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  • Statins: Still Overhyped After All These Years

    06/17/2015 9:00:12 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 6/17/15 | Michael D. Shaw
    In a rather self-serving review article entitled “A historical perspective on the discovery of statins,” Japanese biochemist Akira Endo hits all the conventional and PC notes in his 10-page (including references) trip down memory lane. From the get-go, in the abstract itself he tells us that… “Cholesterol is essential for the functioning of all human organs, but it is nevertheless the cause of coronary heart disease. Building on that knowledge, scientists and the pharmaceutical industry have successfully developed a remarkably effective class of drugs–the statins–that lower cholesterol levels in blood and reduce the frequency of heart attacks.” We would expect...
  • Sacred Scientism - Public Blind Accpetence of Bad Science

    03/11/2013 10:19:54 AM PDT · by guyshomenet · 4 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 3/11/13 | Guy Smith
    “If you have to believe in something,” said a wise old uncle, “believe in science. But only if you have to believe.” Science isn’t all it is cracked up to be since many shady shamans pose as scientists in order to pluck money from someone’s pocket (typically taxpayer purses). Their magic trick is trade upon scientism, one definition of which is “the uncritical belief that scientific or quasi-scientific methods expose indisputable facts.” Political pitchpeople peddle such prattle knowing that the majority of non-scientific neighbors will accept as gospel conclusions published by seemingly sane institutions. Yet much of it is buncombe....
  • Somali Pirates Kill 4 Americans on Hijacked Ship

    02/22/2011 7:33:13 AM PST · by Allthegoodusernamesaregone · 219 replies
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, 2011 – Somali pirates killed all four Americans they had held hostage aboard a sailing vessel in the Indian Ocean this morning, U.S. Central Command officials announced. U.S. officials were negotiating with the pirates for the safe return of the captured Americans when the murders took place, officials said. Centcom officials said that in the midst of negotiations, U.S. forces responded to gunfire aboard the S/V Quest. When the forces reached the boat, officials said, they discovered all four hostages had been shot by their captors. Despite immediate steps to provide life-saving care, all four hostages ultimately...
  • Somali pleads guilty to piracy

    08/27/2010 3:21:26 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    UPI ^ | 8/27/2010
    NORFOLK, Va., Aug. 27 (UPI) -- A Somali man Friday pleaded guilty in federal court in Norfolk, Va., to attacking the USS Ashland in the first successful U.S. piracy prosecution in 150 years. Jama Idle Ibrahim told the court he believed the Ashland was a merchant vessel he could hold for ransom. The ship was attacked April 10 in the Gulf of Aden. "Today marks the first conviction in Norfolk for acts of piracy in more than 150 years," U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride said. "Modern-day pirates must be held accountable and will face severe consequences." Ibrahim, also known as Jaamac...
  • Alleged Somali Pirates Indicted for Attacks on Navy Ships

    04/24/2010 2:51:06 AM PDT · by Cindy · 28 replies · 539+ views
    Note: The following text is a quote: Alleged Somali Pirates Indicted for Attacks on Navy Ships NORFOLK, VA—Federal grand juries in the Eastern District of Virginia have returned two separate indictments charging 11 men from Somalia with engaging in piracy and related offenses pertaining to attacks on two Navy ships. The indictments charge separate attacks by separate groups on the U.S.S. Nicholas and the U.S.S. Ashland. Neil H. MacBride, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; George Venizelos, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s New York Field Office; Alex J. Turner, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s...
  • MS in remission w/own stem cells - JAMA Report

    02/07/2009 6:05:52 PM PST · by Coleus · 6 replies · 679+ views
    MS in remission w/own stem cells - JAMA Report
  • CDC: High TB Rates among US Immigrants Call for Immediate Measures

