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Statins: through a lens clearly

We’ve written quite a bit about statins because there is evidence that these plentiful and cheap drugs may be useful in treating or preventing the innate immune system’s catastrophic dysregulation sometimes called “cytokine storm” (see here, here, here, here, here for a few examples). A new study now suggests that daily statin use by people…

Let me start with an apology. This post is again fairly long (for a blog post). Blog readers don’t like long posts (at least I don’t). But once I started writing about this I was unable to stop at some intermediary point, although I might have made it more concise and less conversational. I haven’t…

When the Wall Street Journal called attention to a claim that the Journal of the American Medical Association called a whistle-blower a “nobody” and a “nothing,” a claim JAMA denied, I didn’t know what to think. I was inclined to give JAMA the benefit of the doubt. Whatever dealings I’ve had (and they are few)…

If the 1960s film, The Graduate, were to be made today (Graduate, II: The Stimulus), the iconic scene at the party where a friend of the family takes Dustin Hoffman aside and whispers in his ear, “I have only one word for you, Plastics“) would be transmogrified into, “I have only three words for you,…

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that if the FDA approves a drug, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to keep the labeling up to date if you should warn people. So that settles one question about FDA approval. The FDA put its stamp of approval on the drug Vioxx, too, but approved or not, Vioxx…

Pills, profits and medical schools

When I was in medical school it was common to get gifts from drug companies. Since many of us had very little money, the gifts were welcome. One company gave me a Littman stethoscope, at the time, the most advanced stethoscope around. The same model costs about $100 now. I was glad to get it,…

Project Bioshield comes up dry again

We’ve had occasion to discuss the boondoggle, Project Bioshield a number of times (here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here). Maybe I should have said, quite a number of times. REally, though, it’s hardly worth mentioning. Via the Clinician’s Biosecurity Briefing, this:

The biodefense boondoggle

Republicans are supposed to be the tight fisted fiscal conservatives and Democrats the ones who think that problems can be solved by throwing federal money at it. In reality it is just the opposite, a triumph for Republican image makers but a disaster for the rest of us who have lived through a decade of…

Disease mongering

The National Post recently had an interesting article on “disease mongering,” an article I largely agreed with. The major point was that fostering a fear of “germs,” promoting the idea that following medical advice, especially advice involving “taking your pills,” and the very definition of who is diseased and who is not has a suspiciously…

Aspirin, ibuprofen and stroke

Sometimes when I surf the net looking for things to write about I run across things I don’t ordinarily write about but attract my attention because they are especially pertinent to my own health. Here’s an example. I recently herniated a disk, for which I took fairly hefty doses of anti-inflammatories. Mostly it was extra…