The F.D.A. has given approval for the oral medication letrozole to be used as an adjuvant hormone treatment for post-menopausal women with early-stage breast cancer.
Now both letrozole and its competitor anastrozole have been shown to improve relapse-free survival compared with the old standard of care, tamoxifen.
What's the downside, one might ask? In addition to increasing the risk of osteoporosis, these two newer drugs have another ...
It's all false: "The South Korean scientist who became a national hero over supposedly pioneering stem cell research fabricated all his data, experts decided today."
From the Oswego County Business, The Malpractice Mess: A Consumer's Opinion (emphasis mine):
I submit, and I hear the howls of disagreement already, that physicians are allowed too much leeway in treatment options. I submit that the establishment of detailed protocols for treatment"”very detailed protocols"”would eliminate a lot of lawsuits. If, for example, the protocols required a brain scan of any middle aged man suddenly presenting with ...
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From The New York Times:
A former nurse who pleaded guilty to killing 29 patients at hospitals in New Jersey and Pennsylvania has received permission to donate a kidney to an acquaintance in New York, as long as he first appears at his own sentencing.
Technorati Tags: Kidney Transplantation, Transplantation
, Charles Cullen
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.
Dr. Maurice Bernstein's series on Human Dignity: Parts I, II, III, and IV.
And blog.bioethics.net analyzes the stem cell research scandal.
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.
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 ...
From stem cell research to suicidal grasshoppers, New Scientist links to the top medical news stories of the year.
"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 ...
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Today's link is Simon Sez Santa, a close relative of Subservient Chicken.