Posts by cforbes

  1. Placebo-Controlled Studies: High Risk, High Reward

    [ By on April 26, 2016 ]

    Imagine you have Stage 3 breast cancer. A new non-invasive treatment has recently been discovered, however it is yet to be approved by the FDA. Your doctor recommends you participate in the clinical trial, but there is one small issue: there's a chance you won't actually be receiving the possibly lifesaving treatment. Placebo-controlled studies test medical treatments by utilizing a control group which receives a "sham" treatment, perhaps a sugar pill or a medical device which isn't actually turned on, instead of the treatment actually being tested in the experiment. In almost all of these studies, the patients are aware they may not receive the actual treatment, but even the possibility of being able to harness the potential lifesaving powers of ...

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  2. Should the United States pass nationally mandated vaccines?

    [ By on March 16, 2016 ]

    In December of 2014, the "most magical place on Earth" became a little bit less magical when over 100 cases of measles emerged, all connected to a shocking outbreak at the theme park. While Mickey and Minnie Mouse may enjoy polka-dots and various other sorts of spots, falling ill with measles, a seemingly eradicated disease, is a far cry from the fun experienced on Space Mountain. The 2014 Disneyland outbreak exposed the public to a reality hard to conceive of: according to the National Immunization Survey, nearly 9 million children in the United States are not fully vaccinated against measles. Although many consider vaccines to be just another blip on the radar of their yearly physical, the popularity of the ...

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