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The Biggest Medical Myths... Debunked




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In the age of WebMD, it’s easy to adopt hypochondria at the first sign of a red patch on your skin.

However, as the website’s disclaimer says, it’s content is “not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.”

The disclaimer implies that medical professionals are to be trusted because their advice is based on robust scientific research.

But researchers recently found that almost 400 routine medical practices were contradicted by published studies in prominent journals.

Dr. Vinay Prasad of Oregon Health and Science University came up with the idea for the “meta-study” and is continuing to learn how widespread incorrect medical practices are.

Larry sits down with the New York Times reporter who recently published the article “10 Findings That Contradict Medical Wisdom. Doctors, Take Note” and Dr. Prasad to talk about where these misunderstood medical practices and theories come from.

Guests:

Gina Kolata, reporter focusing on science and medicine at The New York Times; she wrote the article “10 Findings That Contradict Medical Wisdom. Doctors, Take Note”; she tweets @ginakolata

Vinay Prasad, hematologist-oncologist and associate professor of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland; he has led multiple studies looking at medical reversals