This week, JAMA Internal Medicine published a clinical trial purporting to find that acupuncture helps stable angina. Here's a hint: It doesn't. It's a bait-and-switch study that used "electroacupuncture" instead of acupuncture with poor blinding and lack of consideration of prior plausibility.
This weekend, antivaxers descended upon San Diego Comic-Con wearing Guy Fawkes masks and holding signs with antivaccine talking points. Less than two months earlier, they had descended upon Disneyland dressed as Star Wars characters. What's up with antivaxers trying to influence geek culture?
Mike Adams made a video about the "vaccine holocaust." It's the wildest antivaccine conspiracy theory ever. It even has aliens, and there are people dropping dead in the streets like in "The Omega Man." All it needs are mutants. Where's Charlton Heston when you need him?
There is a tension inherent in the drug approval process between the desire to approve new drugs rapidly in order to treat suffering people and the need to be cautious, to make sure that new drugs are safe and effective before they are approved for sale. This weighing of the risks of too-rapid approval of drugs that doesn’t work (or doesn’t work well) and might cause harm versus the harm that can be caused by delaying approval of an effective drug that might help millions longer than necessary is complex, as is balancing the benefits of rapidly approving effective drugs …
Katie Britton-Jordan was a young woman with a treatable breast cancer. Instead of science-based medical care, she embarked on a vegan diet and a cornucopia of quackery. Now she is dead, because these treatments don't work.
RFK Jr. has been a frequent topic of this blog since 2005 because of his extreme antivaccine views. Now the Kennedy siblings have called him out for his antivax views, and it's true. Junior dishonors Robert F. Kennedy's legacy through his promotion of child-endangering antivaccine pseudoscience.
"Dr." Anthony Pellagrino is a chiropractor who fancies himself a scientist. Unfortunately, his touting a dubious study of chiropractic for stroke shows that he doesn't know a crappy study when he sees it.
In Singapore, a traditional Chinese medicine practitioner treated a diabetic for "yang deficiency" by applying a heatlamp to his foot. The diabetic suffered a burn that didn't heal and lost his foot. The TCM Practitioners Board did almost nothing, showing that quacks can't self-regulate.