Reflex Integration Therapy

Science-Based Medicine - May 15, 2018 - 3:00am
Various methods of reflex integration claim benefits for autism, ADHD, brain injuries, pain, and more. They are based on speculative ideas about retained primitive reflexes. They have not been scientifically tested.
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The Null hypothesis: Gary Null attacks science-based medicine

Science-Based Medicine - May 14, 2018 - 3:32am
Over the last couple of weeks, one of the old men of quackery, Gary Null, has decided (yet again) that he really, really doesn't like science-based medicine. That includes Steve Novella, Susan Gerbic, As is his usual habit, Null teamed up with his producer Richard Gale and wrote some seriously off-base screeds against Wikipedia, skeptics, and science-based medicine, basically the forces that keep his beloved homeopathy down.
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The Great Outdoors (Debate)

Science-Based Medicine - May 11, 2018 - 3:00am
What are the health risks of letting your cat roam free?
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Crowdfunding unproven stem cell treatments: overstated efficacy, unstated risks

Science-Based Medicine - May 10, 2018 - 1:00am
Crowdfunding campaigns for unproven stem cell treatments exaggerate the benefits and underemphasize the risks, all the while raising considerable funds and generating social media buzz.
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Essential Oils in the Ambulance

Science-Based Medicine - May 9, 2018 - 8:07am
Aromatherapy with essential oils is pseudoscience, backed only with low quality studies guaranteed to show a placebo effect. Their growing popularity warns that better science education is needed.
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Living Water

Science-Based Medicine - May 8, 2018 - 3:00am
A device called Living Water will convert your tap water into acidic or alkaline water that supposedly is ionized and has antioxidant properties. There is no evidence that it offers any health benefits.
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PLOS ONE, peer review, and a “crappy” acupuncture study

Science-Based Medicine - May 7, 2018 - 3:33am
Meta-analyses can sometimes suffer from the "GIGO problem" (garbage in, garbage out). The publication of a "crappy" acupuncture "network meta-analysis" for acupuncture and chronic constipation illustrates the GIGO problem on steroids and reveals a problem with peer review.
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Science-Based Medicine - May 4, 2018 - 8:07am
This is a follow up blog post by Clay Jones and Grant Ritchey, who wrote about the Use of Dental Appliances in the Management of Tourette Syndrome way back in the Olden Times (June 2016). Because we will refer to the above post often, and because we make a ton of shillbucks for every click on one of our articles, we encourage […]
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Five steps to add ten years to your life expectancy

Science-Based Medicine - May 3, 2018 - 7:57am
A new study identifies five lifestyle decisions that can add over a decade to your life expectancy.
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Stem Cell Tourism Comes Home

Science-Based Medicine - May 2, 2018 - 7:36am
You used to have to go to China to get ripped off by fraudulent stem cell clinics. Now you can get conned right here at home.
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Should I Get the New Shingles Vaccine?

Science-Based Medicine - May 1, 2018 - 3:00am
There are two vaccines to prevent shingles and post-herpetic neuralgia in patients age 50 and up. If you are wondering whether to get vaccinated and which vaccine to choose, here are the facts to help you make an informed decision.
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Autism prevalence increases to 1 in 59, and antivaxers lose it…yet again

Science-Based Medicine - April 30, 2018 - 3:18am
Autism Awareness Month isn't as full of news stories about autism with false balance between science and antivaccine pseudoscience advocates as it was in years past. Every few years, though, when new autism prevalence figures are released, we can count on antivaxers losing. 2018 is just such a year.
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