If you’re lucky to have a long weekend, enjoy. Here’s an extra dose of reading:
A highly recommended post on screening, lead time bias, and length bias: Once more into the screening breach: The New York Times did not kill your patient
Also recommended, especially for pharmacists and other HCPs: The Ethics of Referring Patients for Alternative Medical Therapies
The blog I contribute to, Science-Based Medicine, now has a series of ebooks. Some of my posts are in them.
Diet and Nutrition
The “paleo” diet is popular now which based on both the naturalistic fallacy as well as nostalgia for what some feel is a period when people were healthier. There have been a few good posts on the topic:
- Eat Like a Caveman? The Trouble With Paleo Living
- It’s a part of my paleo fantasy, it’s a part of my paleo dream
Don’t Fear the ‘Frankenfish’: Why Rich Americans Should Drop Their War on Genetically Modified Foods
How the gluten-free diet fad is making it harder, not easier, for those with celiac disease: Will Everyone Please Eat Gluten? Please? Because You Are Literally Killing Me, Kind Of.
Why don’t teens get shots for HPV and other diseases? Parental worries grow as evidence of benefits mount.
Worst Magazine Cover of the Year? Time’s cover is wrong, grandiose, and cruel.
Is pharmacy just a loss leader profession? Free statins in aisle 6: US supermarket chain giving away atorvastatin
On transparency in medicine: Ushering in a New Era of Open Science Through Data Sharing
Traditional Chinese Medicine is driving some species extinct. Could fake medicine save rare animals?