Ear Infection Treatment: An Evidence Based Approach

Ear infections (otitis media) are one of the most common illnesses of childhood and the primary cause for antibiotic use in children, costing the U.S. roughly $5 billion each year. They are serious business, whether you are a parent or practitioner.

According to the CDC, approximately 75% percent of children have one by the age of three and almost half of them have 3 or more ear infections by...

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Cross Sectional Study

A cross sectional study provides information about the burden of disease within a population and the relationships between various exposures and outcomes. These do not use experimental methodology but are extremely beneficial scientific studies, especially for identifying risk factors, studying beliefs and attitudes about a given subject, and learning more about factors...

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Cause and Effect in Health Science

We have all heard the mantra “correlation does not equal causation.” This helps to ensure that causation is not assigned where it should not be assigned. But that begs the question, what does establish causation?

Causation is notoriously difficult to establish, but that does not mean that it is difficult to recognize. While there are numerous methods used to establish...

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Elderberry Syrup

Black elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is one of the highest grossing dietary supplements in recent years. It is available as a syrup, in gummies, as lollipops, lozenges, capsules, and just about any other preparation imaginable.

Manufacturers, both large-scale and at your local farmer’s market, tout it as a heal-all for everything that ails you. From cold and flu symptoms to ear...

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Do Essential Oils Work?

Essential oils are recognized as one of the fastest growing segments of the natural health industry. You can find these oils at neighborhood sales parties, your corner drugstore, specialty health food shops, and countless online retailers.

But as we all learned in middle school, popularity is fickle and has nothing to do with effectiveness. Which means this growing trend begs the...

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How to Read a Scientific Paper

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Reading a scientific paper can feel like reading something in a foreign language. Imagine this common scenario: you’ve just come across a new claim about your favorite herb or essential oil. There’s even a link to a study to support this claim. You know that you need to click on the study to confirm the claims…. and then what? These four steps provide the framework that...

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