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].
A couple of years ago I toured the research lab of Stuart McGill, Ph.D., professor of kinesiology at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, and a burly Scot who is widely recognized as the smartest man working when it comes to the science of
This month, a bill was introduced in the Minnesota House that would require the development of a mental-health curriculum for middle and high schools. The bill, authored by Rep.
Tomorrow’s health-care summit may well devolve into bad theater, but one of the few areas of agreement at its start will be bipartisan support for employers and the government to get in on the promotion of prevention and wellness.
The placebo phenomenon is very real.
But it’s how a placebo is administered — the entire “psychological context” of receiving it — and not just the “dummy” pill (or treatment) itself, that makes the placebo effect work, according to a new, large revi
Using blunt language, a British parliamentary panel recommended today that the U.K.’s government-run National Health Service (NHS) stop funding homeopathic remedies.
“[E]xplanations for why homeopathy would work are scientifically implausible,” the p
If, like me, you sometimes wonder if the time you spend on the Internet is stealthily wreaking havoc with your brain, you’ll be relieved to read the latest article in Slate by Vaughan Bell, the British neuropsychologist and intrepid blogger (Mind Ha
When you have the time over the next few days, I recommend that you read Chris Jones’ moving article in Esquire about Pulitizer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert’s eight-year struggle with thyroid cancer.
The article, which is beautifully written
Has a divide developed between physicians and patients regarding routine screening mammograms?
Apparently, if the results of an online survey described this week in an editorial in the Annals of Internal Medicine are to be believed.
As widely (and so
With a wedding looming on the horizon in my own family, I read with amusement as well as interest New Scientist writer Linda Geddes’ recent account of how she turned her wedding last July into a remarkable little science experiment to, as she put it,