Archive for February, 2010

If It Ain’t Broke

I recall my first day as a third year medical student, the time when one finally closes the books and goes to the hospitals to learn, I was delighted to do three circumcisions my first day on the wards.  I later came to understand that this was a generous welcoming exception and much, much more […]

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Avandia and Earwax

There’s some disturbing news on many levels coming out about the FDA and the FDA approved diabetes drug Avandia.  In 2007 two physicians from the Cleveland clinic did a meta-analysis review (i.e. a review of all the studies) on Avandia and found an increased risk of heart attack and heart failure from the drug.  They […]

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Health Around the Web

Thought this was good for a laugh, FDA Panel Recommends Crestor to Prevent Heart Attacks in Healthy People Might also note that AstraZeneca that paid for this study is a patent holder on the CRP test, ie gets paid whenever that test is ordered.  Its a win/win and if we kill a few healthy people, […]

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David Graham and the tragedy of Vioxx: Part II

see part I here It is a bit difficult to get one’s mind around the magnitude of the tragedy of Vioxx. For comparisons sake, in 1936 a chemist didn’t realize that the raspberry flavor he was giving to a cold medicine was poisonous ethylene glycol, that is to say antifreeze. Some 100 people died from […]

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David Graham and the Tragedy of Vioxx

It has been one heck of a snowstorm here, just north of DC, been digging out from under two and half feet of “global warming” quite a snow job eh?  Spent two nights without power trying to sleep in the cold and dark, though it has been beautiful and on the bright side the federal […]

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A book keeping note and two videos

On the book keeping side, I’ve changed the look of the site a little, going to the more common three column format.  I have no formal training in html or web design so of course it screwed some things up.  The vaccine related poll, at least on my computer didn’t format well.  Then again I […]

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