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Big surprise? USPSTF recommends against prostate cancer screening--17 years and counting!

The recommendation against prostate cancer screening has been in place since at least 1995 (does anyone have access to the 1989 USPSTF Manual First Edition?).  Should we continue to be surprised that this organization is still not in favor of routine screening for prostate cancer?

New recommendation

Old recommendation

Inside scoop on Paula Deen diabetes announcement

I made a video about the Paula Deen diabetes announcement, hope you enjoy it:

http://youtu.be/XADmAlg3rc0

What are the real politics on Plan B?

The emergency contraception Plan B (what a name!) was recommended by the FDA to go over-the-counter, but the secretary of HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, put the kibbosh on that idea in a rare Administration override to an FDA decision.

Sebelius is a career politician, has served as governor of Kansas, has been Barak Obama's Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the FDA. 

FDA drug information available at new site

I am unveiling my latest project: a drug information site called What's the dose.com

You get access to about 10,000 package inserts and 46,000 pieces of drug information.  I integrate an FDA database and a repository of thousands of drug package inserts.

Google is such an inadequate resource for quickly finding drug information that I hope my new site provides answers more quickly and accurately.

Pharmacies

I haven't ranted here in three years, so I think I'm entitled to rant a little today.

A pharmacist at Walgreens called for a clarification on "CW," evidently not everyone knows this means "chest wall."  He left a number, I called back.

I get this long schpiel on how flu shots are available at your local Walgreens, and why not come on down to get your flu shot, and by the way, we also sell alcohol and tobacco for your convenience.  Ok so maybe I made that last part up.

Abstract roundup 7-31-11

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Six reports tonight:

7-29-11 abstracts (only 3!)

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19: Low-dose diethylstilbestrol for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer.
Urol Oncol. 2011 Jul 25; [Epub ahead of print]

7-28-11 abstracts

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20: Conservative Versus Liberal Red Cell Transfusion in Acute Myocardial Infarction (the CRIT Randomized Pilot Study).
Am J Cardiol. 2011 Jul 24; [Epub ahead of print]

Interesting MEDLINE abstracts from 7/27/11

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7: Impact of maternal supplementation with probiotics during pregnancy on atopic eczema in childhood - a meta-analysis.
Br J Nutr. 2011 Jul 26;:1-6 [Epub ahead of print]

Round 3: Nephrology

I'm just happy Andrew Pollack decided to go after nephrologists (and not oncologists) with his latest NYT:

Lawsuit Says Drugs Were Wasted to Buoy Profit

The cardiologists and oncologists are his usual favorite whipping boys, not today!

Fascinating article.

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