Health News Review
  • Mar 16 2015

    Water fluoridation and ADHD: Newsweek wades into the quagmire

    The following is a guest blog post by Alan Cassels, a pharmaceutical policy researcher at the University of Victoria and the author of Seeking Sickness: Medical Screening and the Misguided Hunt for Disease (Greystone, 2012). The opinions are his; you are welcome to your own. No randomized trial has ever been done to prove if adding [...]

  • Dec 5 2013

    Over-reacting to French president’s BPH: a pissing match over a benign condition?

    The Telegraph reports: “President François Hollande of France admitted on Wednesday that he had surgery in 2011 on a swollen prostate just before he ran for office, igniting fresh debate over how honest French leaders are about their health problems.” Really? In my mind, what has been re-ignited is miscommunication about prostate health issues. I [...]

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  • Oct 9 2013

    Beware the polyp police

    Alan Cassels of British Columbia writes, “The polyp police are coming.” He explores the introduction of a new Provincial Colon Screening Program in British Columbia. And he raises many questions in a very thoughtful analysis: “Does a polyp automatically mean a death sentence? Not at all—only about 2.5 polyps in a thousand will progress to [...]

  • Oct 1 2012

    The Silly Season – tick, tick, tick in the desperate countdown to Election Day

    Harold DeMonaco, MS is one of our most active story reviewers and is fast becoming one of our most active guest bloggers as well.  Here is his latest opinion column. ———————————————————- Given the extremes on both sides of the aisle this political season, no ad campaign by either side should be surprising.  At least that’s [...]

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  • Sep 19 2012

    Food wars…and politics

    The following is a guest post submitted by Harold DeMonaco, MS, one of our story reviewers on  The opinions are his. US Representative Steve King (R) of Iowa has introduced a bill (No Hungry Kids Act, H.R. 6418) that would effectively repeal recent US Department of Agriculture guidelines for maximum calories contained in school [...]

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  • Aug 7 2012

    Guest post: Bewitched, bothered and bewildered

    The following is a guest post submitted by Harold DeMonaco, MS, one of our expert story reviewers for  The opinions stated are his. —————————————————————————————— I, like many, read the internet version of my local newspaper.  And in doing so, I am provided with an opportunity to view the comments of my fellow residents on [...]

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  • Jul 12 2012

    Marketing and politicizing menopause

    The Associated Press reported this week on the marketing of a new line of menopause products – “a line of products that target 50 million American women who are or will soon go through menopause. Priced between $3.99 and $7.99, the line includes lubricant for vaginal dryness, panty freshener stickers and feminine wash for odor [...]

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  • Jul 10 2012

    A glimpse of Senate sausage-making: Hatch & supplements

    The following is a guest post by Dr. Bradley Flansbaum, who blogs on The Hospitalist Leader, is a Hospitalist at Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City and is active in health policy at local and national levels. ——————————————————————————– Given the cost restraints our health system must undergo, it is incumbent on our elected officials [...]

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  • Jul 2 2012

    Guest post: be wary of legislation to have the foxes guard the health care hen house.

    The following is a guest post from Dr. Richard Hoffman, MD, MPH, one of our reviewers. ———————————————————————— We live in interesting times.  Last week, the Supreme Court largely upheld the Affordable Care Act.* Two weeks ago, legislation (H.R. 5998) was introduced that threatens the autonomy of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. The legislation [...]

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  • Jun 19 2012

    US health care: “haven for many, but sick Americans often jilted” – proton beam therapy a case in point

    The National Association for Proton Therapy states that there are currently 10 proton beam radiation facilities operating in the US, with 5 more under construction and 2 “in development.” Currently, the UK has none, but the National Health Service has announced plans to build centers in Manchester and London.  Until then, the NHS says it [...]

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