    07/23/2008 10:50:31 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 9 replies · 201+ views
    eFluxMedia ^ | July 23, 2008 | Anna Boyd
    A study published on the July 22 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association called for more aggressive action against tuberculosis, after it had discovered an increase in the number of foreigners in the US infected with TB. Although TB cases in the US dropped 45 percent between 1996 and 2006 (from more than 25,000 to less than 14,000), according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s statistics, there was a five percent increase in TB cases among immigrant populations living in the US during the same period, Dr. Kevin P. Cain head of the CDC’s...
  • Study: Obesity surgery can cure diabetes

    01/22/2008 2:25:32 PM PST · by decimon · 8 replies · 133+ views
    Associated Press ^ | January 22, 2008 | CARLA K. JOHNSON
    CHICAGO - A new study gives the strongest evidence yet that obesity surgery can cure diabetes. Patients who had surgery to reduce the size of their stomachs were five times more likely to see their diabetes disappear over the next two years than were patients who had standard diabetes care, according to Australian researchers. Most of the surgery patients were able to stop taking diabetes drugs and achieve normal blood tests. "It's the best therapy for diabetes that we have today, and it's very low risk," said the study's lead author, Dr. John Dixon of Monash University Medical School in...
  • Hateful chatter behind the veil (Wives of Toronto's `accused` terrorists)

    06/29/2006 4:47:27 AM PDT · by fanfan · 128 replies · 4,057+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Thursday, June 29, 2006 | OMAR EL AKKAD AND GREG MCARTHUR
    Hateful chatter behind the veil Key suspects' wives held radical views, Web postings revealMISSISSAUGA — When it came time to write up the premarital agreement between Zakaria Amara and Nada Farooq, Ms. Farooq briefly considered adding a clause that would allow her to ask for a divorce. She said that Mr. Amara (now accused of being a leader of the alleged terror plot that led to the arrests of 17 Muslim men early this month) had to aspire to take part in jihad. "[And] if he ever refuses a clear opportunity to leave for jihad, then i want the choice...
  • Northwestern U. study uses ADULT stem cells to strengthen immune system

    09/02/2006 9:37:18 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 293+ views
    The Daily Colonial, ^ | 02.07.06 | Joanna Allerhand
    EVANSTON, Ill. -- A recent Northwestern University study found that a new treatment using stem cells might extend the lives of patients with lupus. Stem cell treatments could help patients with severe cases who have not responded to other options, according to a study published in the Feb. 1 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. Lupus is a disease that causes patients' immune systems to become unable to distinguish between foreign substances and normal parts of the body. This causes the immune system to attack the patient's own cells and tissues instead of protecting them. Researchers, including...
  • Journal tightens rules for authors (Doctors must disclose conflicts of interest for JAMA)

    07/12/2006 10:34:19 AM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 159+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | July 12, 2006 | Bruce Japsen
    Despite a Chicago-based national medical journal's efforts to require contributing doctors to disclose their ties to the pharmaceutical industry, physicians don't always abide by the rules--even during a period of intense scrutiny of drugmaker-doctor relationships. In Wednesday's weekly edition the Journal of the American Medical Association is expected to issue a correction on a February article it published about a major depression study. "Most of the 13 authors" failed to disclose they were paid consultants to drugmakers, according to a Wall Street Journal article Tuesday. The study warned about risks of relapsing into depression for pregnant women who stop taking...
  • In Article, Doctors Back Ban on Gifts From Drug Makers (Courtesy, at least in part, of George Soros)

    01/25/2006 11:11:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 622+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 25, 2006 | GARDINER HARRIS
    The gifts, drugs and classes that makers of pharmaceuticals and medical devices routinely give doctors undermine medical care, hurt patients and should be banned, a group of influential doctors say in today's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. Medical schools and teaching hospitals should be the first to establish a comprehensive ban, the group writes. But the authors argue that all doctors should eventually follow suit. Broadly adopted, the recommendations would transform doctors' day-to-day lives and shut off the focus of drug makers' biggest expenditures. But Dr. David Blumenthal, an author of the article, said it was...
  • JAMA Editor "Unaware" Abortion Advocates Wrote Fetal Pain Study

