Health News Review
  • Jul 7 2011

    “Creepy” invasion of pharma into patient-targeted social media space

    Marilyn Mann is a very smart woman. She’s a securities lawyer. But she’s also educated herself about health care out of necessity. She’s a breast cancer survivor and she has a daughter with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, a genetic disease causing very high LDL-cholesterol. She is one of the administrators of a Facebook group called Familial [...]

  • Jul 2 2011

    Thanks to our blog followers – ranking keeps rising on Wikio has shared with me an advance look at their updated health blog rankings, and this blog continues to rise on the charts. Thanks to all of you who find this stuff interesting and maybe even important. Here’s the new list: 1 Well 2 Kevin, M.D. – Medical Weblog 3 Respectful Insolence 4 Science-Based Medicine [...]

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  • Jun 13 2011

    Men’s Health Week should improve decision-making aspects of its campaign

    This week has been proclaimed International Men’s Health Week – the week leading up to and including Father’s Day. And it’s part of what’s more broadly been proclaimed by some as Men’s Health Month. The campaign offers a variety of men’s health “materials” – including the squeezy prostate stress ball pictured at left – if [...]

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  • Jun 9 2011

    Charges of editorial misconduct at American Journal of Bioethics

    Hilde Lindemann, former president of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, has resigned as a member of the editorial board of the American Journal of Bioethics. She wrote: “While the journal has been hugely successful, there seems to be no oversight or accountability, so it is difficult for board members to know very much [...]

  • Jun 1 2011 health blog rankings

    Even if you’re not into blog rankings,’s ranked list includes links to many solid sites. This blog rose a bit in the rankings in the past month. We’re pleased to be included in a list of so many quality blogs. 1 Well 2 Kevin, M.D. – Medical Weblog 3 Respectful Insolence 4 Science-Based Medicine [...]

  • May 31 2011

    News release precedes release of evidence on new cell phone/brain cancer warning

    The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published a news release (pdf file) today, stating: “The WHO/International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.” Read [...]

  • May 12 2011

    What does VIP club membership at the Aesthetics Show get you?

    We like to give consumers another view of medicine sometimes. A physician friend sent me this invitation he received in the mail. The program includes workshops on: volumizingbody contouringbody sculptingbody shapingcollagen stimulationdermal fillerssmart-lipo (as opposed to the dastardly dumb-lipo, I guess)Laser Tattoos, Pigmentation and Skin Rejuvenationand much more See more for yourself at the Aesthetics [...]

  • Apr 20 2011

    FTC freezes 10 operations using fake news websites to market acai berry weight-loss products

    On the NPR Shots blog, Scott Hensley reports: “This Just In: Fake News Is No Way To Sell Acai Berries.” Excerpt: “Some marketers of weight-loss products containing acai berries are also purveyors of news you shouldn’t use, the Federal Trade Commission says. The FTC has asked federal courts to put a stop to the activities [...]

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  • Apr 20 2011

    The humor and the horror of being an academic researcher

    On the WBUR Boston “Common Health” blog, Carey Goldberg tore me up by posting this video: But Goldberg also wrapped this painfully funny clip into the actual context of the environment many researchers face, writing about “The painful reality of research funding cuts it reflects.” Laugh, cry, whatever you choose – but worth a watch. [...]

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  • Apr 12 2011

    New questions about treatments for spinal fusion, Alzheimer’s

    The New York Times reports, “Medtronic Bone-Growth Product Scrutinized.” Excerpt: “One of Medtronic’s most profitable divisions — selling bone growth products used in spinal fusion procedures — faces growing pressure amid a widening criminal investigation into the company’s marketing of one product and a rejection by federal regulators of another one. Recently, the Food and [...]

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