Archive | December, 2007

Genetic testing, one of the newer frauds.

December 29, 2007

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A story in Bioethics International notes that a simple cheek swab can tell you about your ancestry. A bit of blood can tell you how likely you are to get cancer or heart disease. The problem is whether anyone can interpret the test in a way that will help those tested make sense of the […]

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Combating Poverty: the Ccharade of Development Aid

December 21, 2007

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This is the time of year in the USA when we are exhorted to give to the less fortunate. How often do we ask whether what we gives makes a difference. The helping agencies are full of anecdotes, but there is little evidence they make much difference. The behaviors which result in dependency rarely change. […]

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Health Unied States 2007

December 20, 2007

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The latest version of “Health- United States” for 2007 has just been published. In its highlights the authors state “The United States spends more on health per capita than any other country, and U.S. health spending continues to increase, though the rate of increase has slowed for the third consecutive year. Spending increases are due […]

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Too much screening.

December 19, 2007

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The Newsmedia are full of Ads. to recommend that you be screened for multiple conditions, with the intent that screening improves your health status. Now, from the the Royal Society of Medicine. Professor Wald questions the promotion, often by insurance companies, for screening tests which have no real benefit and which may even be harmful. […]

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US Most in need of health system change

December 19, 2007

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In a 7 country survey of health system performance, as seen by recipients of care, the USA finished dead last. When will we some some sensible move toward change instead of the little steps recommended by most presidential contenders?

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Improving early detection of HIV infection

December 17, 2007

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Researchers at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University have created a first-ever educational video on rapid HIV testing. The video – available for free online – is aimed at increasing testing rates and slowing the spread of HIV/AIDS, one of the deadliest epidemics in recorded history

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Surprise! Surprise! COPD up in women

December 17, 2007

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A new review just published in the American Journal of Respiratory Diseases shows that COPD from chronic bronchitis and emphysema is rising in women. They are catching up with and exceeding men as they continue to smoke while men are slowing down their smoking. Sometimes we need to learn from each other, not just repeat […]

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Child Mortality Worldwide

December 14, 2007

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There has been much international attention focused on MDG-4β€”to reduce under-5 mortality by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015. There is still a huge disparity between the industrialized countries and the rest of the world.

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Diet, Exercise & Death

December 13, 2007

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Another study, published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine [NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study; Arch Intern Med. 2007;167(22):2461-2468], again confirms the value of a mediterranean style diet and exercise in reducing the chance of death within the next 5 years.

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TB has been around for a whlie.

December 12, 2007

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We learn, from anthropological studies at the U. Texas today that Tb may have been around for 500,000 years. It just won’t go away.

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