There are few writers on psychiatry, social and cultural matters who can improve on the commentary of Theodore Dalrymple (the nom de plume of Anthony Daniels, a Brit psychiatrist).
Category Archives: Medicine
Courtesy of the anti vaccine bunch, led in large part by Robert F. Kennedy jr. and actress Jenny McCarthy, a disturbingly high percentage of know nothing parents have been refusing to vaccinate their kids.
The CDC released figures this week showing a tripling of reported measles cases this year compared to the past trend.
As Reuters reported:
“The number of reported cases of measles in the United States this year is nearly three times the annual average, federal health officials said on Thursday, highlighting the continued threat of the disease 50 years after development of a vaccine.
“There have been 175 measles cases so far in 2013, compared with the typical national average of about 60 cases a year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.”
“Federal Air Surgeon Dr. Fred Tilton has notified Air Medical Examiners (AMEs) that they will soon be required to measure the body mass index (BMI) of all pilots and controllers during their medicals. Anyone with a BMI of 40 or more (up to 25 is normal)” … will have to be evaluated by a “board certified sleep specialist” to make sure they don’t suffer from sleep apnea and get enough rest.
- While the link between BMI and health issues is a lot more tenuous than the medical-industrial complex would like to believe, the correlation between being fat and suffering sleep apnea is pretty real. But whether the FAA should be getting involved in this level of control is another story, all together, Shirley.
Some researchers analyzed the news coverage in the UK. To the surprise of, well, absolutely no one, people with connections to the drug industry were way more worried publicly, and were solidly promoting the use of anti-viral and other meds. This despite the fact that the effectiveness of these treatments is, to be charitable, very questionable.
To be fair, of course, many experts are, indeed, working in their industries of choice. Just like, for example, aeronautical experts are going to be found at Boeing. But they really should ID their affiliations and reporters need to keep them in mind: Continue reading
There have been lots and lots of studies over the past decades that prove that statins are effective in changing the cholesterol levels in blood. What’s not at all so clear is whether this actually makes any difference to most patients in helping to reduce death rates from heart disease.
Risk Calculator for Cholesterol Appears Flawed
Last week, the nation’s leading heart organizations released a sweeping new set of guidelines for lowering cholesterol, along with an online calculator meant to help doctors assess risks and treatment options. But, in a major embarrassment to the health groups, the calculator appears to greatly overestimate risk, so much so that it could mistakenly suggest that millions more people are candidates for statin drugs.
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There’s a meningitis outbreak at Princeton Univ. in NJ. There’s no US approved drug to treat this strain (“B”). But with at least seven infected students so far (and some heavy duty alumni, including the First Lady), the FDA is allowing them to bring in “Bexsera, a vaccine against N. meningitidis serogroup B only approved for use in Europe and Australia,”.
So if it’s good enough for the rest of the world, why has the FDA been dragging its feet? And the same for many, many, other drugs that other countries have deemed safe and effective?
more info from the Princeton student newspaper: http://goo.gl/Qiahtb
From the Weekly Standard: Continue reading
… if it increases breast cancer risk for anyone. Continue reading
The supposed ‘cure in a petri dish’ is just that — nonsense. Continue reading
Beth Israel endocrinology chief Leonid Poretsky writes: Continue reading
My late father-in-law practiced psychiatry in the Midwest, and was—by any standard—brilliant. For one thing, he never received a grade lower than “A” from grammar school, all the way through his medical education… Continue reading
These take advantage of innocent seniors who believe the government is helping them… and the Inspector General has determined that it’s all perfectly legal. Continue reading
“More testing needs to be done to see if the treatment would have the same effect on other children.” Continue reading
Here are two stories the mainstream media isn’t jumping all over themselves to report. Continue reading
“Complying with the raging tsunami of new Obamacare rules and regulations will cost American businesses and families 127 million hours annually, enough time to carve out another 1,039 Mount Rushmores which took 14 years complete, according to a new House report.” Continue reading
Americans for Free Choice Medicine cites the EPA human testing controversy in this critique of government meddling in medicine. Continue reading
Breast cancer-screening mania was originally pushed by the medical-industrial complex. Now the forces behind ObamaCare want it reined in. Continue reading
Children whose mothers took antibiotics while they were pregnant were slightly more likely than other kids to develop asthma in a new Danish study… Continue reading
The genetic “control panel” of the human body that regulates the activity of our 23,000 genes has been revealed for the first time in a scientific tour de force that could revolutionise the understanding and treatment of hundreds of diseases. Continue reading