Part Fills for October 6
Another set of links and articles of interest to SBP readers…
The board of NHS Highland has agreed to end future support for homeopathic treatments for its patients. Which is a science-based decision. Unfortunately, some homeopaths are telling patients that homeopathy can replace the MMR vaccine. And no, this doesn’t seem restricted to the United Kingdom – homeopathic vaccinations seem to be readily available in Canada, too.
Homeopathy for insomnia: A systematic review of research evidence. No surprise, there’s no evidence to suggest any meaningful effects.
Contrary to what CTV says, acupuncture’s effects haven’t been shown to be anything more than placebo effects. So there’s no persuasive evidence to suggest that acupucture provides any meaningful benefit to cancer patients.
Parents, Relax. Don’t Keep Them From School. It’s Just Lice, says the New York Times. See my prior blog posts on lice here and here. Contrary to what school boards may tell you, school-wide screening doesn’t help, and no-nit policies are not evidence-based.
Dextromethorphan (DM) abuse: An FDA advisory committee has decided that over-the-counter cough syrups don’t need tighter distribution restrictions that would classify them as controlled substances, despite continuing signs that the meds are regularly abused. No similar announcement from Health Canada, yet.
All those aromatase inhibitor prescriptions you’re filling for body builders? No, it isn’t breast cancer.
It might surprise you, but drinking industrial bleach isn’t a smart weight-loss strategy.
Regulate the provision of nonsense, you still get nonsense. Interesting post on licensing alternative health practitioners.
Fake disease alert! The Endocrine Society is warning people that “adrenal fatigue” and “Wilson’s temperature syndrome” are not actually real medical conditions.
From Skeptic North
Curious what’s in the homeopathic remedy “Vagininum”?
My post about pseudoscience at the running expo.
British Columbians are Paying for Acupuncture …and Who Knows What Else.
Reviews of two fantastic books: Risk by Dan Gardner and The Demon Haunted World by Carl Sagan.
From Science-Based Medicine
Confronting Pseudoscience. James Randi, Dr. Ben Goldacre, Dr. Michael Shermer, and Dr. David Gorski. October 18/19 in Montreal. Looks like a fantastic program.
Chiropractic Vertebral Subluxations: Science vs. Pseudoscience
The mammography wars heat up again
Using attacks on science by the anti-vaccine movement as a “teachable moment”
Aspartame – Truth vs Fiction
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Lots of Speculation
Skepticamps invade the Great White North on October 23. Free events in Vancouver, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Toronto.
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