Stunned to learn that people are still arguing about whether premenstrual syndrome is “real.” And that docs still know next to nothing about the process, let alone its cause(s). I wrote a paper about disputes
GIVING THANKS FOR LESS DEMENTIA If, like me, you’ve been clawing urgently through recent events trying to find reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving weekend, here’s a big one: As Star Lawrence observes at HEALTH’Sass,
Mulling over our President-elect’s likely impact, especially on medicine and health care, it occurred to me that several ideas being bounced about can be interpreted in a particular way. They are pronatalist (aka natalist) ideas.
GUESSING AT THE CONSEQUENCES OF DONALD TRUMP’S PRESIDENCY Stunning as Trump’s upset (and upsetting) capture of the White House was, prognosticators swung into immediate speculation about what it would mean for science and medicine. Note
If there’s a topic even more politicized than the US presidential election, it’s GMOs . (GMOs are genetically modified organisms, the products of genetic engineering, and opposition to them usually centers on GM crop plants.)
JOHN OLIVER VS. BIG PHARMA AGAIN John Oliver took on Big Pharma again last Sunday (Oct. 23) with his trademark savage (but solid) harangue. This time his topic was the opioid epidemic and its accompanying
HOW TO PREVENT OBESITY, DIABETES, HEART DISEASE, CANCER, AND OTHER BAD THINGS The coming election isn’t just about a US President who will affect the citizenry for years to come. It’s also about local initiatives
NO MORE DISEASE BY CENTURY’S END? Pediatrician Priscilla Chan and her husband, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, “believe we can cure, prevent or manage all diseases within our children’s lifetime.” Their one child so far, a
THE MORAL MEANING OF MOM AND DAD AND MITOMOM It’s not clear to me why there are so many headlines about the birth of the latest so-called “three-parent baby.” It’s not as if this is
Prostate cancer disputes and media matters: Watchful waiting OK? Is there a surge? Is cancer a disease of modern times?
PROSTATE CANCER: WATCHFUL WAITING IS PROBABLY SAFE The prostate-specific antigen test for prostate cancer was developed in the 1990s, quickly followed by an explosion of PSA screening for the disease and a further explosion of