evidence based medicine

Evidence based medicine doesn’t protect patients – it just prevents them getting unpatentable treatments

8 by / on 8 Jan 2016, / in cancer, evidence based medicine

Leafing through the New Year papers I was struck by the similarity between the housing crisis the diabetes and obesity epidemics. In one case rapidly inflating prices pushing virtually all properties out of reach of anyone on an average wage, in the other a relentless expansion of supermarket shelving devoted to refined carbohydrates, driving an inexorable inflation of the nation’s waistlines.

Utopia: A realistic blueprint for an honest drug industry

4 by / on 20 Oct 2015, / in evidence based medicine

Generally we don’t trust utopias. If they don’t remain fantasies but emerge into the real world, we expect them either to rapidly descent into rigid authoritarian hells or to disintegrate into factions and unproductive chaos.

Time For Diabetes UK To Unplug Ears and Respond To Chorus Of Disapproval Demanding U-Turn

25 by / on 29 Sep 2015, / in evidence based medicine, low carb diet

How much longer can the charity Diabetes UK continue to provide advice on diet to the UK’s 3.9 million people with type 2 diabetes that is based on the discredited Seven Countries Study carried out by Ancel Keys back in the 1940s? The urgency of this question cannot be overstated.

Dose of Jeremy Corbyn needed to make medicines safe

12 by / on 21 Sep 2015, / in evidence based medicine

It’s generally agreed that the NHS is not in good health but there’s no clear diagnosis. There are plenty of suggestions – lack of funding, uncompassionate nurses or box-ticking managers. But I want to suggest another one: the crisis in evidence based medicine (EBM).

How evidence based medicine is failing patients. What needs to be done to fix it

15 by / on 10 Jul 2015, / in evidence based medicine

It’s no secret that there are serious problems with the practice of scientific evidence based medicine (EBM). It’s obviously a good idea to have a system for ensuring treatments are safe and effective. But as a defence against dangerous or poor drugs, the working of our current one makes the pre-crash banking regulation look rigorous.

Less is more: How to save the NHS. Spend less on unnecessary drugs

10 by / on 18 May 2015, / in evidence based medicine

Here’s a radical idea. Why not use drugs for cases where they are appropriate, safe and effective. And don’t use them when they aren’t. Wild eh! It’s an idea that could save the NHS billions. Three clinicians I know are thinking along exactly these lines.

Your indispensable guide through the health advice jungle

5 by / on 7 May 2015, / in evidence based medicine

We are being doctored to death. GPs’ surgeries and public health bodies routinely warn of hazards lurking all around us. They tell us sunshine is bad. Drinking alcohol is bad. Cholesterol is bad. Saturated fat is bad. Being overweight is bad.

Sons of statin: How the new arrivals narrowly missed disaster

8 by / on 1 Dec 2014, / in evidence based medicine, vitamins

Last month two new cholesterol lowering drugs stepped into the limelight at AHA’s (American Heart Association) annual conference. Neither is likely to make it to market until the end of next year but soon after that they are likely to be coming to a doctor’s surgery near you.

The hidden cause of costly vitamin deficiency among older people

4 by / on 21 Nov 2014, / in evidence based medicine, vitamins

A new, as yet unpublished, study shows that the elderly are very likely to seriously lack vitamin D, raising their risk of broken bones. What’s more care homes rarely offer supplements. Making the situation even worse are the cocktails of prescription drugs that many of these patients swallow daily.

Statin wars: You thought it was about the evidence – Chief Scientific Advisor says you’re wrong

1 by / on 22 Oct 2014, / in evidence based medicine, statins

Regular readers of the “Statin Wars” soap that we’ve been following here for several months will be eager to know the result of the survey sent to members of the British Cardiovascular Society (BCS) last month. (Read More…)

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