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Health Reform's Uncertain Impact on HIV Patients

Health Reform's Uncertain Impact on HIV Patients | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

In 2014, many HIV patients who receive medication through state-based drug assistance programs will be shifted to other forms of health coverage.

It's an uncertain time for most HIV patients in the United States. A full two-thirds of them rely on government-subsidized health insurance -- or else have none -- and the health care reform law is about to shake things up.

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Sandoz: un 'tariffario' per trattare pazienti con ormoni

Sandoz: un 'tariffario' per trattare pazienti con ormoni | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
C'era un sorta di tariffario per ricompensare i medici che mettevano i pazienti sotto terapia di Omnitrope un ormone della crescita biosimilare secondo quanto hanno scoperto le indagini dei Nas
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US guideline may have led to drop in PSA testing among primary care physicians, studies find

The controversial US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) guidelines that recommended against routine prostate cancer screening with the prostate specific antigen (PSA) test may be changing the practice of primary care physicians in the United States, two small studies have shown.

The USPSTF issued its recommendation in 2012 after concluding that the reduction in prostate cancer mortality 10 to 14 years after the introduction of PSA based screening was “at most, very small, even for men in the optimal age range of 55 to 69 years,” while the risk of harm from follow-up studies and treatment was substantial.1 The USPSTF recommendations applied to men without symptoms who did not have a history of prostate cancer.

Many urologists, however, have disagreed with the USPSTF’s conclusions, and the American Urological Association currently recommends that PSA screening should be based on a shared decision making process for men aged 55 to 69.2 Nevertheless, two studies presented on 17 May at the association’s annual meeting showed that the USPSTF recommendations may be reducing the use of PSA testing among primary care physicians.

In the first study, researchers at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, found that PSA testing by primary care physicians had dropped significantly after the USPSTF released its findings.3 OHSU is the home of the Northwest Evidence Based Practice Center, which provided the analysis on which the USPSTF based its recommendations.

In the study Ryan Werntz, lead author and urologic surgery resident at the university, and his colleagues compared PSA testing at OHSU’s Family Medicine and Internal Medicine clinics before and after the task force made its recommendations.

The researchers identified 12 345 men who were seen as a new patient appointment from 2008 to 2013. They found that, before the task force published its recommendations, 1463 (14%) of these patients received a PSA test, while after the recommendations were released only 223 (7%) were tested (P<0.0001).

No significant difference was found in PSA testing frequency before and after the 2012 recommendations in men aged 40 to 49 (4.2% v 4.4%) or in men over 70 (10.2% v 9.3%), but significant decreases were seen in PSA testing in men aged 50 to 59 (19.2% v 8.5%; P<0.0001) and 60 to 69 (19.3% v 7.7%; P<0.0001).

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CDC exposed as for-profit corporation colluding with Big Pharma to corrupt government

CDC exposed as for-profit corporation colluding with Big Pharma to corrupt government | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
If it often seems like America's "civil servants" and public officials no longer work for us, the people, it's because they don't. The government today, both locally and federally, has been hijacked and turned into a private corporation, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which is definitively nothing more than a for-profit business perpetuating both its own continued existence and the corporate agendas of its puppet masters.

Just to be clear, this isn't just some tongue-in-cheek rant expressing dissatisfaction with government "incompetence," or with the actions of the current political party "in charge" -- it's an undeniable fact that inevitably leads us all much further down the rabbit hole, and a truth that more Americans need to understand for the purpose of learning how to both escape from the clutches of Government Inc. and ultimately shut it down.

Certain parasitic entities, you see, have infiltrated our once-free Republic and turned it into a military-industrial fascist state that serves private interests. And you, American, if you don't learn how to "opt out" of this evil system, are a willing participant in your own tyranny, whether you realize it or not. Though it might sound complicated, it's really quite simple: The "government" that essentially rules over Americans today is an illegal, private corporation that has supplanted our real government, which once acted on behalf of the people to protect their interests and freedoms from the type of tyranny that, ironically, has taken over America from within.


