“This Might Hurt A Little” — Procedural Pain

First, do no harm? This is not what I wanted to write about today. But yesterday, I woke up during an outpatient diagnostic procedure, began to feel stabbing abdominal pain, made the surgeon and clinical staff aware of this, and nothing was done about it. I was in a haze induced by the conscious-sedation cocktail […]

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Tamoxifen Efficacy Revisited: Behind The Hype

PLEASE NOTE: Inaccuracies in my interpretation of the statistics in study referred to in this post were brought to my attention by one of the commenters below. After doing a lot of digging and head-scratching, I have decided to leave the original text, but have added strike-throughs over data that I wrongly interpreted, and further comments […]

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Compliance Or Manipulation?

The Center for Health Transformation recently published a white paper on The Importance of Medication Adherence. In it, they report that as many as 40% of patients do not take their medications as prescribed, and up to 20% of new prescriptions given to patients by their doctors are not filled at all. Research about medication […]

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Bare Bones & Hormones — Part II

Inevitable or Avoidable? It’s August. It’s hot. This has been one of the hottest summers on record here, not just locally in New England, but here in the United States. Maybe even here on the planet. So, I’m a little peaked. Now, I almost never drink carbonated soda. I mean never. I don’t buy it. […]

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