Good for them

From today's Wall Street Journal, Surgery Journal Threatens Ban for Authors' Hidden Conflicts (subscription required, emphases mine):

With conflicts of interest increasingly casting doubt on the credibility of medical research, a leading surgery journal is cracking down on authors who fail to disclose links to industry, threatening to temporarily blacklist them.

The surgical society that owns the journal approved the penalties for "future violations" after learning that researchers ...


Do you have boarders in your hospital?

Adding up the numbers of malpractice, with a twist.

Ethics blogging.

Dr. Maurice Bernstein's series on Human Dignity: Parts I, II, III, and IV.

And analyzes the stem cell research scandal.

A woman accuses Letterman of using coded words and gestures to harass her.

Think that Medicine was easier in the 1970's? Think again.

An alternative to glasses, contacts or Lasik.

Yes, coffee is good for you. Red wine, too. Now, barley.

"Dark Chocolate Helps Counter Heart Damage from Smoking"

"A new Swiss study [Swiss? That's like Greenland doing a study on snow...] finds a little dark chocolate each day could slow hardening of the arteries in smokers."

It appears that they had male smokers abstain from any food items rich in antioxidants for one day, then had them eat 1.5 ounces of either white or dark chocolate. ...


Proof that drug use is not a victimless crime.

On birth announcements

From today's Wall Street Journal, a thought provoking article (subscription only) on how a couple revealed the birth of their child with a disability, specifically Down syndrome:

For new parents, the birth announcement is a chance to define their child to the world. But when a child is born with a disability, parents often struggle to find the words. And today, with medical advances continuing and more educational and ...


Immunization programs actually work.

From stem cell research to suicidal grasshoppers, New Scientist links to the top medical news stories of the year.

"A difficult pregnancy"

``As far as we can find out,'' Lavin said, ``she's the only person in the world who has had'' two procedures to treat fibroids ``and got pregnant -- at least the only reported case we have been able to find.''

When Claudette and Danny Hopkins, who live in West Akron, were married two decades ago, they were in their early 20s. Like many young couples, they dreamed of starting ...


"Mothers and grandmothers have long warned that chilling the surface of the body, through wet clothes, feet and hair, causes common cold symptoms to develop."

Oh, no - don't tell me that scientists have finally shown that Mom was right to yell at us for running around outside with only a "light jacket" on!

"Now researchers in Cardiff, Wales, say they can prove drops in temperature to ...


Happy Holidays!

Also posted on KidneyNotes.

Happy Holidays!

Today's link is Simon Sez Santa, a close relative of Subservient Chicken.

Also posted on KidneyNotes.

From The New York Times:

For years, the biotechnology giant Amgen has wielded a near monopoly over its industry's most lucrative franchise, the anemia drugs on which hundreds of thousands of American kidney and cancer patients and their insurers spend billions of dollars each year. But now, Amgen's money machine is coming under attack.

A host of companies - ranging from the Swiss ...


Also posted on KidneyNotes.

Via The Indian Express:

Thirty-year-old Surendra Das, a rickshaw-puller, died on Friday night after remaining on dialysis for 20 days. This was after a doctor near his village in Munhar allegedly took out his lone kidney while removing his appendix.

Police, however, say Dr R P Gupta did it unknowingly...
Technorati Tags: Kidneys, Kidney Transplantation, India

"Twentysomethings Seeking Eternal Youth"

Excuse me while I direct the Choir of the Middle-Aged in our choral response to all the young people out there spending their hard-earned dollars on anti-aging creams and potions (takes the podium and raises his baton):

"Har de har har!!"

Mair Underwood, an Australian researcher who's examined attitudes about aging among boomers...applauds people who want to take better care of themselves, ...


Stanford University researchers have identified a hormone that supresses appetite!

Named "obestatin" (how apropos), when injected into rats it supressed their food intake. [How'd you like to be the graduate student assigned to collect those data?]

One expert, though, is sounding a note of caution on these exciting findings:

"The effect of obestatin on body weight seems to be relatively limited, said Professeor Matthias Tschop of ...


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