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Debunking EBM

Oh, don't get me wrong. Debunking Eminence Based Medicine, Experience Based Medicine, Expectations Based Medicine. Anything but Evidence Based Medicine. I am a big fan of THAT! :)

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BGR-34 for Diabetes: Where is the evidence?

An herbal drug, developed jointly by the National Botanical Research Institute (NBRI) and the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP), branded as BGR-34, has been commercialized by Delhi-based Aimil Pharmaceuticals and marketed as a potentially side-effect free treatment for diabetes. However, a search for publications outlining trials conducted to support the claimed “67%… Keep Reading

Debunking EBM

The Man with a million hits: John Ioanndis

If you are not aware of Prof. John Ioannidis and his work, well, you must have been living buried under the proverbial rock (also known as AIPG/AIIMS papers). He is what people usually call a gadfly. He wrote an article which took the world by storm, and not just for a day or two! He… Keep Reading

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Knowledge Compression and the Beauty of Data

I stumbled onto this fantastic Ted Talk given by “data detective” David McCandless via a Tweet on the @BMJ_latest account: Editorial brainstorm today with "data detective" David McCandless http://fb.me/Di4njr4o — The BMJ (@bmj_latest) April 13, 2011 If you are like me and like crunching numbers or at least, trying to pry out hidden information from… Keep Reading

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The Word for 2011: Wakefieldian!

Ok, so Sarah Palin shot to fame and glory when she refudiated someone’s claim to something or whatever, and ended up contributing to the posterity by adding a word to the lexicon. And it seems there is a new candidate this year already (and the first fortnight hasn’t even sailed by!): WAKEFIELDIAN. So what would… Keep Reading

Debunking EBM/Medcetera

Steaming Vaginas!

So I am going to blame the holy Orac at Respectful Insolence for writing Steamed vajajay woo when I end up getting a lot of hits on this post from porn seeking freaks. Like most science freaks, I love Orac’s blog and although I am sometimes amused by his sense of well-placed immodesty, there is nothing… Keep Reading

Debunking EBM

XKCD and Kim Tinkham

So, I have talked about the Kim Tinkham issue in some passing references on this blog, and I think that her unfortunate demise stands as a monument against tinkering with non-scientific woo-s to help with potentially fatal situations. The author of the much revered nerdcomic XKCD was recently faced with illness in his own family,… Keep Reading

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Twitter WTFery

So, Deepak Chopra tweeted this some time ago, and while logging on to Twitter, I saw it had become one of the popular tweets and was being featured on the front page: Twitter and social networks are globalizing human consciousness. A collective creativity that could heal the planet is emerging — Deepak Chopra (@DeepakChopra) December… Keep Reading

Debunking EBM

BMJ: Busting Myths Journal

I have already admitted how enamored I am with the Christmas edition of the BMJ in an earlier post. And the reasons for loving BMJ in the waning month of each year just keeps on increasing. Somehow, they have managed to take the seriousness out of medical research. Quiet like the Annals of Improbable Science,… Keep Reading

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