American Council on Science and Health The American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) is a consumer education consortium concerned with issues related to food, nutrition, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, lifestyle, the environment and health. ACSH is one of the few fearless voices of reason on these matters.
Christopher Whalen One guy who really understands the financial crisis. Brilliant insights. Links to his other sites.
Coach Is Right Coach Kevin Collins has an impressive resume, and uses all of his talents to demolish the Left. Site includes some guest columnists, as well.
Discussions In Infection Control This blog, designed and written exclusively by Lawrence F Muscarella, PhD, gives you the most comprehensive discussion of healthcare-associated (hospital) infections (or, “HAIs”), infection control, and both instrument and endoscope reprocessing in the world.
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick Provides much-needed balance to the increasingly strident health care lobby that seems intent on scaring everyone about almost everything.
Formaldehyde Facts Your antidote to formaldehyde phobia in the media, from ACC's formaldehyde panel.
Health Care Renewal Expert analysis of what's wrong with American health care. Advocating for accountability, integrity, transparency, honesty, and ethics in leadership and governance of health care.
Health News Digest One of the best and biggest health sites on the web. New content on a daily basis, geared to the professional and informed lay audience.
Interscan Corporation The independent pros in gas detection, known for taking on the tough applications. Site has much technical material, way beyond mere product touts.
Jewish World Review One of the original news/opinion aggregate sites. Founder/Editor-in-Chief/Publisher Binyamin L. Jolkovsky calls it "The intersection of faith, culture and politics." Loaded with content tending toward politically conservative. An oasis for energetic Judaism.
JunkScience.com Steven Milloy and company do a great job in exposing junk science, which he defines as: Faulty scientific data and analysis used to advance special and, often, hidden agendas. Lots of good content.
Lifehacker Tips and downloads for getting things done
Overlawyered Chronicling the high cost of our legal system. Water Olson and company explore an American legal system that too often turns litigation into a weapon against guilty and innocent alike, erodes individual responsibility, rewards sharp practice, enriches its participants at the public’s expense, and resists even modest efforts at reform and accountability.
Paradigms and Demographics Ohio-based "bug guy" Rich Kozlovich dishes on junk science, junk politics, and many other matters. Rich is also on the prowl 24/7 for supplemental content written by Others. And he still has time to kill pests!
Selwyn Duke Hard-hitting and well-written conservative commentary, from a modern day renaissance man. The Duke is not afraid to ruffle some feathers, or invoke his Catholic faith, either.
SenSoft International Expert assistance on GSA, VA, DOD, and other federal contracts. Yes, there really can be great customer service in such an esoteric space.
Small Dead Animals An artist from Saskatchewan posts a lot of common sense. And the commenters are actually intelligent. Who knew?
The BPA file Prolific blogger Alan Caruba puts another notch in his gun with excellent coverage of this era's most senselessly demonized chemical.
The Excel Addict Most of us use Excel. Some of us use it a lot, and are constantly looking for easier ways to do things. Francis Hayes--the Excel Addict--offers plenty of free tips, a regular newsletter, and an inexpensive book to download.
The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics Everything you know about cholesterol causing heart disease is wrong, and this website is run by eminent doctors who are trying to set the record straight. But, with billions of dollars in drug sales at stake, it won't be easy.
The Nutrition Experts The name says it all. Jo-Ann Heslin and Karen Nolan have sold millions of books, and have re-launched their information-packed website. What's more, they encourage website visitors to submit questions.
Warning Signs Alan Caruba's blog is a daily look at events, personalities, and issues from an independent point of view.
Weasel Zippers Conservative commentary from all over the Web. Updated constantly.
I'm afraid that it's time to beat up on the FDA...again. This HND piece first presents the mission of this agency, then gives some examples of how it has, uh, failed to perform. The awful saga of TZD diabetes drugs needs to be dredged up, often, and we do it here.
The current disaster regarding yet another series of Listeria outbreaks, and the ridiculous targeting of KIND, LLC, reflect your tax dollars at work.
This HND piece looks into the nebulous and contradictory nature of sustainability, going all the way back to the introduction of the term in 1987, by the UN. Of course, in those days, when it was called "sustainable development," it was primarily concerned with reducing the gap in standard of living between rich and poor countries.
Indeed, it must shock today's Greens that back then, it was stipulated that increased energy production will be needed to improve the plight of the poor.
