Archive for 2017

Most new cancer drugs won’t let you live longer or improve your quality of life

4 by / on 13 Oct 2017, / in cancer

Cancer drugs can come with nasty side-effects, we know that, but they are worth taking because they have been properly scientifically tested and found to help patients live longer and have a better quality of life. But the latest research shows that the reality is not so comforting. Over half of new drugs are being prescribed to patients with little or no evidence they do any good at all. Here’s how it works.

Current Posts – 13 Oct 2017

by / on 13 Oct 2017, / in editorial

Cancer drugs can come with […]

Genes don’t explain why cancer spreads. Bring the body back into the picture

11 by / on 25 Sep 2017, / in cancer

Why are some cases of cancer cleared from the body after surgery while others lurk, waiting to metastasize and emerge elsewhere months or even years later? There is no good answer at the moment because the conditions that allow these invaders to flourish doesn’t fit with our gene-focused theory of how and why cancer develops in the first place.

Current Posts – 25 Sep 2017

by / on 25 Sep 2017, / in editorial

Top oncologist and author of […]

Medicine’s democratic deficit. Time for middle-aged, white, privileged males to move over

37 by / on 7 Aug 2017, / in evidence based medicine

It’s hardly news that things have not been going well for various professional elites lately. Economists so busy promoting the neo-liberal agenda they failed to notice the on-coming depression; politicians resolutely deaf to constituents’ complaints that generosity to those at the top had destroyed jobs and cut wages at the bottom.

Current Posts – 07 August 2017

by / on 7 Aug 2017, / in editorial

The assumption of their superiority […]

Diet war veterans last stand. Recent saturated fat attack a blast from the past

11 by / on 23 Jun 2017, / in evidence based medicine, low fat diet

Last week a ‘Presidential Advisory Statement’ about saturated fat from the American Heart Association (AHA) produced a ‘you cannot be serious’ reaction from anyone who has looked at the evidence for the theory that saturated fat raises the risk of heart disease.

Current Posts – 23 June 2017

by / on 23 Jun 2017, / in editorial

Science is great, right, because […]

Dietitians and cancer specialists both favour failed treatments

4 by / on 24 May 2017, / in cancer, low carb diet

Patients hoping for a diet to help with diabetes are doomed to disappointment in South Africa. Meanwhile over a billion pounds has been spent in the UK on cancer drugs that don’t work, says a new report. In South Africa, the scientist who blew the whistle is in the dock…

Current Posts – 24 May 2017

by / on 24 May 2017, / in editorial

Patients hoping for a diet […]

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