Although all studies have their flaws, randomized clinical trials are generally considered the gold standard when it comes to determining the effectiveness of medical treatments and interventions.
For quite some time, experts have been debating how much and how hard people need to exercise to reap the potentially huge health benefits associated with physical activity — things like a lower risk of heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers.
Rep. Michele Bachmann has warned that passage of the health-care reform legislation would result in a huge jump in the number of abortions in the United States. Is that true?
Almost all — some 94 percent — of the researchers who published favorable medical journal studies and commentaries on the controversial diabetes drug rosiglitazone had financial ties with pharmaceutical companies that manufacture it or similar drugs,
Earlier this week, University of Minnesota journalism professor Gary Schwitzer wrote an open memo on his blog (HealthNewsReview) to Harry Smith and CBS News regarding the network’s televised report last week of Smith’s colonoscopy:Dear Harry, There’s
Although I’ve never read the late Roald Dahl’s ghost stories and other works of adult fiction, nor his autobiographical volumes, I’m a huge fan of his children’s books (such classics as “James and the Giant Peach,” “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”
Americans spend about $10 billion each year on vitamin and mineral supplements.
Are we spending our money wisely? Or, as the Guardian newspaper put it, are we just “flushing our money down the toilet”?
It’s looking more and more like the latter.
With so many young women I personally know having babies this year, I read with both anger and dismay Amnesty International’s damning report about pregnancy and childbirth care in the United States.
Released last Friday, the report, aptly titled “Dea
Health Affairs editor Susan Dentzer charges that “America is guilty of child abuse” for allowing almost one in three of its children to become either overweight or obese.
Part of the stimulus package passed last year by Congress included $1.1 billion for something called comparative effectiveness research — studies that directly compare the benefits and harms of different medications, medical devices, diagnostic tests
In her online column this week, Newsweek science writer Sharon Begley reports on a soon-to-be-published study whose findings should make even the greenest shopper among us engage in some deep self-reflection.
The study (which received a bit of press
A review of his lawyer’s quote among relevant doctors elicited a common clinical impression — as one put it, it’s like saying because he’s alive, one day he’s going to die.
Women around the world were shouting “Cheers!” to Tuesday’s news reports about a study that found that women who drink moderate amounts of alcohol (a drink or two daily, particularly red wine) gain less weight at midlife than women who don’t drink at
As Paul Scott pointed out in this space last week, President Obama’s recent annual physical checkup stirred up some long-brewing controversy about the value of two medical screening tests: the computed tomographic (CT) scan for coronary calcium and t
Just a couple of months ago, Baby Boomers got the good news that despite growing up on rock ‘n’ roll, their hearing is, on average, much better than that of their parents’ generation.
But that finding didn’t mean hearing loss has stopped being a comm
Of all the interventions at our disposal in preventive medicine, there’s likely no greater opportunity for reducing disease than for a physician to encourage a patient to quit smoking.
After his physical last weekend, we learned that the president
Thirteen people died when the 35W bridge collapsed in August of 2007.
Yesterday’s post looked at the issues relevant to health-care reform raised by the fact of the president’s recent annual physical, starting with the act of getting an annual physical exam in the first place. The U.S.
It can’t be easy to be president. Your zone of privacy is so very small — and we want to know everything. Given that context, it seems obnoxious to stand in judgment of the president’s having recently undergone a physical exam [PDF].