When it comes to medical fundraising on social media, you may be gambling with the highest of stakes.
With hospital accreditation in itself big business, it might be time for some oversight of such oversight.
For years a group of academics, bureaucrats and self-appointed addiction experts backed by the CDC - a government agency quite far over its head scientifically - put their collective heads together and their collective noses where they don't belong. The result was predictable, By any measure, The 2016 CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, has been an abysmal failure. Here are what is wrong with it and some ways to undo the damage.
Celebrities Vs. Science: Pierce Brosnan Shouldn't Be Hosting The Breakthrough Prize Ceremony on National Geographic
Would GlaxoSmithKline hire Robert De Niro to host an award ceremony for vaccine research? Would Unilever hire Gwyneth Paltrow for awards on food science? That would be equivalent to what the Breakthrough Prize is doing by paying Pierce Brosnan.
An Ounce of Prevention May Not Yield a Pound of Cure - The Finances of Medicare's Diabetes Prevention Program
Medicare's Diabetes Prevention Program pays hospitals to teach patients at risk for diabetes more healthful eating habits. For at least one of the hospitals, it is not an easy goal to accomplish and it costs more than it pays or perhaps saves.
Some studies are so incredibly stupid, that one wonders how they managed to get published in any scientific journal, let alone a prestigious one. And yet, it has happened, once again. A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine claims that eating organic food will reduce a person's risk of developing cancer. That's right. Magic prevents cancer.
Another observational study of organic food, but it is from the French, the culture behind "fine dining." The paper's claims are greater than their proofs. Another paper from a "high impact" journal shedding shade.
Loss of bone density can be a significant issue for adults later in life. A new study found that those who regularly played sports as children and teens had stronger bones as an adult, as compared to those who gave up sports or never played them to begin with.
"Unreasonable": Superior Court Judge Signals She's Going To Gut Glyphosate Cancer Judgment
A Superior Court judge seems ready to throw out not only a $250 million punitive judgment against Monsanto, which makes a weedkiller using glyphosate, but even to reduce the $39 million in compensation to $9 million. Most likely she will order a new trial.
Now, Disney Princesses and films are under attack. We are straying further and further away from what most impacts child development as a source of adult challenges.
After their latest ad campaign, we forced British company Smirnoff to admit they did not believe GMOs were a health concern, nor that non-GMO vodka is suddenly a healthy product.
Treating heart disease requires physicians to identify a 70% blockage. But it turns out that they overestimate blockages and that results in, perhaps, more procedures than necessary.
Smokers, like the rest of us, believe that a small reward today is worth a bigger penalty in the future. Smokers also believe that this future is further away than non-smokers. In sum, "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."
Errors in our scientific beliefs are not always due to Big Industry and their evil intents. Science is a human enterprise, constrained by human foibles. Sometimes we just get it wrong.
The Trump administration’s proposed to “Blue Aproning” the SNAP food program. We shouldn't let politics, on either side of the aisle distract us from talking about food distribution and how to help small, rather than large American business.
Among the latest fads are specialty salts, which are sold as if they are magic potions by the same people who are always selling magic potions. Sea salt is one of them. The real of the product should be "Throw Sea Salt and Money Over Your Shoulder."
Roundup can only affect the shikimate pathway in plants, so how can it be argued the weedkiller harms bees? By invoking the mystical, ill-defined "microbiome." What's next, their chakras?
Clinical guidelines are increasingly influential but are written by experts in the field. Are guidelines a faithful compilation of evidence or biased, perhaps self-serving, self-regulation? Dr. John Ioannidis, one of medicine's important voices, weighs in.
The Trump Administration believes that TV ads for pharmaceutical drugs should display the list price. This is a step in the right direction toward lowering the cost of healthcare. However, the Administration might want to consider banning direct-to-consumer advertising altogether.