The Supplement Con

Science-Based Medicine - 15 hours 54 min ago
A new article in Business Insider challenges the major narrative promoted by the supplement industry - that supplements are safe, effective, natural, and actually in the bottle. If we are lucky, this may mark a the start of a sea change in how Americans see supplements.
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The Hormone Myth

Science-Based Medicine - August 15, 2017 - 3:00am
"Mary is really bitchy today; she must be on the rag." Comments like this are all too common, and are misguided. In her new book, Robyn Stein DeLuca dispels the myths about how hormones affect women's moods and mental health, myths that have contributed to unequal treatment of women. Junk science supported the myths; good science debunks them.
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Alternative medicine kills cancer patients

Science-Based Medicine - August 14, 2017 - 3:19am
By definition, alternative medicine has not been shown to be effective or has been shown to be ineffective. Thus, alternative medicine is ineffective against cancer and can best be represented as either no treatment at all or potentially harmful treatment. It is thus not surprising that cancer patients who choose alternative medicine have a higher risk of dying from their cancer. A new study confirms this conclusion yet again.
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Australian Fetus First to Undergo Intrauterine Chiropractic Adjustment

Science-Based Medicine - August 11, 2017 - 8:00am
Are chiropractic surgeons really performing intrauterine spinal adjustments based on the results of nonsensical muscle tests and ultrasound imaging? No.
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Truth Trolls

Radiolab Podcasts - August 10, 2017 - 10:40pm
Today, a third story of folks relentlessly searching for the truth.  But this time, the truth seekers are an unlikely bunch… internet trolls. 
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Is something better than nothing? The many ineffective ways we treat nocturnal leg cramps

Science-Based Medicine - August 10, 2017 - 9:59am
While leg cramps won't kill you, they can make you miserable when you are trying to sleep. There's not much evidence for effective treatments, and there are far more proposed treatments than there is evidence.
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Video Games and the Brain

Science-Based Medicine - August 9, 2017 - 7:47am
A new article looked at the effect of playing video games on the brain. Its results confirm what was previously suspected from prior research. First, it is another demonstration of use-dependent plasticity in the brain. Further, it supports a direct relationship between the types of activity in which people engage and increases or decreases in the respective parts of the brain. And finally it supports the inverse relationship between the hippocampus and caudate nucleus with regard to different learning strategies.
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Doc Doc Zeus: A Glimpse Behind the Scenes of Medical Boards

Science-Based Medicine - August 8, 2017 - 3:00am
A novel about a doctor who raped a minor and is being investigated by his state medical board provides behind-the-scene insights into the workings of medical boards. It helps explain why these boards are so often ineffective, why medical malfeasance so often leads to a token disciplinary action rather than to loss of license.
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Naturopathy and dubious compounding pharmacies: A deadly combination

Science-Based Medicine - August 7, 2017 - 3:27am
In March, it was widely reported that a young woman named Jade Erick had died suddenly of a hypersensitivity reaction while undergoing an infusion of intravenous curcumin ordered by a naturopath named Kim Kelly to treat her eczema. The FDA investigated and found egregious problems with the injectable curcumin used. This tragic incident thus serves to demonstrate how dangerous a combination naturopaths and dubious compounding pharmacies can be.
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The cruel sham of “right-to-try” takes a giant step towards becoming federal law

Science-Based Medicine - August 5, 2017 - 9:00am
So-called “right-to-try” is a cruel sham that holds out the false hope of survival to terminally ill patients and their families. In return, all they have to give up is patient protections and agree to pay to be guinea pigs to test a drug company’s product. The product of an ideology that uses the terminally ill as shields to hide the ideological motives behind the law, which are to hobble the FDA, right-to-try is a terrible idea. It’s bad for patients, but it just passed the Senate and could well become the law of the land when the House reconvenes in September if it isn’t stopped.
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Integrative Psychiatry

Science-Based Medicine - August 4, 2017 - 9:00am
Alternative medicine is not just restricted to physical health. Practitioners have insinuated themselves into mental health as well, to the detriment of patients and science.
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Truth Warriors

Radiolab Podcasts - August 3, 2017 - 7:00pm
The stories of a few folks ready to fight the future of fakery. 
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Chiropractic pediatrics conference features anti-vaccination ideology . . . as usual

Science-Based Medicine - August 3, 2017 - 1:00am
For the third time in four years, a chiropractic pediatrics conference will feature anti-vaccination propaganda as part of its program. Chiropractors will spread this misinformation to their patients' parents.
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0.05 or 0.005? P-value Wars Continue

Science-Based Medicine - August 2, 2017 - 8:25am
Over the years Major League Baseball has tweaked the dimensions of the field, specifically the distance and height of the pitcher’s mound and the area of the strike zone. They did this in order to adjust the balance between pitchers and hitters, mostly to shift the balance toward hitters to make games more exciting for the fans. Scientists are debating similar tweaks […]
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The Antithesis of Science-Based Medicine:  The Medical Medium’s Fantasy-Based Health Advice

Science-Based Medicine - August 1, 2017 - 3:00am
Anthony William, the Medical Medium, hears voices that give him advanced scientific information from the spirit world. He offers reams of health advice based on nothing but fantasy. He even tells readers to call on 12 angels out loud by their name.
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Abraham Cherrix is alive and well because of science-based medicine

Science-Based Medicine - July 31, 2017 - 3:00am
Although I haven't discussed it here before, the case of Abraham Cherrix is an instructive example. Eleven years ago, he and his parents chose quackery over science-based medicine to treat his cancer. He's alive now because he finally realized the error of his decision and underwent a bone marrow transplant.
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It’s Still Not Safe to Go Back in the Water, and Other Tales of Woo

Science-Based Medicine - July 28, 2017 - 7:00am
A thoughtful discussion of water-based topics ranging from toddlers pooping in the pool to recommendations on daily alkaline water intake for newborns.
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Breaking News

Radiolab Podcasts - July 27, 2017 - 10:09pm
Today, two new technological tricks that together could invade our past selves and rewrite the rules of credibility. Also, we release something terrible into the world.
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Are drug expiry dates really a myth?

Science-Based Medicine - July 27, 2017 - 7:00am
Are drug expiry dates just an industry ploy to keep you buying new bottles of medicine?
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Increase In Supplement Poisonings

Science-Based Medicine - July 26, 2017 - 8:02am
Current supplement regulations in the US (and many countries) are overtly anti-consumer and pro-industry, and are the direct result of aggressive industry lobbying and having powerful senators in their pocket. The rise in calls to poison control for supplements are just one manifestation of this situation.
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