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Release Active Drugs – Homeopathy By Another Name

Science-Based Medicine - 8 hours 57 min ago
A Russian company is marketing "release active drugs" as a new medical technology, but it is just bogus homeopathy dressed up with new jargon.
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BladderMax: Fake News and Outrageous Headlines

Science-Based Medicine - December 11, 2018 - 3:00am
A newspaper ad for BladderMax is disguised as a news story reporting "the end of bladder leakages." The information is inaccurate and the headlines are preposterous.
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The stem cell hard sell: The Medical Board of California is forming a task force to determine how to regulate physicians offering stem cell therapies.

Science-Based Medicine - December 10, 2018 - 3:05am
For-profit stem cell clinics selling unproven and downright quacky stem cell therapies have proliferated over the last several years, with federal and state law seemingly powerless to stop them. Recently, the FDA and FTC have shown signs of acting to crack down on them. Now, the Medical Board of California is forming a task force to determine how to regulate physicians offering these unproven therapies. Will it matter?
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Legislative Alchemy 2018: naturopathic licensing and practice expansion shutout?

Science-Based Medicine - December 6, 2018 - 1:00am
Naturopathic doctors pushed for licensing and practice expansion in 16 states in 2018. Looks like they are in for a complete shutout.
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Italy’s Antivaccine Government – The Attack on Experts Continues

Science-Based Medicine - December 5, 2018 - 8:00am
Anti-vaccine Italian government fires its entire Health Council. This is unfortunately part of a bigger trend against expertise and reality-based policy.
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Reader’s Digest Promotes Prevagen

Science-Based Medicine - December 4, 2018 - 3:00am
Reader's Digest is advertising a memory aid, Prevagen, that has been tested and shown not to work. Shame on them!
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Addressing the epidemic of antivaccine misinformation

Science-Based Medicine - December 3, 2018 - 3:47am
Last week, Dr. Gorski was on vacation. However, part of his vacation involved spending a couple of hours with two of his heroes, meeting new pro-science advocates, and talking vaccine hesitancy and the antivaccine movement.
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CDC Warns Against Honey Pacifier Use After 4 Texas Infants Develop Botulism

Science-Based Medicine - November 30, 2018 - 7:00am
Experts are warning caregivers and healthcare professionals about pacifiers filled with raw honey after four infants in Texas were diagnosed with botulism. They are probably right. And you should probably listen.
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Can DNA testing predict your response to drugs?

Science-Based Medicine - November 29, 2018 - 8:52am
Can your genes really predict how you will metabolize certain medications? The FDA has approved the first direct-to-consumer test that claims to do this. How meaningful are the findings?
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Chinese Researcher Reports First Gene-Edited Babies

Science-Based Medicine - November 28, 2018 - 8:17am
A Chinese scientist announces first gene-edited babies, setting off a discussion of the science and ethics of using CRISPR on humans.
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UnErased: Smid

Radiolab Podcasts - November 27, 2018 - 7:18pm

Today on Radiolab, we're playing the fourth and final episode of a series Jad worked on called UnErased: The history of conversion therapy in America.

Consider the following... You’re openly gay. Then, you become the leader of the largest ex-gay organization and, under your leadership, many lives are destroyed. You leave that organization, come out as gay - again - and find love. Do you deserve to be happy? This is a story of identity, making amends and John Smid’s reckoning with his life. 

UnErased is a series with Focus Features, Stitcher and Limina House in conjunction with the feature film, BOY ERASED. Special thanks go out to the folks at Anonymous Content for their support of UnErased. 

If you want to hear the whole series, you can find UnErased in all the usual podcast places.  Support Radiolab today at Radiolab.org/donate

 

 

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Should Evidence-Based Medicine Be Replaced by Interpersonal Medicine?

Science-Based Medicine - November 27, 2018 - 3:00am
An opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine complains about the limitations of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and recommends a new approach they call "interpersonal medicine." In my opinion, good clinical medicine is already interpersonal medicine; there is no need for something new.
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Afflicted and the Tragedy of Fake Illnesses

Science-Based Medicine - November 26, 2018 - 3:00am
Afflicted is a documentary following the lives and treatments of people "diagnosed" with illnesses not recognized by science. Conversely, it could also be seen as a documentary illustrating the risks and harms of alternative medicine.
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The White Coat Effect in Animals: Reducing Fear in the Vet Clinic

Science-Based Medicine - November 23, 2018 - 3:00am
Fear during veterinary visits is a problem for everyone involved. While everyone wants less of it, there is limited evidence to support any interventions right now.
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Happy Thanksgiving from SBM!

Science-Based Medicine - November 22, 2018 - 1:00am
Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and SBM is taking the day off. Have a wonderful holiday!
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UnErased: Dr. Davison and the Gay Cure

Radiolab Podcasts - November 21, 2018 - 10:00pm

Today on Radiolab, we're playing part of a series that Jad worked on called UnErased: The history of conversion therapy in America.

The episode we're playing today, the third in the series, is one of the rarest stories of all: a man who publicly experiences a profound change of heart. This is a profile of one of the gods of psychotherapy, who through a reckoning with his own work (oddly enough in the pages of Playboy magazine), becomes the first domino to fall in science’s ultimate disowning of the “gay cure.”

UnErased is a series with Focus Features, Stitcher and Limina House in conjunction with the feature film, BOY ERASED. Special thanks go out to the folks at Anonymous Content for their support of UnErased. 

If you want to hear the whole series, you can find UnErased in all the usual podcast places.  Support Radiolab today at Radiolab.org/donate
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The Revenge of Chicken Pox

Science-Based Medicine - November 21, 2018 - 8:07am
Another outbreak, this time chickenpox, can be blamed on antivaxxers.
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Leaky Brain, Leaky Gut: Are They Real?

Science-Based Medicine - November 20, 2018 - 3:00am
First there was leaky gut; now there’s leaky brain. These questionable concepts are being promoted by practitioners of so-called “functional medicine.”
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Be careful what you wish for…

Science-Based Medicine - November 19, 2018 - 3:00am
A "naturopathic oncologist" on Twitter challenged me to examine the work of his two "naturopathic oncology" mentors. It did not go well...for him.
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The Influence of Kinesiology Tape Color on Athletic Performance: An Actual Published Study…Seriously

Science-Based Medicine - November 16, 2018 - 7:00am
Does the color of kinesiology tape effect athletic performance or neuromuscular function? This serious research, published in a legitimate medical journal, asks this non-satirical question. The answer is pretty much what you would expect. No, it doesn't.
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