So Long and Thanks for All the SCAM

Science-Based Medicine - June 23, 2017 - 3:53am
So long/Farewell/Auf wiedersehen/Adu/Adu adu to you and you and you.
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“Chronic Lyme” VIP Daniel Cameron disciplined by New York medical authorities

Science-Based Medicine - June 22, 2017 - 1:00am
"Chronic Lyme" guru Daniel Cameron, MD, has been put on 3-year probation by New York medical authorities. Will fellow "Lyme literate" doctors take note?
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Coconut Oil Warning

Science-Based Medicine - June 21, 2017 - 8:04am
Coconut oil is promoted as a health food, but a recent warning from the American Heart Association warns that coconut oil is very high in saturated fats and increases your risk for heart disease.
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Fun with Spanish Flu Myths

Science-Based Medicine - June 20, 2017 - 3:00am
There are many myths about the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Some of them are pretty funny.
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The sad but unexpectedly hopeful cancer saga of Cassandra Callender

Science-Based Medicine - June 19, 2017 - 3:00am
I've frequently discussed the stories of teenagers with cancer who either refuse chemotherapy or whose parents refuse chemotherapy for them. The case of Cassandra Callender is the same, yet different, from many of these unfortunate and sad sagas in that she was older when diagnosed with cancer and that she realized her mistake. I can now only hope that it's not too late for science-based medicine to save her.
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The Ethics of Involuntary Pediatric Drug Testing

Science-Based Medicine - June 16, 2017 - 8:00am
Although it may seem like a good idea, testing for recreational drug use on an adolescent patient without consent is ethically questionable, challenging to interpret, and unlikely to benefit the patient or their family.
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The Gondolier

Radiolab Podcasts - June 15, 2017 - 12:16pm
What happens when doing what you want to do means giving up who you really are? 
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A closer look at penicillin allergies

Science-Based Medicine - June 15, 2017 - 8:00am
While many people believe they may be allergic to penicillin, few actually are. The consequences may be serious.
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BMI and the Obesity Epidemic

Science-Based Medicine - June 14, 2017 - 8:17am
Obesity is a serious and growing health problem worldwide. Ditching BMI as a measure of obesity is not the solution.
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On Guard,  DōTERRA, Essential Oils, and a Lesson in Reading Research Studies

Science-Based Medicine - June 13, 2017 - 3:00am
A study of On Guard™, a mixture of essential oils, showed that it reduced the infectivity of influenza virus in dog kidney cells in the lab; but that's irrelevant to the question of whether the product has any clinical effect in humans.
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Does society try to shame and shun vaccine refusers and the vaccine-averse?

Science-Based Medicine - June 12, 2017 - 3:00am
Antivaxers often complain that they are judged harshly, even shunned. A recent study suggests that, to some extent, they might well be. But are judging, shaming, and shunning parents who refuse to vaccinate their children wrong? More importantly, what about the children, who didn’t choose not to be vaccinated, and how likely is such stigmatization to change behavior?
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Chiropractic Subluxation Theory: Legal Support for Inappropriate Use of Spinal Manipulation

Science-Based Medicine - June 9, 2017 - 3:00am
Legally licensed, unbridled subluxation-based chiropractors who offer unproven treatment for a broad scope of health problems endanger public health, stigmatize appropriate use of spinal manipulation, and deter development of chiropractic as a legitimate back-care specialty.
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What naturopaths really want

Science-Based Medicine - June 8, 2017 - 1:00am
Naturopaths want the same scope of practice as MDs and DOs, allowing them to make important medico-legal judgments that put life, liberty and property at risk.
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Minnesota Measles

Science-Based Medicine - June 7, 2017 - 8:00am
There is currently an outbreak of measles in the Somali population of Minnesota – an outbreak that can be directly linked to antivaccine propaganda.
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When Drugs Cost Too Much

Science-Based Medicine - June 6, 2017 - 3:00am
Our ability to develop new drugs is fast outstripping our ability to pay for them; some are exorbitantly expensive and not very effective. Funds are limited, and as a society we need to have a serious discussion about how they are to be allocated.
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The closure of major integrative medicine “Crown Jewels”: Terminating the Terminator?

Science-Based Medicine - June 5, 2017 - 3:00am
When it comes to expansion and infiltrating medicine, "integrative medicine" has frequently seemed like the Terminator: Utterly relentless. However, setbacks at major integrative medicine "Crown Jewels" resulting in their closure cast that narrative in doubt. However, I never forget that after its seeming destruction, the Terminator always comes back.
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Quackery for Kids

Science-Based Medicine - June 2, 2017 - 8:00am
A brief rant and a few random observations on quackery for kids.
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A closer look at generic drugs

Science-Based Medicine - June 1, 2017 - 7:22am
In the struggle to contain growing healthcare costs, generic drugs have the potential to save millions. What gives us confidence they are equivalent to brand-name drugs?
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Mast Cell Activation Disorder – Yes, It’s Real

Science-Based Medicine - May 31, 2017 - 8:04am
Mast Cell Activation Disorder is real, but there are a large number of fake diagnoses out there. How do you tell the difference?
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New Evidence for Chondroitin

Science-Based Medicine - May 30, 2017 - 3:00am
Several previous studies showed chondroitin was ineffective for knee osteoarthritis, but a new study says it is as effective as celecoxib. There are reasons to be skeptical.
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