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U.S. has highest maternal death rate among developed countries

U.S. has highest maternal death rate among developed countries | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

U.S. women are more likely to die during childbirth than women in any other developed country, leading the U.S. to be ranked 33rd among 179 countries on the health and well-being of women and children. 

Women in the U.S. face a 1-in-1,800 risk for maternal death, the worst among the developed nations surveyed in Save the Children's 16th annual State of the World's Mothers report (PDF)

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Government Trove of Data on Doctors’ Prescribing Patterns Can Be Linked to #Pharma Payments to Docs

Government Trove of Data on Doctors’ Prescribing Patterns Can Be Linked to #Pharma Payments to Docs | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

The data released by Medicare today includes summary information, such as the total number of prescriptions written by each doctor in 2013, as well as more detailed information about each drug a doctor prescribed. It covers prescriptions worth more than $103 billion, not including rebates that lower the cost by an undisclosed amount.


The top prescribed drug in the program in 2013 was the blood pressure drug Lisinopril, prescribed 36.9 million times, including refills. Medicare spent the most on Nexium, $2.5 billion, not including rebates. The drug taken by the most Part D patients was the narcotic hydrocodone-acetaminophen. More than 8 million users filled at least one prescription for it.


Eric Hammelman, a vice president at the consulting firm Avalere Health, said the prescribing data could unlock clues about differences in how doctors practice medicine. Take, for instance, antibiotics, he said, which are often prescribed for inappropriate reasons. While the new data won’t show which prescriptions are inappropriate, it may flag providers who should be asked questions because they prescribe the drugs to a high proportion of their patients.


Beyond that, if consumers compare the prescribing data to data on the payments drug companies have made to doctors, they can see how often doctors prescribe products sold by companies with whom they have financial relationships.


“Knock on wood, these files are coming out on a regular basis. I think some of the doctors and manufacturers would prefer this goes away,” Hammelman said.


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Farmaci anti cecità, la Regione
fa causa a Novartis e La Roche

Farmaci anti cecità, la Regione   <br/>fa causa a Novartis e La Roche | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Roberto Maroni, in una conferenza stampa, ha parlato di un danno «stimato in oltre sessanta milioni di euro per il sistema sanitario regionale»  La Regione Lombardia intenterà «una serie di azionilegali nei confronti dei gruppi Novartis e La Roche» per il caso del farmaco Lucentis, che sarebbe stato favorito al posto del meno caro Avastin. Lo ha annunciato il presidente Roberto Maroni che, in una conferenza stampa, ha parlato di un danno «stimato in oltre sessanta milioni di euro per il sistema sanitario regionale». Per questo la sua giunta ha deliberato di dare «incarico all’avvocatura regionale per recuperare in sede giudiziale o extragiudiziale» la somma.
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Viagra, Epo, antidepressivi tarocchi: 5 milioni di italiani li comprano on line - Italia - Libero Quotidiano

Viagra, Epo, antidepressivi tarocchi: 5 milioni di italiani li comprano on line - Italia - Libero Quotidiano | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Nonostante le campagne che invitano a stare lontani dai siti che commerciano medicinali e nonostante i pericoli siano ormai segnalati da anni da più parti sono oltre 5 milioni gli italiani che fanno uso di farmaci "tarocchi" acquista...
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What are some limitations and potential harms of the PSA test for prostate cancer screening?

What are some limitations and potential harms of the PSA test for prostate cancer screening? | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
  • Some advisory groups now recommend against the use of the PSA test to screen for prostate cancer because the benefits, if any, are small and the harms can be substantial. None recommend its use without a detailed discussion of the pros and cons of using the test.
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Generic Drugs: The Same, but Not

Generic Drugs: The Same, but Not | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
The law requires them to be the same as brand-name drugs in all ways that matter. But what science considers important is a moving target. An Object Lesson.
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En France, une santé  inégalitaire

En France, une santé  inégalitaire | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

Les inégalités entre individus se manifestent dans plusieurs dimensions : outre les conditions matérielles que procurent revenu et patrimoine, l’éducation...


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Motilium : 231 morts subites chaque année en France ?

