A Med School student looks at some common myths and misconceptions regarding common illness' and health topics. This clip looks at the Common Cold.
In today's world it's easy to share information. But that's no excuse for making no effort to ensure the info we pass along isn't bogus.
Two doctors take on the health care system in a new book that aims to arm people with information.
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You don't want to be an April fool -- or any kind of fool -- when it comes to your health. Yes, those old wives knew a thing or two, but they never went to medical school or conducted a scientific study.
Explore the science behind six myths commonly associated with the holidays yet relevant year-round.
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With the recession causing enough stress for all of us, the British Medical Journal decides to bust several common medical myths''for example, reading in dim light won't ruin your eyesight, so go nuts.
Mom was right about lots of things: eating your vegetables, washing your hands and never running with scissors. But some of her other medical advice such as waiting an hour after eating before swimming just doesn't hold water.
A close look at the literature on dental amalgam, resin composites, and other restorative materials reveals that most of the anti-amalgamists' assertions are based not on scientific facts, but rather on a collection of myths and half-truths, creating a virtual "folklore" of anti-amalgam that has rarely been challenged.
It is difficult to determine where some medical myths originate from, but many are old wives'' tales passed on from generation to generation (Don''t touch that toad, you''ll get a wart!!). Here are some more common, often believed medical myths.
Medical myths sometimes they're hilarious and sometimes they're downright dangerous information. No matter how often they're debunked, people will still believe them. Why?
Researchers identified nearly 400 common medical practices and theories that were contradicted by rigorous studies. Here are some of the most notable findings.
Are carbs evil? Does chicken always have to be cooked skinless? Ditch your old-school thinking and get savvy to the latest healthy eating facts.
A lot of movies and TV shows have been made about medical workers and the healthcare field in general. It's a subject riddled with opportunities for drama, mystery, wonder and heartache. It's also complex enough that screenwriters always end up getting it wrong. There's nearly an endless list of medical errors in films.
Popular culture is loaded with myths and half-truths. Most are harmless. But when doctors start believing medical myths, perhaps it's time to worry.
If you trust the source, you're most likely going to trust the information. That's what makes the following medical myths so hard to discredit -- you usually hear them first from Mom, Dad, or someone else you trust -- but it is nice to know the truth.
Ask your doctor how much water you should drink or why you couldn’t keep your eyes open after Thanksgiving dinner, and you’re likely to get the same misinformation your mother-in-law might dispense.
Despite the rigors of evidence-based medicine, some ill-informed medical axioms die hard.
“There aren't too many things that are pure myths in medicine, but there are definitely things that we were taught that were pure dogma