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Torturing mice, data, and figures in the name of antivaccine pseudoscience

Science-Based Medicine - October 30, 2017 - 3:00am
In September, antivaccine "researchers" Christopher Shaw and Lucija Tomljenovic published a study claiming to link aluminum adjuvants in vaccines to neuroinflammation and autism. Naturally, the antivaccine movement pointed to it as slam dunk evidence that vaccines cause autism. It's not. In fact, not only is it bad science, but it might well be fraudulent.
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Oliver Sacks: A Journey From Where to Where

Radiolab Podcasts - October 27, 2017 - 12:09am

There’s nothing quite like the sound of someone thinking out loud, struggling to find words and ideas to match what’s in their head. Today, we are allowed to dip into the unfiltered thoughts of Oliver Sacks, one of our heroes, in the last months of his life. 

Oliver died in 2015, but before he passed he and his partner Bill Hayes, in an effort to preserve some of Oliver’s thoughts on his work and his life, bought a little tape recorder. Over a year and half after Oliver’s death, Bill dug up the recorder and turned it on. Through snippets of conversation with Bill, and in moments Oliver recorded whispering to himself as he wrote, we get a peek inside the head, and the life, of one of the greatest science essayists of all time.

The passages read in this piece all come from Oliver’s recently released, post-humous book, The River of Consciousness

Special thanks to Billy Hayes for letting us use Oliver’s tapes, you can check out his work at http://www.billhayes.com/

 

 

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AAFP: Functional Medicine lacks supporting evidence; includes “harmful” and “dangerous” treatments

Science-Based Medicine - October 26, 2017 - 1:00am
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) found Functional Medicine lacking in evidence and said some treatments are harmful and dangerous. The AAFP is right and should stick to its conclusions.
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AAFP: Functional Medicine lacks supporting evidence; includes “harmful” and “dangerous” treatments

Science-Based Medicine - October 26, 2017 - 1:00am
The American Academy of Family Physicians found Functional Medicine lacking in evidence and said some treatments are harmful and dangerous. The AAFP is right and should stick to its conclusions.
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Jarisch-Herxheimer and Lyme disease

Science-Based Medicine - October 25, 2017 - 8:24am
When patients diagnosed with chronic Lyme are treated, no matter what happens as a response to the treatment is considered by believers to be evidence in support of the diagnosis. If they get better, then that is evidence that the treatment is working. If they get worse, then that is evidence that the treatment is working and they are experiencing the JHR (or "herxing" as the community calls it). If nothing happens, they just need more treatment. No matter what happens or doesn't happen, it's chronic Lyme.
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Jarisch-Herxheimer and Lyme disease

Science-Based Medicine - October 25, 2017 - 8:24am
When patients diagnosed with chronic Lyme are treated, no matter what happens as a response to the treatment is considered by believers to be evidence in support of the diagnosis. If they get better, then that is evidence that the treatment is working. If they get worse, then that is evidence that the treatment is working and they are experiencing the JHR (or "herxing" as the community calls it). If nothing happens, they just need more treatment. No matter what happens or doesn't happen, it's chronic Lyme.
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Mainstream Doctors Actually Do What CAM Claims They Don’t

Science-Based Medicine - October 24, 2017 - 3:00am
Alternative medicine proponents criticize mainstream medicine and think they can do better. Evidence from medical journals shows that their criticisms are not valid.
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Mainstream Doctors Actually Do What CAM Claims They Don’t

Science-Based Medicine - October 24, 2017 - 3:00am
Alternative medicine proponents criticize mainstream medicine and think they can do better. Evidence from medical journals shows that their criticisms are not valid.
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UC-Irvine, integrative medicine, and the delusion of being “science-based”

Science-Based Medicine - October 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Last month, a billionaire couple, Susan and Henry Samueli, announced a $200 million gift to UC-Irvine to found the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, which will be devoted to integrative medicine and studying "unconventional" treatments. Its founders promise that it will be rigorously science-based in articles in a large, glossy magazine. There are many reasons for doubts about this claim.
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UC-Irvine, integrative medicine, and the delusion of being “science-based”

