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%…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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