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In Pursuit of Patient Safety

Posted by James Thomas on August 8, 2016 [Editor’s note: With Dr. Gorski enjoying a vacation to recharge his batteries, we present a second offering from contributor James Thomas. Enjoy!] This might hurt a little…From the Wellcome Trust Image Librar via the Wikimedia Commons Advocates of CAM* (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) have long argued that […]

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Science-Based Politics

Posted by Mark Crislip on August 5, 2016 And now if you excuse me, I’m going to get back to trying to hit Infernape with golf balls. That’s how Pokémon Go works, right? I don’t have much to write about this week. Yeah, yeah, I know. How is that different than the last 50 blog […]

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Kratom: another dangerous “natural” remedy

Posted by Jann Bellamy on August 4, 2016 Kratom (Mitragyna speciose) is a tropical tree from Southeast Asia whose leaves are traditionally chewed or prepared as a powder. Native populations chew the leaves to reduce fatigue when doing manual labor, such as working on rubber plantations. It is also used in cultural performances and consumed […]

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Parabiosis – The Next Snakeoil

Posted by Steven Novella on August 3, 2016 The pattern has repeated so many times that it is truly predictable. Scientists turn their eyes to one type of treatment that has theoretical potential. However, proper research from theory to proven treatment can take 10-20 years, if all goes well. Most such treatments will not work […]

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Statistics Done Wrong, And How To Do Better

Posted by Harriet Hall on August 2, 2016 Statistics is hard, often counterintuitive, and burdened with esoteric mathematical equations. Statistics classes can be boring and demanding; students might be tempted to call it “Sadistics.” Good statistics are essential to good research; unfortunately many scientists and even some statisticians are doing statistics wrong. Statistician Alex Reinhart […]

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Dealing with vaccine hesitancy and refusal

Posted by David Gorski on August 1, 2016 How do we deal with parents who would rather their babies face diseases than vaccines? As long as there have been vaccinations, there has been an antivaccine movement, and as long as there has been an antivaccine movement, there have been parents who refuse to vaccinate. In […]

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Take the easy step to protect yourself from pneumonia

Did you know that 1,000,000 Americans go to the hospital with pneumonia every year? Pneumonia is a lung infection caused by pneumococcal disease, which can also cause blood infections and meningitis. The bacteria that causes pneumococcal disease is spread by direct person-to-person contact. There’s a vaccine to help prevent pneumonia, but only 61% of adults […]

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CARA: Integrating even more pseudoscience into veterans’ healthcare

The pixels were barely dry on David Gorski’s lament over the expansive integration of pseudoscience into the care of veterans when President Obama signed legislation that will exacerbate this very problem. The “Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act of 2016” (“CARA”) contains provisions that will undoubtedly keep Tracy Gaudet, MD, and her merry band of integrative […]

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