Genius and madness

They may be, in fact, linked:

They say there's a fine line between genius and madness.

Painter Van Gogh and author Jack Kerouac were both hailed as geniuses but displayed self-destructive behaviour.

Now scientists have discovered a gene which is linked to both intelligence and one of the most common forms of madness - schizophrenia.

It could explain why some of the world's foremost minds have ...


When ambulances only go out for 10 percent of 999 (UK's equivalent of 911) calls?


For "dysphoric social attention consumption deficit anxiety disorder". Pretty funny. (via PharmaGossip)

Dr. RW takes a critical look at assertions of Big Pharma disease mongering.

They're two of the sexiest jobs.

the rumors were true integrates the many views of this debate, and proposes some solutions.

Health care lawyer Bob Coffield posts an upcoming presentation on his blog. Excellent overview with great links.

Ves Dimov
also has a similar presentation.

alli (OTC orlistat)

Much has been made from this announcement. Scare-monger Sidney Wolfe is calling this the "height of recklessness." It mildly works - but I don't anticipate this being the miracle weight-loss cure. Let's look a bit closer at the drug - note the numbers below are for the prescription version (120mg). The OTC version (60mg) supposedly has 85% of the efficacy.


Exotic trips to the Amazon:

Novartis South Africa has entrusted the complete production of its 2007 sales incentive trip to Stephanie Moss Solutions. The pharmaceutical company is sending its top achievers on a thrilling excursion to South America, where they will soak up the sun in Rio and go Piranha fishing in the Amazon jungle.
(via PharmaGossip)

She was given the wrong dose of epinephrine for a food allergy.

Revised anti-smoking guidelines are imminent. Is quitting cold-turkey getting the shaft?

Now debate is growing about that evidence, and about who should be entrusted to interpret it. Some public-health officials say industry-funded doctors are ignoring other studies that suggest cold turkey is just as effective or even superior to nicotine patches and other pharmaceuticals over the long run, not to mention cheaper . . .

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Hydrofluoric acid burn

Pretty severe burn requiring intraarterial calcium as part of the treatment:

A 45-year-old healthy man was involved in demolishing an industrial plant in which glass had been etched. He was exposed to a reservoir of 70% hydrofluoric acid while repairing a pipeline. He was admitted to the intensive care unit for second-degree and third-degree burns from hydrofluoric acid affecting 30% of his body-surface area, including both hands, ...


Kind of how politicians here don't use Medicare:

Almost four out of ten GPs have so little faith in the Health Service that they would rather be treated privately, a survey shows today.

Of the 600 family doctors questioned, 28 per cent have actually taken out private medical insurance to avoid being treated on the NHS, and a further 10 per cent said they would opt for private ...

Read more... on the psychological issues astronauts face.

Applause to those who continue the good fight of keeping personal responsibility a part of health care:

For Racer's and Micali's views to prevail will be an uphill fight. These views will require Americans to take responsibility for their health, to become sophisticated health care shoppers, to choose between health care competitors, and to overcome the notion that health care is a special entitlement, immune to market forces and ...


Too bad there aren't enough midwives. More NHS follies.

For those who continue to think there is an association with vaccines and autism:

Perhaps the key fact, which has garnered little attention, is that thimerosal has been removed from vaccines in this and other countries for many years, with no obvious impact on the incidence of autism.

Some OBs think so:

Flamm says that notwithstanding the WHO recommendation -- which followed the same official U.S. health recommendations in the Healthy People 2000 initiative -- there isn't enough data to say what the appropriate C-section rate should be.

"Some of my colleagues think it should be higher," Flamm says. "I have heard some doctors say that all women should have babies by C-section, that vaginal births are ...


She was sent home twice for flu-like symptoms without antibiotics. This will make me think twice about doing the same:

The award stems from the March 1999 death of Mary O'Sullivan, an Irish immigrant who went to Newport Hospital three times in four days with flu-like symptoms and ended up dying of complications from streptococcus pneumonia, Decof said.

The lawsuit claimed that Dr. Charles L. Stengel, who ...


Are Christmas parties to blame?

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