Current Posts – 13 September 2016

The metaphorical thud of yet another massive analysis of statin trials landing in computer inboxes was heard again last week. No surprise that it reveals that statins are even safer and more effective than ever before. It’s not going to achieve its aim –to silence once and for all the statins doubters and naysayers – but it does show that its authors really aren’t interested in criticisms. Here are just some of the unanswered questions it slides by.

Previous editorials...
Fourteen years ago a major trial showing that HRT raised the risk of breast cancer surprised gynaecologists and alarmed women. A few weeks ago a study revealed that the risk of developing cancer from HRT had been underestimated. Many of the women involved were on an HRT combination identical to the one in the earlier trial. Shockingly there is an alternative which is being ignored.

A band of radical clinicians are questioning whether randomised controlled trials are right way to discover how life-style changes can best beat the obesity epidemic. RCTs are scientific medicine’s gold standard but the radicals say they are too cumbersome, slow and unreliable. A fast grassroots research project gathering real life data to update guidelines on the fly is underway. Their first report has just been published.

If you are diagnosed with cancer, one of the first things you are likely to do is to search the internet for non-standard therapies that seem effective and safe. But it can be a time-consuming and depressing process. What you want is a wise guide who will provide you with unbiased expert information. That guide has now appeared in the form of a book called ‘The Cancer Revolution’. If you are starting out it really is all you need.

Jerome Burne

Jerome Burne

Jerome Burne is the editor of HealthInsightUK. He is an award-winning journalist who has been specialising in medicine and health for the last 10 years and now works mainly for the Daily Mail. His most recent book “10 Secrets of Healthy Ageing” was written with nutritionist Patrick Holford. He blogs at “Body of Evidence” – jeromeburne.com. 2015: Finalist for 'Blogger of the Year' award from Medical Journalists' Association.
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