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Literature-based medicine

Feedback

Bandolier loves feedback from paper and electronic readers. That feedback tells us that readers want to know more about health rather than just illness. So does Bandolier, which is why we have devoted so much time to healthy living evidence over the years, and why there is a large healthy living section on this Bandolier Internet site.

Even so, we did some searching, and asked some friends of Bandolier, about evidence concerning health rather than illness. Perhaps it wasn't quite what we were expecting, but there is interesting stuff out there, and some of the evidence found appears in this month's pages.

Literature-based medicine

Access to medical literature has never been greater, though we appreciate that those of us in academe's hallowed halls find it more accessible than most. Literature, though, is not evidence. There may be masses out there, but we need to sift it, and check it for quality, validity, and size to make sure that it is right. Problems particularly occur at cutting edges of common conditions without really effective treatments. So no apologies for a little look at a growing literature on restless legs syndrome. It is common, affects quality of life, but with some emergent evidence on treatment.

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