A friend of mine who is an avid reader of both
The New Yorker and my blog sent me the following link: Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?
The author is Atul Gawande, MD, one of my favorite surgeon/writers. It’s a long article, but if you are interested in saving money on your health care (and possibly …
Recently, a group of physicians wrote a letter to Columbia University asking that
its celebrity doctor, Mehmet Oz, be removed from the faculty. The doctors cited Dr. Oz’s “egregious lack of integrity” and marketing of “quack treatments.”
I’ve written several posts blasting Dr. Oz and
his slick promotion of “miracles”—most often pricey dietary supplements, for which there is little or no evidence that they work.
read on I love John Abramson’s work. He’s a physician and kind of the original whistle-blower on Big Pharma. He wrote a brilliant book, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine , in which he outlined how the aggressive marketing techniques and biased medical research of the giant pharmaceutical companies have led to the overuse of many prescription drugs.
The pervasive use of statins is one of his (and my) pet …
I’ve always been skeptical of the over-hyped claims of alternative medicine, including homeopathy.
(Heck, if you’d read my blog for long you know I’m skeptical of a lot of mainstream medicine, as well!)
So I read with much amusement an article on
The Daily Beast: Sorry, Hippies, Homeopathy is Totally Useless
Homeopathy is a worthless means of sustaining your health. In terms of preventing or treating disease, it’s up
I’ve mentioned in several posts that I think screening tests, especially mammograms, are used too widely in this country. Every woman over age 40? Every year? It’s overkill.
Even the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) only recommends a screening mammogram
every other year between the ages of 50 and 75.
But most women still think the yearly mammogram is health care at its finest.
Related post: … Screening mammograms—benefits vs read on
I recently posted about health care’s problem of
unreliable, biased and sometimes downright fraudulent research.
It’s important that we are aware of the scope of the problem, because so much medical treatment—screenings, drugs, surgical procedures—is being sold based on these untrustworthy reports.
And more stories are coming forward.
, the health journalism watchdog blog, Gary Schwitzer highlights two articles: HealthNewsReview.org
I read this article in a British newspaper:
Medical experts furious that doctors will be paid to dole out ‘risky’ statins It could mean four in 10 adults, including most of those in late middle age, are put on regular doses in a move that “medicalises” healthy people, leaving them at risk of side-effects including diabetes and memory loss. Klim McPherson, professor of public health at Oxford University, said: “This
I’ve posted many times about the problems with the multi-billion-dollar supplement industry, and there was a good Op-Ed piece on
Live Science yesterday that supported my own opinion: These 5 Supplements Do Nothing For Alzheimer’s, Despite Claims
The article was co-written by two physicians, both geriatric (aging) specialists.
The Latin axiom “caveat emptor,” let the buyer beware, applies to people of all ages. But in our medical practices, we have
A few days ago,
Vox.com published an interview with Stanford researcher John Ioannidis, MD. Dr. Ioannidis is a meta-researcher, that is he researches research.
How accurate are research studies? How are they designed? How many subjects are involved? Can the results be duplicated? How do the results from one study compare with another?
These are the types of questions Dr. Ioannidis attempts to answer, as well as leading the effort …
I’ve written a couple of posts about the Number Needed to Treat, aka the NNT. That’s the number of people that must be treated with a drug, a procedure or a screening test to save one life.
The lower the number, the better.
Related post: Number Needed to Treat
Well, the dark twin of the NNT is the Number Needed to Harm, or the NNH. How many people can be …