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A couple of docs react strongly to NYT “Well” blog post on vitamin D screening
The US Preventive Services Task Force this week released new draft guidelines on screening for Vitamin D deficiency. The draft “concludes that current evidence is insufficient to assess the balance of benefits and harms of screening for vitamin D deficiency.” Other bullet points: There is no consensus definition of vitamin D deficiency the accuracy of […]3/5/2013
Two new books by physicians to put on your reading list
“Between the Lines: Finding the Truth in Medical Literature,” by Marya Zilberberg, MD, MPH….and “The Patient Paradox: Why sexed-up medicine is bad for your health,” by Margaret McCartney, MD, are two books to add your reading list. I’ve written several times about smart blog posts by Zilberberg, an adjunct professor of epidemiology at U-Mass Amherst. […]4/26/2012
Grasping and even celebrating uncertainty
Marya Zilberberg posted, “Fast science: No time for uncertainty.” Excerpt: “…my anxiety about how we do clinical science overall is not new; this blog is overrun with it. However, the new branch of that anxiety relates to something I have termed “fast science.” Like fast food it fills us up, but the calories are at […]3/21/2012
Aspirin & cancer story: what’s right dose of caveats?
When TV networks lead with a health care study – as NBC did last night – my antenna are up looking for caveats. NBC anchorman Brian Williams opened like this: “We are going to begin here tonight with a story from the world of medicine that could end up affecting every American. This is a […]3/15/2012
Headlines don’t help on prostate cancer screening study: “reduces death” vs. “isn’t saving lives”
An updated analysis of the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, is receiving a lot of news attention. And the competing, conflicting headlines are as clear as mud. In one corner, wearing the black-and-white trunks, and weighing in with a predominantly positive message: MSNBC goes […]12 3/13/2012
Red meat study/stories deserve a closer look, too
Physician-blogger Marya Zilberberg, a professor of epidemiology at U-Mass, Amherst, writes,”Unpacking the meat data.” She says a study from Harvard – and news coverage of it – about how red meat is bad for you “deserves some unpacking.” Excerpt: The investigators examined two large observational cohort studies totaling over 100,000 subjects and tried to estimate […]12/16/2010
The potential harms of "a non-invasive CT angiography test, just to 'reassure' the patient"
See this thoughtful blog post, “Why medical testing is never a simple decision,” by Marya Zilberberg (@murzee on Twitter).