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% success rate”, came up empty for me. And I am … Continue reading BGR-34 for Diabetes: Where is the evidence?
The Student BMJ is by far the most popular medical student publication in the world. It has just run a cartoon on the issue of the Wakefieldian MMR-Autism mishap. Take a look. To see the high res version of the cartoon, and find more reading links and stuff, click on the image to go to the sBMJ website. Continue reading The Student BMJ Cartoons Wakefield
In a grove of trees in the grounds of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, is a statue in memory of Albert Einstein. On it are engraved three of his sayings. One reads: “The right to search for truth implies also a duty; one must not conceal any part of what one has recognised to be true.” Thus starts the scathing editorial in … Continue reading Who Will Guard the Guardians?
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 it look like in a dic? wake-fiel-dian * adj. The … Continue reading The Word for 2011: Wakefieldian!
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 woo-ful about his site! And somehow, he gets to know of … Continue reading Steaming Vaginas!
<start rant/> Regret the poor pun already, but if you are a BMJ-Christmas edition fan like me, you will have eagerly awaited the brilliant series of enjoyable scientific reads they bring forth as a year end extravaganza that they spew each December. I was pleasantly exhilarated to read this article which takes on the pseudoscince of Integrative Medicine, which is just a nom de plume … Continue reading ASStronomically Bad Science