You are here

Science-based Medicine Feed

Subscribe to Science-based Medicine Feed feed
Exploring issues and controversies in the relationship between science and medicine
Updated: 3 hours 27 min ago

Freud Was a Fraud: A Triumph of Pseudoscience

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 12:00am
Frederick Crews has written a reassessment of Freud based on newly available correspondence and re-evaluation of previously available materials. He shows that Freud was a fraud who deceived himself and succumbed to pseudoscience.
Categories: Science

SXSW Wellness Expo and Goop: Accepting HIV/AIDS denialism and antivaccine pseudoscience by embracing Dr. Kelly Brogan

Mon, 12/11/2017 - 12:21am
Dr. Kelly Brogan is doing well these days. Invited to be a headliner at Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Summit and to be on the advisory board of the 2018 SXSW Wellness Expo, she's riding high. Unfortunately Goop and SXSW appear not to care about her being an HIV/AIDS denialist, antivaxer, and all around quack.
Categories: Science

Damn the evidence and federal regulations: VA goes full speed ahead with medical pseudoscience

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 10:00pm
The VA recently mandated inclusion of acupuncture, reiki, reflexology and other CAM in veterans medical benefits and will require that they be offered at VA medical facilities, ignoring the lack of evidence and federal rules on what medical benefits can be covered.
Categories: Science

False Claims for Acupuncture

Wed, 12/06/2017 - 5:16am
Acupuncture proponents claim that acupuncture works for a long list of medical indications, and claiming that this is supported by evidence. Meanwhile the actual evidence, fairly and rigorously evaluated, is negative.
Categories: Science

I Was Wrong about Protandim

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 12:00am
A seriously flawed Protandim study seemed to show that side effects were no more common than with placebo. Actually, they were almost twice as common. The researchers were looking at the wrong numbers and didn't even add correctly.
Categories: Science

Move over, Christopher Shaw, there’s a new antivaccine scientist in town

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 12:34am
Move over, Christopher Shaw, there's a new antivaccine scientist dedicated to demonizing aluminum adjuvants in town. His name is Christopher Exley. He's got a fluorescence microscope, and he's not afraid to use it.
Categories: Science

Science-Based Satire: Alternative Medical Adverse Events on the Rise

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 4:00am
Are patients being senselessly slaughtered by poorly trained Reiki practitioners? Probably not. Okay, they aren't...at least not directly. But Reiki is dumb and so is the belief that the power to manipulate human energy fields would be risk free. Here satire article is.
Categories: Science

Go ahead, have that coffee

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 4:00am
Coffee drinkers, rejoice. A new paper shows positive associations between consumption and an array of health outcomes.
Categories: Science

SBM Progress Report

Wed, 11/29/2017 - 4:29am
Science-Based Medicine has been operating for a decade. While we have been successful by many measures, the challenges we face remain great. Here is a look at the mission of SBM, and a call for support to our readers.
Categories: Science

Science Moms Fight Fears with Facts

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 12:00am
A new documentary takes a novel approach. It features scientist moms who are just like other moms except that they understand the science. They set the record straight about GMOs, vaccines, and other subjects of interest to parents. They provide the facts to counteract unreasonable fears.
Categories: Science

The integration of mysticism and pseudoscience with oncology continues apace in NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 12:32am
Last week, I commented on the inability of the Society for Integrative Oncology to define what integrative oncology actually is. This week, I note the proliferation of the quackery of integrative oncology in places that should be rigorously science-based, namely NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers.
Categories: Science

And the server migration continues apace…but where are the comments?

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 6:15pm
SBM is changing servers again. Unfortunately, that means that there are problems with the comments.
Categories: Science

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:00pm
Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers, and to everyone else- have a great Thursday in November!
Categories: Science

Happy Thanksgiving!

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 10:00pm
We celebrate Thanksgiving today in the U.S. and SBM is taking the day off.  We are thankful for all of our readers and commenters and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving.
Categories: Science

New Tools Against Antibiotic Resistance

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 4:24am
Antibiotic resistance is a serious problem that may lead to a post-antibiotic era. However, there are potential solutions that deserve research priority.
Categories: Science

New Tools Against Antibiotic Resistance

Wed, 11/22/2017 - 4:24am
Antibiotic resistance is a serious problem that may lead to a post-antibiotic era. However, there are potential solutions that deserve research priority.
Categories: Science

The Death of Expertise

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:00am
In Tom Nichols' new book, The Death of Expertise, he explains how a misguided intellectual egalitarianism is harming our ability to assess the truth and solve problems, and discusses some of the responsible factors and possible long-term consequences.
Categories: Science

The Death of Expertise

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:00am
In Tom Nichols' new book, The Death of Expertise, he explains how a misguided intellectual egalitarianism is harming our ability to assess the truth and solve problems, and discusses some of the responsible factors and possible long-term consequences.
Categories: Science

What is “integrative oncology”? Even the Society for Integrative Oncology doesn’t seem to know for sure

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:25am
Last week, the Society for Integrative Oncology published an article attempting to define what "integrative oncology" is. The definition, when it isn't totally vague, ignores the pseudoscience at the heart of integrative oncology and medicine.
Categories: Science

What is “integrative oncology”? Even the Society for Integrative Oncology doesn’t seem to know for sure

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 12:25am
Last week, the Society for Integrative Oncology published an article attempting to define what "integrative oncology" is. The definition, when it isn't totally vague, ignores the pseudoscience at the heart of integrative oncology and medicine.
Categories: Science

Pages