Most Angioplasties Unneeded, According to New Study
Half a million patients a year with chest pain are getting unnecessarily or prematurely treated with stents to open blocked arteries when drugs are just as effective, according to an upcoming study in the New England Journal of Medicine.Stenting i...
Thank You Daily Interview for Grand Rounds 4.22
I am an interview junkie so I love the blog Daily Interview, who hosted Grand Rounds this week. Thanks for including my interview with US Surgeon General Richard Carmona in a fascinating round up of excellent writing!
Low Carb Diets Don't Raise Risk of Heart Disease
A recent Harvard University study investigated the impact of low carbohydrate and low fat diets on heart disease. The study found that the rate of heart disease was no greater for those following a low-carb diet than for those following a low-fat...
Healthline Analysis: Election 2008 - Clinton's Health Plan
As First Lady in the 1990's, Hillary Clinton introduced an ambitious plan for universal health care coverage as the head of then President Clinton's Task Force On National Health Care Reform. The plan failed for any number of reasons, and Clinton...
Tourette Syndrome: It's Not all Swearing
Tourette Syndrome has become popularized in the media - characterized by people blurting out obscenities at inopportune moments. But the truth of Tourette Syndrome is that it is a complex and sometimes subtle neurological disorder. There is a gen...
Why Men are Like Ostriches When it Comes to Their Health
National Men's Health Week: If you ask a brother, father, husband or son the last time they had a check up, you may get a few flailing waves. When it comes to health, men have their heads in the sand. And if you think what you don’t know won’t hur...
National Problem Gambling Awareness Week
Okay, I don't know a whole lot about gambling and I'm probably one of the few people whose favorite part of Vegas was the endless all-you-can-eat buffets. The fact however is that even though most people can separate themselves from the bells, sir...
Take the Stairs - It Might Save Your Life
If you can't find the time for regular exercise, just building extra steps into your day through simple activities like taking the stairs might save your life. Cancer, diabetes, heart problems, arthritis and premature death can all be prevented b...
World TB Day: March 24 - 82% of US cases in ethnic minorities
Dr. Robert Koch announced the discovery of the bacteria that causes Tuberculosis on this day in 1882. Today, public health officials are calling for elimination of the disease. While some in our country want to act as if race is no longer an issue...
Labeling Changes...What Now?
Just yesterday the FDA sent out a press release announcing a proposal to make some labeling changes to Over-the-Counter (OTC) pain relievers and anti-pyretics taken by mouth (that is, not including topical liniments or rubs). If you're curious and...