I love John Oliver and his show
Last Week Tonight. Maybe because he frequently comments on or makes fun of our behemoth and costly healthcare system. Related post: John Oliver mocks Big Pharma tactics
If you missed it, here’s
the video of his show lampooning “scientific studies.” You know, the research mass media loves to package into scary sound bites (everything causes cancer) and healthcare corporations use to sell … read on
A friend sent me a YouTube link to a hilarious comic sketch that parodies homeopathy:
It’s by a pair of British comics, David Mitchell and Robert Webb. A&E stands for Accident and Emergency, the British equivalent of ER.
To understand why it’s so funny, you need to know that homeopathy’s alternative-reality medicine is based on a belief that “like cures like,” with remedies prepared into extremely diluted solutions.…
read on Scary headlines sell news
Last week the media blitzed us with
headlines that linked cell phones with an increased risk of brain and heart cancers.
Don’t believe everything you read in a headline!
That news story was based on a
study out of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences that looked at the effect of cell phone radiation on rats.
Most journalists, if you bothered to read the …
read on May is National Osteoporosis Month
I can’t let May and
the NOF’s awareness campaign pass without giving a shout out to the best way to prevent bone loss or osteoporosis.
It’s not taking enormous calcium supplement tablets every day or occasionally choking down a couple of chalky TUMS.
It’s a combination of eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods and exercising every day.
Actually, no one can prevent bone loss altogether. …
read on Don’t take health advice from celebrities
I just finished reading a thoughtful, informative and thoroughly entertaining book that examines how our celebrity-crazy culture affects our healthcare and lifestyle choices.
author Timothy Caulfield makes it his quest to “Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything?”, “analyze and debunk the messages and promises” behind celebrities’ overhyped and oversold health, diet and beauty products.
Indeed, celebrity culture has emerged as one of
I’ve been a fan of Peggy Girshman’s science and healthcare writing for a long time, so it was with great sadness that I read about her death in March at the young age of 61.
But in tribute to her award-winning journalism career, which included long stints at both
NPR and Kaiser Health News, she actually wrote her own eulogy!
She wanted to share a few simple lessons …
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That’s the take home message from Professor (of pharmacy) James McCormack’s
latest parody video, which takes a whack at healthcare’s increasingly pervasive and rigid medical guidelines. , End of the Line
If followed to the letter, these guidelines (often based on research funded by drug companies) would have everyone diagnosed with a disease and taking one or more medications. Medical guidelines …
read on The wellness blog in the New York Times had an article about brain health that has strengthened my resolve to exercise every day. Walk, Jog or Dance: It’s All Good For the Aging Brain
It turns out that regular walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and even gardening may substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
The author is referring to
a recently published study in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Shared decision-making makes better informed patients, and better informed patients
. use less health care
…as many as 20% of patients who participate in shared decision making choose less invasive surgical options and more conservative treatment than do patients who do not use decision aids.
Which lowers health care costs.
…a 2012 study…showed that providing decision aids to patients eligible for hip and knee replacements substantially reduced both surgery rates
A few months ago I wrote a post about
Addyi (flibanserin), the new drug that supposedly boosts the female libido. It’s also referred to as “pink Viagra” or “female Viagra” although it doesn’t work like Viagra.
In fact, it’s debatable whether it works as advertised at all.
Addyi was supposed to a blockbuster drug for Valeant Pharmaceuticals, but it’s had
lousy sales since it appeared on the market in … read on