“Aspirin shouldn't be marketed for primary prevention of heart attack or stroke, the FDA has announced.”
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
Sep 19, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent NEJM abstract http://www.jwatch.org * noted “ The statement follows the agency's rejection on Friday of Bayer Healthcare's decade-old petition requesting approval of a primary prevention i...
“Women who want to be screened for cervical cancer have just received a new option — and a new quandary”
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
Sep 18, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent New York Times editorial http://www.nytimes.com * noted. “The venerable Pap smear, which has been the only screening tool to look for cancer in asymptomatic women for many decades, now has...
“… the largest maker of devices used in a popular uterine surgery… has suspended sales of the tools amid concerns about their potential to spread a rare but deadly cancer.”
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
Sep 17, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent Wall Street Journal article http://online.wsj.com * noted “The action follows a Food and Drug Administration advisory on April 17 discouraging doctors from using the devices to remove fibr...
"Incidentalomas" + - concerns about overdiagnosing and overtreating cancer
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
Sep 16, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent Wall Street Journal article http://online.wsj.com * noted “Removing the word "cancer" from the terminology used for many slow-growing lesions in the breast, prostate, lung, skin and other ...
Dirty Dollars! ”Talk about dirty money: Scientists are discovering a surprising number of microbes living on cash.”
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
Sep 15, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent Wall Street Journal article http://online.wsj.com * noted “In the first comprehensive study of the DNA on dollar bills, researchers at New York University's Dirty Money Project found that ...
Do you know where the nearest designated stroke center is?
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
Sep 12, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent USA Today article http://www.usatoday.com * noted “Hospitals that make an all-out push for faster stroke care get a clot-busting medication to patients more quickly, prevent more in-hospit...
1881 – Assassination of President Garfield
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
Sep 11, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
“What Dr. Towsend did next was something that Joseph Lister, despite years spent traveling the world, proving the source of infection and pleading with physicians to sterilize their hands and instr...
Childhood Fever – Nineteenth Century Medical Mystery
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
Sep 10, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
Ignaz Semmelweis, a young Hungarian doctor working in the obstetrical ward of Vienna General Hospital in the late 1840s, was dismayed at the high death rate among his patients. He had noticed that ...
”Robot Versus Surgeon: No Clear Winner”
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
Sep 09, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent article in Medpage Today http://www.medpagetoday.com * noted “Robot-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) led to complication rates, readmission rates, and rates of additional cancer thera...
“Most medical devices that have been recently approved for use in pediatrics weren't actually tested on kids first…”
by JONATHAN M. METSCH, DR.P.H., LLC
Sep 08, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
A recent Reuters Health article http://www.reuters.com * noted "Children are not simply 'small adults,' and a device found to be safe and effective in adults may have a very different safety and ef...