Category Archives: Medicine

More on patient safety– part 3–hospital acquired infections

Well this is very opportune, ACSH comments on a Brit study that questions hospital methods for reducing the acquisition or transmission of infections.

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Patient Safety Part II

I told you 2 days ago that the patient safety movement is another example of junk science.

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Lancet continues its effort to be a rag–Dalrymple comments

I do like Dalrymple (Daniels) because he strips the pretense from Lancet and its ilk.

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The Merry Old Land Of Oz

The career path of Dr. Mehmet Oz is most puzzling. Boasting a fine education (Tower Hill prep; Harvard undergrad; Penn med school; and Wharton), Oz did his residency at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and is now an attending surgeon at the same hospital. He also holds various academic appointments at Columbia’s med school. His name appears on more than 150 research papers, and he has published over 20 books—most of which have “You” in the title.

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Health Care Summertime Blues

You might ask: What does this have to do with junk science? Behind most—if not all—junk science is a fierce dedication to some preconceived notion, or even an ideology. Thus, the results of the experiment are always made to fit the preferred hypothesis. In health care, far too many so-called random and unpreventable events derive from nothing less than willful blindness, as will be demonstrated in our first item. Continue reading

Endovascular repair is safer

Well, that makes sense–big open repairs disrupt the anatomy and cause more tissue damage, so if you can repair a blood vessel from the inside–voila!

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Intestinal bleeding transfusion strategies parallel Battlefield Protocols

This paper is going to be the discussion item for this month at our journal club.

Lay people can and should understand why medical research sometimes provides guidance that is counter intuitive, at least on the surface.

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