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Therapeutic Illusion

May 13, 2016
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There was an interesting commentary in the March 31st issue of the New England journal of Medicine called “The Science of Choosing Wisely-Overcoming Therapeutic Illusion.” The article pointed out the propensity of human beings to overestimate the effects of their actions. This is an offshoot of a well-defined reasoning fallacy referred to as “faulty...
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Vertebral artery blood flow

May 5, 2016
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For the past several decades, one consistent question that is yet to be completely answered could be stated as; what is the potential risk of vertebral artery damage during upper cervical manipulation? Here is some of what we know: • Vertebral artery damage can lead to cerebrovascular accidents.(1) • The portion of the vertebral...
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FDA Hierarchy of Trials

May 2, 2016
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Sometimes when we look up information we may find some research-related terminology that does not make much sense to us. For example, while we do not prescribe drugs we may, in the course of looking up information, come across research papers that describe the process of drug (or device) development, and we should know...
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Journal Impact Factor

April 18, 2016
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The Impact Factor (IF) of a journal is a measure of how often that journal is cited in other journals. It is seen as a proxy measure of journal importance and significance; the higher the IF, the more often work from that journal is cited elsewhere. This suggests that the information published in the...
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A model for doctors to follow with patients experiencing emotional distress

April 7, 2016
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Being an effective caregiver includes many challenges. One includes the ability to effectively consult with patients in emotional distress. Fortunately, there are resources available to help practitioners and students develop skills in this area. One such resource is an article recently published in the journal Patient Education and Counseling.(1) In this article, Lundeby and...
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ANOVA: Analysis of Variance

April 4, 2016
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ANOVA, or analysis of variance, is a statistical procedure you will often see mentioned and used in scientific literature. But what is it? Arun Kumar offers a nice look at this technique in a blog post from 2013 (http://blog.minitab.com/blog/statistics-in-the-field/understanding-anova-by-looking-at-your-household-budget). He begins by noting that in order to understand ANOVA, you need to grapple with...
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