Science-Based Medicine

Another Child Suffers From the Effects of Anti-Vaccine Propaganda…and Tetanus (Fr, 24 Mär 2017)
As an Australian child suffers from tetanus, a horrific and virtually 100% preventable illness, a prominent local anti-vaccine propagandist goes on the attack.
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The floor is yours (Do, 23 Mär 2017)
Open thread for topic suggestions, and anything else SBM-related.
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Anti-Vaccine Chiropractors Threaten Public Health (Do, 23 Mär 2017)
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)'s investigation of Manitoba chiropractors reveals widespread antivaccine sentiment. These statement are at odds with medical facts, and critics are questioning why chiropractic remains publicly funded.
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Cracking Down on Chiropractic Pseudoscience (Mi, 22 Mär 2017)
A recent CBC News investigation reveals the common pseudoscientific claims and quackery of Manitoba chiropractors.
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Dietary Associations with Cardiovascular and Diabetic Mortality: “Bacon, soda, and too few nuts”? (Di, 21 Mär 2017)
A recent study attempted to quantify the association of ten dietary factors with deaths from cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Headlines about the study were misleading.
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Is the ACCME cracking down on quackery in continuing medical education (CME) offerings? Richard Jaffe thinks so. (Mo, 20 Mär 2017)
Richard Jaffe, a lawyer who has made a career out of defending quacks like Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski, thinks that the ACCME, the main accrediting body for continuing medical education (CME) credits, is cracking down on "complementary and alternative medicine" CME courses. That would be a very good thing indeed, but is it really happening? More importantly, would it be enough?
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Corrigendum. The Week in Review for 03/19/2017 (So, 19 Mär 2017)
What happened this week? Measles returns to kill. Stem cell injections blind. Lousy acupuncture studies. Fire hot. Skinny jeans are not a reason to see a chiropractor. Lesbian tendencies do not respond to homeopathy. And more.
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Treating the Terrain of Chronic Sinus Infections. A LAc of understanding. (Fr, 17 Mär 2017)
Acupuncture Today. "Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig; es ist nicht einmal falsch!" It is because they LAc an understanding of medicine.
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Health Savings Accounts and Quackery Revisited (Do, 16 Mär 2017)
Health savings accounts don't require medical treatments to be safe or effective for consumers. This leads to taxpayer-supported quackery.
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The Anti-Vaccine Narrative Just Gets Darker (Mi, 15 Mär 2017)
Anti-vaccine conspiracy theories are dark by their very nature. A recent article shows how dark, cynical, and paranoid they can get.
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Update on Testosterone Supplementation (Di, 14 Mär 2017)
Testosterone supplementation is a legitimate treatment for properly-diagnosed androgen deficiency, but it is being overprescribed by doctors who make exaggerated claims for it. New evidence clarifies its modest benefits and worrisome risks.
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“Chemotherapy is for losers”: A tragic tale of cancer, naturopathic quackery, and murder (Mo, 13 Mär 2017)
When a patient and her family trust a naturopath rather than oncologists and oncologic surgeons, the result is often tragic. In this case, Fikreta Ibrisevic trusted naturopath Juan Sanchez Gonzalez instead of real doctors to treat her rhabdomyosarcoma in 2015. The results were as tragic as expected, and she died. What happened next was not expected and amplified the horror of the outcome, as, in his grief over his wife's death Ibrisevic's husband Omer Ahmetovic, went beyond just suing.
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Corrigendum. The week in review for 03/12/2017 (So, 12 Mär 2017)
Waiting for a vaccine-preventable infection. More lousy acupuncture studies. Medical students interested in homeopathy are not as strong at science. Water wet. TCPM consuming donkeys. What the FDA does, and doesn't do, for now.
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Medical Lore in Modern Pediatric Practice (Fr, 10 Mär 2017)
Examples of modern medical lore that are passed down from doctor to doctor are commonplace in pediatric medicine and share similar features with the most egregious examples of medical pseudoscience
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Melatonin: What’s on the label isn’t in the bottle (Do, 09 Mär 2017)
Melatonin is taken by millions each year. But does it work? Is it safe? And can you trust the label?
