Festive medical myths

  title={Festive medical myths},
  author={Rachel Christine Vreeman and Aaron E. Carroll},
  journal={BMJ : British Medical Journal},
More medical myths hit the dust, thanks to Rachel C Vreeman and Aaron E Carroll 

Combating myths is harder than you think.

A study published in this issue of Medical Care shows just how hard it can be to combat misinformation and how swayed those who were predisposed to view Governor Palin unfavorably were by the corrective article to reduce their belief in death panels and their opposition to the ACA.

The Ethics of Teaching Physicians Electronic Fetal Monitoring: And Now for the Rest of the Story

The need for improved graduate medical education is addressed so that physicians and medical residents are taught both sides of the EFM–CP story.

Continuous Electronic Fetal Monitoring during Labor: A Critique and a Reply to Contemporary Proponents

This article provides an evidence-based review penetrating the rhetorical fog of a prototypical EFM advocate and concludes that EFM use in most labors or courtrooms is safe and effective.

Effects of Sugar Consumption on Human Behavior and Performance

It is a myth, disconfirmed by numerous studies, that sugar consumption causes hyperactivity or other behavior problems in children or adults. This myth may be maintained by confirmation bias and

The validity and clinical utility of night eating syndrome.

There are limited data supporting the clinical utility and validity of NES, and several options regarding the inclusion of NES in DSM-V are discussed.

Web-based hypothermia information and internet resources

  • Biology
  • 2015
IntroductIon Hypothermia is a drop in core body temperature below 35°C caused by exposure to cold air, immersion in cold water, or from thermoregulation inefficiencies attributable to senescence or

Web-based hypothermia information: a critical assessment of Internet resources and a comparison to peer-reviewed literature

Several suggestions for improving web-based hypothermia resources include clearly listing sources for users to see and eliminating guidance with lower SORT grades and replacing with evidence-based information.

Springtime peaks and Christmas troughs

as well as the influence of age, gender, and province, in a longitudinal population-based design with Poisson regression analyses and Bayesian change point analyses. results: Suicide incidence among

Springtime Peaks and Christmas Troughs: A National Longitudinal Population-Based Study into Suicide Incidence Time Trends in the Netherlands

Evidence was found for time trends in suicide incidence in the Netherlands and it is recommended to plan (mental) health care services to be available especially at high-risk moments, at spring time, and in the beginning of January.

Fire-Free Hominin Strategies for Coping with Cool Winter Temperatures in North-Western Europe from Before 800,000 to Circa 400,000 Years Ago

There is no consensus on the chronology of fire use, with suggestions ranging from earliest use by Homo erectus 1.8 mya to relatively recent Anatomically Modern Humans. While it is widely agreed that



Medical myths

Sometimes even doctors are duped, say Rachel C Vreeman and Aaron E Carroll

Christmas and psychopathology. Data from a psychiatric emergency room population.

There is a decrease in the number of visits during the days and weeks before Christmas and an increase of roughly the same magnitude afterward, which is more prominent for women and older persons but does not seem to differentially affect persons of different racial, marital, or diagnostic status.

Rates of Homicide and Suicide on Major National Holidays

Rates of U.S. homicides and suicides during 1972–1979 were higher on 7 major national holidays except one for homicides and were lower for suicides, except New Year's Day as Lester noted for

Sugar and the hyperactive child.

Although scientific opinion favors a genetic origin for most cases of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder, this explanation does not necessarily exclude alternative causes or precipitating

Suicidal and homicidal deaths: a comparative and circumstantial approach.

Poinsettia exposures have good outcomes...just as we thought.

Adolescent suicide and suicide attempts: A population study

There was an association between suicide attempt dates and occurrence of holidays, and there was a peak in attempts at the end of the school year, which was prevented by poor recording of relevant factors in the medical record.

Hyperactivity: is candy causal?

Twelve double-blind, placebo-controlled studies of sugar challenges failed to provide any evidence that sugar ingestion leads to untoward behavior in children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or in normal children.

Timing of completed suicides among residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota, 1951–1985

While most prior reports found excess post‐holiday suicides and suicide peaks on Mondays, those findings were not observed in Olmsted County and using date of death instead of the actual date of suicide is sufficient for most research purposes.

Time patterns of attempted suicide.