Propranolol’s CV Gets An Update

Propranolol has been used as a beta-blocker for decades now. New studies suggest that it could also be indicated for other conditions. One startup in the USA is even planning to prescribe it to treat fear of public speaking. more...

Oral Tobacco: Snuffer, Beware

Snuff is considered a healthy alternative to cigarettes. According to The Global Forum For Nicotine, it is "up to 95 % safer than cigarettes". Critics warn that the risks are being underestimated, as it contains 28 cancer promoting substances. Its consumption can lead more...

Physicians Are Low-Hanging Fruit. Here’s Why.

When my children were growing up, I advised them, "Don't choose any profession in which your worth is determined by knowing a body of information or using algorithmic thinking. If you do that, you're toast." more...

Blog entry by Michael Breen
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HPV: Time To Vaccinate The Lads As Well!

Eleven years after the launch of the first HPV vaccine, it's time to take stock. As the number of protected women rises slowly but surely, men become the new risk group. Experts are calling for comprehensive vaccination of both sexes. more...

Should Patients Fire Their Doctors If They Suspect Burnout?

In a PBS interview, Mayo Clinic CEO Dr. John Noseworthy suggested patients should "change physicians" when faced with non-empathetic doctors suffering from burnout. His cavalier resolution to our occupational struggle feels like a betrayal, to both his esteemed more...

Blog entry by Niran Al-Agba
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When Patients Seek Advice From A Specialist But Don’t Take It

Parents put children at risk when they think they know more than a specialist. Several physicians have told me of their frustration about patients coming to them for advice and then not taking it. Many of these doctors are the top doctors in their specialties. I, too, more...

MS: Intestinal Bacteria On Stone Age Diet

Research shows that intestinal bacteria are linked to multiple sclerosis. An American doctor, suffering from MS herself, is investing efforts on a special diet which resembles the paleo diet. Her self-experiment will now be tested in a clinical trial. more...

Article by Sonja Schmitzer
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Placebos: Awareness Does Not Protect Against Effects

Doctors are reluctant to use placebo instead of medication as a therapeutic measure because they do not want to betray their patients. Perhaps they do not even have to. One study shows that placebos work, even when patients know that the preparation contains no active more...

I’ll Play This Hand

Recently, as I do numerous times every week, I knocked on a clinic exam room door, opened it, and walked in. The tall cowboy put his hands on his knees and slowly unfolded himself from the chair. He gave me a warm smile and a crushing handshake. Before I could say a more...

Blog entry by Steven Curley

ASAving The World

The arrival of large-scale production of acetylsalicylic acid 120 years ago paved a new path of conquest. ASA, according to studies, protects patients from coronary events, as well as from cancer, and is effective against depression. Can (almost) everything be cured more...

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