"Karma can be so cruel. Just think how many times anti-GMO activists have protested against the imaginary risks of food that has been genetically modified. Now a favorite snack of those same protesters, the sacred granola bar, has been found to pose an actual health risk."
"Half of heart attack victims wait an hour before seeking help: Doctors warn that not enough people know the signs despite delays reducing the chance of survival".
"Could this widely used calculator be needlessly driving people to take statins?"
"Why the U.S. dietary guidelines keep changing . . ."
One hypothesis would be that nobody knows very much.
As Glenn Reynolds writes frequently, "Faster, please."
David Karow, a clinical radiologist who works both there and at the nearby San Diego campus of the University of California, is optimistic about the potential of the technique for wider use. He has been part of a study published recently in Clinical Cancer Research that suggests MRI might become the standard method for prostate-cancer screening. His research suggests it can differentiate between benign tumours, which just need to be monitored, and aggressive ones that need to be treated.
The truth is not quite as good as some recent news reports would lead you to believe.
It's an interesting hypothesis.
"The Immortality Hype: Despite the hyperbole, private funding is changing the science of aging for the better."
Lots of private money will be needed because of federal government dopiness:
NIH review panels “tend to be conservative because there isn’t a lot of money and they like to fund things that are certain to succeed,” says David Sinclair, a professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School, and co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging, a wing of the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research, one of the largest private funders of aging research.
More on what the private sector can do: "Rising health care costs spurring innovation".
This is one of a few pieces I've read recently--including on taking fish oil supplements for heart health and taking niacin to raise HDL--that argues using a proxy for a desired outcome can be, unfortunately, misleading.
Interesting. Especially this:
In recent years, major research organizations have begun to recommend active surveillance, which for years had been promoted mostly by academic urologists in major medical centers, but not by urologists in private practice, who treat most men.
Trust the academics or the private practice folks?
And then there's Instapundit's comment: "I'm not saying this is a bad idea, but I'm suspicious they only started touting stuff like this once Obamacare passed."
"There's a single nerve that connects all of your vital organs — and it might just be the future of medicine"
And, like many good ideas, it came from an unexpected source.