In the first in our series of articles reviewing the health evidence tools produced by McMaster University, Mathura Mahendren gets to know the Optimum Aging Portal, a resource for communicating evidence-based ways of staying healthy in older age.
Infographics are quick, fun ways to introduce a topic or interest people in new subjects. ‘How Disease Spreads’ is an interesting infographic about the prevalence of different diseases across the world and throughout time, but it gets a little lost upon the way.
Danny Minkow looks into how the COMET initative is working to developing and apply an agreed-upon set of outcomes measures in medical research. Why is it needed?
Dannky Minkow describes a new initiative aimed at getting health care professionals to take another look at their use of non evidence-based and wasteful practices.
Ever heard of the Placebo effect’s evil twin; the Nacebo Effect? A harmful reaction from a harmless treatment. Read Danny’s blog to know more.
Do placebos really promote physiological change or is it just the patient’s perspective? How are placebos used in practice? And how ethical is it to use placebos in clinical trials?
Danny reviews the book Testing Treatments that aims to help everyone understand fair tests, how to ask questions and understand research.
Sense about Science have a long-standing campaign encouraging people to #AskForEvidence and in their new Healthy Evidence forum, in partnership with NHS Choices, they ask patients and the general public to get involved!
An apple a day may not be enough to keep the doctor away, but half an hour of exercise really could. Find out why not enough is done to promote exercise as medicine despite the evidence.
Review by Jorge of “the challenges of over-diagnosis and over-treatment” featuring the co-authors of Over-diagnosed.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is a free database at the US Department of Health & Human Services. It provides summaries of evidence, clinical guidelines and more.
TTextras is a feature of the Testing Treatments interactive website which provides open educational resources such as games, podcasts, and videos that help people understand more about fair tests of treatments.