PSA: rating downgrades

This post is about the Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) test for diagnosing prostate cancer at an early stage. Over recent months several health agencies have concluded that mass PSA screening for prostate cancer in men...   Read More

Pharmacovigilance assistée par ordinateur

Il faut souvent attendre des années après la mise sur le marché d’un médicament pour découvrir qu’un événement indésirable lui est dû. Ce fut le cas du distilbène (cancer du vagin), de la phénacétine (insuffisance...   Read More

Computer assisted pharmacosafety prediction

It can often be many years after a medicament has been put on the market before the medicament is found to have caused an undesirable event. This was the case for distilbene (vaginal cancer), phenacetine...   Read More

Adverse drug events and the elderly: the dangerous foursome

This week, the New England Journal of Medicine reports the results of a study carried out by Butnitz et al. of the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC, Atlanta) from 2007 through 2009 on the basis of data from 58...   Read More

Primary care in the fight against obesity

Two articles published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine (pdf available free online in English) report the results of two randomised trials carried out at primary care level to evaluate strategies against obesity. The...   Read More

USA: an Agency for patient health

Health system reform is at the heart of a major political issue in the USA. President Obama has had to fight hard to impose it. One of the major means, set up as one of...   Read More

Accent on blood pressure

High blood pressure has long been recognised as a risk factor for strokes and kidney disease and one of the main causes of heart attacks, which are now the main causes of death in France...   Read More

Evidence-based international aid

The 3rd International Conference On Public Health Among Greater Mekong Sub-Regional Countrieswill be held in Vientiane, Laos, on 9 and 10 August 2011. The EHESP, which opened a training and research centre in Vientiane in 2010,...   Read More

Health systems: high value added research

There were very few French delegates at the annual conference of the European Health Management Association (EHMA) in Porto recently. The French School of Public Health (EHESP) has been a member of the EHMA for many years...   Read More

Continuing medical education to save lives?

The latest issue of Annals of Family Medicine publishes an unusual article by a Swedish team from the Karolinska Institutet (Kiessling A, et al. article available free on line in English), describing a randomised controlled study on the effect of...   Read More