Motilium : 231 morts subites chaque année en France ? | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Un an après l'appel de la revue Prescrire à retirer du marché les médicaments contenant de la dompéridone, une nouvelle étude accuse cette substance d'être à l'origine de plus de 200 morts chaque année en France.

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National Expenditure For False-Positive Mammograms And Breast Cancer Overdiagnoses Estimated At $4 Billion A Year

Populationwide mammography screening has been associated with a substantial rise in false-positive mammography findings and breast cancer overdiagnosis. However, there is a lack of current data on the associated costs in the United States. We present costs due to false-positive mammograms and breast cancer overdiagnoses among women ages 40–59, based on expenditure data from a major US health care insurance plan for 702,154 women in the years 2011–13. The average expenditures for each false-positive mammogram, invasive breast cancer, and ductal carcinoma in situ in the twelve months following diagnosis were $852, $51,837 and $12,369, respectively. This translates to a national cost of $4 billion each year. The costs associated with false-positive mammograms and breast cancer overdiagnoses appear to be much higher than previously documented. Screening has the potential to save lives. However, the economic impact of false-positive mammography results and breast cancer overdiagnoses must be considered in the debate about the appropriate populations for screening.
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Overdiagnosis of bone fragility in the quest to prevent hip fracture





The dominant approach to hip fracture prevention is neither viable as a public health strategy nor cost effective. Pharmacotherapy can achieve at best a marginal reduction in hip fractures at the cost of unnecessary psychological harms, serious medical adverse events, and forgone opportunities to have greater impacts on the health of older people. As such, it is an intellectual fallacy we will live to regret.

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L'Italia dei parti cesarei. Annalisa Scognamiglio

L'Italia dei parti cesarei. Annalisa Scognamiglio | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

In Italia quasi quattro parti su dieci sono effettuati con un taglio cesareo. I numeri variano molto da provincia a provincia, ma al Sud si concentrano le percentuali più alte. Le possibili cause del costante aumento e le misure per limitare la pratica ai soli casi di effettiva necessità clinica.  ....   

I numeri mostrano invece come la frammentazione dei punti nascita possa costituire un elemento fondamentale per spiegare la variabilità geografica. L’incidenza di piccoli punti nascita (meno di 500 parti l’anno) è correlata con il tasso di cesareo tra province. Il parto naturale non è programmabile, quindi richiede disponibilità di assistenza continuata. Ciò genera elevati costi fissi che non sono recuperabili per volumi bassi di attività. Al contrario, il parto cesareo è programmabile, consente al medico di gestire e programmare la propria attività professionale, agli ospedali e case di cura di limitare i costi fissi e garantisce introiti maggiori (il rimborso per Drg di parto cesareo è generalmente più elevato del rimborso per parto naturale).

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La dictature de la connexion

La dictature de la connexion | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
La nouvelle vague technologique, celle des objets connectés, mise sur l'individualisme. Et nous rend accros. Notre vie n'est-elle plus qu'un flux de données ?  « Une vie dans laquelle nous aurions des règles qui nous seraient ajustées comme un excellent tailleur ajuste nos vêtements serait effectivement l'esclavage total », écrivait le philosophe Cornélius Castoriadis. Approcherait-on tranquillement, avec enthousiasme même, de ce « bagne idéal » ? Nous voici capables désormais d'exercer sur nous-mêmes une surveillance parfaitement taillée à nos mesures. Combien de pas avons-nous effectués aujourd'hui ? Combien de calories avons-nous ingérées ? Et nos cycles de sommeil, sont-ils bien réguliers ? Plus question de rester dans l'ignorance maintenant que déferle en France la nouvelle vague technologique, celle des objets connectés. L'an dernier, ces petites merveilles high-tech ont séduit pas moins de 640 000 personnes dans l'Hexagone, et ce n'est qu'un début. Leurs promesses ? Irrésistibles... ou peut-être cauchemardesques : à voir.
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The Big Business Of Cancer: 100 BILLION Dollars Was Spent On Cancer Drugs Last Year Alone

The Big Business Of Cancer: 100 BILLION Dollars Was Spent On Cancer Drugs Last Year Alone | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

By Michael Snyder

If you are an American, there is a 1 in 3 chance that you will get cancer during your lifetime.  If you are a man, the odds are closer to 1 in 2.  And almost everyone in America either knows someone who currently has cancer or who has already died from cancer.  But it wasn’t always this way.