    09/26/2005 11:09:17 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 11 replies · 823+ views ^ | 27 September 2005 | Steven Ertelt
    San Francisco, CA ( -- The fallout from a study published in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association by two abortion advocates claiming unborn children don't feel pain from abortions until late in pregnancy continues. Now, JAMA's editor says she was "unaware" that the authors of the report include an abortion practitioner and a former staffer for a leading abortion advocacy group. The lead author of the study is Susan J. Lee, a University of California at San Francisco medical student who once worked for NARAL, an abortion advocacy group that recently came under fire for falsely accusing...
  • Fetal Pain: A Systematic Multidisciplinary Review of the Evidence

    08/26/2005 4:12:50 PM PDT · by beavus · 62 replies · 1,028+ views
    JAMA ^ | 8/24/05 | Susan J. Lee, JD; Henry J. Peter Ralston, MD; Eleanor A. Drey, MD, EdM; John Colin Partridge, MD, MP
    Context: Proposed federal legislation would require physicians to inform women seeking abortions at 20 or more weeks after fertilization that the fetus feels pain and to offer anesthesia administered directly to the fetus. This article examines whether a fetus feels pain and if so, whether safe and effective techniques exist for providing direct fetal anesthesia or analgesia in the context of therapeutic procedures or abortion. Evidence Acquisition: Systematic search of PubMed for English-language articles focusing on human studies related to fetal pain, anesthesia, and analgesia. Included articles studied fetuses of less than 30 weeks’ gestational age or specifically addressed fetal...
  • The Inhumane Society (When not crying for Chavez, left was pushing the lie that unborn feel no pain)

    08/25/2005 10:37:39 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 400+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 8/26/2005 | George Neumayr
    he left spent much of the week feeling Hugo Chavez's pain. But it was in no mood to feel the pain of unborn children. A bogus study's claim that unborn children don't feel any pain at all generated a flurry of tendentiously hopeful media reports. "Researchers: Fetal Pain Not An Abortion Issue; Review of 2,000 Studies Concludes Fetus Feels Nothing Up to 29 Weeks," read one headline. Who are these "researchers"? Abortion activists, it has come out. A San Francisco abortion clinic doctor and a former NARAL employee spearheaded the article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA),...
  • Researchers Reach Conclusion (On Fetal Pain - Guess who did the research? Abortionists)

    08/25/2005 7:40:34 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 11 replies · 625+ views
    Special Report with Brit Hume - The Grapevine ^ | Wednesday, August 24, 2005 | Brit Hume/Michael Levine
    A report in Wednesday's Journal of the American Medical Association by five researchers at the University of California-San Francisco concludes that fetuses likely don't feel pain until the seventh month of pregnancy. But what the report and much of the subsequent media coverage fail to mention is that at least two of the report's authors are closely associated with abortion rights. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dr. Eleanor Drey is medical director of the abortion clinic at San Francisco General Hospital. What's more, the report's lead author, medical student Susan Lee, previously worked for NARAL Pro-Choice America.
  • Study: What's Good Often Turns Out Bad (JAMA)

    07/12/2005 9:58:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 16 replies · 590+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/12/05 | Lindsey Tanner - AP
    CHICAGO - Here's some medical news you can trust: A new study confirms that what doctors once said was good for you often turns out to be bad — or at least not as great as initially thought. The report is a review of major studies published in three influential medical journals between 1990 and 2003, including 45 highly publicized studies that initially claimed a drug or other treatment worked. Subsequent research contradicted results of seven studies — 16 percent — and reported weaker results for seven others, an additional 16 percent. That means nearly one-third of the original results...
  • Iraqi Resistance Distances Itself From Civilian Blood

