Sandy Island (2): projects adrift

This post continues the examination of the considerable damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in New York. The NYU Langone Medical Center (New York University) was particularly badly affected by the storm and flooding. Robert Grossman,...   Read More

Beware of end-of-aisle displays!

A number of papers published in the New England Journal of Medicine on 11 October 2012 deal with the problem of restricting consumers’ freedom of choice for their own good. This concerns certain practices of the food...   Read More

H1N1 et gravité : la relativité

Un article d’une équipe des CDC d’Atlanta publié hier dans le Lancet (Dawood FS et coll., abstract en anglais seul disponible sans restriction) n’a pas fait la Une des journaux ce matin. Les chiffres de...   Read More

Smoking: fighting the 30 year old enemy

When you have smoked at least 30 pack years and you are between 55 and 74 years old, the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) are the first specialist bodies to...   Read More

When the government controls what we eat

At the beginning of the week, the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine published an article (abstract in English only, free online) by the team of Daniel Taber of the Health Policy Center of the University of Illinois...   Read More

What sort of manager are you?

Most companies do not have enough managers with analytic skills (quantitative). If you are a manager and you want to assess your analytic skills (and find out how to strengthen them), read the article by S....   Read More

The alter-ego as a treatment for diabetes

We are forever stressing the role of the patient in the heath system but we still don’t know whether the “patient-oriented” is just a slogan, or even sometimes a fashionable description of an excessively introverted...   Read More

Friends for life

It has been known for quite some time that, in rich countries, the social capital represented by the network of friends and family was related to the self-rated health of individuals. It now appears that...   Read More

Freedom of expression: towards the end of a contest of strength

After two months of heated debate, the World Health Organisation organised a meeting of 22 experts on 16 and 17 February 2012 and announced that the work on the genetic manipulation on the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus...   Read More

The dangers of aspirin for primary prevention

In recent years aspirin has often been used for primary prevention. In the United States, 27% of the population age 45 to 64 years, and half of the over 65s, take low doses of aspirin...   Read More