Health News Review
  • Oct 12 2011

    Newt Gingrich’s dangerous political rhetoric on prostate cancer screening

    The New York Times reports about last night’s televised debate among Republican presidential candidates: Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, condemned a proposal of a government task force to end routine tests for prostate cancer in men, saying it would cause deaths. But the panel that made the recommendation concluded the test itself has caused [...]

  • Jul 6 2011

    Another round of state laws mandating screening tests “that may have little effect on outcomes”

    USA Today reports on 14 states considering some move toward mandating a newborn test looking for signs of congenital heart disease. Excerpt: “The tests aren’t always accurate, however, and some doctors say they will prompt follow-up tests that could prove expensive — perhaps as much as $1,500. “No question about it raising health care costs, [...]

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  • May 31 2011

    Radioactive health care debate: MN moratorium on radiation treatment centers

    In the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, Christopher Snowbeck reports, “Health care debate that’s radioactive: where to build the region’s radiation treament centers.” Excerpts: “…radiation treatment centers… cost millions of dollars to build and have been the subject of fierce debates in Minnesota about where they should be located and who should be allowed to operate [...]

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  • Apr 25 2011

    Free colonoscopies that may cost – in the end – and a big pharma Supreme Court case

    From Kaiser Health News, Harris Meyer reports, “Under Health Law, Colonoscopies Are Free–But It Doesn’t Always Work That Way .” It’s another quirk in the Affordable Care Act. (A bigger one, which continues to evade much public scrutiny, is how coverage is based on recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force – all EXCEPT [...]

  • Mar 2 2011

    New York City politics and unproven cancer screening funding

    The New York Times reports: “Every year, the Brain Tumor Foundation bombards the City Council with stories of loved ones lost, frightening statistics about the prevalence of cancer and pledges to “literally save the lives of your constituents.” And each year, the Council responds, turning down food banks, after-school programs and arts groups in favor [...]

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  • Feb 28 2011

    Former fed staffer asks: will science finally trump politics on PSA testing?

    Dr. Kenny Lin writes: On March 10 and 11, the (U.S. Preventive Services) Task Force will meet in person for the first time in eight months to once again take up prostate cancer and several other topics that were unable to be addressed due to its previous meeting’s cancellation. I no longer work for AHRQ [...]

  • Feb 23 2011

    Minnesota Public Radio applies truth squad to former Gov’s health care claims

    Minnesota Public Radio’s Lorna Benson recently reported: “As he prepares for a possible run for the presidency, former Gov. Tim Pawlenty has been touting the success of Minnesota’s home-grown health reforms during his national book tour. Pawlenty, a Republican, said the state has designed a good blueprint for reining in costs that the rest of [...]

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  • Jan 26 2011

    Osteoporosis screening recommendation: was there a delay and, if so, why?

    Last week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced that it “now recommends screening for osteoporosis in women ages 65 years and older and in younger women whose fracture risk is equal to or greater than that of a 65-year-old white woman who has no additional risk factors. The recommendation appeared in the January [...]

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  • Jan 13 2011

    Bioethicist reminds Cheney about value of tax-funded R&D & of advance directives

    Penn bioethicist Art Caplan writes on the Science Progress website (a project of the Center for American Progress) about how former VP Dick Cheney has benefited from a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) to assist his failing heart. Excerpts: ” As Cheney resumes his active role in GOP politics, is he aware that the only [...]

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  • Dec 22 2010

    Durenberger: “At no time in our history have we been more dependent on good reporting “

    I always enjoy former US Senator David Durenberger’s newsletter from the National Institute on Health Policy. I would recommend that readers of this blog subscribe to it. Durenberger was one of the Senate’s leading voices on health policy during his time on the Hill – a voice that continues to resonate with many today. So [...]

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