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The Future of Medicine Science-Based Medicine

Medicine will not and cannot be “destroyed.”. It will be improved and transformed, perhaps, but not destroyed. And any new developments will have to be evaluated for safety and effectiveness by the good old time-tested methods of science. The future world of medicine is really exciting: science fiction is becoming real.

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The misuse and abuse of meta-analyses Science-Based …

(1 days ago) The misuse and abuse of meta-analyses. Cochrane’s iconic logo is actually a forest plot from a hugely influential systematic review. Today’s post is a short one. The idea emerged as I read through the tireless blogging from David Gorski and others and the work of epidemiologists like Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz who have painstakingly gone

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Evolution in Medicine Science-Based Medicine

(5 days ago) Evolution in Medicine. A recent series of article in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) discusses the role of evolutionary biology in modern medicine. The authors collectively make a forceful point – medicine is an applied science. It is based upon a number of basic sciences, and one of those basic sciences is evolution.

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Virtual Reality Therapy Science-Based Medicine

(7 days ago) Virtual reality has been proposed as therapy for other health conditions, and this is a good opportunity to review the evidence. Virtual reality creates the illusion of a different world, which may be something like the real world or completely different. Usually involving a headset, it allows users to look around the artificial world, move

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November, 2021 Science-Based Medicine

(1 days ago) Some terms that are frequently confused: pain vs. suffering, disease vs. illness, cure vs. healing. Science-based medicine focuses on diseases; alternative medicine focuses on illness: that explains a lot. Harriet Hall / November 16, 2021. Clinical Trials Pharmaceuticals Science and Medicine.

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Contrarian Doctors: The Pandemic is Over, Again Science

(Just Now) That sort of hyperbole and fear-mongering in medicine always leads to bad decisions. Also, no US hospital is now unprepared. It’s May, not March 9. March 10, 2021: The pandemic is essentially done. Human life has to be more than avoiding one pathogen. Millions have natural immunity. The pandemic (of bad disease) is nearly over.

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Children, Underlying Conditions, and COVID-19 Science

(7 days ago) Science and Medicine Children, Underlying Conditions, and COVID-19 That we can identify children who have a higher risk for severe outcomes shouldn’t be used to minimize the virus and argue against vaccination in healthy children.

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The Vaccine Versus the Virus: An Update Science-Based

(3 days ago) Update on the virus. The virus causes myocarditis at a higher rate than the vaccine for children and young adults. According to a study from the CDC, 1 in 754 children younger than 16-years with COVID-19 were diagnosed with myocarditis, while …

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Science-Based Satire: Were the Dinosaurs Wiped Out by a

(1 days ago) Clay Jones, M.D. is a pediatrician and a regular contributor to the Science-Based Medicine blog. He primarily cares for healthy newborns and hospitalized children, and devotes his full time to educating pediatric residents and medical students.

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The Natural Medicine Handbook Science-Based Medicine

(3 days ago) The Natural Medicine Handbook. Dr. Walt Larimore has written a very mixed bag of a book, combining useful general advice about supplements and “natural medicine” with some questionable specifics about individual products.

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Science and Medicine Science-Based Medicine

(3 days ago) Category: Science and Medicine. Clinical Trials Ethics Science and Medicine. What the heck happened to The BMJ? Last week, The BMJ published an "exposé" by Paul Thacker alleging patient unblinding, data falsification, and other wrongdoing by a company running three sites for the massive clinical trial of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. It was a

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Third Dose Prevents Infection Science-Based Medicine

(3 days ago) Founder and currently Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine Steven Novella, MD is an academic clinical neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and the author of the NeuroLogicaBlog, a daily blog that covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general …

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“Natural immunity” versus the vaccine for COVID-19

(9 days ago) Antivaxxers have long appealed to "natural immunity" as being somehow inherently superior to vaccine-induced immunity, which is apparently "artificial". This is a trope that comes from alternative medicine concepts about purity and contamination that is …

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Augmented Reality in Medicine Science-Based Medicine

(3 days ago) Augmented Reality in Medicine. Medicine is often a game of trade-offs. That is why clinical decision-making is often about risks vs benefits; rarely do you get the latter without the former. But there are also occasional win-wins in medicine, where an advance is a clear improvement without any significant downsides.

