Debunking EBM / Public Health

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% … Continue reading

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Debunking EBM

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 … Continue reading

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Debunking EBM / Research Blogging

Cochrane Students’ Journal Club: An Introduction

Why this Journal Club? Three simple reasons.. To provide students with an opportunity to critically read literature outside their key area of study: To provide students with an opportunity to critically discuss scientific papers. To sensitize them to EBM. Okay. So this is how it goes… A clinical scenario asking a question on the potential … Continue reading

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