Points of Interest 7/21/2014

  • Robert Kennedy's Dangerous Anti-Vaccine Activism

  • Apodaca: Danger of anti-immunization movement is real"It's always dismaying when seemingly rational, intelligent people make incomprehensible decisions.Such is the case when parents ignore reams of scientific data, demonstrable real-world evidence and expert advice by choosing to forgo standard immunizations for their children."

  • When lies become ethical: J Bioeth Inq. 2014 Jul 19. [Epub ahead of print]A Gentle Ethical Defence of Homeopathy.

  • Asian J Androl. 2014 Jun 27. doi: 10.4103/1008-682X.129130.The effectiveness and safety of acupuncture for poor semen quality in infertile males: a systematic review and meta-analysis." The current evidence showing that acupuncture might improve poor semen quality is insufficient because of the small number of studies, inadequacy of procedures and/or insufficient information for semen analysis, high levels of heterogeneity, high risk of bias, and poor quality of reporting. Further large, well-designed RCTs are required." Nope. Don't need the trials.

  • Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014 Jul 20;7:CD008582. Relaxation for perimenopausal and postmenopausal symptoms.. "Evidence is insufficient to show the effectiveness of relaxation techniques as treatment for menopausal vasomotor symptoms, or to determine whether this treatment is more effective than no treatment, placebo, acupuncture, superficial needle insertion or paced respiration."

  • Chiropractic = a profession of wishful thinking?: "For me, the most surprising aspect of this article was to realise how many ‘non-chiropractic’ activities chiropractors are legally permitted in some US states. Here are some of the items that amazed me most: birth certificates, death certificates, premarital certificates, recto-vaginal exam, venepuncture, i.v. injections, prostatic exam, genital exam, homeopathy, ear irrigation, colonic irrigation, oral and i.v. chelation therapy, obstetrics ,hypnotherapy, acupuncture, hyperbaric chamber."

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