Health News Review
  • Feb 3 2013

    A few health care news gems from the past week that you may have missed

    The New Yorker profile of Dr. Oz, “The Operator: Is the most trusted doctor in America doing more harm than good?” The NPR piece, “Hanging A Price Tag On Radiology Tests Didn’t Change Doctors’ Habits.” PharmedOut.org’s new Drug Ads teaching tool.  It’s a three-part slideshow covering misleading advertising in  medical journals, indirect marketing, and disease-mongering; [...]

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  • Dec 3 2012

    Critic calls American Psychiatric Assoc. approval of DSM-V “a sad day for psychiatry”

    Dr. Allen Frances writes that the American Psychiatric Association approval of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual this past weekend marks “a sad day for psychiatry.“  Frances, psychiatry professor emeritus at Duke, chaired the DSM-4 task force. He lists the top ten changes that he says should be ignored: “I would suggest [...]

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  • Nov 29 2012

    New poster child for disease-mongering? Do you have a pre-cold?

    One of our readers tipped us off to what he called “a new poster child for overtreatment.”  We’ll call it disease-mongering. It’s the website of the drug company promoting Zicam. The new pitch promotes Zicam for “pre-colds.” What’s a Pre-Cold™?, the website asks, anticipating our astute question. Well, as you can see, it’s a term [...]

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  • Nov 27 2012

    Researchers examine web promotion of female genital cosmetic surgery

    Last week, the online journal BMJ Open published a paper, “An analysis of the content and clinical implications of online advertisements for female genital cosmetic surgery.“  The researchers examined “the breadth, depth and quality of clinical information communicated to women” on 10 popular provider websites that promoted female genital cosmetic surgery (FGCS).  Their conclusion: “The [...]

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  • Nov 21 2012

    Female orgasmic disorder? CBC airs indepth disease-mongering discussion

    The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s (CBC) program, The Current, reported: “Drug to treat Female Orgasmic Disorder under speculation.” The brief program description: “Trials of a new drug to help treat a condition known as female orgasmic disorder are underway in Canada. But critics say there’s no such thing, and this is really about drug manufacturing and [...]

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  • Nov 16 2012

    Up the nose…in the armpit…what else can you do with testosterone?

    Putting the update at the top:  hours after posting this, I’ve now been told there are, indeed, anal testosterone suppositories. Thanks to Leonore Tiefer for this tip: The newest “female sexual dysfunction drug” hitting the PR waves is a nasal testosterone gel in clinical trials in the US, Canada and Australia. The Dinah Project website [...]

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  • Nov 14 2012

    “Softening the beaches before amphibious assault with a new drug”

    On Twitter, that’s how Alan Cassels – drug policy researcher at the University of Victoria, British Columbia – referred to the Wall Street Journal’s reporting in this column, “Emerging Type of Heartburn Defies Drugs, Diagnosis.” And I see what he means. First, the column sets you up with the numbers game: Some 44% of Americans [...]

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  • Oct 22 2012

    Pizza Mouth Burn: A plague to humankind

    Strolling through the Google News Health section can be an exercise in disease-mongering.  Harold DeMonaco, one of our story reviewers, ran across a story that he thought read more like it was written for the Onion rather than NBCNews.com. Here are his thoughts. ————————————————————— I suspect that most of us have fallen victim to “Pizza [...]

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  • Oct 5 2012

    Stephen Colbert: Cheating death…and battling Low T

    Oh, this is a classic. My favorite line:  “The numbers don’t lie….or explain anything about what they mean!”   The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Cheating Death – Low T www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor & Satire Blog Video Archive

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  • Jul 18 2012

    Blog says pre-diabetes emphasis is “manufacturing diabetes”

    The PharmaWatch Canada blog published an article, “Manufacturing Diabetes,” about the increasing focus on pre-diabetes: “Canadians are being bombarded with dire warnings about the skyrocketing number of people with diabetes – an “economic tsunami” according to the pharma-friendly Canadian Diabetes Association. … The diagnosis of pre-diabetes is bad news for patients and their families, most [...]

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