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  1. Help a reader out: Abstracts that misrepresent the content of the paper
    Earlier this week, a reader of ours wrote to Steve and me with a request: First off, I just want to say thank you for everything you gentlemen do. I find that your sites are extremely helpful when trying to figure out what level of information is BS, and what is real. In short, I was wondering if e…
  2. Do pill organizers help or hurt?
    “Blister packs” help people take their medication on the correct schedule. In order for medication to work, getting a prescription filled isn’t enough. You have to actually take the medication. And that’s where you (the patient) come in. Estimates vary based on the populati…
  3. The stem cell hard sell
    It’s generally not a good indication that their treatments work when doctors use the same hard sell techniques as used car salesmen. Stem cells are magical. Stem cells are all-powerful. Stem cells cure everything. Stroke? No problem! Paralysis? Stem cells’ll fix it. Autism? Yes, even a…
  4. 3-Bromopyruvate: The latest cancer cure “they” don’t want you to know about
    3-BP: A “safe” and “nontoxic” cancer cure targeting the Warburg effect that quite possibly killed three cancer patients in Germany. I’ve not infrequently written about various dubious and outright quack clinics in different parts of the word with—shall we say?—som…
  5. Pharmacy and homeopathy: Will the profession change, or will change be forced upon it?
    Retail pharmacy is giving itself a credibility problem. While pharmacists are highly trusted health professionals, there are increasing questions about the products sold in pharmacies. Many of the non-prescription products that you can find aren’t backed by good evidence. And the number of du…
  6. On the pointlessness of acupuncture in the emergency room…or anywhere else
    “This patient’s qi isn’t flowing the way it should. Consult Acupuncture, STAT!!” Sometimes there is a strange confluence of events that dictate what I feel that I need to write about when my turn here at SBM rolls around each Monday. Last week, a reader sent me a rather biz…
  7. Should you try a “natural alternative” before medication?
    Natural and herbal remedies are often promoted as a substitute for drug therapies. But do they actually work? The idea of taking medication can be frightening. And as consumers and patients that want to make our own informed health decisions, it’s understandable and even appropriate to quest…
  8. A systematic review about nothing
    There is dubious content in PubMed that you won’t find unless you look for it, or stumble across it inadvertently. It’s the entire field of alternative medicine which is abstracted and complied along with the actual medical literature. In this world, the impossible is accepted as fact, …
  9. The rise and inevitable fall of Vitamin D
    Is vitamin D a panacea? The evidence says otherwise. It’s been difficult to avoid the buzz about vitamin D over the past few years. While it has a  long history of use in the medical treatment of osteoporosis, a large number of observational studies have linked low vitamin D levels to a ran…
  10. The ROCA Screening Test for Ovarian Cancer: Not Ready for Prime Time
    Ovarian cancer Ovarian cancer is relatively rare but deadly. The lifetime risk of ovarian cancer is 1.5% compared to 12% for breast cancer, but it is the 5th most common cause of cancer death for women. Since the ovaries are hidden deep in the pelvis and the symptoms of ovarian cancer are non-spec…
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