Points of Interest 04/22/2015


  • Another study finds no link between MMR vaccine and autism
  • Robert Kennedy Jr.’s strange remarks on autism. “Ari Ne’eman, president of the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, wrote, “Robert Kennedy Jr, who has engaged with autism only to spread lies, misinformation and dehumanizing rhetoric, has never meaningfully engaged in efforts to improve the lives of autistic Americans. While his father, uncle and many others in the Kennedy-Shriver family championed the rights of people with disabilities, he has instead cast his lot with those who use pseudo-science to question our humanity.
  • FDA: Safety problems prompted review of homeopathic remedies
  • Fukuoka Igaku Zasshi. 2014 Dec;105(12):234–40. Medical neglect death due to acute lymphoblastic leukaemia: an autopsy case report. We report the case of 2-year-old girl who died of precursor B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), the most common cancer in children. She had no remarkable medical history. She was transferred to a hospital because of respiratory distress and died 4 hours after arrival. Two weeks before death, she had a fever of 39 degrees C, which subsided after the administration of a naturopathic herbal remedy. She developed jaundice 1 week before death, and her condition worsened on the day of death. Laboratory test results on admission showed a markedly elevated white blood cell count. Accordingly, the cause of death was suspected to be acute leukaemia. Forensic autopsy revealed the cause of death to be precursor B-cell ALL. With advancements in medical technology, the 5-year survival rate of children with ALL is nearly 90%. However, in this case, the deceased’s parents preferred complementary and alternative medicine (i.e., naturopathy) to evidence-based medicine and had not taken her to a hospital for a medical check-up or immunisation since she was an infant. Thus, if she had received routine medical care, she would have a more than 60% chance of being alive 5 years after diagnosis. Therefore, we conclude that the parents should be accused of medical neglect regardless of their motives.
  • Int J Endocrinol Metab. 2015 Apr 20;13(2):e19678. doi: 10.5812/ijem.19678. eCollection 2015. Complementary and alternative medicine for the treatment of obesity: a critical review. “The evidence supporting the effectiveness and safety of these methods is either lacking or point to a negligible clinical benefit, barely surpassing that of the placebo. Furthermore, several limitations are observed in the available scientific literature. These shortcomings include, without being limited to, uncontrolled trial designs, non-random allocation of subjects to treatment arms, small number of patients enrolled, short durations of follow-up, and ambiguous clinical and laboratory endpoints.”
  • Support Care Cancer. 2015 Apr 19. External application of traditional Chinese medicine in the treatment of bone cancer pain: a meta-analysis.. Same result as always: “This systematic review showed positive but weak evidence of EA-TCM for bone cancer pain because of the poor methodological quality and the small quantity of the included trials. Future rigorously designed RCTs are required.”
  • Korean J Gastroenterol. 2015 Apr 25;65(4):236–40. doi: 10.4166/kjg.2015.65.4.236. A case of abdominal wall actinomycosis.”Herein, we report an unusual case of abdominal wall actinomycosis which developed in a patient after acupuncture and presented as abdominal wall mass that was first mistaken for abdominal wall invasion of diverticulum perforation.”
  • ‘None of it’s true’: Disgraced wellness guru Belle Gibson comes clean on cancer hoax.
  • Pharma Critic Skewers Homeopathy At FDA Hearing
  • Magic placebo more effective than ordinary placebo
  • Anti-Vaccine Group Compares Vaccinations to Rape
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