Success in the fight against childhood diarrhea(Peter Lipson) Two recent studies have confirmed that rotavirus vaccine appears to be a safe, effective measure for preventing one of the world’s most common causes of childhood mortality.
Do Cell Phones Prevent Alzheimer’s?(Harriet Hall) A new study purports to show that using cell phones can prevent Alzheimer’s, treat Alzheimer’s, and even improve cognitive function in healthy users. Its results are questionable.
The Lancet retracts Andrew Wakefield’s article(Steven Novella) Wakefield’s article about MMR, autism and bowel disease had already been retracted by 10 out of 12 co-authors. In the wake of the General Medical Council’s findings of Wakefield’s dishonesty, The Lancet has now taken the unusual step of fully retracting the article from the published record.
Energy Healing in Maryland(Val Jones) A hospital in Maryland is offering nurse-guided therapeutic touch and Reiki healing for inpatients. Dr. Jones answers a reporter’s questions, starting with the fact that there is no scientific evidence for energy healing.
Yes, Jacqueline: EBM ought to be Synonymous with SBM(Kimball Atwood) A blogger correctly said that evidence-based medicine should be synonymous with science-based medicine; it should, but in practice it isn’t. The commonly accepted guidelines for EBM give short shrift to prior plausibility, the laws of physics, and common sense.