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Why Do Prestigious Hospitals Sell Snake Oil? (Mi, 08 Mär 2017)
It is important for consumers to understand the phenomenon of hospitals, even prestigious hospitals, offering dubious treatments, and how we got here. Don't be fooled by the apparent endorsement of nonsense. It is still nonsense.
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Magnets Provide Amusement, But Not Health Benefits (Di, 07 Mär 2017)
Static magnets have no health benefits, but the advertising can be quite entertaining.
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The Texas Medical Board lets Stanislaw Burzynski off lightly: A cautionary tale of the failure of regulating medicine (Mo, 06 Mär 2017)
After three years and countless twists and turns, the final decision by the Texas Medical Board on the sanctions to be imposed on Houston cancer quack Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski were announced on Friday. Sadly, they were not enough. The Burzynski saga should serve as a cautionary tale that the regulation of physicians and medicine is too lax, not too strict.
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Corrigendum. The week in review for 03/05/2017 (Mo, 06 Mär 2017)
Canada's Bad Science Wants You. Penguins get acupuncture, tiger cubs get chiropractic. Homeopathic lead for lead toxicity. I'm an idiot. And more
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Influenza Vaccine and Health Care Workers. More than one way to skin a literature (Fr, 03 Mär 2017)
There are many ways to apply the medical literature. For me it starts with the premise that health care workers may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
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Bills remove impediments to ill-advised state “right to try” laws, shield wrongdoers, and hide adverse events (Do, 02 Mär 2017)
Congressional bills will unleash state "right to try" laws, block terminally ill patients from redress for damages caused by negligent doctors and drug companies, and hide adverse drug events from the public.
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The ADHD Controversy (Mi, 01 Mär 2017)
ADHD was already a controversial diagnosis; are Jerome Kagan's recent criticisms of it warranted?
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Why Do Things That Are Unlikely to Harm Us Get the Most Attention? (Di, 28 Feb 2017)
We are very bad at assessing risk, often giving the most attention to the things that are least likely to harm us. Geoffrey Kabat's new book teaches us how to think more clearly about scientific studies of environmental health risks.
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Google delists Mike Adams’ Natural News website. Was it because of fake news? (Mo, 27 Feb 2017)
Last week, in a surprise move Google delisted Mike Adams' Natural News website. Predictably, Adams immediately cried "Conspiracy!" and accused Google of punishing him for his support for "natural health" and Donald Trump. The truth appears to be that Adams violated one of Google's rules, leaving the question: What's the best way to fight fake news and fake medicine on the Internet?
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Corrigendum. The Week in Review for 02/26/2017. (Mo, 27 Feb 2017)
I get the month right. Mumps cases, like an infected parotid gland, grow. Acupuncture graduates will not have gainful employment. Hypno-Reiki. The one true cause of all disease. And more.
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What’s in that tube? (Fr, 24 Feb 2017)
With Science-Based Toothpaste on one hand, and "all natural homeopathic toothpaste" on the other, what's the difference?
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Bring on the Evidence: A new regulatory approach to CAM (Do, 23 Feb 2017)
Complementary and alternative medicine is popular, but it's poorly regulated, and most products lack good evidence of efficacy. A new approach proposed in Australia may help consumers make more informed, science-based health decisions.
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Acupuncture and Migraine – New JAMA Study (Mi, 22 Feb 2017)
Yet another poorly designed acupuncture study with dubious results is being presented as if it were compelling evidence.
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Daniel and Tana Amen’s Book The Brain Warrior’s Way: Standard Health Advice Mixed with Misinformation and Fanciful Ideas (Di, 21 Feb 2017)
Daniel Amen, the media-savvy psychiatrist and promoter of SPECT scans, has teamed-up with his wife Tana to write a self-help book that hopelessly muddles good medical advice with misinformation and speculation.
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Prove the scientific consensus and win a prize: A time-dishonored PR ploy used by cranks, quacks, and pseudoscientists (Robert F. Kennedy Jr. edition) (Mo, 20 Feb 2017)
Last week, antivaccine activist Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. teamed up with Robert De Niro to issue a challenge to provide one scientific study that proves thimerosal in vaccines is safe, with a cash prize of $100,000. They thus joined a long line of antivaxers, creationists, and climate science denialists offering money to "prove" the scientific consensus. Science doesn't work that way.
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