Papillary thyroid cancers are overtreated
In 2010 my husband almost died while being treated for a small papillary thyroid cancer.
of thyroid cancer, and are typically very slow growing. Most doctors I know say that if you have to get cancer, papillary thyroid cancer is the one to pick! Papillary tumors are by far the most common type
My husband didn’t choose to get thyroid cancer, of course, but once …
read on Newer drugs are not necessarily better drugs
A few days ago at the gym, I was leafing through an issue of
What caught my eye was not the article about preventing stress injuries, or the recipe for a zingy, low-fat curry, but rather the pages devoted to ads for prescription drugs. Drugs to treat psoriasis, hepatitis C, dry eyes, depression, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, arthritis, and overactive bladder, to name …
read on Homeopathic remedies don’t cure, and they can harm
I’ve posted before about homeopathy and homeopathic remedies. In short, they don’t work.
There is absolutely no sound scientific evidence that supports homeopathy. Related post: A homeopathic parody
At best they’re a waste of money; at worse, homeopathic remedies may be harmful, especially to infants and small children.
In recent months,
certain homeopathic remedies for teething babies … have been targeted by the read on A hospital puts profits over patient safety First do no harm.
That’s part of every medical school graduate’s oath. It should be the motto of anyone working in healthcare.
But I just read
in my local newspaper, the a disheartening piece of investigative journalism Seattle Times, about a hospital where I trained, worked, and received care. The story highlights how the perverse financial incentives in healthcare (do more, get … read on I first posted about Life Line screenings two years ago. I’m re-posting today as this post still gets a lot of traffic and I wanted to reopen the comments. Overtreating, overspending
I just received an invitation in the mail!
Not to a party or a wedding or anything fun, but to a Life Line Screening event being held at a local church. The letter says they’re holding a spot for …
read on The right medication at the right dose
journal that showed about 85% of parents make mistakes when measuring out doses of liquid over-the-counter medications. Pediatrics recently published a study
That reminded me of this
short video from Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio talking about medication errors made by parents or other caregivers.
Using over 10 years of data from the National Poison Center, researchers …
I think it was a mistake to allow prescription drug commercials on TV. In my humble opinion, at least.
But I’m not alone in disliking these commercials, or direct-to-consumer (DTC) ads, as they’re called.
The news website
that explains more about how DTC ads came to be ever present on our TVs. They attempt to be fair and present both sides of the debate, but … Vox recently released a video read on Triclosan isn’t effective
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began drafting guidelines for the use of the popular antibacterial,
triclosan, about 40 years ago.
Two years ago they announced they were ready to implement some much-needed oversight of this chemical. They asked the manufacturers of soaps and body washes to provide
more evidence of both its effectiveness and safety.
Well, those companies came up short. Last …
read on The FDA issues a warning
In my last post about treating heartburn, I mentioned
Pepto-Bismol as one of several inexpensive and readily available over-the-counter treatments.
I also said that anyone who is allergic or sensitive to aspirin should not use
Pepto-Bismol because it contains salicylic acid, or aspirin.
Aspirin is a blood thinner and can cause bleeding in the stomach.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued a consumer … read on
Last week I posted that you should
always ask for a copy of your medical reports.
One of the downsides, of course, is that those reports are often written in medical language that can be confusing or alarming.
But in response to a more savvy patient population, the College of American Pathologists has made a video to explain how the system works and to encourage patients to be involved …