Sunday, October 26, 2014

Childhood Diet Habits Set in Infancy

Childhood Diet Habits Set in Infancy, Studies Suggest - "Efforts to improve what children eat should begin before they even learn to walk, a series of nutritional studies published on Tuesday has found. Taken together, the data indicate that infant feeding patterns persist far longer than has been appreciated. “Our early taste preferences, particularly for fruits and vegetables, and on the flip side for sugary beverages, are lasting,” said Dr. Elsie M. Taveras, chief of the division of general pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston, who was not involved in the new research.“These studies are suggesting that in terms of diet quality, the die might be cast in the first year,” she added...."

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Financial Links Between Doctors and Drug Makers

Detailing Financial Links of Doctors and Drug Makers - "Pharmaceutical and device makers paid doctors roughly $380 million in speaking and consulting fees, with some doctors reaping over half a million dollars each, during a five-month period last year, according to an analysis of federal data released Tuesday. Other doctors made millions of dollars in royalties from products they helped develop. The data sheds new light on the often murky financial ties between physicians and the health care industry. From August to December 2013, drug and device companies made 4.4 million payments to more than half a million health care professionals and teaching hospitals — adding up to about $3.5 billion. The lucrative arrangements are just some of the findings of the online database, which provides one of the most detailed looks at the payments health care professionals receive from drug and medical device companies. The website also allows consumers to find information about their own doctors to determine whether they might have conflicts of interest..."

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Drug, Device Companies Paid US Doctors $3.5B Last Year (video)

Drug, Device Companies Paid U.S. Doctors $3.5B Last Year: Video - Bloomberg:
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U.S. doctors and teaching hospitals were paid $3.5 billion by drug and device makers over five months in 2013, according to the first comprehensive disclosure of the companies’ financial ties to the medical professionals that prescribe and use their products. Olivia Sterns reports on "Bottom Line." (Source: Bloomberg--Sept 30)

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

The Overdiagnosis of Cancer in America (video)

The Overdiagnosis of Cancer in America: "The Overdiagnosis of Cancer in America --9/14/2014-- 
The surge of cancer screening in the U.S. has increased the detection of precancerous lesions that are often low-risk. Some experts now argue that cancer is being overdiagnosed. WSJ’s Monika Auger reports."

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