Points of Interest 2/16/2014

  • Left hand unaware of right hand department. How effective is the Homeopathy available from the NHS?. “There has been extensive investigation of the effectiveness of homeopathy. There is no good-quality evidence that homeopathy is effective as a treatment for any health condition.” But, if you are lucky enough to live in Tayside, science doesn’t apply to your bit of the NHS. You can go to the Royal Victoria Hospital Homeopathy Clinic in Dundee where their Homeopathy leaflet proudly announces: “Studies of the outcome of treatment in the Homeopathy clinic show that about 70% of patients experience at least some improvement in their symptoms. About 40% of patients have a moderate to good improvement”
  • Something to watch: NHMRC to judge alternative meds. “National Health and Medical Research Council chief executive Warwick Anderson said panels of experts will review the global research on the efficacy of various alternative treatments. He said the aim is to release reports on individual treatments throughout the year in which the NHMRC will draw conclusions on how effective they are and whether they match claims made about them, including homoeopathy.”
  • The start of something bad? Health officials warn California commuters, students of measles exposure. “A college student may have exposed thousands of San Francisco Bay Area commuters as well as other students at the University of California, Berkeley to the measles after he took public transportation and went to class while infected, public health officials warned.” A crowded Bart train and a disease with secondary attack rates are >90% in susceptible household and institutional contacts. Great.
Points of Interest: 2/17/2014
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