Our doctors are working for used car salesmen. Oh, they’re smart used car salesmen that use silver dollar words like myocardial infarction and gastroesophageal reflux. But they’re still used car salesmen.
Their game is simple; sell more junk. A study published in PlosOne reveals how they’re doing it.
An autism study just published in JAMA notes the following differences in brain chemicals in children with ASD at 3 to 4 years of age. Note what happens between age 3 and age 10: Continue reading
A new study published in HealthAffairs highlights physician over-treatment of patients, based on the physician’s fear of lawsuit.
We found that physicians who reported a high level of malpractice concern were most likely to engage in practices that would be considered defensive when diagnosing patients who visited their offices with new complaints of chest pain, headache, or lower back pain. No consistent relationship was seen, however, when state-level indicators of malpractice risk replaced self-rated concern. Reducing defensive medicine may require approaches focused on physicians’ perceptions of legal risk and the underlying factors driving those perceptions.
Here are 5 reasons this over-treatment is hurting us:
A high cholesterol level may be a marker for genius, like that of Albert Einstein.
We’ll get to Albert in a minute, but first let’s backup and take a look at the best-selling drug in pharma history, the cholesterol-busting statin.