Consumer Reports’ recent articles on low back pain address anecdotal customer satisfaction rather than scientific evidence of effectiveness.
Did you know that 1 in 7 of the more than 1.1 million Americans living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) don’t know they have it? Getting medical care, support, and maintaining safe behaviors can help improve the health and lives of people living with HIV. Medicare can help. Medicare covers HIV screenings for people with […]
A recent systematic review has been touted as demonstrating that “mind-body” practices like yoga can reprogram our DNA. There are several reasons to doubt these claims, not the least of which is the history of bias in past studies on this topic.
So long/Farewell/Auf wiedersehen/Adu/Adu adu to you and you and you.
Until very recently medical tourism was traveling from your home to find less expensive medical care, usually overseas. Medical tourists were leaving the warm embrace of the American Medical Association and the FDA to journey far from home. There were three motivations: Elective plastic surgery not covered by insurance, wanting to try an experimental procedure […]
The medical practice of “Lyme literate” guru Daniel Cameron, MD, will be closely supervised by the authorities during a three-year probation imposed last week by the New York State Board for Professional Medical Conduct (BPMC). The order was based on professional misconduct charges filed against Cameron earlier this year. Cameron agreed to the imposition of […]
Coconut oil is currently enjoying its 15 minutes of fame as the popular natural cure of the day. As is typical, this is based entirely on marketing, and not on science. As a result the public is largely misinformed about the net health effects of consuming coconut oil. The American Heart Association recently put out […]
In the SBM comments section, someone recently posted this gem: That “Spanish flu” pandemic was actually caused by a typhus vaccine. They called it Spanish flu so the vaccine didn’t get blamed. Other commenters quickly pointed out that time travel is not possible. The Spanish flu pandemic started in 1918 and the typhus vaccine wasn’t […]
As Sam Gamgee said at the very end of The Lord of the Rings, “Well, I’m back.” I’m starting this post this way because some of you might not realize that I was on vacation the last couple of weeks. The post from two weeks ago was written before I left, and last week’s post […]
Rather than simply peppering medical learners with questions about the pathophysiology or management of a particular condition, although that does have a place in certain situations, I will often make use of “teaching cases” as a means of simply starting a dialogue. In my opinion, the aspects of patient care that surround the diagnosis and […]