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Life as a 'legal' drug addict

Life as a 'legal' drug addict | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
A prescription drug addict tells BBC Radio 4's Face The Facts that more help is needed for those who cannot stop taking "legal" drugs.
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Overdiagnosis of disease: a modern epidemic sickness.
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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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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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Disease Mongering: il business dell'ipocondria - Raccontare la salute

Disease Mongering: il business dell'ipocondria - Raccontare la salute | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Si chiama disease mongering  ovvero la mercificazione della malattia. La salute è da sempre un grande business e non solo per le aziende farmaceutiche.    Così succede che per allargare il mercato si creano nuovi clienti, facendo dei sani i nuovi malati. Quali sono le tattiche del disease mongering : La medicalizzazione di eventi naturali, come... Continue reading →
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Ad Expo Mc Donald’s e Coca Cola. E la Rete si scatena

Ad Expo Mc Donald’s e Coca Cola. E la Rete si scatena | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Ad Expo Mc Donald’s e Coca Cola. E la Rete si scatena. Mc Donald’s e Coca Cola sono sponsor ufficiali di Expo con un bel Padiglione sul sito espositivo. .......
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How to diagnose overdiagnosis

Overdiagnosis means different things to different people. Stacy Carter, associate professor at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine at the University of Sydney argues that we should u
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Fire in the blood, le film qui s’attaque aux brevets de l’industrie pharmaceutique

Fire in the blood, le film qui s’attaque aux brevets de l’industrie pharmaceutique | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Dans un petit cinéma parisien, l’ONG Médecins du Monde projetait ce mois-ci un documentaire sur le combat mené il y a quinze ans dans les pays pauvres pour l’accès aux traitements du sida.

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Overdiagnosis: How Our Compulsion for Diagnosis May Be Harming Children

Overdiagnosis: How Our Compulsion for Diagnosis May Be Harming Children | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
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Overdiagnosis occurs when a true abnormality is discovered, but detection of that abnormality does not benefit the patient. It should be distinguished from misdiagnosis, in which the diagnosis is inaccurate, and it is not synonymous with overtreatment or overuse, in which excess medication or procedures are provided to patients for both correct and incorrect diagnoses. Overdiagnosis for adult conditions has gained a great deal of recognition over the last few years, led by realizations that certain screening initiatives, such as those for breast and prostate cancer, may be harming the very people they were designed to protect. In the fall of 2014, the second international Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference will be held, and the British Medical Journal will produce an overdiagnosis-themed journal issue. However, overdiagnosis in children has been less well described. This special article seeks to raise awareness of the possibility of overdiagnosis in pediatrics, suggesting that overdiagnosis may affect commonly diagnosed conditions such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, bacteremia, food allergy, hyperbilirubinemia, obstructive sleep apnea, and urinary tract infection. Through these and other examples, we discuss why overdiagnosis occurs and how it may be harming children. Additionally, we consider research and education strategies, with the goal to better elucidate pediatric overdiagnosis and mitigate its influence.

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Les gendarmes du médicament faisaient affaire avec les labos | Mediapart

Les gendarmes du médicament faisaient affaire avec les labos | Mediapart | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

La mise sur le marché de médicaments et leur remboursement sont soumis à des commissions supposées indépendantes. Or, plusieurs mois d'enquête ont permis à Mediapart de découvrir que, pendant des années, des membres éminents de ces commissions (dont un président) ont conseillé secrètement les laboratoires pharmaceutiques. L'affaire, au-delà des questions déontologiques et de conflits d'intérêts, interroge la probité du système sanitaire français.


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Se Verdini è alleato del PD, Coca Cola e McDonald non possono che essere gli sponsordell'Expo!

Se Verdini è  alleato del PD, Coca Cola e McDonald non possono che essere gli sponsordell'Expo! | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

1. EXPO: FARINETTI, STUPIDAGGINE CONTRARI A COCA COLA-MACDONALD'S

RENZI FARINETTI

(ANSA) - "Essere contrari alla presenza di Mc Donald's e Coca Cola è una stupidaggine enorme. Il tema di Expo è nutrire il pianeta, è universale. Semmai dobbiamo parlare del perché nel mondo c'è ancora un 20% di malnutriti. Non so cosa faranno Coca Cola e Mc Donald's, che è presente come main sponsor. La presenza non è così forte. Saranno chiamati ovunque nel mondo, io sono amico dell'Ad di Coca Cola e gli rompo le scatole ogni giorno affinchè tolga i coloranti dalla bevanda. Con Mc Donald's li ho incontrati e abbiamo parlato di prodotto sano e pulito. Intanto danno lavoro a tante persone".