Science-Based Medicine - October 23, 2017 - 3:00am
Last month, a billionaire couple, Susan and Henry Samueli, announced a $200 million gift to UC-Irvine to found the Susan and Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences, which will be devoted to integrative medicine and studying "unconventional" treatments. Its founders promise that it will be rigorously science-based in articles in a large, glossy magazine. There are many reasons for doubts about this claim.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics has an Integrative Medicine Problem

Science-Based Medicine - October 20, 2017 - 8:00am
The American Academy of Pediatrics is usually a trustworthy source of high quality information for patients, caregivers, and pediatric medical providers. But when it comes to so-called integrative medicine, they have a massive biased blind spot. In this post, I discuss a recently updated clinical report from their Section on Integrative Medicine.
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The American Academy of Pediatrics has an Integrative Medicine Problem

Science-Based Medicine - October 20, 2017 - 8:00am
The American Academy of Pediatrics is usually a trustworthy source of high quality information for patients, caregivers, and pediatric medical providers. But when it comes to so-called integrative medicine, they have a massive biased blind spot. In this post, I discuss a recently updated clinical report from their Section on Integrative Medicine.
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Australia ends insurance subsidies for naturopathy, homeopathy, and more

Science-Based Medicine - October 19, 2017 - 8:47am
The Australian government has eliminated the insurance subsidy for 17 alternative health practices due to a lack of evidence for efficacy. This is a win for medicine and Australian taxpayers.
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Australia ends insurance subsidies for naturopathy, homeopathy, and more

Science-Based Medicine - October 19, 2017 - 8:47am
The Australian government has eliminated the insurance subsidy for 17 alternative health practices due to a lack of evidence for efficacy. This is a win for medicine and Australian taxpayers.
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Is Mindfulness Meditation Science-Based?

Science-Based Medicine - October 18, 2017 - 8:44am
Existing research has not yet clearly defined what mindfulness is and what effect it has. The hype clearly has gone beyond the science, and more rigorous research is needed to determine what specific effects there are, if any.
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Is Mindfulness Meditation Science-Based?

Science-Based Medicine - October 18, 2017 - 8:44am
Existing research has not yet clearly defined what mindfulness is and what effect it has. The hype clearly has gone beyond the science, and more rigorous research is needed to determine what specific effects there are, if any.
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Chiropractor Disregards the Loss of His License, Continues to Treat Patients with Cervical Dysplasia with Escharotics

Science-Based Medicine - October 17, 2017 - 3:00am
A chiropractor who bills himself as a chiropractic gynecologist has continued to practice after his license was permanently revoked. Among his many questionable practices, Nick LeRoy is treating cervical dysplasia with escharotics, a potentially dangerous replacement for conventional treatments to prevent cancer.
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Chiropractor Disregards the Loss of His License, Continues to Treat Patients with Cervical Dysplasia with Escharotics

Science-Based Medicine - October 17, 2017 - 3:00am
A chiropractor who bills himself as a chiropractic gynecologist has continued to practice after his license was permanently revoked. Among his many questionable practices, he is treating cervical dysplasia with escharotics, a potentially dangerous replacement for conventional treatments to prevent cancer.
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Integrative medicine advocates react to criticisms of the Samuelis’ $200 million gift to UC-Irvine

Science-Based Medicine - October 16, 2017 - 8:00am
Last month, Susan and Henry Samueli donated $200 million to the University of California, Irvine to promote integrative medicine. We were pleasantly surprised by the unflattering coverage in the press of the gift. We were unpleasantly unsurprised by the reaction of integrative medicine advocates to the criticism.
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Integrative medicine advocates react to criticisms of the Samuelis’ $200 million gift to UC-Irvine

Science-Based Medicine - October 16, 2017 - 8:00am
Last month, Susan and Henry Samueli donated $200 million to the University of California, Irvine to promote integrative medicine. We were pleasantly surprised by the unflattering coverage in the press of the gift. We were unpleasantly unsurprised by the reaction of integrative medicine advocates to the criticism.
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