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Update: More Evidence Supports Delaying School Start Times for Sleep Deprived Teens

December 14, 2018 - 7:00am
Sleep deprivation is a serious health and academic concern for teenagers. A new study adds more support for calls to push back school start times as an effective strategy.
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Your gout, your fault?

December 13, 2018 - 10:06am
Is gout a consequence of lifestyle choices? Or is it mainly genetics?
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Release Active Drugs – Homeopathy By Another Name

December 12, 2018 - 7:55am
A Russian company is marketing "release active drugs" as a new medical technology, but it is just bogus homeopathy dressed up with new jargon.
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BladderMax: Fake News and Outrageous Headlines

December 11, 2018 - 3:00am
A newspaper ad for BladderMax is disguised as a news story reporting "the end of bladder leakages." The information is inaccurate and the headlines are preposterous.
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The stem cell hard sell: The Medical Board of California is forming a task force to determine how to regulate physicians offering stem cell therapies.

December 10, 2018 - 3:05am
For-profit stem cell clinics selling unproven and downright quacky stem cell therapies have proliferated over the last several years, with federal and state law seemingly powerless to stop them. Recently, the FDA and FTC have shown signs of acting to crack down on them. Now, the Medical Board of California is forming a task force to determine how to regulate physicians offering these unproven therapies. Will it matter?
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Legislative Alchemy 2018: naturopathic licensing and practice expansion shutout?

December 6, 2018 - 1:00am
Naturopathic doctors pushed for licensing and practice expansion in 16 states in 2018. Looks like they are in for a complete shutout.
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Italy’s Antivaccine Government – The Attack on Experts Continues

December 5, 2018 - 8:00am
Anti-vaccine Italian government fires its entire Health Council. This is unfortunately part of a bigger trend against expertise and reality-based policy.
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Reader’s Digest Promotes Prevagen

December 4, 2018 - 3:00am
Reader's Digest is advertising a memory aid, Prevagen, that has been tested and shown not to work. Shame on them!
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Addressing the epidemic of antivaccine misinformation

December 3, 2018 - 3:47am
Last week, Dr. Gorski was on vacation. However, part of his vacation involved spending a couple of hours with two of his heroes, meeting new pro-science advocates, and talking vaccine hesitancy and the antivaccine movement.
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CDC Warns Against Honey Pacifier Use After 4 Texas Infants Develop Botulism

November 30, 2018 - 7:00am
Experts are warning caregivers and healthcare professionals about pacifiers filled with raw honey after four infants in Texas were diagnosed with botulism. They are probably right. And you should probably listen.
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Can DNA testing predict your response to drugs?

November 29, 2018 - 8:52am
Can your genes really predict how you will metabolize certain medications? The FDA has approved the first direct-to-consumer test that claims to do this. How meaningful are the findings?
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Chinese Researcher Reports First Gene-Edited Babies

November 28, 2018 - 8:17am
A Chinese scientist announces first gene-edited babies, setting off a discussion of the science and ethics of using CRISPR on humans.
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Should Evidence-Based Medicine Be Replaced by Interpersonal Medicine?

November 27, 2018 - 3:00am
An opinion piece in the New England Journal of Medicine complains about the limitations of evidence-based medicine (EBM) and recommends a new approach they call "interpersonal medicine." In my opinion, good clinical medicine is already interpersonal medicine; there is no need for something new.
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Afflicted and the Tragedy of Fake Illnesses

November 26, 2018 - 3:00am
Afflicted is a documentary following the lives and treatments of people "diagnosed" with illnesses not recognized by science. Conversely, it could also be seen as a documentary illustrating the risks and harms of alternative medicine.
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The White Coat Effect in Animals: Reducing Fear in the Vet Clinic

November 23, 2018 - 3:00am
Fear during veterinary visits is a problem for everyone involved. While everyone wants less of it, there is limited evidence to support any interventions right now.
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Happy Thanksgiving from SBM!

November 22, 2018 - 1:00am
Today is Thanksgiving in the U.S. and SBM is taking the day off. Have a wonderful holiday!
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The Revenge of Chicken Pox

November 21, 2018 - 8:07am
Another outbreak, this time chickenpox, can be blamed on antivaxxers.
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Leaky Brain, Leaky Gut: Are They Real?

November 20, 2018 - 3:00am
First there was leaky gut; now there’s leaky brain. These questionable concepts are being promoted by practitioners of so-called “functional medicine.”
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Be careful what you wish for…

November 19, 2018 - 3:00am
A "naturopathic oncologist" on Twitter challenged me to examine the work of his two "naturopathic oncology" mentors. It did not go well...for him.
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The Influence of Kinesiology Tape Color on Athletic Performance: An Actual Published Study…Seriously

November 16, 2018 - 7:00am
Does the color of kinesiology tape effect athletic performance or neuromuscular function? This serious research, published in a legitimate medical journal, asks this non-satirical question. The answer is pretty much what you would expect. No, it doesn't.
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