Unpublished SBM Blog

Recent entries at the Science-Based Medicine Blog.

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Exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine
  1. Consumer Reports' recent articles on low back pain address anecdotal customer satisfaction rather than scientific evidence of effectiveness.
  2. A recent systematic review has been touted as demonstrating that "mind-body" practices like yoga can reprogram our DNA. There are several reasons to doubt these claims, not the least of which is the history of bias in past studies on this topic.
  3. So long/Farewell/Auf wiedersehen/Adu/Adu adu to you and you and you.
  4. "Chronic Lyme" guru Daniel Cameron, MD, has been put on 3-year probation by New York medical authorities. Will fellow "Lyme literate" doctors take note?
  5. Coconut oil is promoted as a health food, but a recent warning from the American Heart Association warns that coconut oil is very high in saturated fats and increases your risk for heart disease.
  6. There are many myths about the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918. Some of them are pretty funny.
  7. I've frequently discussed the stories of teenagers with cancer who either refuse chemotherapy or whose parents refuse chemotherapy for them. The case of Cassandra Callender is the same, yet different, from many of these unfortunate and sad sagas in that she was older when diagnosed with cancer and that she realized her mistake. I can now only hope that it's not too late for science-based medicine to save her.
  8. Although it may seem like a good idea, testing for recreational drug use on an adolescent patient without consent is ethically questionable, challenging to interpret, and unlikely to benefit patient or family.
  9. While many people believe they may be allergic to penicillin, few actually are. The consequences may be serious.
  10. Obesity is a serious and growing health problem worldwide. Ditching BMI as a measure of obesity is not the solution.