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Cancer risk in 680 000 people exposed to computed tomography scans in childhood or adolescence: data linkage study of 11 million Australians | BMJ

Cancer risk in 680 000 people exposed to computed tomography scans in childhood or adolescence: data linkage study of 11 million Australians | BMJ | Disease mongering | Scoop.it
AbstractObjective To assess the cancer risk in children and adolescents following exposure to low dose ionising radiation from diagnostic computed tomography (CT) scans.Design Population based, cohort, data linkage study in Australia.Cohort...
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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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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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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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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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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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