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The Prostate War Continues

Published: October 12, 2011

In news sure to shake up the world of men’s health the US Preventative Services Task Force has firmly come down AGAINST the use of the PSA test to screen for prostate cancer. The screening test has been argued about for years. A prostate specific antigen test has a profound weakness. It is not able to distinguish benign vs deadly forms of cancer. read more »

Antibiotic Resistance, Revisited

Published: September 14, 2011

One hates to sound like a bit of a broken record, but the matter of supergerms needs a re-visit and a fine place to go is the recent Discover special issue on evolution. The article titled “The Rise of the Killer Mutants” goes into greater detail than we have here on the topic of antibiotic misuse as it relates to livestock. The article by Jessica read more »

California’s Budget Woes Pose A Threat to Public Safety

Published: August 18, 2011

California is delinquent – yet again – on a promise to pay back “borrowed” money, and it may directly effect your health. A recent report by the nonprofit organization Public Citizen shows that California’s Medical Board failed to enact disciplinary procedures on 710 medical doctors, even if the doctor’s own hospitals and/or medical organizations read more »

The Truth About SSRIs

Published: August 5, 2011

Placebos work. They have, in fact, guaranteed over the centuries that many treatments offered by physicians were regarded as effective, even if they were not. We now know that some of them could not possibly do most patients a bit of good. Bleeding the patient comes to mind, as does the use of tobacco. As recently as the 1940s cigarettes were recommended read more »

OTC Overdose: Concerns About Tylenol

Published: August 1, 2011

Last Thursday, McNeil Consumer Healthcare, the makers of Tylenol, announced plans to lower the maximum daily dosage of the popular drug from 6 pills (4000 mg) to 4 pills (3000 mg) per day. These changes were facilitated with the FDA in an effort to reduce liver damage from accidental overdoses. Dr. Edwin Kuffner, Vice-president of OTC medical affairs read more »

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