Is the Placebo a useful medical intervention?

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Alternative medicine is tagged “alternative” because it an intervention that has been demonstrated to not actually do anything medical beyond the placebo effect. Examples abound and include things such as Homeopathy, Reiki, etc… Let’s briefly review those. Examples of Alternative Medicine Homeopathy, dreamed up in 1792. It involves giving you a diluted substance to supposedly … Read more Is the Placebo a useful medical intervention?

The PSA emperor is Naked

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It is perhaps now being increasingly appreciated by many people that Homeopathy is utter nonsense and does not work, and yet it has been granted accreditation by the UK’s Government run PSA (Professional Standards Authority). As a quick bit of background, just to be clear, homeopathy really is a sham and does not work … … Read more The PSA emperor is Naked

Nobel Prize 2019 – Physiology or Medicine

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It is once again Nobel prize week, and as is traditional, Medicine kicks the proceedings off. So who has contributed to our understanding and won this year? Press Release details are here … The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019 The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2019 was awarded jointly to … William … Read more Nobel Prize 2019 – Physiology or Medicine

New Guidance: Don’t take daily Aspirin

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A prevailing and rather popular practise has been the consumption of a daily low dose of Aspirin to help prevent cardiovascular disease. Literally millions of people are currently doing this. The current medical consensus is that this does more harm than good. There is a new report via a team of Harvard researchers that conforms … Read more New Guidance: Don’t take daily Aspirin

Radioactive Quackery Pops up in Thailand

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Over on Science Based Medicine Steve Novella highlights a bit of radioactive quackery that has popped up. His source is an article from Thailand. There officials have discovered and pulled the plug on a scam that involved selling people an ‘energy card’ that you buy to supposedly … “improve the immune system, strengthen the heart … Read more Radioactive Quackery Pops up in Thailand