As I begin a week-long hiatus from this blog, I thought I’d leave you with five tales from the medical literature that may strike your funny bone. But not too hard, I hope. I wouldn’t want you to faint.
Health writer and policy wonk Shannon Brownlee and University of California-Davis physician and researcher Michael Wilkes wrote an editorial in Wednesday’s Sacramento Bee that highlights, yet again, the urgent need to develop truly evidence-based gu
Bob Greene, Oprah’s personal trainer, has famously advised her (and her millions of devoted TV viewers and magazine readers) not to eat anything three hours before bedtime when trying to lose weight.He may be on to something.A new study reports that
Here’s some very good news for those of us hoping to stick around for a long, long time: Living into your 90s or beyond doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be spending most of those years enfeebled and frail.According to an article on the “Secrets of th
Get out that tape measure (again).This time, you’ll want to measure your thigh circumference.A team of Dutch researchers has found that having thinner-than-average thighs — specifically, ones that measure less than 21.6 inches — is associat
More news about the placebo effect: British surgeons report that patients who underwent a surgical procedure (lumbar microdiscectomy) for back pain caused by a spinal disc tear (“slipped disc”) had better outcomes when they received fragments of the
Philadelphia writer Meredith Broussard has been on a tear in the last couple of years, trying to point out that many of the most-quoted statistics about food allergies — the ones that have been used to pass legislation on this issue — come from a si
The F-bombs that an upstate New York TV anchor let loose after getting stung by a bee a few days ago while taping a news webcast (see bleeped video above) may have been just what the doctor ordered.
Pharmaceutical companies have discovered an unexpected nemesis in their quest to bring new drugs to market: the placebo.As Steve Silberman reports in a recent article in Wired magazine, the percentage of new pharmaceutical products being scrapped du
A look at rescission (rare in this state), the rate of insurance denial in Minnesota and policy cancellations in the individual market.
From what I understand, Sen. Amy Klobuchar has been waffling when it comes to making up her mind regarding the various health-care-reform proposals before Congress.Maybe somebody should hand her a heavy object to hold.
A study published today in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) raises serious questions about the skyrocketing use in the United States of computed tomography (CT) scans and other diagnostic imaging procedures.The study, which analyzed three
For someone like me, who had a crew of imaginary playmates as a young child (including an owl who perched on my right shoulder and helped me steer clear of trouble whenever I sailed the seas in my cardboard box), the results of a recent study on chi
The evidence that high blood pressure is worrisome for the brain as well as for the heart continues to mount: A study published today in the St.
An argument could be made — and frequently has been made — that the off-label use of certain drugs in certain situations is a good thing.And, indeed, prescribing drugs off-label (for uses not specifically approved by the Food and Drug Administration
Ever been amazed at the servers who can handle complicated restaurant orders at a table of eight or 10 without writing anything down? Then check out the successful memory methods they use to get everyone the right dish.
At least life expectancy in the United States is heading in the right direction.
A document posted by Talking Points Memo shows the extent to which the United Health advocacy team will assist employees and insured members, including advice on writing letters to Congress and talking points for town hall meetings.
I am notorious among my family for having absolutely no sense of direction. The stories they could tell (and do).
Call it Health Reform 101. Two University of Minnesota health-policy experts today translated federal reform efforts for a state Senate committee.