Points of Interest 11/13/2015

Ban homeopathy on the NHS because there is 'no evidence it works', ministers say

When homeopathy is pure bunkum, why do people still believe it works?. "But if the facts are indisputable, why do millions still believe in homeopathy? The answer lies in how an industry can cleverly exploit flaws in human thinking."

California vaccine refusers cluster in rich, white areas.

Med J Aust. 2015 Nov 16;203(10):408–9.

Disseminated methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus infection resulting from a paracervical abscess after acupuncture

Cancer patients are losing valuable time — and risking their lives — with alternative therapies, doctors say.

Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2015 Nov 10. doi: 10.1002/acr.22775. Mediated by Self-Efficacy Status, Positive Clinician Conveyed Expectations of Treatment Effect Reduces Pain in Knee Osteoarthritis. "Those in the acupuncture groups were equally randomized to acupuncturists trained to communicate a high or neutral expectation of treatment success (e.g. used language conveying high or unclear likelihood that acupuncture would reduce knee pain)…Our findings suggest that clinician-conveyed expectations can enhance the benefit of treatments targeting knee OA symptoms."

A Bad Combo: Predatory Journals and Homeopathy Studies.

The 'cause' of my cancer, beliefs about cause among breast cancer patients and survivors who do and do not seek IO care.

Will Massachusetts legitimize naturopathic pseudos...
Points of Interest 11/10/2015

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