Will more female doctors be enough?

80 percent of lab rats, guinea pigs, or whatever test animals, are apparently male.  That is, according to a report done by Joséfa Lopez for Le Monde. (24 november, 2017)

When it comes to human test subjects, les than a quarter is a woman.

As a result, many medicines that have been tested on men are not suitable for women.  Not only do they have untested side effects, they may even be counterproductive, having the opposite effect of what is intended. Continue reading “Will more female doctors be enough?”

Does the BBC know what an Opioid is?

Fact checking seems to have been outsourced.  It used to be the domain of in-house sub-editors, but now it is almost entirely up to volunteers to spot accuracy in the media.  And, unfortunately, what passes for investigative journalism these days is little more than academic conjecture.

Take the BBC’s recent report claiming that the “real” opioid crisis is that poor countries don’t get enough.   The more you examine the facts, the more difficult that claim is to believe. Continue reading “Does the BBC know what an Opioid is?”

You really are being watched by your doctor

The FDA has approved a new kind of pill that informs your doctor when (or whether) you take it.  If you swallow the pill, it sends a signal that tells your doctor and insurance company.  If you don’t, the lack of signal lets them know that too.

Most people will say that don’t mind, that they take their medicine.  But statistics show that thousands (or millions) of patients do not follow their doctor’s prescriptions.  Would being watched change that?

“We all have something to hide,” according to Randolph Lewis, the author of Under Surveillance.  Lewis quotes another journalist, Glenn Greenwald, saying, “If you have nothing to hide, why don’t you send me all of your passwords and all of your emails?” Continue reading “You really are being watched by your doctor”

Immunotherapy, the new cancer buzzword

When a the University of Leeds asked those enrolled in “Exploring Cancer medicines” to write a short blog post on the future of Cancer medicines, over half of the participants chose immunotherapy.

In a healthy body, the immune system fights disease by attacking germs like viruses and bacteria.  However, as cancer uses the body’s own cells, and as many cancers are basically mutations of the body’s own cells, the immune system can’t always tell the difference between a normal cell and a cancer cell.

Immunotherapy is about help the body’s immune system recognise those cancer cells, so that the body will fight them in the way it fights other diseases.

Here are some of the titles chosen by the students:

  • The future of Lung Cancer
  • immunotherapy
  • Immunotherapy, maybe our own body can kick cancer’s butt
  • Immunotherapy as cancer treatment: the basics
  • It’s all down to you, Immunotherapy
  • Our own bodies can cure cancer
  • The future of cancer
  • Our bodies must fight back
  • The ongoing  battle
  • Immunology


What is an epidemic?

“Flu rates have doubled in the last fortnight, according to the figures, raising the spectre of an epidemic within a month if trends continue,” – Laura Donnelly.

Earlier this year, education skeptic Joseph Ohler claimed that the “prescription opioid epidemic” was “fake.”

Laura Donnelly, the Health editor for the Telegraph, wrote on Friday that, “Britain will be in the grip of a flu epidemic by the end of the month if the virus continues to spread at its current rate…” Continue reading “What is an epidemic?”

Is Fatca bad for medicine?

Fatca, the Fiscally Absurd & Tedious Counterproductive Administration, or (euphemistically) the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, is an example of United States government pushing others around, supposedly to find tax cheats.

In reality, Fatca hits everyone.  If you’re suspected of being an American living abroad, or if you’ve lived in the USA and moved out, and then receive ten dollars from Amazon, eBay or Vimeo, or any other online shop, affiliate scheme, or freelancing website, they will refuse to give it to you until you fill out intrusive paperwork.  That’s right, not ten thousand dollars, ten dollars.  They would probably do it for ten cents.

And, it will definitely hit you if you invest in medical research, or if you seek investors.

Continue reading “Is Fatca bad for medicine?”