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NCCIH and the true evolution of integrative medicine

(9 days ago) Integrative medicine, like alternative medicine before it, is a marketing term that is based on a false dichotomy. Only unproven or disproven medicine needs the crutch of being “integrative,” a double standard that asks us to “integrate” unproven treatments as co-equal with science-based medicine even though they have not earned that

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Death By Medicine Science-Based Medicine

(1 days ago) Critics of “conventional” medicine delight in pointing out how much harm it causes. Carolyn Dean, Gary Null, and others have written extensively about “death by medicine.” A typical statement (from Mercola.com) says: A definitive review and close reading of medical peer-review journals, and government health statistics shows that American medicine frequently causes more …

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Misogyny in Medicine Science-Based Medicine

(4 days ago) Misogyny in Medicine. Misogyny persists in clinical and academic medicine. We need to be aware of subtle micro aggressions and report abuses, but we mustn’t get carried away into paranoia and conspiracy theories. We should be guided by common sense and moderation in all things. Harriet Hall on July 13, 2021.

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All Medicines Are Poison! Science-Based Medicine

(8 days ago) That’s the title of a new book by Melvin H. Kirschner, M.D. When I first saw the title, I expected a polemic against conventional medicine. The first line of the Preface reassured me: “Everything we do has a risk-benefit ratio.” Dr. Kirschner took the title from his first pharmacology lecture in medical school. The professor said “I am here to teach you…

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The Science of Transgender Treatment Science-Based Medicine

(Just Now) Founder and currently Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine Steven Novella, MD is an academic clinical neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and the author of the NeuroLogicaBlog, a daily blog that covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general …

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A Good Book Science-Based Medicine

(5 days ago) Harriet Hall, MD also known as The SkepDoc, is a retired family physician who writes about pseudoscience and questionable medical practices. She received her BA and MD from the University of Washington, did her internship in the Air Force (the second female ever to do so), and was the first female graduate of the Air Force family practice residency at Eglin Air Force Base.

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Doctors Must be Honest with Parents About Known Risks of

(Just Now) Dr. Vinay Prasad, an adult oncologist, recently ignited yet another social media kerfuffle with an article titled “Doctors Must be Honest with Parents About Unknown Risks of COVID-19 Emergency Vaccine”. Addressing experienced pediatricians as if they were first year medical students at best or dishonest charlatans at worst, he wrote that it is “vital that medical practitioners don’t

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DIY Diabetes Treatment Science-Based Medicine

(6 days ago) Founder and currently Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine Steven Novella, MD is an academic clinical neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and the author of the NeuroLogicaBlog, a daily blog that covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general …

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So-Called Alternative Medicine for Cancer Science-Based

(5 days ago) Edzard Ernst's new book on alternative medicine for cancer addresses cancer prevention, treatment, and palliative care. It is an invaluable, accessible guide to …

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Gene Edited vs Genetically Modified Science-Based Medicine

(9 days ago) Founder and currently Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine Steven Novella, MD is an academic clinical neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and the author of the NeuroLogicaBlog, a daily blog that covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general …

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Crystal Healing Science-Based Medicine

(9 days ago) Founder and currently Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine Steven Novella, MD is an academic clinical neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and the author of the NeuroLogicaBlog, a daily blog that covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general …

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Clinical Trials Science-Based Medicine

(8 days ago) Clinical Trials Science and Medicine Ivermectin is the new hydroxychloroquine, take 4: Bret Weinstein misrepresents meta-analyses Evolutionary biologist turned podcaster Bret Weinstein has promoted the anthelmintic drug ivermectin as a highly effective treatment for COVID-19 based on a massive misunderstanding of a meta-analysis.

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Chipping Away at Vaccine Hesitancy Science-Based Medicine

(8 days ago) Founder and currently Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine Steven Novella, MD is an academic clinical neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and the author of the NeuroLogicaBlog, a daily blog that covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general …

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Critical Thinking Science-Based Medicine

(Just Now) Some terms that are frequently confused: pain vs. suffering, disease vs. illness, cure vs. healing. Science-based medicine focuses on diseases; alternative medicine focuses on illness: that explains a lot. Harriet Hall / November 16, 2021. Critical Thinking Politics and Regulation Vaccines.

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quackademic medicine Science-Based Medicine

(8 days ago) Quackademic medicine and the delusion of being “science-based”. Last week, I was interviewed by the a reporter from the Georgetown student newsletter about its integrative medicine program. It got me to thinking how delusion that one's work is science-based can lead to collaborations with New Age "quantum" mystics like Deepak Chopra.

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A Modest Proposal: Close Pediatric Cancer Hospitals

(1 days ago) Tens of thousands more children survive accidents, but are permanently injured. Incredibly, there are entire hospitals and specialists devoted a disease that doesn’t kill 99.998% of children. The average cost associated with childhood cancer is an astronomical $833,000, and the cost of a single hospitalization is $40,000.

