DailyDirt: Cures To Whatever Ails You…
from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Medicine has improved a lot over the years, but there are still plenty of treatments out there that aren’t based on evidence that they actually work. Some modern snake oils are backed up by technobabble worthy of a Star Trek episode, and others just appeal to “common sense” for justification. Here are a few quick links on some “reliable” medical treatments.
- This TEDtalk points out how to identify bad medical science through publication bias. If you flip a coin a hundred times and ignore half of the times it comes up tails, then maybe you’re not doing something right. [url]
- Buying cocaine without a prescription was once commonplace — to cure all sorts of maladies, like “flatulence, colic, hysteria, hypochondria, back pain, muscle aches”… Whenever there’s fun, there’s always coca-cola..? [url]
- Neuroscience could point to more effective treatments for various addictions and improve the success rate for rehab clinics. They tried to make me go to rehab, I said, “No, no, no…” [url]
- To find more interesting stuff on health-related topics, check out what’s currently in the StumbleUpon archives. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.