Points of Interest 03/17/2016

"Evidence-based medicine has been hijacked:" A confession from John Ioannidis J Surg Case Rep. 2016 Mar 13;2016(3). pii: rjw035. doi: 10.1093/jscr/rjw035.

Lumbar spine osteomyelitis and epidural abscess formation secondary to acupuncture. If only acupuncturists used good technique for their pseudo-science.

Mom's kiss more effective than homeopathy in treating children's pain

Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2016;2016:1720239. doi: 10.1155/2016/1720239. Epub 2016 Feb 10. Acupuncture for Pain Management in Cancer: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Only shows efficacy in biased studies; more work need to be done. Same as it ever was.

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Mar 15;3:CD009023. Chinese herbal medicine for menopausal symptoms"We found insufficient evidence that Chinese herbal medicines were any more or less effective than placebo or HT for the relief of vasomotor symptoms. Effects on safety were inconclusive. The quality of the evidence ranged from very low to moderate; there is a need for well-designed randomised controlled studies." No, there is no such need.

Letter of Recommendation: Acupuncture

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