    03/11/2005 6:57:26 AM PST · by concrete is my business · 9 replies · 632+ views ^ | March 7, 2005 | Samir Haddad
    BAGHDAD ( – The Islamic Front for the Iraqi Resistance (Jama`) has urged all its members to remain committed to the Front's guidelines in fighting the US-led occupation, chiefly avoiding the use of bobby-trapped cars inside the cities, the slaughter of hostages and the killing of any Iraqi. Sources close the Front revealed to that Jama` has issued a statement early March to distance itself from people shown lately on Iraqi satellite and ground TV stations confessing membership in armed groups involved in carrying out attacks against Iraqi police and army troops and in slaying “collaborators” with the occupation....
  • Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Decrease Risk of Hip Fracture in Stroke Patients, lowers Homocysteine

    03/01/2005 10:16:36 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 977+ views
    NewsWise ^ | 03.01.05
    Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 Decrease Risk of Hip Fracture in Stroke Patients LibrariesMedical News   KeywordsFOLATE FOLIC ACID VITAMIN B12 HIP FRACTURE STROKE PATIENTS OSTEOPOROSIS Contact InformationAvailable for logged-in reporters only DescriptionPatients who took folic acid and vitamin B12 after their stroke had a reduced risk of hip fracture compared to patients who took placebo, according to an article. Newswise — Patients who took folic acid and vitamin B12 after their stroke had a reduced risk of hip fracture compared to patients who took placebo, according to an article in the March 2 issue of JAMA.According to background information in...
  • Combination of Treatments on Prostate Is Promising

    08/18/2004 6:48:41 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies · 333+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 18, 2004 | NA
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Men with prostate cancer that does not appear to have spread have better survival chances when they get short-term hormone treatment along with standard radiation, rather than radiation alone, a small study has found. Almost five years after treatment, 88 percent of men who received the combined treatment were still alive, compared with 78 percent who had only radiation. The study involved about 200 men and was conducted by researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. An article on the study appears in the current issue of The Journal of the...
  • Study Questions Soy Protein Therapy

    07/07/2004 12:04:17 AM PDT · by neverdem · 7 replies · 560+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 7, 2004 | NA
    CHICAGO, July 6 (Reuters) - Soy protein, a supplement many doctors recommend as a substitute for hormone therapy for postmenopausal women, did not decrease bone loss or affect other symptoms in a study of Dutch women, researchers reported Tuesday. Naturally occurring compounds called isoflavones, which are found in soybeans, are thought to mimic estrogen compounds in hormone therapy. Some women want to avoid hormone therapy because recent studies have indicated that long-term use could raise the risk of stroke, dementia and some forms of cancer. In the new study, which followed 175 Dutch women for a year, half the participants...
  • Drugmakers Prefer Silence On Test Data

    07/06/2004 8:10:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies · 485+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 6, 2004 | Shankar Vedantam
    Firms Violate U.S. Law By Not Registering Trials The pharmaceutical industry has repeatedly violated federal law by failing to disclose the existence of large numbers of its clinical trials to a government database, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Doctors and patients say that compliance with the law would go a long way toward addressing their growing concerns that they are not being given the full picture about the effectiveness of many drugs because they are not told about drug trials that fail. The issue has gained urgency with recent disclosures that the publicly available research on treating children...
  • 10 Million Women Who Lack a Cervix Still Get Pap Tests

    06/22/2004 9:26:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 38 replies · 1,021+ views
    NY Times ^ | June 23, 2004 | GINA KOLATA
    As many as 10 million women who have had hysterectomies and who no longer have a cervix are still getting Pap tests, a new study finds. The screening Pap test looks for precancerous cells in tissue scraped from a woman's cervix and can prevent what would otherwise be a common and deadly cancer. But testing most women without a cervix makes little sense, leads to false positives and wastes money, said Dr. Brenda E. Sirovich, a research associate at the Outcomes Group at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, Vt., and the study's lead author. Each test...
  • On the Physical Death of Jesus Christ

