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Offline curlew

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« Reply #585 on: August 05, 2017, 06:32:55 PM »
I agree that the invasion of quackery into academic medicine is a major problem. I have volunteered to serve on an Institutional Review Board (IRB) as a non-scientific community member, which has allowed me the opportunity to criticize some of the more biased studies of acupuncture and similar unscientific "treatments".

For those in the audience who are unaware of what an IRB is, it is the basic approver of all human subject research in any academic institution like a medical school or hospital. By law all human research must be approved by an IRB, which needs non scientific, unaffiliated community members to have a quorum. Since volunteers of this type are not that easy to find, most institutions are happy to get volunteers in this category.

My experience to date has been fascinating as a learning opportunity, but also as a chance to point out how badly flawed certain studies are. While I can't discuss specifics since the meetings are covered by non-disclosure, I think my participation has already prevented some badly flawed "alternative" studies from seeing the light of publication.

It might be useful to have a segment about IRBs on a future show and to encourage listeners, especially unaffiliated non-scientists to make the effort to find a local IRB and volunteer to become a board member. As a non scientific member your concerns will probably be carefully considered, especially since your attendance will be extra valuable in ensuring a quorum.

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« Reply #586 on: October 22, 2017, 09:34:23 AM »
I agree that the invasion of quackery into academic medicine is a major problem.

Yes, everywhere.
Here is some links to short articles about establishing of Traditional Chinese medicine centre right at the Hradec Králové University Hospital! (Czech Republic).
This TCM center was inaugurated by the Chinese president Xi Jinping in 2016.
Let's give up on science, human rights, president Havel's legacy and let's make some business with China... OMG, bad politics and money seems to be superior to everything...

Offline Fast Eddie B

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« Reply #587 on: December 26, 2017, 07:22:01 PM »
My wife had occasion to be prescribed physical therapy recently.

Her treatment was quite conventional. But in the office was a flyer for “Dry Needling”:

They claim it’s not any form of acupuncture.  We had not heard of it, and wonder if it’s evidence-based.

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« Reply #588 on: December 26, 2017, 08:44:20 PM »
I too would appreciate the SGU's take on dry needling. In the meantime, here's what I've learned so far:

Both my mother and a friend of mine have recently had dry needling done in their hip by their physical therapists, and while they both reported that their symptoms have improved since the treatment, they did report being very sore from the treatment for a number of days. This is definitely a therapy that sets off red flags in my head. I read a little bit about it at the time and advised them caution, but I didn't reach any really solid conclusions. It seemed dubious to me, though. From what I've read, the evidence for efficacy is ambiguous (with better designed studies showing less effectiveness - not a good sign). The wikipedia article for dry needling also has a section on efficacy which says roughly the same thing. Even though PTs deny that they are the same thing, the idea of trigger points sure sounds a whole lot like meridians and acupuncture points - which is no surprise, as several articles I read claimed that that is where the idea originated. If that is true, the fact that it has its origins in part in acupuncture makes me very suspicious. It's an increasingly common treatment among PTs nowadays, and the idea that doing something to a muscle might alleviate pain does not seem that implausible, but the question is whether it works better than less invasive methods. Even though PTs might have better hygiene standards than some acupuncturists, they are still sticking needles through the skin and into the muscle. The Guardian also has a decent article on it.

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« Reply #589 on: January 16, 2018, 06:07:47 AM »
A word for Cara (if it hasn't been used already): homunculus, in the sense of the perception of a "little person" living in our head. The VR discussion is a great example of the homunculus illusion at work.
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