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European Cardiologists Offer To Treat Strokes. Is That Good?

Jun 01 2018 - 06:06

Both Dr. Wells and I often write, as clinicians, about the changing landscape in healthcare, bemoaning how administrators or technologies break the patient-physician relationship. But sometimes there is a self-inflicted wound when physicians for a variety of reasons move away from caring for patients to providing procedures. A presentation at the recent European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions is, unfortunately, a perfect example. (The inclusion of intervention in their title is the first clue that we may have a problem)

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Wanna Get The Opioid Mess All Wrong? Ask Keith Humphreys

May 31 2018 - 20:05

Keith Humphreys, a psychologist, writes about opioids for the Washington Post. But he has an unusual take on the matter. Does Humphreys know what he's talking about? Let's see. 

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Reductionism Gone Awry

May 31 2018 - 10:05

Sometimes a study leaves you gobstruck – and not in a good way. A current article in Circulation: Heart Failure looks at how dietary protein intake impacts the risk of heart failure. Basically, this is a study of 2441 Finnish men age 42 to 60 studied over a mean period of 22 years looking at the incidence of heart failure based on the amount of protein in their diet. Their finding

“In middle-aged men, higher protein intake was marginally associated with increased risk of HF (heart failure).”

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To Predict ‘Next Wave of Drug Abuse,’ FDA Listens To The Internet And Follows The Pills

May 31 2018 - 03:05

Can the FDA's tactics to impact the current opioid problem also predict its successor?

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NFL's Medical Chief: Playing for KC, and Now Also an MD

May 30 2018 - 15:05

This week, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, an NFL offensive lineman, graduated from McGill University’s medical school while an active player for the Kansas City Chiefs. In football's modern era, if not the NFL's entire history, his fascinating accomplishment – the first active player to hold a medical degree – appears to be unprecedented.

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With Consumer Privacy Center Stage, Why Aren’t We Talking About Health Data?

May 30 2018 - 14:05

With the proposed consumer privacy initiative in California a reaction to internet data abuse, it is time, even overdue, to discuss the murky territory once presumed protected health information has entered.

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With Glyphosate, Science Claws Out A Victory In France, While Ramazinni Loses More Credibility In Belgium

May 30 2018 - 11:05

In 2017, French President Emmanuel Macron held fast with his environmental allies against science and declared they would ban the herbicide glyphosate despite the overwhelming consensus on its safety and necessity.

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A Guide To Television Drug Advertising

May 30 2018 - 07:05

The ubiquitous television advertising about prescription drugs is highly structured by the FDA and helps to explain why the speaker is talking so fast at the end of the advertisement. 

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Modern Medicine Bullies Indigenous Knowledge, Journal Argues with Straight Face

May 29 2018 - 22:05

In our postmodern society -- where truth is relative, "fake news" is prevalent, and scientific facts are just an opinion -- it shouldn't come as a surprise that modern medicine is facing a backlash.

Evidence-based medicine, which is supported by a bedrock of biomedical science, literally has saved the lives of billions of people. Yet, modern medicine has been sustaining an assault from multiple fronts in recent years.

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Enviro-Thugs Sue To Keep Natural Food Flavors Out Of Food

May 29 2018 - 14:05

Eight activist environmental groups are being represented by a bunch of lawyers from a group called Earth(in)justice in a lawsuit against the FDA. What do they want? To force the FDA to remove seven food chemicals from its "permitted" artificial flavor list. But there are the same chemicals that are naturally found in all kinds of foods. We use Nanogodzilla to demonstrate pure foolishness. 

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Don't Roast Marshallows Over A Volvanic Eruption

May 29 2018 - 12:05

Americans often make lemonade from lemons, it is part of our cultural. Whereas when Europeans see a nice car, their culture is often in the vein of 'Why should they have a nice car? whereas our culture, no matter your upbringing, can be 'I am going to get a nice car too.'

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Irish Social Media Campaign Increases HPV Vaccination Rates

May 29 2018 - 09:05

How can we get more parents to vaccinate their children? That is one of the questions that keep me and others in the pro-science community awake at night. 

A new correspondence in The Lancet may bring us one step closer to an answer through their analysis of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination program in Ireland that began in 2010. 

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Healthcare's New Math

May 29 2018 - 09:05

OK, time for a pop quiz based upon reading Access Imperative by McKinsey and Company.

Dr. Dan is employed by Big Box Health Care to provide primary care health services 40 hours a week. In the last month, he averaged 24 15-minute appointments daily. 

1. His unused capacity is

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Both High, Low IQ People Drink More

May 28 2018 - 21:05

Intelligent people differ from everyone else in several meaningful ways.

The first is plainly obvious yet somehow still controversial: High IQ people have a different genetic profile. Indeed, intelligence runs in families, and analyses have shown that genetic factors may explain 70 to 80% of the variance in adult intelligence. Second, intelligent people tend to earn more money. And third, the intellectually gifted make different lifestyle choices.

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Food Companies Need To Stop Apologizing For Being In Business

May 28 2018 - 18:05

The departure of Soup CEO Denise Morrison is the fifteenth CEO change at large packaged food in the last two-and-a-half years. What do they all share in common? They apologized for being in business and chased a vocal consumer segment that hates them - the "nocebo" community that seeks out products based on what they claim not to have on the label.

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When Do Environmentalists Not Hate Methane? When It's Rebranded 'Renewable Biogas'

May 28 2018 - 07:05

When environmental activists discovered that it was bad optics to be opposed to natural gas, because it lowered the CO2 emissions they insisted must be lowered drastically or else the apocalypse was nigh, they changed tactics.

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She Liked Synthetic Fertilizer And Wouldn't Like Big Organic Tactics - Happy Birthday Rachel Carson!

May 27 2018 - 08:05

Rachel Carson, who was born on May 27, 1907, and launched the modern environmental movement with her 1962 book “Silent Spring,” was a highly private person. But on one occasion she allowed an interviewer to ask, “What do you eat?” Her sardonic answer: “Chlorinated hydrocarbons like everyone else.”

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Baby Powder IQ Test: California Flunks, While South Carolina Passes

May 25 2018 - 23:05

Baby powder causes cancer in California but not in South Carolina.

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Science For The Win: Golden Rice Gets The Nod From FDA

May 25 2018 - 12:05

In an official response from the U.S.

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The Good and Bad News on Uber's Fatal Crash

May 25 2018 - 10:05

The NTSB's report on Uber's fatal crash is good government in action. And it helps us understand the cause of the accident and improve. 

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