Category Archives: Medicine

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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Psychiatric Diagnoses Are “Scientifically Meaningless”

Tweet A new study, published in Psychiatry Research, has concluded that psychiatric diagnoses are scientifically worthless as tools to identify discrete mental health disorders. Lead researcher Dr Kate Allsopp, University of Liverpool, said: “Although diagnostic labels create the illusion of an explanation they are scientifically meaningless and can create stigma and prejudice. I hope these findings…


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Women Physicians Make Less Than Male Doctors

Tweet Medscape is a web publication geared towards physicians. They have examined the disparity between the income difference between men and women physicians. The latter make less. This is similar to the differences in earning noted in other occupations. They issue an annual  physician compensation report. The 2019 report is here. According to their 2019…


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The Dozen Most Important Advances in Medicine

Tweet Below are what I think the most important advances in medicine since there was such a discipline. With the exception of the first development they are not listed by importance. But the first is so important that it out ranks all the remaining 11 combined. Many of the following discoveries are interrelated. The reader…


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Elderly Go Blind as NHS Ignores Eye Surgery Rationing Advice

Tweet The startling title is the headline from an article in the Times of London. Below are the first two paragraphs from the story: Tens of thousands of elderly people are left struggling to see because of an NHS cost-cutting drive that relies on them dying before they can qualify for cataract surgery, senior doctors…


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