In a meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal by Stanford professor John Ioannidis, MD, DSc, culled data from more than 300 clinical trials, representing more than 300,000 individual patients. In comparing the effectiveness of exercise with various drug interventions to prevent mortality for patients with coronary heart disease or prediabetes, exercise and drug interventions appeared to have similar effects on mortality. Read more about Closest Thing to a Wonder Drug-The exercise Pill[…]
The importance of algorithms in our lives today cannot be overstated. They are used virtually everywhere, from financial institutions to dating sites. But some algorithms shape and control our world more than others ….. Continue Reading………..
…………..some of the most influential medical groups in the nation are recommending that doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness of treatments, as they make decisions about patient care………. …….Dr. Steven D. Pearson, a visiting scientist in the ethics department at the National Institutes of Health, said the move by some societies to incorporate Read more about Can Cost of Treatment Influence Doctors[…]
The super-confident, doctor-as-god types do not always perform well. One study of radiologists, for example, reveals that those who perform poorly on diagnostic tests are also those most confident in their diagnostic prowess. People are loath to challenge experts. In a 2009 experiment carried out at Emory University, a group of adults was asked to Read more about Do we make bad healthcare decisions?[…]
We are awash in data. The amount of data that we now collect and digitally store is mind boggling. As an example President George W. Bush’s presidential library comprises of 80 terabytes of electronic information with over 200 million e-mails. Compare that to former President Bill Clinton’s library with four terabytes of electronic information with about 20 Read more about All that glitters is not GOLD-Should we trust all wellness studies?[…]
Medical science seems to progress by the day. Researches, studies and experiments are constantly throwing up new information on a range of illnesses and treatment forms. Where the doctor was once revered for his understanding of medicine, today, the huge number of information sources has diminished this aspect a bit. Studies have shown that a Read more about The educated, engaged and empowered patient[…]