Back in the 1940s, only one out of every sixteen Americans would develop cancer.  Something has happened that has caused the cancer rate in this nation to absolutely explode, and it is being projected that cancer will soon surpass heart disease and become the leading cause of death in the United States.

Overall, the World Health Organization says that approximately 14 million new cases of cancer are diagnosed around the globe each year, and the number of new cases is expected to increase by about 70 percent over the next 2 decades.  There are very few words in the English language that cause more fear than the word “cancer,” but despite billions spent on research and all of the technological progress we have made over the years this plague just continues to spiral wildly out of control.  Why is that?

In America today, more money is spent to treat cancer than to treat any other disease by far.  In fact, according to NBC News, 100 BILLION dollars was spent on cancer drugs just last year alone…


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Overkill-An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it

Overkill-An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it | Disease mongering | Scoop.it




It was lunchtime before my afternoon surgery clinic, which meant that I was at my desk, eating a ham-and-cheese sandwich and clicking through medical articles. Among those which caught my eye: a British case report on the first 3-D-printed hip implanted in a human being, a Canadian analysis of the rising volume of emergency-room visits by children who have ingested magnets, and a Colorado study finding that the percentage of fatal motor-vehicle accidents involving marijuana had doubled since its commercial distribution became legal. 


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Plus de 120 000 enfants africains morts en 2013 à cause de faux médicaments

Plus de 120 000 enfants africains morts en 2013 à cause de faux médicaments | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

Une femme tient la main de son enfant souffrant du paludisme à l'hôpital de Bangui le 18 décembre 2013 (Photo Fred Dufour. AFP)
Des experts s’alarment de «l’industrie assassine» des faux médicaments en Afrique. La contrefaçon représenterait 30% des traitements sur le continent.Manque de ressources humaines et de laboratoires, sanctions dérisoires, cherté des produits pharmaceutiques: l’Afrique représente une proie facile pour «l’industrie assassine» des faux médicaments qui prospère sur la mondialisation, se sont alarmés des experts réunis cette semaine à Dakar.
«Des milliers de personnes perdent la vie» sur le continent, victimes des faux médicaments, ont souligné les participants à cette conférence, à l’initiative de la Fondation Chirac pour l’accès à une santé et des médicaments de qualité, la Fédération internationale des fabricants et associations pharmaceutiques (IFPMA) et l’Association pour l’information sur les médicaments (DIA).
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Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices'

Why Many Doctors Don't Follow 'Best Practices' | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Doctors, it turns out, often don't follow evidence-based guidelines. One result? Unnecessary tests. Scientists who study this contrariness think they know why.
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The tobacco industry is using an increasing range of techniques to regain its influence over public policy making

The tobacco industry is using an increasing range of techniques to regain its influence over public policy making | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

On 11 March, the UK’s House of Commons took a bold and exemplary step, voting into law legislation that will introduce plain packaging for cigarettes in England by May 2016. Following Australia and, by just a few weeks, Ireland, England becomes only the third country to open up this latest front in the battle against tobacco harm.

The decision was exemplary, says the global tobacco control campaigner Judith Mackay, because it will encourage other countries with fewer resources to follow suit. But it was bold because inevitably the UK will now be engulfed in a storm of legal challenges from an industry determined to fight for every inch of ground, even as its products continue to kill millions around the world (fig 1).

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AllTrials: Doctors are being misled - YouTube

Sign the AllTrials petition http://www.AllTrials.net Donate to AllTrials http://bit.ly/1fxwFGA Dr Ben Goldacre prescribed the antidepressant Reboxetine for a...
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Doctors think lots of patients ask for medicine they don’t need. This study says that’s not true.

