No, the CDC did not just apologize and admit that this year’s flu vaccine doesn’t work

If there’s one thing about having a demanding day job, it’s that the cranks usually have the advantage. They can almost always hit first when a news story comes out that they can spin to attack their detested science. On the other hand, it usually ensures that by the time I get home, have dinner,…
Source: Respectful Insolence - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking CDC genetic drift immunity influenza World Health Organization Source Type: blogs

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Abstract Upper respiratory symptoms are often treated with over the counter drugs, antibiotics, and antiviral medications. Due to concerns about safety and efficacy, there is a demand for an alternative solution. Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) has been used to treat cold and flu symptoms, but there are no large-scale studies or meta-analyses. This meta-analysis quantifies the effects of elderberry supplementation and evaluates moderators including vaccination status and the underlying pathology. This analysis included a total of 180 participants and evaluates moderators such as vaccination status and cause of t...
Source: Complementary Therapies in Medicine - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Complement Ther Med Source Type: research
Viral infections are being managed therapeutically through available antiviral regimens with unsatisfactory clinical outcomes. The refractory viral infections resistant to available antiviral drugs are alarming threats and a serious health concern. For viral hepatitis, the interferon and vaccine therapies solely are not ultimate solutions due to recurrence of hepatitis C virus. Owing to the growing incidences of viral infections and especially of resistant viral strains, the available therapeutic modalities need to be improved, complemented with the discovery of novel antiviral agents to combat refractory viral infections....
Source: Phytotherapy Research - Category: Biochemistry Authors: Tags: REVIEW Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 12 September 2017 Source:Preventive Medicine Author(s): Jon Wardle, Jane Frawley, Jon Adams, David Sibbritt, Amie Steel, Romy Lauche Influenza and pneumococcal vaccination is recommended for all adults, with older adults considered a high-risk group for targeted intervention. As such it is important for factors affecting vaccine uptake in this group to be examined. Complementary medicine (CM) use has been suggested as a possible factor associated with lower vaccination uptake. To determine if associations exist between influenza and pneumococcal vaccine uptake in older Australian women a...
Source: Preventive Medicine - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: research
This study aims to review differences between acute otitis media (AOM) diagnosis and treatment guidelines from different countries, with regards to the aspects of diagnostic criteria and methods, supplementary tests, treatment options, recommended first-, second-, and third-line antibiotics, non-antibiotic treatment options, and preventive means and measures.Recent FindingsTympanic membrane (TM) bulging, opacity, and presence of middle ear fluid are the pillars for diagnosis, as marginal/uncertain cases are not accepted anymore. Guidelines from developed countries offer the use of pneumatic otoscopy and tympanometry to aid...
Source: Current Otorhinolaryngology Reports - Category: ENT & OMF Source Type: research
In recent years viral respiratory tract infections, especially influenza viruses, have had a major impact on communities worldwide as a result of unavailability of effective treatment or vaccine. The frequent alterations in the antigenic structures of respiratory viruses, particularly for RNA viruses, pose difficulties in production of effective vaccines. The unavailability of optimal medication and shortage of effective vaccines suggests the requirement for alternative natural therapies. Several herbal remedies were used for prevention and treatment viral respiratory illnesses. Among those that were found effective includ...
Source: Complementary Health Practice Review - Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: Tags: Topical Review Articles Source Type: research
BACKGROUND: Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasingly used in the United States. Although CAM is mostly used in conjunction with conventional medicine, some CAM practitioners recommend against vaccination, and children who saw naturopathic physicians or chiropractors were less likely to receive vaccines and more likely to get vaccine-preventable diseases. Nothing is known about how child CAM usage affects influenza vaccination. METHODS: This nationally representative study analyzed ~9000 children from the Child Complementary and Alternative Medicine File of the 2012 National Health Interview Survey. Ad...
Source: PEDIATRICS - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Complementary & Integrative Medicine, Infectious Disease, Vaccine/Immunization Article Source Type: research
There’s a class of studies that I sometimes refer to as “Well, duh!” studies because their conclusions are so mind-numbingly obvious that one wonders why anyone did the study in the first place. Sometimes that name is meant sarcastically, as in, “Why did these investigators waste the time, effort, and resources to do this study?…
Source: Respectful Insolence - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery CAM influenza integrative medicine Source Type: blogs
(Reuters Health) - Children that visit alternative medical practitioners like acupuncturists and chiropractors may be less likely to receive flu shots than their peers, a U.S. study suggests. Roughly 33 percent of kids who saw providers of so-called non-Western medicine for services like acupuncture or homeopathic care got vaccinations for influenza, the analysis of national survey data on about 9,000 kids found. About 35 percent of kids who went to practitioners of what’s known as manipulative and body-based therapies such as chiropractic care or massage got flu vaccinations. In comparison, 43 percent of children wh...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
I heard the news yesterday morning. I was in clinic seeing patients. It was a bit of a slow morning; there was time between patients. So I spent it, as is my wont when clinic is a bit slow, signing charts (OK, signing off on charts in the electronic medical record; I haven’t actually physically…
Source: Respectful Insolence - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Complementary and alternative medicine Music Popular culture Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Alex Jones antivaccine celebrity death chemtrail flu chemtrails influenza Mike Adams Paisley Park Prince Prince Source Type: blogs
A couple of days ago, I wrote about a story of a sort that I’ve had to write about far too many times over the last eleven years. I wrote about the death of a child—but not just any death of a child, the death of a child who could have—should have—lived. The child’s name…
Source: Respectful Insolence - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Antivaccine nonsense Complementary and alternative medicine Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Collet Stephan David Stephan Ezekiel Stephan haemophilus influenza type b Hib naturopath Source Type: blogs
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