Archive for January, 2009

Study Downplays Some Cancer Risks

University of New South Wales Professor Bernard Stewart recently conducted a study on cancer risk factors. According to MSNBC Stewart found that smoking and alcohol are both high risk factors. On the plus side Stewart study downplays the cancer risk from coffee, deodorants, fluoridated water and having breast implants or dental fillings. Stewart also downplays […]

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Exculpation via medicine?

“Full willing was he to give penaunce There as he wist ye have a good pittaunce” With these words Chaucer damns the Pardoner in Canterbury Tales. In this essay I want to damn his latter day followers who in this secular age indulge their patients by supplying them with that modern equivalent of indulgences, the […]

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Polyclinics ‘on the hoof’ make no sense

Gerry Robinson is on the BBC website about the improvements in Rotherham since he was asked to ‘fix the NHS’ (ho ho) and the threat to the hospital from a polyclinic proposal for the area. Actually, Dr Rant could not agree more with him about how daft an idea ‘care in the community’ is when […]

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The Southcall Case

Hot Potato! Hot potato! Well, the after effects of Southall case continue. There is a somewhat mixed picture in the press, both pro and anti Southall so far. The appeal is awaited with great interest. Nigel Speight in the Observer- supporting Southall and saying decision is bad for children. Minette Marin on “deformation professionelle” When […]

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Studies Show Arthritis Drug Helps Alzheimer’s Patients

This is London reports that U.S. researchers have had surprisingly positive results using an arthritis drug called Enbrel on alzheimer’s patients. The drug is injected into the patients spine. One patient showed improvements within in minutes. Some patients have been able to drive again after receiving the treatements. The drug, called Enbrel, is injected into […]

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