The adverse health effects of the lunacy that is Daylight Saving Time

Science-Based Medicine - March 12, 2018 - 3:52am
Daylight Saving Time has been around for 100 years. Why does it still persist when there's no evidence that it saves energy and growing evidence of the harms it causes? That's a good question.
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A Miscellany of Medical Malarkey Episode 3: The Revengening

Science-Based Medicine - March 9, 2018 - 7:00am
A setback for bogus marketing claims for fancy athletic tape. E-cigarettes aren't a good Christmans stocking stuffer for your kids. An update on the European measles outbreak. That's right, it's time for another miscellany of medical malarkey!
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It doesn’t have to hurt: Strategies to reduce vaccine pain

Science-Based Medicine - March 8, 2018 - 8:00am
To address anti-vaccine views, try to understand the underlying motives for these perspectives. Some reject vaccines because of underlying fears of the pain of vaccination. Several strategies can effectively decrease vaccine pain.
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Too Many Too Soon? No!

Science-Based Medicine - March 7, 2018 - 7:48am
The results of a study looking at, in part, the "too many, too soon" complaints of antivaccination activists were completely negative. There was no difference in vaccine antigen exposure between two groups who differed in the number of infections over a two year period. Therefore there is no correlation between vaccine antigen exposure and susceptibility to other infections.
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The Debate Is Over: Antidepressants DO Work Better Than Placebo

Science-Based Medicine - March 6, 2018 - 3:00am
The idea that antidepressants are no more effective than placebo has been put to rest. They clearly work when used appropriately, although the effect size is not as large as the published studies have suggested.
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Texas: Ground zero for the politicization of school vaccine mandates

Science-Based Medicine - March 5, 2018 - 3:00am
Vaccine policies and school vaccine mandates have traditionally been as close to a nonpartisan issue as there can be in the US. Unfortunately, in Texas antivaccine activists and conservative activists threaten to change that. The antivaccine group Texans for Vaccine Choice has formed an unholy alliance with antiregulation conservative activists to attack school vaccine mandates. Antivaxers all over the country are doing the same thing.
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Congress can easily end Medicare waste, fraud and abuse by chiropractors, saving billions

Science-Based Medicine - March 1, 2018 - 1:00am
Yet another government report finds chiropractors are bilking Medicare billions for unnecessary services. A simple amendment to the Medicare law could end this, but will Congress act?
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