Points of Interest: 2/17/2014

  • It appears to be a worry that acupuncture is no better than placebo. Makes it hard to find an indication for acupuncture for the insurance companies. “The OAAOM continues to work with the OCOM research department on gathering evidence for presentations to insurance companies and evidence review boards. This is an evolving process which relies on the quantity and quality of the available evidence to support clinical practice in acupuncture. The lack of funding for this kind of research, and the problems of the placebo control for acupuncture — this is the bad news.
  • Special Feature HOMEOPATHY faith, fact or fiction? Fiction, of course. Personally, I prefer therapies that have efficacy, not “Perhaps one day, homeopathy will gain mass acceptance of scientists and laymen alike. Perhaps it’ll always remain an issue of debate. Between these two extremes will be people like you and me, who cherish homeopathy as an interesting art and a unique medical doctrine, having a beautiful magic of its own.”
  • Row over ‘NHS lies’ as leaflet tells patients homeopathy ‘helps body heal itself’. “NHS Tayside has come under fire after telling patients the alternative remedies are ‘very safe’, ‘stimulate the body to heal itself’ and trigger improvements in the majority of cases.” But at least homeopathy is an interesting art, a unique medical doctrine with a beautiful magic all its own.
  • Cover science responsibly and expose pseudoscience. “Matters of serious public policy hinge on science. It’s the lynchpin of medicine, agriculture, transportation, energy and other industries that drive the world economy. It deserves vigilant news coverage.”
  • [“The National Institutes of Health has awarded $383,357](http://www.recordpub.com/news%20local/2014/02/17/neomed-researchers-receive–740–000-in-grants) to NEOMED in support of Tariq Haqqi, professor of anatomy and neurobiology in the College of Medicine, for his research on osteoarthritis….Haqqi is looking to Ayurveda and Unani systems of medicine, the two most widely practiced traditional systems in Indian medicine. In these ancient medical practices, the water extract of Butea monosperma flowers, appropriately named ”flame of the forest“ due to its bright orange-red color, is used to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis. Haqqi’s research aims to bring elements of this practice to conventional medicine, using BME to develop a safer and more cost-effective, therapeutic approach for the treatment and prevention of OA….Haqqi serves as principal investigator for his grant, which peaks at up to $2,276,298 at the end of the proposed five-year period. ” I searched ‘Butea monosperma arthritis’ on Pubmed. No hits. Not to say it couldn’t work but seems a thin gruel to spend over 2 million on.
Points of Interest 2/16/2014