Now It’s Kids and Cholesterol while We Miss the Big Picture

So the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has revised its position on children and cholesterol. Now they say that children as young as two should be screened for cholesterol if they are at risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). The AAP also lowered the age at which they indicate statins – from 10 to 8 […]

Quick Links: Pharma Phollies Edition

Image by robotson via Flickr   Pushing Prescriptions: A Record Year for the Pharmaceutical Lobby in ’07 (Center for Public Integrity) Doctors Say Medication Is Overused in Dementia (NY Times) Drug-Resistant High Blood Pressure on the Rise (NY Times) Study: Medication Problems Cause 12% of ER Visits (Wall Street Journal Health Blog) One Drug, Many […]

Quick Links: Oral Piercing Problems, Organic Food Quality, Compact Fluorescent Bulb Safety & More Pharma Phollies

Warning for Teens: Teeth and Jewelry Don’t Mix (Science Daily) Is Organic Food Really Healthier? (Earth Land Journal, via Alternet) Are Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs Dangerous? (Scientific American) Key Opinion Leaders: Independent Experts of Drug Representatives in Disguise? (BMJ) 6/24 Addendum – Re: the SciAm article on fluorescent lightbulbs, Dr. Verigin adds, If mercury is that […]

Book Review: Comfortably Numb

Over the past few years, dozens of books critiquing Big Pharma and industrial medicine have come and gone – many of them excellent, a number of which we reviewed in our office newsletter Biosis: Overdosed America The Truth About the Drug Companies Generation Rx Selling Sickness Hope or Hype Thus, when new titles come along, […]

Big Pharma, Big Medicine

It wasn’t enough for Big Pharma to pitch its poisons directly to consumers (DTC ads), hoping that they’d insist on prescriptions, whether they were appropriate or not. Now they’re marketing medical devices DTC-style, starting with stents. Maggie Mahar and Niko Karvounis provide a good discussion of the issue at Health Beat, reporting on a May […]

A Drug to De-Numb? Dumb!

Photo by Vaprotan, via Flickr (CC) New Drug Reverses Dentists’ Anesthesia The FDA has approved OraVerse, the first drug indicated for reversing the effects of local anesthesia used by dentists. In the clinical studies, the patients who got OraVerse regained normal sensation in their lips faster than those who got the placebo. Within an hour […]