Thinking smarter about complementary and alternative medicine

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on April 14, 2014 - 14:59

Coming on the heels of

(a)  The biggest study so far (not yet published; still in draft form) to show that homeopathy doesn’t work better than placebo; and

(b) Concern about the spread of measles in Canada, a resurgence apparently due to lack of sufficient vaccination to protect the population,

Drug safety in the news

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on April 13, 2014 - 15:34
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Open Medicine contributors Joel Lexchin and David Juurlink are both featured in Saturday's Toronto Star article on secrecy around Health Canada drug safety reviews. In fact, Dr.

Media release: Health system capacity and infrastructure for adopting innovations to care for patients with venous thromboembolic disease

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on April 1, 2014 - 11:34

Health system capacity and infrastructure for adopting innovations to care for patients with venous thromboembolic disease

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Bad Science

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on March 27, 2014 - 06:52

If you are not familiar with Ben Goldacre, you really should do something about that.  A doctor (working now as an epidemiologist) who writes accessibly about the use and misuse of statistics and science (on his website, via Twitter, in a column in the Guardian newspaper, and in the books Bad Science and Bad Pharma), Goldacre has done a lot to help readers overwhelmed by junk statistics and lousy science and medical journalism, quack claims and alarmist Facebook posts.

On Choosing Wisely, Canadian edition

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on February 24, 2014 - 14:34

Choosing Wisely Canada is, of course, the Canadian version of an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine that seeks to reduce the number of unnecessary medical procedures done. In Canada, the campaign  will involve voluntary measures to spur both patients and physicians to reconsider the need for procedures that

Media release: Travel-acquired infections and illnesses in Canadians: surveillance report

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on February 11, 2014 - 12:09

Travel-acquired infections and illnesses in Canadians: surveillance report from CanTravNet surveillance data, 2009–2011

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A new study published today in Open Medicine surveys the spectrum of illnesses that Canadians acquire when travelling abroad.

Only in the U.S., you say? Pity.

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on February 6, 2014 - 23:39

Speaking of crowdfunding research (as we did yesterday right here), the Kickstarter model (which you may have heard of; it is a wildly popular site where people can seek funding, usually in small amounts from many, many people, for just about any creative project you can imagine) has come to science.

OM in the Globe & Mail: caution needed on newly-approved drugs

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on January 29, 2014 - 14:10

Our latest study is garnering some attention, including in this article in the Globe & Mail. And on the Twittersphere! Join us at https://twitter.com/OpenMedicine or follow @OpenMedicine.

Media release: How Safe Are New Drugs? Market Withdrawal of Drugs Approved in Canada between 1990 and 2009

Submitted by Carlyn Zwarenstein on January 28, 2014 - 06:55

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A York University study of drug safety published today in Open Medicine shows that new drugs are often on the market in Canada for more than three years before they are withdrawn as unsafe, raising concerns about turning to the newest drugs available.

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