Category Archives: Medicine

The Common Good

Tweet Conservatives Need To Support Labor As Much As They Support Capital Formation is a piece by Jon Schweppe. In it he argues for policies which he thinks will benefit the common good. He thinks that the government should encourage the well being of workers and that such a stance should be supported by conservatives…


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Plague in the US

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Tweet A recent TV segment (it’s at the end of this article) commented on the recent occurrence of four cases in China of plague over the past month. The medical expert interviewed on the show expressed concern that given the extent of travel from China to the US that the disease might spread here. He…


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Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendations Change Yet Again

Tweet The US Preventive Services Task Force is as fickle an organization as can be found in medicine. Consider their position about prostate cancer it seems to change more often than an infant’s diaper. Their latest pronunciamento on the subject is summarized below. Their full statement is at the end of this piece. Part of…


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Anginal Anarchy

Tweet An article in a medical newsletter I regularly receive Not so Fast: How to Avoid Bias Toward Stents in Managing SIHD describes the unnecessary revascularization of coronary arteries in patients with many patients with SIHD (stable ischemic heart disease). The author of the piece is, of all things, an interventional cardiologist. She quotes several…


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Dog Ownership and Survival

Tweet The title of this piece is that of an article in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes. The findings below are taken from that article. WHAT IS KNOWN Dog ownership has been associated with decreased cardiovascular risk. A series of studies has suggested associations of dog ownership with lower blood…


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Unprocessed Red Meat and Processed Meat Consumption

Tweet Unprocessed Red Meat and Processed Meat Consumption: Dietary Guideline Recommendations From the Nutritional Recommendations Consortium is an article published this month in  the Annals of Internal Medicine. It examines the potential benefits and harms of eating red meat and processed meats. Like most dietary recommendations both in the popular and medical press opinions about…


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Does a Physician Need to Attend College?

Tweet There have been a spate of articles about the value of a college education. Most conclude that its value resides solely in a piece of paper that gets its owner a higher paying job. They go on to declare that most jobs really gain nothing from a college education. All of them allow that…


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Dietary Research

Tweet Fat is one of the side effects of capitalism and freedom. Humans evolved under conditions where the search for food was constant. Accordingly, we were programmed to be always hungry. Now that food is available in many parts of the world in almost limitless quantities and at low cost, many of us are too…


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What is Drug Addiction?

Tweet The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) believes that drug addiction exists, while the psychiatrist’s handbook, the DSM 5, doesn’t use the term. The public and their political representatives believe addiction to be a major problem. Though there’s no reason to think they understand the issue any better than the doctors who make a…


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The ESRD Program and Single Payer Medicine

Tweet In 1972 the nephrology community convinced congress to pay for the treatment of patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD). Thus, the federal government assumed fiscal responsibility for chronic dialysis and kidney transplantation. We sold the program by telling congress that it would save lives (true) and that it would not be very expensive…


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