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Getting an MRI might eliminate the need for a prostate biopsy. There is the ongoing controversy over whether men should be screened for prostate cancer (see discussion here). Prostate cancer is very common, however most of the time it stays local and…

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I was recently asked if chondroitin supplements are useful in treating arthritis or joint pain. The spoiler answer is no, it seems that there is no evidence that chondroitin has any benefit whatsoever. First a little background: Cartilage, the material…

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There hasn’t been much in the news recently on the Zika virus. [Perhaps Trump is entertaining enough such that the news folks have enough news (fake or otherwise) to attract readers.] More likely it’s because the Zika virus is transmitted…

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Two updates from my just-published post: First, I mentioned capacity utilization, here’s the data (see graphs below). I’m simply noting the data are mixed, and this hard data point does not (yet) reflect the enthusiasm I’m seeing in the Fed…

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Federal Reserve surveys capture sentiment. They are reported monthly. Recently they have moved strongly higher. These moves higher are impressive. Businesses are saying that times are good. That sentiment seems to be reflected in stock markets. As I try to…

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Cholesterol drugs known as statins are impressively effective at lowering the incidence of strokes and heart attacks in high-risk patients (take a look at the TNT, HPS and Jupiter studies that I previously wrote about here). Blood pressure medicines are similarly beneficial. Doctors, extrapolating from these findings, sometimes make…

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The journal Science Translational Medicine recently published a trial of a new dengue virus vaccine developed at the National Institute of Health. The World Health Organization estimates that about 1/2 of the world’s population live in areas at risk of the dengue…

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During the 2016 elections, the “California Drug Price Act” will be on the state ballot. This proposal would mandate that California state plans (i.e. CalPERS, prisons, and California Medicaid, known as Medi-Cal) buy drugs at prices offered to the Department…

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The Affordable Care Act (aka the “ACA,” aka Obama-Care, aka Healthcare Reform) has had an impact on the delivery of healthcare in the U.S. This is a topic (implementation of the ACA) that I think is worth revisiting periodically. This…

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In my last post, I wrote about a new, NIH-sponsored genome study that should yield far-reaching insights and change the practice of medicine. When the first funding for the Human Genome Project was established by Congress in 1990, it had a proposed…

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Melanoma has been notoriously dilffcuit to treat once it has reached advanced stages. Lots of hope thrown at potential treatments that, over time, proved to offer little over placebo. That there is noew a treatment that offers any significant advances in terms of survival is a tremendously helpful step forward. By significant , that means even a month or two. It would not be appropriate to even begin to think of this as a step towards a cure. It is, however, meaningful and should help lead to the development of even more effective ageints.

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I been drinking Diet Coke every day for 30 years and I drink a lot in day. I've never had any health issues age 48 now..

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[…] In my last post, I wrote about a new, NIH-sponsored genome study that should yield far-reaching insights and change the practice of medicine. When the first funding for the Human Genome Project was established by Congress in 1990, it had a proposed cost of $3 billion (in 1991 dollars) over the course of 15 years. The mapping of the first genome ended up taking 13 years to complete (completion was in 2003) and cost around $2.7 billion. […]

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Shouldn't viral and bacterial infections be looked at separately?

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[…] compiled by the Federal Reserve). I’ve written about this in the past (see here, here and here).  I pay attention because it’s reasonably smooth and gives me some insight into the US […]

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Watching the sunrise before the rest of the nation if I can get my lazy bum out of bed by 5am this vacation. Gotta watch that clock...time gets away from us all

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