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Evidence Based Medicine

Cracking the Myth: Does Cracking Knuckles Cause Arthritis?

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

I'm used to random medical questions from friends and family, but this one really got me. Is knuckle cracking associated with arthritis? To my dismay, I didn't have an educated answer. Until now.

Treating Fibromyalgia, Naturally

Maura Henninger, N.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Maura Henninger, N.D.

Fibromyalgia is a condition that mimics other diseases (Lyme, lupus, arthritis, to name a few) so doctors who are used to looking for certain types of problems will often miss it altogether. Often, these patients are dismissed as hypochondriacs.

Four Steps to Creating Your Defining Moment

Dr. Daniel Friedland | Posted 12.04.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Daniel Friedland

Whether you are faced with decisions in business or where you work, or if you're facing daunting decisions in your personal life, here are the Four Steps that can help you to confidently make better decisions.

Estrogen and Evidence

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.22.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We are certainly not saying that every woman with a hysterectomy should take estrogen. Our argument is exactly against the oversimplification of one-size-fits-all approaches.

CoQ & A

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The current study, which thus far has only been presented at a conference, albeit a prestigious one, and not yet published in full in the peer-reviewed literature, appears to be a game-changer.

How the Catholic Bishops Outsmarted Washington Voters

Valerie Tarico | Posted 07.23.2013 | Politics
Valerie Tarico

When it comes to matters of individual conscience, Washington State voters have a don't-mess-with-us attitude that makes Texans look like cattle--and it goes way back.

Premature Reports of Nails in CAM's Coffin: Of Miracles and Money

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Many unpatentable modalities in the realm of complementary and alternative medicine do not inspire huge and costly trials. We need such trials to know for sure what does and doesn't work. In the absence of them, we need to avoid a rush to judgment.

CES 2013 Wows With a Digital Health Revolution

Mark Tobias | Posted 03.09.2013 | Technology
Mark Tobias

Elected leaders have struggled for decades to improve the access to and effectiveness of health care while holding down costs. The digital health revolution may finally deliver the equitable, affordable and effective health care system we've been searching for.

Doctor Plans 'Anti-Inflammatory' Restaurant In D.C.

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 12.14.2012 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The science may be sketchy, but how's the food? Alternative medicine kingpin Dr. Andrew Weil, a founder of the True Food Kitchen rest...

Breaking It Down: The Human Papillomavirus

Brian Secemsky, M.D. | Posted 01.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Brian Secemsky, M.D.

Although the human papillomavirus (HPV) has been recognized as a transmissible pathogen for the past several decades, the controversial use of HPV vaccines has vaulted the pesky bug into eyes of the mainstream media and scientific communities alike.

Psychiatry: Start Listening to Your Patients and Their Families

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 08.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

On the face of it, medication compliance makes sense. Patients should take their medications as instructed and families should ensure that they do. But is it that simple?

Dollars and Sense, Baby and Bathwater: The Case for CAM Research

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If we are prepared to acknowledge the widespread bullying to which both science and sense are subject at the hands of the almighty dollar, we might commit ourselves to the systematic effort of distinguishing the two.

Choosing (Medicine) Wisely: Good Answers for Good Questions

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Make your standard of care better than standard. Be a good boss -- ask good questions, get good answers. By doing so, you can help ensure that you and your doctor are always diligent, and choosing wisely -- together.

I'm Biased and So Are You

Eric Korpela | Posted 06.06.2012 | Science
Eric Korpela

Biases are very important to the sciences. That's primarily that you have to understand them in order to avoid or correct for them. The most famous bias is probably the "selection bias."

New Report Finds Great Cost Savings From Homeopathy

Dana Ullman | Posted 05.23.2012 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

In this day and age of economically-challenging times for both individuals and governments, this report from the Swiss government has confirmed the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of homeopathic treatment.

Can Strong Prayer Bend The Medical Cost Curve?

Michael L. Millenson | Posted 04.30.2012 | Religion
Michael L. Millenson

Appealing to the Almighty offers awe-inspiring economic potential. In the Bible, both Moses and Jesus heal lepers. Think what they could do with diabetes or cancer! Still, the question remains whether prayers by ordinary people can produce an equivalent clinical impact.

The Swiss Government's Breakthrough Report On Homeopathic Medicine

Dana Ullman | Posted 09.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

The Swiss government's report on homeopathic medicine represents the most comprehensive evaluation of homeopathic medicine ever written by a government and was just published in book form in English.

Comparative Effectiveness Research

Bruce A. Barron | Posted 03.27.2012 | Science
Bruce A. Barron

Many believe the best opportunity to reduce the rate of increase in the cost of medical care is comparative effectiveness research, CER.

How Laughter Helps Veterans Deal With Traumatic Brain Injuries

Joseph Bobrow | Posted 02.28.2012 | Impact
Joseph Bobrow

Mauricio provided comic relief at one retreat. In the large group, he challenged his fellow Marine Kenny by claiming that, of the two Master Sergeants...

Medical Practice and Government Regulation

Bruce A. Barron | Posted 01.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Bruce A. Barron

This is hard to believe, but the standard for approval of medical devices is safety and effectiveness, which is interpreted to mean a new device is equivalent to a previously-approved device.

The Disinformation Campaign Against Homeopathy

Dana Ullman | Posted 11.14.2011 | Healthy Living
Dana Ullman

Because of the economic, philosophical and scientific threat that the paradigm and practice of homeopathy represents, the vitriol and antagonism still exists. It is therefore enlightening to expose the disinformation.

Questioning The 'Guardians Of Science'

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.31.2011 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

So while I suppose I am indulging in some self-defense, I am far more concerned with defending science. Because the self-proclaimed guardians of science are denigrating it, every day.

Exploring The Research On Homeopathic Treatment For Fibromyalgia

Dana Ullman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dana Ullman

The body of scientific evidence showing efficacy of individualized homeopathic treatment in the care of patients with fibromyalgia suggests significant benefits.

On the Issues from Abortion to War & Peace

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

I want to put this somewhat intellectual blog posting into perspective. Below is a quote from Matt Taibbi's new book, Griftopia-Bubble Machines, Vamp...

Science For Sale: Protect Yourself From Medical Research Deception

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

Business interests and the incestuous relationship between scientists and industry have corrupted the landscape of medical research.