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April 21, 2014

"ACA Threatens Promise of Concierge Medicine"

Even if the ACA covered everybody, cheaply and efficiently, the complaints wouldn't stop because health care would still be plenty unequal. Look for further attempts to quash concierge medicine

(As Glenn Reynolds comments on the that article, "Of course it does. All workable alternatives must be destroyed." And I'd expect even attempts to undermine or surpress patient power to address their own problems.)

This despite the promise concierge medicine has in fixing doctors' increasing dissatisfaction with their jobs

"Good sense and better health"

George Will makes an excellent point:

A significant part of America’s health-care bill — caused by violence, vehicular accidents, coronary artery disease, lung cancer, AIDS, Type 2 diabetes brought on by obesity, among other problems — results from behavior widely known to be risky. So as we wallow in the muddy debate about health care, recall that the relationship between increased investment in medicine and improvements in health is complex and tenuous.

April 16, 2014

"Study reveals a major mechanism driving kidney cancer progression"

Yet another example of just how evil cancer is:

The shortage of oxygen, or hypoxia, created when rapidly multiplying kidney cancer cells outgrow their local blood supply can accelerate tumor growth by causing a nuclear protein called SPOP — which normally suppresses tumor growth — to move out of the nucleus to the cytoplasm, where it has the opposite effect, promoting rapid proliferation.

April 14, 2014

"Germs Rule the World"

Be nice to your gut bacteria and other germs.They own you

April 10, 2014

"These Are The 10 Types Of Patients I See In My Emergency Room"

You don't want to be most of them.

March 27, 2014

"Low carb ketogenic diet fights cancer without chemo, says Dr. Dominic D'Agostino"

I see this claim--cancer cells need sugar--with increasing frequency. I would like to see a lot more testing. I hope it pans out.

March 24, 2014

Protein in the diet

Maybe you saw one of the many articles discussing the results of recent studies that purport to show that there is a "Risk of High-Protein Diets". Before you cut down on steak, I strongly recommend you read Paul Jaminet's analysis of one of those studies, "The Case of the Killer Protein".

He's not convinced.

Related: "8 Ridiculous Myths About Eating Meat".

"Malcolm Gladwell: Tell People What It's Really Like To Be A Doctor"

Yes, indeed. The bureacratic requirements are overwhelming the medicine

March 18, 2014

"For Colon Cancer, 70 Is the New 50"

Message: if you want to fight, don't settle for less than a doctor who will help you fight

Richard Fisher of Marion County, Ohio, first received a colon cancer diagnosis about seven years ago at the age of 68. After he noticed some blood in his stool, a colonoscopy revealed he was in the advanced stages of the disease.

"The doctor told me he didn't care if I got treatment or not because either way I only had six months to live," the retired farmer and construction worker recalled.

Fisher said he felt the doctor wrote him off, mostly because of his age. It seemed like he never considered that someone approaching 70 would be able to survive the aggressive treatment needed to bring his condition under control, Fisher said.

"How To Find Out If Your Doctor Is Trustworthy"

Potentially useful. (In the words of a great man, "Trust but verify.")

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