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How rabid dog saliva became an approved and endorsed remedy in Canada

11 hours 29 min ago
A recent blog post by a British Columbia naturopath is raising questions from health professionals about the practice of naturopathy, and the use of homeopathic remedies to treat children with serious behaviour problems.
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New Study Finds that Statins Prevent Cardiovascular Deaths

April 18, 2018 - 7:48am
A new meta-analysis shows that statin drugs are effective at preventing cardiovascular events and death, especially in patients with a baseline LDL cholesterol >100.
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April 17, 2018 - 3:00am
A new specialty, psychodermatology, was invented to address the interaction of the mind and the skin. The effects of stress on the skin are not well defined, and the need for this new specialty is questionable.
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Homeopathy Awareness Week shows that homeopathy is still a problem

April 16, 2018 - 4:00am
Homeopathy Awareness Week might be almost over, but The One Quackery To Rule Them All wastes resources and endangers patients year round.
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Dog breath and stinky studies: Do pets need to be knocked out for dental care?

April 13, 2018 - 11:00am
Most professional veterinary organizations recommend anesthesia to ensure thorough dental care for pet dogs and cats. Despite this, some companies are trying to mislead the pet-owning public by claiming they have high quality evidence showing they provide the same benefit without the risks. Their research smells worse than old chihuahua breath.
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Hypothesized benefit from integrative treatments for veterans’ chronic pain fails to materialize

April 12, 2018 - 1:00am
Researchers hypothesized that chiropractic, acupuncture and massage would benefit veterans with chronic pain. Their results said otherwise.
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Adding Sensation to Robotic Limbs

April 11, 2018 - 8:03am
Recently scientists have managed to stimulate the brain in such a way that approximated some of the sensations of a natural limb in a paralyzed subject. No, they did not regain sensation, but the research is a powerful proof of concept. It shows that it is possible to produce natural-feeling sensation through electrical stimulation of the cortex, an important step for brain-machine interface research.
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Modern Reflexology: Still As Bogus As Pre-Modern Reflexology

April 10, 2018 - 3:00am
Reflexology has no basis in science. It is a belief system based on imaginary connections between spots on the skin and internal organs.
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Another pebble in the quackademic integrative avalanche

April 9, 2018 - 3:19am
We've documented the infiltration of quackery into academic medicine through the "integration" of mystical and prescientific treatment modalities into medicine. Here, we look at a pebble in the quackademic avalanche. Is it too late for the pebbles to vote?
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Science-Based Satire: NASA Teams with NCCIH to Study Alternative Medicine in Space

April 6, 2018 - 7:00am
Are NASA and the NCCIH working together to study reiki in space? It sounds plausible I know, but this isn't even remotely true. It's satire. Enjoy!
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St. John’s Wort for depression – A herbal remedy that works?

April 5, 2018 - 8:04am
St. John's wort is a herbal remedy that appears to be effective for the treatment of depression. But how does it compare to antidepressants?
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The Pertussis Resurgence

April 4, 2018 - 7:52am
A new analysis shows that the resurgence of pertussis is largely due historical patterns of vaccination. This and other data show the importance of full vaccine compliance in preventing returning epidemics of this deadly disease.
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Pseudoscience: The Conspiracy Against Science

April 3, 2018 - 7:00am
An excellent new book examines pseudoscience in 22 essays by prominent scientists from various fields.
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The Nation indulges in fear mongering about cell phones and cancer

April 2, 2018 - 9:00am
An article published last week in the Nation likens wireless telephone companies to tobacco and fossil fuel episodes in their tactics of spreading fear, misinformation, and doubt regarding the science of cell phone radiation and health. To produce this narrative, the investigation's authors rely on unreliable sources and cherry pick scientific studies, ignoring the scientific consensus that cell phone radiation almost certainly doesn't cause cancer, all the while disingenuously claiming that they aren't taking a position on the health effects of radio waves.
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Cell phones and cancer: random chance in clinical trials

April 1, 2018 - 11:00pm
The full results of the National Toxicology Program's study of cell phones and cancer are finally in. They are somewhat complicated, but ultimately do not support the idea that cell phones can cause cancer.
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Macular Degeneration, Genes, and Grandma’s Vitamins: To test or not to test?

March 30, 2018 - 3:00am
Is genetic testing necessary to optimize treatment for patients with a potentially blinding eye disease? The stakes are high and the answer depends on which of the two feuding, financially-conflicted groups you believe. In the end, the best evidence wins!
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Direct Primary Care Agreements and Chiropractors: A bad deal for patients

March 29, 2018 - 1:00am
Chiropractors are not "primary care physicians" and shouldn't be allowed to pretend otherwise by entering into "direct primary care" agreements with their patients.
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Augmented Reality in Medicine

March 28, 2018 - 8:02am
Augmented reality has the potential to revolutionize how physicians access data while caring for patients, whether in the operating room or clinic.
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Dr. Joel Fuhrman Sells Useless Iodine Test

March 27, 2018 - 3:00am
Joel Fuhrman is selling an overpriced iodine urine test that is not valid for testing individuals. Patients may be led to believe they are iodine deficient when they are not. Iodine supplements on the market vary widely including orthomolecular doses, and they make unsupported claims that mislead customers.
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The deadly false hope of German cancer clinics

March 26, 2018 - 3:54am
We at SBM have written about German cancer clinics that offer a combination of cancer quackery, some real medicine, plus unproven experimental therapies, all at a high cost, both financially and in false hope. Finally, an exposé of these clinics has been published. What these clinics are doing is even worse than even we had feared.
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