Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Bypass Beats Stents for Diabetics With Heart Trouble: Study

Bypass Beats Stents for Diabetics With Heart Trouble: Study

Molecular Phylogenetics: A New Way to Tell the Story of Evolution

The new science of molecular phylogenetics tells the story of evolution with no need to consult the fossil record. It has produced some surprises, including a whole new domain of life, the archaea. Molecular Phylogenetics: A New Way to Tell the Story of Evolution Harriet Hall

Monday, November 12, 2018

Are placebo effects genetically determined?

We frequently write about placebo effects here at SBM because understanding placebo effects is essential to understanding a lot of clinical trial science and, most relevant to the topics of this blog, how those promoting unscientific medicine misunderstand and misuse placebo effects to promote quackery. Last week, the NYT published an article asking if placebo effects are genetically determined. The evidence supporting this hypothesis, thus far at least, is underwhelming. Are placebo effects genetically determined? David Gorski

Saturday, November 10, 2018

CDC: Gun Deaths on the Rise in the United States

U.S. has world's highest rate of gun ownership by civilians among industrialized countries CDC: Gun Deaths on the Rise in the United States

Wrong About Polio: A Review of Suzanne Humphries, MD and Roman Bystrianyk’s “Dissolving Illusions” Part 1 (the long version)

This is a longer version of my post on Friday, November 9th, 2018. It is a lengthy discussion of why Suzanne Humphries, MD and Roman Bystrianyk's book Dissolving Illusions misrepresents the dangers of polio, one in a series of posts that should comprehensively show the problems with their claims. It covers far more than just polio, but is worthwhile for those interested in the details. Wrong About Polio: A Review of Suzanne Humphries, MD and Roman Bystrianyk’s “Dissolving Illusions” Part 1 (the long version) Joel A. Harrison

Friday, November 9, 2018

Recommendations Issued for Management of Bradycardia

Guidelines emphasize that treatment decisions should be based on evidence, patient's care goals Recommendations Issued for Management of Bradycardia

In Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Curcumin Lacks Benefit

None of four biomarkers indicating injury or inflammation were significantly affected by curcumin In Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Curcumin Lacks Benefit