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«McDonald’s a Expo. Come Erode all’Unicef» - Popoff Quotidiano

«McDonald’s a Expo. Come Erode all’Unicef» - Popoff Quotidiano | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Sarà di McDonald's il più grande ristorante della kermesse delle multinazionali dell'alimentazione, l'Expo. Agnoletto e Molinari: «Come se Erode fosse testimonial di Unicef»
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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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Rischia il cancro, la Regione le nega l’indagine genetica:“Ma Angelina Jolie lo ha fatto“ - il Resto del Carlino

Rischia il cancro, la Regione le nega l’indagine genetica:“Ma Angelina Jolie lo ha fatto“  - il Resto del Carlino | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Il suo chirurgo (che opera negli Usa) contesta le scelte emiliane: “Linee guide obsolete“
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Nestle Continues Stealing World’s Water During Drought

Nestle Continues Stealing World’s Water During Drought | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Nestlé is draining California aquifers, from Sacramento alone taking 80 million gallons annually. Nestlé then sells the people's water back to them at great profit under many dozen brand names.
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Scientists issue call for urgent controls on e-cigarette sales to children

Scientists issue call for urgent controls on e-cigarette sales to children | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Survey shows one in five teenagers in north west England have bought or tried e-cigarettes and found a strong link to to binge drinking
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L’educazione sessuale senza etero e omo che non piace ai renziani

L’educazione sessuale senza etero e omo che non piace ai renziani | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

È pagato dalla Regione. La consigliera: confonde i giovani e va rivista. ....   Il progetto della Regione è stato preso di mira due giorni fa da "Corrispondenza Romana", l’agenzia di informazione diretta dallo storico Roberto De Mattei, che giusto un anno fa si è visto sospendere la sua trasmissione mensile su Radio Maria per sue le posizioni critiche verso Papa Francesco. Secondo questa agenzia, «W l’Amore» altro non è « che l’ennesima subdola aggressione» che «con il pretesto di educare i ragazzi alla sessualità, li si inizia alla contraccezione, all’aborto e all’omosessualità, violando irrimediabilmente la loro adolescenza».   

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Is pharma ready to disclose its payments to doctors in Europe?

Is pharma ready to disclose its payments to doctors in Europe? | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
From 2016, pharma will have to make public its payments to doctors and healthcare organisations in Europe: it will be not just a huge technical challenge, but also a major cultural shift. Just how transparent and 'above board' are the...
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Healthy snacks for National Nutrition Month - fox2now.com

Healthy snacks for National Nutrition Month - fox2now.com | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO. (KTVI) - March is National Nutrition Month and this year's theme is 'Bite into a healthy lifestyle' and we all know how much kids love biting into their snacks. Snacking is an...

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Colombia drug debate revived as herbicide deemed carcinogen

Colombia drug debate revived as herbicide deemed carcinogen | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the...

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McDonald's a Expo 2015: non si era detto cibo sano, sicuro e italiano?

McDonald's a Expo 2015: non si era detto cibo sano, sicuro e italiano? | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
Queste sono le belle parole che leggiamo sul sito ufficiale dell’Expo 2015, alla pagina Cos’è. “Per sei mesi Milano diventerà una vetrina mondiale in cui i Paesi mostreranno il meglio delle proprie tecnologie per dare una risposta concreta
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Fast-food outlets and grocery stores near school and adolescents’ eating habits and overweight in Finland

Fast-food outlets and grocery stores near school and adolescents’ eating habits and overweight in Finland | Disease mongering | Scoop.it

Background: Environmental factors may affect adolescents’ eating habits and thereby body weight. However, the contribution of school neighbourhood environment is poorly understood. This study examined the association between proximity of a fast-food outlet or grocery store to school and adolescents’ eating habits and overweight. Methods: Participants were 23 182 adolescents (mean age 15 years) who responded to a classroom survey in 181 lower secondary schools in Finland (2008–09). School location was linked to data on distance from school to the nearest fast-food outlet or grocery store (≤100 m, 101−500 m, >500 m) using global positioning system-coordinate databases. Outcomes were irregular eating habits (skipping breakfast, skipping free school lunch, skipping free school-provided snacks and not having family dinners), the accumulation of these habits and overweight, including obesity (body mass index ≥ 25 kg/m2). Results: Thirteen percentage of the participants were overweight. Having a fast-food outlet or grocery store near school was associated with skipping often breakfast and free school lunch, and the accumulation of irregular eating habits. The proximity of a fast-food outlet or grocery store was associated with a 1.25-fold (95% confidence interval 1.03–1.52) risk of overweight among adolescent with a low socioeconomic status but not among those with higher socioeconomic status. This association was partly (12%) explained by the accumulation of irregular eating habits. Conclusions:Among adolescents from low socioeconomic background, the presence of fast-food retailers near schools is associated with accumulation of irregular eating habits and greater overweight. These findings suggest that obesogenic school neighbourhoods may contribute to social inequalities in overweight.

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