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New Tools Against Antibiotic Resistance

Scientists are often placed in the role of Cassandra – because of their expertise and knowledge they may see potential serious problems on the horizon, but may also find it challenging to convince the general public. Sometimes they are working uphill against vested interests. Often scientists will warn against possible problems that they then work […]

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The Death of Expertise

Tom Nichols’ new book The Death of Expertise: The Campaign against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters has direct relevance to many of the issues we are constantly grappling with on Science-Based Medicine. In a democracy, everyone has equal rights; and many people think that means they are equal to experts in knowledge and judgment. In […]

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Make life easier: set up automatic premium payments

Most Medicare Prescription Drug Plans charge a monthly fee that varies by plan. This fee is called a premium. You pay this in addition to the Medicare Part B premium. Did you know that you can have this premium automatically deducted from your monthly Social Security payment? Get peace of mind knowing that bills are […]

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What is “integrative oncology”? Even the Society for Integrative Oncology doesn’t seem to know for sure

Longtime readers of Science-Based Medicine and my not-so-secret other blog probably know that I’m not a fan of the specialty known as “integrative oncology.” My reasons are basically the same as the reasons why I detest “integrative medicine,” only subspecialized (like oncology), so to speak. Basically, “integrative medicine” integrates quackery with medicine, and integrative oncology […]

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CAM use leads to delays in appropriate, effective arthritis therapy

Several weeks ago I summarized the evidence that demonstrates that when you delay cancer chemotherapy and substitute alternative medicine, you die sooner. Thank you to the tireless Edzard Ernst, who identified non-cancer evidence that demonstrates how choosing complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) instead of real medicine, can cause harm. In this case, the example is […]

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It’s always time to quit tobacco

Smoking tobacco can cause many health problems, including heart disease, respiratory diseases, and lung cancer —the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. Close to 40 million people in the U.S. still smoke tobacco, but quitting can help prevent these health problems. You can quit smoking today, and Medicare wants to help. Besides being […]

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Placebo Myths Debunked

Placebo effects are largely misunderstood, even by professionals, and this leads to a lot of sloppy thinking about potential treatments. This problem has been exacerbated by the alternative medicine phenomenon. Several decades ago, the proponents of so-called CAM promised that if only their preferred if unconventional treatments were properly tested medical science would discover how […]

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COPD – Learn more, breathe better

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a group of diseases that cause breathing problems, like emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. People with COPD are more likely to have difficulty walking or climbing stairs, be unable to work, and have other chronic diseases, like diabetes or heart disease. To help you detect COPD early, when treatment […]

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