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The Union of Concerned Scientists is concerned again.  This time, they are concerned the possibility that a fourth-generation cephalosporin, cefquinome, could be approved for use in animal feed. It seems obvious that this could lead to more problems with antibiotic resistance.  If bacteria are exposed to these antibiotics in sublethal amounts, in animals, those bacteria…

Wanna Know How I Really Feel?

The people who support this policy are not only heartless, they are idiots.

It is never easy to make decisions about the use of medication by women who are pregnant.  For the vast majority of drugs, the manufacturer’s statement says something to like this: ‘Product X should only be used if the benefit outweighs the risk.’  But there is never any specific guidance about how to weight the…

Now, there is another element in the controversy.  What happens if a corporation essentially buys an undue degree of influence in the formulation of treatment guidelines? Treatment guidelines have always promoted controversy in medical practice.  Most physicians like the idea of a concise guideline that is based upon empirical data and expert consensus.  But some…

Statins Prevent Lung Damage?

Nature News reports on a preliminary study presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians.  The study indicates that the cholesterol-lowering drugs in the statin family may protect against lung damage caused by cigarette smoking. The study, presented by Walid G. Younis, MD, consisted of data analysis of results from a…

I ran across a press release (1 2) pertaining to a journal article (‘Hitting Highs at Rock Bottom’: LSD Treatment for Alcoholism, 1950–1970) on the use of LSD for treatment of alcoholism.  When I saw it, I thought I’d blog about it.  As it happens, several people beat me to it. Anyway, the topic is…

ER Problems; Insurance Problems

These two things might be connected.  The Washington Post reported yesterday on the findings of a CDC report on emergency room preparedness.  The Economic Policy Institute reported on further erosion in health insurance coverage. Crowded ERs Raise Concerns On Readiness By Christopher Lee Washington Post Staff Writer Thursday, September 28, 2006; Page A11 Emergency rooms…

This has been a topic here at ScienceBlogs, and elsewhere.  In this post, I point out some of the blogosphere commentary, and provide links to some commentary published in journals that might otherwise escape widespread attention.  

Rising Health Expenses: A Good Value?

The August 31 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine has an interesting article with policy implications.  Unfortunately, they did not make this one freely accessible.   The authors argue that the increased medical costs that we faced between the years of 1960 to 2000 have been a good investment.  They point out that…

The Michigan Civil Rights Commission ruled recently that small insurance companies that cover prescription drugs must also cover the cost of oral contraceptives.   Firms with more than 15 employees are already under the jurisdiction of federal law, so the ruling affects only small companies.  But the ruling will have a wide impact: 60% of…