Monthly Archives: December 2013

The top online health services for consumers | VentureBeat | Health | by Christina Farr

Interesting line-up of online medical shopping/info sites. Some might offer some relief from/price-conscious alternatives to emergency room visits. Perhaps good news for U.S. patients facing gigantic out-of-pocket expenses for not-sure-what value-add, a worldwide market for digital medical tourism for low-complexity medical care is emerging (see for instance, here https://ring.md/) On the other hand, I don’t see how these digital med-tech sites can replace (i.e., provide relief for the increasingly felt absence of ) expertise-through-experience based doctoring, with true, trust-based, long-term doctor-patient rapport. The top online … Continue reading

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The Selling of Attention Deficit Disorder – NYTimes.com

Surprisingly critical, thoroughly researched piece by Alan Schwarz. See also recent posts here (on opening the gigantic Asian market to Western psychotropics), here (on Allen Roses critique of drug efficacy), here (on the DSM V’s focus on, well, drug treatment), here on Allen Frances’ DSM V cost predictions, here (on other types of Western toxic waste profitably deposited in the anything-goes Chinese market), my own alternative views on medical-psychiatric diagnosis and care here and here. Health Log In Register Now Help The Selling of Attention … Continue reading

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A surprisingly uncritical piece on Big Pharma’s unfettered hold on China’s health care

Not that medications do not have a place in the treatment armamentarium, but what about proper, expertise-based diagnosis first? What about the undisclosed conflicts of interest rampant in Chinese hospitals? Informed consent? Both an outsized version of the situation in the West, but without any discussion or awareness of the problem.  News US World Sports Comment Culture Business Money Environment Science Travel Tech Media Life & style Data News World news China starts to turn to drugs as awareness of depression spreads Antidepressant market booming … Continue reading

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Why hospitals will soon sequence the genes of every single patient | VentureBeat | Big Data | by Romain Nervil

Why hospitals will soon sequence the genes of every single patient Great, timely post courtesy of VentureBeat.com   via Why hospitals will soon sequence the genes of every single patient | VentureBeat | Big Data | by Romain Nervil.

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MRI technique shows how energy drinks alter heart function

MRI technique shows how energy drinks alter heart function >> Long-term effects? While Dörner and colleagues concluded that energy drinks have a short-term effect on cardiac contractility, they do not know exactly how or if this greater contractility affects daily activities or athletic performance. Also unknown is the degree to which consumption may lead to an adverse cardiac event, such as a heart attack or arrhythmia. “We cannot say if there is a risk for people with known heart disease, but that is a good … Continue reading

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Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations : Nature Neuroscience

Nature Neuroscience  Parental olfactory experience influences behavior and neural structure in subsequent generations Brian G Dias & Kerry J Ressler Affiliations Contributions Corresponding authors Nature Neuroscience (2013) doi:10.1038/nn.3594 Received 21 September 2013 Accepted 01 November 2013 Published online 01 December 2013 Article tools Citation Reprints Rights & permissions Article metrics Abstract Abstract• References• Author information• Supplementary information Using olfactory molecular specificity, we examined the inheritance of parental traumatic exposure, a phenomenon that has been frequently observed, but not understood. We subjected F0 mice to odor … Continue reading

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