulatory scheme.
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The Myth of Vaccine Shedding (Wed, 13 Feb 2019)
No - the measles vaccine cannot cause an outbreak through virus shedding, but this myth persists in antivaccine circles.
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Kidney Cancer and Incidentalomas (Tue, 12 Feb 2019)
Kidney cancer diagnoses are increasing but there has been no increase in mortality or rate of metastases. Kidney cancer is most often diagnosed as an incidental finding on a CT scan that was done for unrelated reasons. Treatment may not always be needed.
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