Public Health

JAMA Links Doctor Payments To Opioid Prescriptions

Pharmaceutical industry marketing of opioid products to physicians through non-research payments, which can include speaking fees and meals, was associated with greater opioid prescribing in a recent JAMA Internal Medicine article. ...

Article - News Staff - May 15 2018 - 5:19pm

3 Recommendations For Elisabete Weiderpass, The New IARC Director

To the relief of the real science community everywhere, the era of Chris Wild is almost over at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). That means maybe they can get back to finding carcinogens rather than manufacturing them. ...

Article - Hank Campbell - May 18 2018 - 11:52am

USA 29th In Healthcare Access From 2000-2016

Worldwide healthcare access and quality improved remarkably from 2000-2016 but there are unsurprising disparities between wealthy and poor countries- and countries like the United States which showed high quality but varying levels of access before the fed ...

Article - News Staff - May 23 2018 - 6:19am

Canadian Journal Advocates For Hepatitis C Screening Of All People Born 1945-1975

One way to manage chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) is to abandon existing guidelines and screen all people born between 1945 and 1975 for the disease, according to a new paper.  Chronic HCV is a major public health problem in Canada with serious health effe ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 8 2018 - 10:03am

American Toddlers Eat Too Much Sugar- So Does Everyone Else

If you added Vitamin C to Pepsi, you know what you would have? Orange juice.  There is nothing wrong with orange juice (public relations manufactured health halo aside), just like there is nothing wrong with Pepsi, they should both be treats. Unfortunately ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 11 2018 - 12:12pm

Pediatrician Survey Finds 74 Percent Against Spanking

A survey sent to 1,500 pediatricians, most practicing physicians for more than 15 years and nearly all in primary care, found that  74 percent of the responding pediatricians did not approve of spanking and 78 percent thought spanking never or seldom impro ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 16 2018 - 7:15am

How To Avoid Physician Burnout- Have A Smaller Practice

Physicians who work in small, independent primary care practices, offices with five or fewer physicians, report dramatically lower levels of burnout than the national average, according to survey results published in the Journal of the American Board of Fa ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 9 2018 - 5:08pm

Vaping: Get Rid Of Flavors And You Get Rid Of Smoking Cessation Among Cigarette Users

There has been recent concern about the impact of vaping flavors on young people but the numbers are fuzzy. The US FDA has rightly cracked down on companies flagrantly violating copyright in packaging but cartoon characters don't lead young people to ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 9 2018 - 5:34pm

New Yorkers Believe They Are Healthier- But They Are Not That Healthy

Like many Americans, like many people in all rich nations, New Yorkers somehow still have a lot of be depressed about. And they are getting obese. And not sleeping enough. In 2006, New York declared if they just banned trans fats, diabetes would go down, ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 10 2018 - 1:59pm

Intermittent Fasting Fad May Increase Diabetes Risk

Intermittent fasting- fasting every other day- is guaranteed to lose weight in the short term, because it's a crash diet.  But like lots of other fad diets, the people selling books about it are basing their speculation on animal models and an unreal ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 15 2018 - 1:28pm