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Peter McCullough Science-Based Medicine

(4 days ago) Ivermectin continues to be the new hydroxychloroquine, an unproven repurposed drug promoted to treat COVID-19. Now the advocates are pointing to the history of the drug's developers being awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine, as though that has anything to do with its effectiveness against COVID-19. David Gorski / August 9, 2021.

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Ventavia Science-Based Medicine

(6 days ago) Science and Medicine Politics and Regulation Clinical Trials Vaccines Science and the Media Herbs & Supplements Public Health Cancer Acupuncture Homeopathy Health Fraud Chiropractic Neuroscience/Mental Health Pharmaceuticals Medical Academia Nutrition Basic Science Naturopathy Book & movie reviews Medical Ethics.

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What Is Traditional Chinese Medicine

(Just Now) Founder and currently Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine Steven Novella, MD is an academic clinical neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and the author of the NeuroLogicaBlog, a daily blog that covers news and issues in neuroscience, but also general …

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Science-Based Medicine

(3 days ago) State-approved continuing education courses pump a steady stream of fresh pseudoscience into acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine practice. Courses include claims of "eliminating cancer" and "reversing pediatric asthma" as well as anti-vaccination tropes. Jann Bellamy / October 24, 2019. 1 2 3 … 9 →.

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Philosophy Meets Medicine Science-Based Medicine

(9 days ago) Medicine is chock-full of philosophy and doesn’t know it. Mario Bunge, a philosopher, physicist, and CSI (Center for Skeptical Inquiry) fellow, wants to bring philosophy and medicine together for mutual benefit. He has written a book full of insight and wisdom, Medical Philosophy: Conceptual Issues in Medicine.

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Christine Conelea Science-Based Medicine

(8 days ago) Christine Conelea, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Director of Neuromodulation at the Masonic Institute of the Developing Brain, and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on neurodevelopmental disorders, with an emphasis on Tourette Syndrome/tic disorders, OCD, and …

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Jonathan Howard Science-Based Medicine

(5 days ago) Intubations and Accusations: Doctors were “just going crazy, and intubating people who did not have to be intubated”. It's problematic when a paragon of evidence-based medicine claims vaccines spread disease and amplifies internet rumors that doctors killed COVID-19 patients through premature intubations. Jonathan Howard / September 19, 2021.

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Placebo Prescriptions Science-Based Medicine

(5 days ago) Frequency and circumstances of placebo use in clinical practice – a systematic review of empirical studies BMC Medicine, 8 (1) DOI: 10.1186/1741-7015-8-15. Kermen R, Hickner J, Brody H, & Hasham I (2010). Family physicians believe the placebo effect is therapeutic but often use real drugs as placebos. Family medicine, 42 (9), 636-42 PMID

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Comment policy Science-Based Medicine

(8 days ago) Comment policy. SBM ’s comment policy has historically been pretty loose. Moderation tended, for the most part, to be fairly light (almost nonexistent, even), at least compared to that of many other blogs. We (mostly) relied on our community of blog commenters to regulate themselves. As the blog grew in prominence and traffic, we found that

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Even in a pandemic, bait-and-switch acupuncture studies

(8 days ago) Before the COVID-19 pandemic hit in early 2020, an unfortunately all-too-common topic for me was the proliferation of dubious acupuncture studies from practitioners of what I like to refer to as quackademic medicine. These studies ranged from basic science studies using animal models to clinical trials that were not even really designed to test whether acupuncture works but instead were

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Pierre Kory Science-Based Medicine

(9 days ago) Ivermectin is the new hydroxychloroquine, take 2. A few months ago, Scott Gavura wrote about how the veterinary deworming drug ivermectin has become the new hydroxychloroquine in that it is being promoted as a highly effective treatment against COVID-19—and by many of the same people who previously promoted HCQ—despite evidence that is, at best very weak and at worst completely negative.

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Steven P. Novella, MD

(8 days ago) Email: [email protected] Twitter: @stevennovella Founder and currently Executive Editor of Science-Based Medicine Steven Novella, MD is an academic clinical neurologist at the Yale University School of Medicine. He is also the president and co-founder of the New England Skeptical Society, the host and producer of the popular weekly science podcast, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, and

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Energy Medicine Pain Relief Patches Are Laughable Quackery

(2 days ago) Energy Medicine Pain Relief Patches Are Laughable Quackery. There’s no acceptable scientific evidence that these patches work to relieve pain. The advertising features pseudoscientific energy medicine gibberish. Good for a laugh, but not to be believed. This book is titled “Energy Medicine: The Scientific Basis.

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