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1 in 10 of studies in JAMA, Lancet, and NEJM reversed medical thinking – July 2019

10 Medical Myths We Should Stop Believing. Doctors, Too New York Times

Researchers identified nearly 400 common medical practices and theories that were contradicted by rigorous studies. Here are some of the most notable.
All of the following were found to be true

  • Peanut allergies occur whether or not a child is exposed to peanuts before age 3.
  • Fish oil does not reduce the risk of heart disease.
  • A lifelike doll carried around by teenage girls will not deter pregnancies
  • Ginkgo biloba does not protect against memory loss and dementia
  • To treat emergency room patients in acute pain,
    • a single dose of oral opioids is no better than drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen
  • Testosterone treatment does not help older men retain their memory
  • To protect against asthma attacks, it won’t help to keep your house free of dust mites, mice and cockroaches
  • Step counters and calorie trackers do not help you lose weight
    • They actually result in a weight gain
  • Torn knee meniscus? Try physical therapy first, surgery later.
    • Note: 460,000 patients in the US get surgery each year to fix knee cartilage
    • .. when patients with a torn meniscus and moderate arthritis were randomized to six months of physical therapy or surgery, both groups improved, and to the same extent
  • If a pregnant woman’s water breaks prematurely, the baby does not have to be delivered immediately

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A portion of the chart in the publication


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