Are Antidepressants Proven To Increase Risk Of Suicide In Teens?

Claim Antidepressant drugs increase risk of suicide in teens. Verdict Only one clinical study has shown a statistically significant increase in suicide risk in teenagers on antidepressants. All other studies show a non- statistically significant doubling of suicide risk in this patient population. Origin In 2006, the US FDA published the results of a meta-analysis… Continue reading

Do Birth Control Pills Increase The Risk Of Depression In Women?

Claim Birth control pills increase the risk of depression in women. Verdict The science does not support the claim that oral contraceptive birth control pills increase the risk of depression in women. Origin Websites such as shape.com claim that oral contraceptive pills can ‘wreak havoc with women’s mood’. A new study published earlier this year… Continue reading

Does Eating Selenium Rich Foods Decrease The Risk Of Liver Cancer?

Claim Eating selenium rich foods including shellfish, nuts and onions, decreases the risk of liver cancer say scientists.  Verdict Two comprehensive meta-analysis of selenium studies do not support the claim that eating selenium rich food decreases the risk of liver cancer. Origin Websites such as liverdoctor.com ‘urge’ people to increase selenium intake (via their branded… Continue reading

Do Insulin Injections Double The Risk Of Death In People With Type 2 Diabetes?

Claim Insulin injection more than doubles the risk of death in type 2 diabetes. Verdict Scientific studies do not support the claim that insulin injections increase the risk of death in people with diabetes. Origin Websites such as greenmedinfo.com claim that a clinical research study ‘clearly’ shows that insulin injections increase the risk of death… Continue reading

Does Statin Drug Use “Nearly Double Your Risk Of Diabetes”?

Claim Statin drug use nearly doubles your risk of diabetes, study claims. Verdict There is a single clinical trial demonstrating that diabetes risk is adversely affected by statin use. Origin Time Health published an article entitled ‘statins may seriously increase diabetes risk’ based on their interpretation of a Finnish research study. The study was published… Continue reading

Does Strontium Really Reduce Risk of Vertebral Fractures?

Claim Strontium Reduces Risk of Vertebral Fractures. Verdict Studies show that strontium ranelate leads to early and sustained reductions in the risk of vertebral fractures in post-menopausal women but may be associated with neurological or vascular side effects. Origin Websites such as world health.net recommend strontium as ‘a breakthrough for osteoporosis’ and reassure women that… Continue reading

Can Pycnogenol Really Reduce Heart Disease Risk in Diabetics?

Claim Pycnogenol Reduces Heart Disease Risk in Diabetics Verdict There is no direct clinical evidence to support the claim that pycnogenol reduces heart disease risk in diabetes. Origin Pycnogenol comes from the French Maritime Pine Tree (Pinus maritima) and is a rich source of proanthocyanidins. Websites such as newsman.com claim that  pycnogenol is a ‘giant… Continue reading

Can Ginger Really Reduce Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy?

Claim Ginger Reduces Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy. Verdict A comprehensive Cochrane overview of 16 clinical studies looked at the impact of ginger on pregnancy related nausea and vomiting and concluded that data on the subject was limited and inconsistent. Origin Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is commonly recommended as a folk remedy for pregnancy related nausea… Continue reading

Does Dry Needling Work? The Current Research Reviewed

An increasing number of physical therapists (PTs), in the United States and throughout the world, are incorporating the dry needling (DN) technique to treat mainly musculoskeletal pain (MSP). So much so, the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT), in their most recent DN resource paper (1), dated July 2013 (pp2), state that “The volume… Continue reading