Monday, May 25, 2015

Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research

Do you really need to be taking supplements?--

Fish Oil Claims Not Supported by Research - "Dr. Manson says that although she recommends eating fatty fish first, she usually does not stop people from taking fish oil, in part because it does not seem to have major side effects in generally healthy people. “But I do think people should realize that the jury is still out,” she said, “and that they may be spending a lot of money on these supplements without getting any benefit.”" (emphasis added, read more at the link above)

Mark it down to the magical effects of Placebos?

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Transgender Celebrities Nothing New -- London Newspapers 1770

 "... Jenner’s story reveals a complexity similar to that of d’Eon. Rejecting the oft-heard formula that he is a woman stuck in a man’s body, Jenner insisted to ABC’s Sawyer that gender identity is about the brain and the soul and has nothing to do with sexual behavior or the performance of one’s body. He told Sawyer that “as a woman” he would still be ready to “kick butt”. Just as there was a feminine side to his manhood, Jenner insists that there is a masculine aspect to his womanhood. While both stories defy simplistic narratives, what does tie d’Eon and Jenner together – along with thousands of others – is that their transformations occurred when they were fully mature individuals with little left to prove. Soon after I wrote my biography of d’Eon, I was invited to speak at an annual meeting in Texas of 200 transgender women, most of whom began transitioning only in their 50s. They saw d’Eon as one of their own. We are all on a journey towards working out our gender identities. As d’Eon taught us centuries ago, and Jenner today, it may take most of our lifespans to figure it out." more at: Transgender celebrities are not new... | The Guardian

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Monday, May 11, 2015

American Epidemic: Unnecessary Medical Care

America’s Epidemic of Unnecessary Care - The New Yorker: ".... An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?... The one that got me thinking, however, was a study of more than a million Medicare patients. It suggested that a huge proportion had received care that was simply a waste. The researchers called it “low-value care.” But, really, it was no-value care. They studied how often people received one of twenty-six tests or treatments that scientific and professional organizations have consistently determined to have no benefit or to be outright harmful...."  (read more at the link above)

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Endometriosis, Ignored in Teenage Girls

Another medical problem where practitioners are part of the problem--

Endometriosis Is Often Ignored in Teenage Girls - "“Many times, we hear that girls are told they’re too young to have the disease, they’re trying to get out of school, or that they’re exaggerating. Add the misconception that pain with menstruation is normal, and you get a bundle of confusion. And not the least, most gynecologists are uncomfortable treating adolescent gynecological problems, and pediatricians don’t.”" (read more at the link above)

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