We know that wasteful spending is a huge problem in health care. Every year, the United States spends $765 billion annually (about one third of our overall health care dollars) on things that do not make Americans any healthier.

This is both a huge problem, and opportunity. If we could make a dent in unnecessary wasteful spending, cut it in half or even a quarter, it would be a huge reduction in health care costs. And that could happen without harming Americans: we'd be eliminating the care that, by definition, isn't needed.

But if we're ever going to make a dent in unnecessary spending, such on unneeded MRIs or too much medication we need to understand why there's all this wasteful spending happening in the first place.

A new paper in JAMA Oncology tries to clear that up: The study, which examined 5,050 patient-physician encounters, found that -- despite doctors' perceptions -- patients aren't demanding medicine they don't need.


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Cow’s Milk Contamination of Huma Milk Purchased via the Internet

BACKGROUND: The US Food and Drug Administration recommends against feeding infants human abstract milk from unscreened donors, but sharing milk via the Internet is growing in popularity. Recipient infants risk the possibility of consuming contaminated or adulterated milk. Our objective was to test milk advertised for sale online as human milk to verify its human origin and to rule out contamination with cow’s milk. METHODS: We anonymously purchased 102 samples advertised as human milk online. DNA was extracted from 200 µL of each sample. The presence of human or bovine mitochondrial DNA was assessed with a species-specific real-time polymerase chain reaction assay targeting the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) dehydrogenase subunit 5 gene. Four laboratorycreated mixtures representing various dilutions of human milk with fluid cow’s milk or reconstituted infant formula were compared with the Internet samples to semiquantitate the extent of contamination with cow’s milk. RESULTS: All Internet samples amplified human DNA. After 2 rounds of testing, 11 samples also contained bovine DNA. Ten of these samples had a level of bovine DNA consistent with human milk mixed with at least 10% fluid cow’s milk. CONCLUSIONS: Ten Internet samples had bovine DNA concentrations high enough to rule out minor contamination, suggesting a cow’s milk product was added. Cow’s milk can be problematic for infants with allergy or intolerance. Because buyers cannot verify the composition of milk they purchase, all should be aware that it might be adulterated with cow’s milk. Pediatricians should be aware of the online market for human milk and the potential risks.

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Influenza, nel 2015 raddoppiati gli ammalati Boom di antibiotici: spesi sei milioni in più

È un bollettino di guerra. Oltre 42,5 milioni di dosi consumate tra antibiotici e altri farmaci. Ben 900 mila malati, il doppio del 2014. Quindicimila richieste d?aiuto in più al Pronto soccorso solo a gennaio, quando sono stati visitati 341 mila malati. L?influenza presenta il conto. Salato. In Lombardia non sono mai stati usati così tanti farmaci specifici come nei mesi di gennaio e febbraio di quest?anno. È un numero da primato: complessivamente sono state consumate dieci milioni di dosi in più rispetto al 2010 e quasi 4 milioni in più rispetto al 2011, l?anno dell?allarme per l?arrivo dell?influenza suina, l?H1N1.Negli ultimi giorni all?assessorato della Sanità sono stati fatti i calcoli dell?impatto economico dell?epidemia. Solo per il consumo di antibiotici e di farmaci per il sistema respiratorio sono stati spesi 5,6 milioni di euro in più nel giro di due mesi, con un aumento della spesa farmaceutica territoriale superiore al 10% rispetto allo stesso periodo dell?anno precedente. Il mese più terribile, gennaio: in soli 30 giorni c?è stata una crescita del 60% di antibiotici rispetto al gennaio 2010, l?anno preso come paragone dall?assessorato alla Sanità (15 milioni e 798 mila dosi contro 10 milioni e 872 mila).Tutta colpa di un virus più aggressivo che mai. Questo è l?anno del ritorno della suina. In una forma particolarmente cattiva. Nel momento clou si trovano a letto fino a 9 lombardi su mille. È il doppio rispetto all?apice della scorsa stagione influenzale.Alla virulenza dell?influenza si aggiunge lo scandalo del vaccino Fluad, che comporta una battuta d?arresto delle vaccinazioni.

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