    03/06/2004 9:26:07 AM PST · by Choose Ye This Day · 22 replies · 642+ views
    Journal of the American Medical Association ^ | March 21, 1986 | William Edwards, MD, et al
    Reprinted from JAMA - The Journal of the American Medical Association March 21, 1986, Volume 256 Copyright 1986, American Medical Association By Permission of Mayo Foundation ON THE PHYSICAL DEATH OF JESUS CHRIST William D. Edwards, MD; Wesley J. Gabel, MDiv; Floyd E Hosmer, MS, AMI From the Departments of Pathology (Dr. Edwards) and Medical Graphics (Mr. Hoamer), Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; and the Homestead United Methodist Church, Rochester, Minn., and the West Bethel United Methodist Church, Bethel, Minn. (Pastor Gabel). Reprint requests to Department of Pathology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905 (Dr. Edwards) * Jesus of Nazareth underwent Jewish...
  • Study Suggests Breast Cancer Is Linked to Use of Antibiotics

    02/16/2004 10:06:59 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 173+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 17, 2004 | ANAHAD O'CONNOR
    Frequent use of antibiotics has been linked to a greater risk of breast cancer, say researchers who studied thousands of American women and found that those who took the drugs most often had twice the risk of the disease. The study uncovered a relationship between greater use of antibiotics and a heightened risk of breast cancer, but researchers sought to temper their findings by cautioning that they had only highlighted an association, not a causal link. "This is potentially worrisome, but we don't know why this connection exists, we only have an observation," said Dr. John D. Potter, director of...
  • Air Travel 'Fuelled SARS Spread'

    12/17/2003 4:35:36 PM PST · by blam · 17 replies · 181+ views
    BBC ^ | 12-17-2003
    Air travel 'fuelled Sars spread' More than 800 people died in the global Sars outbreak Scientists investigating the rapid spread of the Sars virus earlier this year say they have evidence that air travel played a role. But experts found that the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome was been passed on only in cases where carriers exhibited the symptoms of the virus. The study, in The New England Journal of Medicine, said passengers who sat closest to carriers were most at risk. Sars killed over 800 people, infecting up to 8,000, in the worldwide outbreak. Proximity risk In the course of...
  • Infant Cereal Linked To Diabetes?

    10/05/2003 11:31:27 AM PDT · by foolscap · 27 replies · 1,041+ views ^ | Oct. 2, 2003 | Emily Senay
    (CBS) There is new evidence that age matters when it comes to introducing cereal to the diet of a baby at risk from type 1 diabetes. Medical correspondent Dr. Emily Senay explains on The Early Show that those with type 1 diabetes have the misfortune of their immune system attacking and destroying the cells in the body that produce insulin. The medical community does not fully understand what causes it. But, Senay explains, a baby is at risk if there's a family history or genetic susceptibility. Two new studies in the latest Journal of the American Medical Association show a...
  • Study: Trade center pollution may have caused smaller babies (9/11 linked to size of newborns)

    08/06/2003 1:35:07 AM PDT · by yonif · 4 replies · 193+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Wed, Aug. 06, 2003 | LINDSEY TANNER - Associated Press
    CHICAGO - Air pollution from the World Trade Center attacks may have resulted in smaller babies among pregnant women who were in or near the collapsing towers, preliminary research suggests. Pregnant women in the study who were exposed to dirt and soot from the attacks faced double the risk of delivering babies who were up to about a half-pound smaller than babies born to women who weren't exposed. The size differences suggest a condition called intrauterine growth restriction, or IUGR, which has been linked with exposure to air pollution. Previous research has found that babies affected by IUGR may be...
  • Holding Our Breath (bearded professor emeritus babble alert)

    03/12/2003 8:59:29 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 11 replies · 272+ views
    Medscape General Medicine ^ | March 5, 2003 | William H. Foege, MD, MPH
    It has been more than 200 years and yet the miracle has not been dulled. A population of a few million people provided an unbelievable wealth of talent, integrity, intelligence, and honesty. How could we have been so fortunate to have the likes of Washington, Madison, Jefferson, and Franklin providing leadership for an idea about how people could best live in the aggregate? There are explanations that have some plausibility. Genius clusters may not be random, as genius may attract genius. There certainly were not the possibilities that exist today in medicine, physics, computer sciences, and business to pull the...