28 February 2011
Very little convincing evidence exists that shows supplements are important to slow or prevent illness, said Dr. Ann Zerr, Indiana University School of Medicine physician specializing in women's health.
Calcium and vitamin D are exceptions, and omega-3 fish oil supplements may be worthwhile, she added.
If you don't focus on fruits and vegetables and whole grains in your diet, then a multivitamin is probably a good idea, Zerr said. But taking other vitamin pills is expensive and unnecessary - and those that are fat-soluble can be harmful.
Opinion Anna Gilmore, professor of public health at the University of Bath and the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies, and a Health Foundation clinician scientist; and Jeff Collin, director of the Global Public Health Unit at Edinburgh University (The Guardian, London, online, February 21, 2011)"While the government sees food and alcohol companies as partners in health policy, public health increasingly recognises them as vectors of disease. The vector concept, adapted from infectious disease control, is simple: liver disease and myriad other health and social problems are being spread by alcohol companies just as the mosquito vector spreads malaria. The conduct of these corporate vectors should therefore be studied and where necessary countered."
February 28, 2011
Determining if home remedies for Hepatitis C actually work depends on which remedies are being used and what the treatment goal is.
Most medical devices recently recalled by the Food and Drug Administration because of very serious risks were initially approved through an expedited process or were exempt from regulatory review, ...
What's the big deal about accepting gifts from drug companies, especially if they are small? Does the medical profession's code of conduct apply to medical students?
It was weird for me to overhear their conversation, and it made me wonder, did a fruit smoothie actually motivate them to write those prescriptions?
Indeed, evidence suggests that gifts do influence prescribing habits. An article in JAMA, Physicians and the Pharmaceutical Industry: Is a Gift Ever Just a Gift?, illustrates the ways in which gifts appear to influence prescribing. A recent radio broadcast, How to Win Doctors and Influence Prescriptions, documented how the pharmaceutical industry promotes their products. Even under new rules, there is strong evidence that the pharmaceutical industry takes a sophisticated approach to "educating" physicians and their staff....
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