Astounding Number of Medical Procedures Have No Benefit, Even Harm – JAMA Study

proceduresWhat if millions of medical diagnoses, procedures, and treatments were based on, at best, questionable scientific evidence, but still performed daily, the world over, in the name of saving patients lives or reducing their suffering? A new JAMA review indicates this may be exactly what is happening.  Continue reading

The Mysterious Disease Affecting 50 Million People

ketogenicA disease impacting close to three million Americans and 50 million people worldwide has been perplexing doctors since it was first reported. It affects more people than Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and Lou Gehrig’s Disease but still can’t seem to shake its nasty stigma.

Historically, epilepsy has been viewed as the mark of a witch. Continue reading

90 Medical Treatments You Don’t Need

You know, they say there’s not much use for Latin any more. Some scholars even call it a “dead language.”

But a group of doctors is banding together to remind their colleagues of one old Latin phrase they should have learned on their first day of medical school.

Primum non nocere. It means, “First, do no harm.”

That’s the message behind a new set of guidelines issued by a health group that’s trying to put the kibosh on 90 medical tests and treatments that may do more harm than good. Continue reading