10 medical myths we should stop believing

Source: Gina Kolata, N.Y.Times (Paid Registration)

Fish oil does not reduce the risk of heart disease.  But in a trial involving 12,500 people at risk for heart trouble, daily omega-3 supplements did not protect against heart disease.

Ginkgo biloba does not protect against memory loss and dementia. A large federal study, published in 2008, definitively showed the supplement is useless for this purpose.

Torn knee meniscus? Try physical therapy first, surgery later. But when patients with a torn meniscus and moderate arthritis were randomized to six months of physical therapy or surgery, both groups improved, and to the same extent.

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