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How Medscape helped Sprout stack the deck for Addyi

It may (or may not) surprise to learn that hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) the “disorder” treated by the new drug Addyi didn’t exist before 2004. Why in 2004 did we decide that normal female sexual response was a condition? Well, HSDD was established/invented/introduced by industry to prepare the market for a testosterone patch for … Continue reading

Andrew Wakefield is apparently a legimate source of vaccine info at University of Toronto

Earlier this year two groups of academics (scientists and faculty members) at the University of Toronto wrote letters of concern to the President of the University regarding the course Alternative Health: Practice and Theory HLTD04H3-S, Special Topics in Health taught by Beth Landau-Halpern, a homeopath. One group wrote about their concerns that the course presented … Continue reading

My GYNO says I can’t have an IUD. Is she right?

I hear this fairly often – women telling me they asked their GYN for an IUD (yeah!) and were told that they couldn’t because they had never had children. Their GYNs are wrong and unfortunately it’s not just a few who think this way. A study from last year tells us that 32% of OB/GYNs … Continue reading

10 quack treatments Dr. Oz needs to defend

Dr. Oz promises to come out swinging on Thursday, both against the 10 physicians who wrote a letter to the Dean of Medicine at Columbia and to defend himself against the charges of quakery. Here are 10 of his recommendations I’d like to see him explain/defend with science (i.e. provide medical evidence above personal experience). … Continue reading

Dr. Oz rattles his glass operating theater as he comes out swinging against detractors

Dr. Oz plans to strike back at the doctors who wrote a letter (see below) to the Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine at Columbia calling for his resignation. Oz’s response will apparently be in the form of an episode of his show this Thursday. CNN is reporting that an Oz spokesperson had the following … Continue reading

Dear Columbia University it’s not about academic freedom it’s about ethics and liver cleanses

Dr. Oz is under fire again, this time from a group of 10 physicians who wrote a letter to Columbia medical school reporting their dismay that he remains on faculty. Columbia came back with the expected “academic freedom” response, which is apparently a license to say and do anything. I understand that innovation can come … Continue reading

How did the University of Toronto IRB approve a homeopathy for ADHD study?

The University of Toronto is taking heat for studying homeopathy in children with ADHD. For those of you not familiar with homeopathy, it is the practice of treating patients “with diluted natural substances aimed at stimulating the body’s healing systems” (this definition is from the paper used as the pilot study for the clinical trial … Continue reading

Unhealthy advice on vitamin K shots from the Healthy Home Economist

Someone sent me a sad link to a coroner’s report about a baby in Australia who died from bleeding due to late onset vitamin K deficiency. It’s an older case (2011), but I decided to do some research to see if this was something I needed to write about. Above the fold I found this … Continue reading

Are Canadian universities fertile ground for anti vaccine pseudoscience?

There seems to be an alarming trend in anti-vaccine information at some Canadian Universities. Here are the three that recently caught my eye: University of British Columbia A known anti-vaccine group, the Dwoskin Family Foundation, funds “research” at the University of British Columbia. I say they are anti-vaccine because they compare vaccination to the Holocaust. The Dean … Continue reading

UnitedHealth steps in to help GYNs make better decisions regarding hysterectomies

The preferred route for a hysterectomy is vaginal. This means the entire surgery is done through the vagina with no incisions in the abdomen of any kind. The joke among surgeons is that it is a bit like taking a car apart through the muffler. While doing surgery entirely through the vagina may sound highly … Continue reading

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