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Spinal Manipulation and the JAMA Meta-Analysis: An Analysis of Fuel.

Science-Based Medicine - April 28, 2017 - 3:10am
Association of Spinal Manipulative Therapy With Clinical Benefit and Harm for Acute Low Back Pain: Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. It is even worse than I thought it would be.
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FDA issues warning letter to “holistic” practitioner offering thermography for breast cancer detection

Science-Based Medicine - April 27, 2017 - 1:00am
Thermography for breast cancer detection is one of more than 65 products the FDA just announced it is going after for fraudulently claiming to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure cancer.
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Faking Peer-Review

Science-Based Medicine - April 26, 2017 - 8:03am
A major cancer journal just retracted 107 papers for faking peer-review, bringing the total for that publisher to 450. How did this happen, and how do we prevent it in the future?
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Funky Hand Jive

Radiolab Podcasts - April 26, 2017 - 2:00am
Neil Degrasse Tyson and some new microbiome science help answer the question - when we touch greatness how much of it stays with us? 
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Gary Taubes and the Case Against Sugar

Science-Based Medicine - April 25, 2017 - 3:00am
Gary Taubes writes that sugar is the cause of obesity and most chronic diseases. He makes a good case for the prosecution, but he doesn't convict.
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Outbreaks among Somali immigrants in Minnesota: Thanks for the measles again, Andy

Science-Based Medicine - April 24, 2017 - 3:00am
Andrew Wakefield's antivaccine propaganda film VAXXED claims that MMR vaccination causes autism in African American boys. Unfortunately, this is not the first time Wakefield has targeted people of color with antivaccine misinformation. Before there was VAXXED, Wakefield and antivaxers targeted Somali immigrants in Minnesota. Measles outbreaks have been the result.
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Corrigendum. The Week in Review for 04/23/2017

Science-Based Medicine - April 23, 2017 - 6:11pm
Protection from vampires. An autistic muppet upsets anti-vaxers. Naturopaths want insurance money. Big Chiro: what THEY don't want you to know. This blog is futile. And more.
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Separating Fact from Fiction in the Not-So-Normal Newborn Nursery: Undescended Testes in Babies

Science-Based Medicine - April 21, 2017 - 7:52am
There is a safe and effective science-based approach to the undescended testicle in newborns. This hasn't stopped some from proposing alternatives that are neither.
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Overtreating the thyroid

Science-Based Medicine - April 20, 2017 - 9:25am
For decades there's been debate about whether thyroid medication is necessary for a mild form of thyroid dysfunction. A new trial helps answer that question.
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Responding to SBM Critics

Science-Based Medicine - April 19, 2017 - 8:37am
Responding to SBM critics and setting the record straight on our actual positions regarding evidence and the practice of medicine.
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Radiolab Extra: Henrietta Lacks

Radiolab Podcasts - April 18, 2017 - 10:00pm
One woman's medically miraculous cancer cells, and how Henrietta Lacks changed modern science and, eventually, her family's understanding of itself.
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Vital Stem: Affordable Stem Cell Treatments for Everyone? Anti-Aging Breakthrough?

Science-Based Medicine - April 18, 2017 - 3:00am
Vital Stem is a dietary supplement mixture that supposedly reverses the changes of normal aging by increasing the body's production of stem cells. We can't know if it works, because it hasn't been tested.
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The cruel sham that is right-to-try raises its ugly head at the federal level again

Science-Based Medicine - April 17, 2017 - 3:26am
Ill-advised right-to-try bills are spreading like kudzu through state legislatures. Now federal legislators want to insert right-to-try language into the bill that funds FDA drug approval. Given the support of powerful Republicans like Vice President Mike Pence for right-to-try, it too late to stop this juggernaut and protect patients?
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Corrigendum. The Week in Review for 04/16/2017

Science-Based Medicine - April 16, 2017 - 7:37pm
Mumps cases, like infected parotids, swell. Doctors win with false news ?!?. More acupuncture studies not recognized as negative. Paying for pseudo-medicine in Vermont. Your consciousness is in your organs. And more.
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California SB 277: New evidence that restricting nonmedical exemptions to school vaccine requirements works

Science-Based Medicine - April 16, 2017 - 3:00am
The 2016-2017 kindergarten numbers are in. SB 277, the new California law banning personal belief exemptions to school vaccine requirements, works as intended. Early numbers show that vaccine uptake has increased, and personal belief exemptions are down dramatically.
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Patients blinded by stem cell therapy: more egregious than you imagined

Science-Based Medicine - April 15, 2017 - 10:00am
Three patients were treated with a slurry of stem cells and blood products, in both eyes, on the same day. Could the outcome, three patients becoming legally blind, have been foreseen? Probably.
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Naturopathic Experiences: Remembrance of things past.

Science-Based Medicine - April 14, 2017 - 3:29am
Interacting with patients who also get care from naturopaths: uncomfortable dilemmas.
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Legislative Alchemy 2017: Naturopaths push licensing and practice expansion while in damage control over IV turmeric death

Science-Based Medicine - April 13, 2017 - 1:00am
Naturopaths are in damage control over death of naturopathic patient due to turmeric infusion even as they lobby state legislatures for licensing and practice expansion.
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Naturopathic Death From IV Turmeric

Science-Based Medicine - April 12, 2017 - 8:16am
A recent death from IV curcumin exposes the weaknesses in the evidence for curcumin/turmeric and the naturopathic profession.
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How Do Doctors Learn to Diagnose, and Can Machines Learn to Do It Too?

Science-Based Medicine - April 11, 2017 - 3:00am
Siddhartha Mukherjee weighs in on how doctors arrive at a diagnosis and how computers can assist but not replace them.
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