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Points of Interest 03/24/2017

Swiss trainee vets to give cows acupuncture in new classesAcupuncture becomes popular as battlefield pain treatmentA Naturopath's Human Experiment Ends In DeathVaccination debate flares on NSW north coast after 7yo contracts tetanusGarfield Therapist Specializes In Mankind's Oldest Medicine: LeechesJ Altern Complement Med. 2017 Feb 22. doi: 10.1089...
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Points of Interest 03/18/2017

A physician's take on Alberta regulators clearing naturopath of misconduct in toddler's deathFor scientists, research cuts proposed by Trump are alarming — and deeply personalBiomed Res Int. 2017;2017:9614810. doi: 10.1155/2017/9614810. Epub 2017 Feb 14. The Efficacy of Acupuncture for Treating Depression-Related Insomnia Compared with a Control Gr...
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Points of Interest 03/14/2017

30% of Croatian Parents Reluctant to Vaccinate Their ChildrenJ Altern Complement Med. 2017 Mar 13. doi: 10.1089/acm.2016.0357. Acupuncture in Patients with Allergic Asthma: A Randomized Pragmatic Trial : In patients with allergic asthma, additional acupuncture treatment to routine care = useless.Biomed Res Int. 2017;2017:9614810. doi: 10.1155/2017/...
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Points of Interest 03/13/2017

Romania Urges Vaccinations to Stop Measles Outbreak Could the anti-vaccination movement be responsible for the deaths of 17 children? Yep.

Should Unvaccinated Kids Be Banned From Daycare?

Survey shows acupuncture spike. Have they graduated from needles?

Scientists are conspicuously missing from Trump's government

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Points of Interest 03/11/2017

Int J Nanomedicine. 2017 Feb 28;12:1663-1671. doi: 10.2147/IJN.S126968. eCollection 2017. Proteomic analysis of tears following acupuncture treatment for menopausal dry eye disease by two-dimensional nano-liquid chromatography coupled with tandem mass spectrometry. Such a study makes we want to cry.Gwyneth Paltrow drank only goat milk for a week (a...
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Acupuncture Contortion

It is always remarkable how pseudo-medicine trials just can't bring themselves to report the simple idea that if a drug/procedure has the same outcome as a placebo/sham procedure the drug/procedure does nothing.A real drug or intervention in the reality-based medical world would ever be approved on the basis of a negative study. But pseudo-medical ...
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Points of Interest 03/09/2017

Academic Medical Centers At Risk Of Not Being Academic Or MedicalHow do medical students engaging in elective courses on acupuncture and homeopathy differ from unselected students? A survey. "Students participating in elective courses had much more positive attitudes towards CAM, somewhat lower science and status orientation…"Boy, 2, WON'T have sur...
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Points of Interest 03/07/2017

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Points of Interest 03/06/2017

The donkeys Kenyan families need to survive are heading to China for medicine promising longer lifeTo Debunk Autism Myths, Study Folklore10 Million Lives Saved by 1962 Breakthrough, Study ShowsJ Manipulative Physiol Ther. 2017 Mar 1. pii: S0161-4754(16)30077-X. doi: 10.1016/j.jmpt.2017.01.002. Integrative Acupuncture and Spinal Manipulative Therapy...
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Points of Interest 03/04/2017

The Butchering of the Age of Reason. Thanks to science, law, education, and freedom of the press, citizens in the U.S. live in an age of wonder relative to the rest of human history. Now, they want to throw that all out.The Kennedy Pushing His Own Fake News. As long as the pursuit of evidence-based answers has existed, so too have those pushing mum...
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Reports of Interest 03/03/2017

Resisting the Suppression of ScienceWill an American-Led Anti-Vaccine Movement Subvert Global Health? We've made great gains in fighting infectious diseases in the last 50 years—but those gains are fragile.EVANGELICAL ALTERNATIVE MEDICINEOxford University college accused of 'lending credibility to quackery' by hosting homeopathy conference Good Thi...
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Points of Interest 03/02/2017

Homeopathy conference at Oxford college 'promotes quackery'Don't buy into the promise of a homeopathic cureBehind the scenes at Denver Zoo. Penguin acupuncture.Quackery of the month: Cincinnati Zoo uses chiropractic on tiger cub, adjusting spine to cure "failure to thrive"Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2017;2017:9184034. doi: 10.1155/2017/9184...
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Points of Interest 03/01/2017

Veteran OKC chiropractor teaches techniques, treats children worldwide. ""With gentle realignments of the spine, the life force — or the vibrations that hold every cell in the body together — flows freely into the tissue, which has been so tight for these children for so long, restoring life," she said.In chiropractic, this life force is known as "...
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Points of Interest 02/27/2017

Don't Do This: 156 Medical Practices That Are All Failures. 10 out of the 156 bad medical practices involved acupuncture.Is Donald Trump making you sick?Canada's Bad Science Watch wants to know if purveyors of "natural" health products are following the law. Volunteers needed.Some anti-vaccination attacks on Oklahoma lawmaker are beyond the pale.Re...
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Points of Interest 02/24/2017

Acupuncture clinic fails to prove point before COA. "An employee at an Indiana acupuncture and yoga facility who was repeated screamed at by the owner had good cause for quitting and is thus entitled to unemployment benefits, the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Friday."Alt-Medicine Schools Challenge Their Failing Grades. "…challenging a Departmen...
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Points of Interest 02/20/2017

Here's What Happens When You Swallow a LeechHomeopaths are keeping Andrew Wakefield's 'anti-vax' fantasies aliveAcupuncture Lessens Migraine Attacks in Chinese Study. And Captain notes: But lack of full blinding a major trial limitationA Male Chiropractor Wants Women To Use Controversial Methods To Contain Menstrual Flow. When did stupid become Con...
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Points of Interest 02/19/2017

Holistic healers to get state approvalBMC Complement Altern Med. 2017 Feb 17;17(1):116. doi: 10.1186/s12906-017-1613-7. An interpretive review of consensus statements on clinical guideline development and their application in the field of traditional and complementary medicine. "Despite … an emerging scientific evidence-base for traditional and com...
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Points of Interest 02/17/2017

Homeopathy for Allergic Rhinitis: A Systematic Review. "The low or uncertain overall quality of the evidence warrants caution in drawing firm conclusions about intervention effects. Use of either Galphimia glauca or a homeopathic nasal spray may have small beneficial effects on the nasal and ocular symptoms of AR. The efficacy of isopathic treatmen...
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Points of Interest 02/16/2017

5 things people believe despite compelling evidence to the contraryDisgraced anti‑MMR vaccine doctor Andrew Wakefield gets invitation to university in LondonBurzynski ruling is in: Stan saddled with a overseerWest J Nurs Res. 2015 Dec;37(12):1517-30. doi: 10.1177/0193945914548707. Epub 2014 Sep 1. Acupoint Stimulation on Weight Reduction for Obesit...
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Points of Interest 02/11/2017

Consumers are wasting hundreds of millions of dollars on vitamins that may be harmfulThe Cochrane Library Acupuncture for acute hordeolum. "The certainty of the evidence was low to very low mainly due to small sample sizes, inadequate allocation concealment, lack of masking of the outcome assessors, inadequate or unclear randomization method, and a...
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