Alas, given the apocalyptic nature of the Green movement, it was inevitable that a "sustainability is not sustainable" faction would emerge, and we discuss two very different proponents of that faction. In the process, we examine the incredible junk science behind this movement.
This HND article takes up from the previous week's autism piece. It is an easy segue to the awful world of junk science. Sadly, desperate parents of autistic kids have embraced every manner of voodoo, in search of a cure.
Of course, this plays into the goals of the lunatic anti-vaxers, as well as the fear entrepreneur chemophobes. We name names, including a few you may never have heard of. Also included are some thoughts from Kary Mullis.
This HND piece celebrates—sort of—the "Autism Awareness" month of April. We do this be increasing awareness of a contrarian, and probably exactly correct theory of how a condition once affecting 1-2 children in 10,000 now has skyrocketed to 1 in 68.
Your top clue stems from the fact that 99+% of today's "autistic" kids would not have been diagnosed as such by Dr. Leo Kanner, the guy who discovered and researched the condition in children, back in the 1940s.
This HND piece describes the apparent wholesale increase in myopia, observed around the world. Long though to be brought on by too much close work, and these days by addiction to personal electronic devices, research over the last few years points to another etiology.
Would you believe it may result from too little time spent outdoors? Yes, that's kind of related, but the real factor here seems to be exposure to sufficient lux&mdash:which is tied into retinal development. See, kids? You should be spending more time outside!
This HND piece spotlights the serious issue of overdiagnosis—first introduced in a best seller from 2011.
Overdiagnosis matters because the health care system has no mechanism in place for distinguishing between a legitimate diagnosis and an overdiagnosis. As such, an overdiagnosed patient will likely get treated, but by definition can derive no benefit from the treatment. Since nearly all medical therapies carry some potential of harm, this patient can only be harmed.
How many overdiagnosed conditions come to mind? Hypertension, ADHD, type 2 diabetes, any number of quasi-psychiatric maladies. But, don't worry. There are plenty of drugs available, for whatever ails you—real or imagined.
Overdiagnosis has become such a big deal that an annual conference is devoted to this problem, and we reveal some of the findings from that conference.
Yet another prestigious hospital joins the ranks of those reporting Carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE) infections, linked to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP) endoscopes. On March 4th, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles discovered that four patients were infected with CRE, and 67 others may have been exposed. On the same day, Hartford (CT) Hospital announced that as many as 281 patients may have come into contact with a "tough strain" of E. coli over the past year, but denied that it was CRE.
Two matters keep coming up: The non-use of proven ethylene oxide sterilization, and the detached attitude of the GI-docs. Then there's the dumb idea of blaming the scopes and going back to older models, as if the earlier design did not also have contamination problems. More than that, just about everyone thinks that many more similar cases will emerge—and not just with ERCP scopes.
One wonders when the rest of the medical community will put pressure on the GI-docs to show some leadership. Read the complete article.
The title of this HND piece is taken from a mordant lyric in Richard Fariña's 1966 folkie love song "Children of Darkness." In this case, our "foul command" is officialdom, and its pathetic reaction to serious outbreaks of the dreaded superbug Carbapenem resistant enterobacteriaceae (CRE), related to endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).
High profile cases include Seattle's Virginia Mason Medical Center, and UCLA"s Ronald Reagan Medical Center.
The FDA has been asleep at the switch—to be kind about it, while the rest of the players are blaming each other. Cover-ups have surely occurred. Associated deaths have attracted plaintiff's attorneys, but the burden of proof will be on the plaintiffs, to show that the CRE was indeed caught during the hospital stay. Fortunately, this can now be done with DNA analysis.
Lax procedures in disinfecting the endoscopes are likely at fault, but the hospitals insist that they have always followed the manufacturer's instructions. This is subject to some debate, of course. It is expected that many more such cases will emerge in the coming months.
This HND piece suggests that many docs will be better off by simply absorbing the (now) one percent Medicare reimbursement penalties. But, that's only the beginning.
Never mind the billions that have been spent by the Feds ramming inferior electronic health record systems down the throats of the health care industry. The simple fact is that the majority of users hate them! And, they can harm patients.
As per health informatics guru Scot Silverstein, MD... "Why are we implementing patient care tools that are not tested for harms, not evaluated for harms, not reported systematically for harms, while the government does not refute the statement that harms are caused by EHRs and admits the true magnitude of harms is unknown?"