When Is It OK To Lie To Your Doctor?
Legislation to deny first class medical assistance to those who persist with an unhealthy lifestyle is now being seriously discussed in the UK. Can lie detectors be far behind? Will smokers, heavy drinkers and couch potatoes now have to add the art of lying through their teeth - as if their lives depended on it, which they may soon do, to their solitary, sedentary and increasingly melancholy skills? More importantly, will doctors be able to help them, if the information they get from their patients is all wrong?
posted by MiguelCardoso
on Jul 27, 2003 -
They’re a little like Operation
. Today students can practice all sorts of skills on surgical models like TraumaMan®
, the Hillway Man
, or Geri, the Geriatric
, who comes complete with wrinkles. There’s spinal surgery
, gall bladder surgery
, and casualty kits
. Some of them give me the I’m-a-silly-git giggles and naming a company Limbs & Things doesn't help. There’s the head
with all sorts of things wrong
with it, including “Extraneous Lumps”
. The toe with refills
is pretty nifty, but disturbingly life-like
. There are strap-ons
and table-top models
.(Possibly NSFW) Some
could make interesting conversation pieces
.(Also poss. NSFW)
In addition, Somso, maker of the “dial-a-prostate” model above, also makes interesting non-interactive models like this fandex of a head
, a larynx with tongue
, or a fingertip
. They also have neat models
, and flowers
posted by lobakgo
on Jul 23, 2003 -
First Documented Case
of HIV hybridization in a human being was presented at the International AIDS Society conference in Paris. In this case, genetic tests on a superinfected woman showed that the two strains she was infected with swapped genetic material, creating a new hybrid strain of HIV. The actual effects are not yet clear, but this could pose a serious problem for researchers trying to create a vaccine.
posted by Irontom
on Jul 16, 2003 -
The Coral Calcium scam. Coral Calcium
products are on fire right now, with infomercials and brochures claiming that the miracle supplements can cure everything from fatigue to cancer. Of course there is no scientific evidence
supporting any of these claims and one of the two men featured in the infomercials is a convicted felon named Kevin Trudeau
actions are ongoing and The Mayo Clinic
has just sent out a letter to patients warning that the broad range of benefits claimed by those marketing some Coral Calcium products are simply too good to be true and that if the calcium indeed comes form the Okinawa area as claimed, it could be contaminated with lead.
posted by bargle
on Jun 11, 2003 -
has been healing ever since he got a nasty shot from someone. His site shows the process through a series of photos, one taken per day.
posted by dum2007
on May 16, 2003 -
WHO lifts Toronto travel ban
And Health Canada
Recommendations: Health Canada continues to strongly endorse travel into and throughout the GTA [Greater Toronto Area] as safe and encourages travellers to maintain their business and/or personal travel plans to the GTA.
That's just great. What, a week after banning all travel to Toronto because of SARS, it's on again?
That's bloody irresponsible, considering the damage it has done and will continue to do so to travel to Canada no less Toronto. [s'more inside]
posted by alicesshoe
on Apr 29, 2003 -
Snoring causes headaches.....
according to recent research. I post this as I recall from a previous thread
that some interest was generated from a post on migraine. I drove my GP mental then, trying to tell her how to do her job based on some contributions to mefi. Now I will be starting all over again.
posted by Fat Buddha
on Apr 22, 2003 -
Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Yo-Yo.
Health officials in New York are concerned about "water yo-yos", a hot new toy imported from Asia filled with a "foul-smelling liquid" that has made some kids ill. So far, they haven't been able to figure out what the liquid is, who manufactures the toys, or who brings them into the United States.
posted by jjg
on Apr 11, 2003 -
The vegan diet can be a killer,
at least that's what the State of New York thinks. Was a "strict vegan diet" the cause of a 15-month-old's demise or did New York health officials have a hand in the death?
posted by Bag Man
on Mar 30, 2003 -
The other war.
Dispatches from the trenches, in the middle of the Hong Kong SARS outbreak. [may be annoying popups] [more inside]
posted by Slithy_Tove
on Mar 21, 2003 -
It seems that merely "reacting" is always a step behind of a fast evolving hostile force, and some pre-emptive strategy is a must.
posted by semmi
on Mar 19, 2003 -
American cultural hegemony strikes again.
(NYT reg. req.) Asian children exposed to an American-made high-sugar, high-fat, pre-processed, fast-food diet now seem to be coming up with American diseases: obesity, diabetes, things like that. My fascination with the article is caused not so much by its content as it is by its tone, though:
Known in Chinese as "xiao pangzi," or "little fatties," these roly-poly children seem to be everywhere, the pampered victims of cultures that prize them as emblems of affluence and well-being.
Do I sense a certain smugness in this article? Is the author sarcastically reading this as a triumph of American values?
posted by Prospero
on Mar 13, 2003 -
A rather extraordinary applet. Find out about the reportable communicable diseases in the US. Many hidden features.
posted by kablam
on Mar 5, 2003 -
Hangover? Not for long!
Okay, probably not - heard some commercials for this product on my local sports radio station, and during don imus' radio show... It seems this company is promoting their "dawn808" product which you can take after or during drinking, and it reacts to the chemicals that your liver forms while trying to clean up your blood. fascinating. wonder what happens if you take this, the 48 hour hollywood diet, and some ephedra.
at least they're not trying to sell samplers from the 80's.
posted by djspicerack
on Mar 5, 2003 -
Heart surgery in our family has triggered something of a crisis of fitness with everyone vowing to loose weight. Ironically its the runner in the family that has suggested the most sensible solution: buy a pedometer
and increase the number of steps per day you walk to 10,000. (Although some say to just increase.
) The idea supposedly started in Japan
. The idea is to add a bit of activity here and there (the first site recommends going to a restroom on a different floor) rather than trying to lump the 30 minutes per day all ot once. So far with a desk-potato lifestyle 3,000 is easy but adding the extra few miles every day will require some extra work. Less social than a Volksmarch
but compatable with a mall walk.
And definitely less hazardous than freestyle walking.
posted by KirkJobSluder
on Feb 21, 2003 -
The worlds longest hockey game
came to an end this afternoon after 80 hours of ice time. 39 players (all with ties to cancer through loved ones lost or afflicted) participated to raise money for pediatric cancer research.
What lengths would you go to for your cause?
posted by Starchile
on Feb 16, 2003 -
"It Did It"
is a beautiful and haunting short flick about depression. Peter Brinson artfully uses the Scientific Method to creatively document the effects of the drug Zoloft on his mood and his brain chemistry.
posted by VelvetHellvis
on Feb 14, 2003 -
Teenage Girls Not Getting Enough Meat...
At least, not according to the American Beef Industry, which concoted this laughably ridiculous "lifestyle" site to appeal to god knows who, ostensibly focused on teen girl issues (prom? dating?), but with a thinly veiled meaty agenda beneath it all. Bonus points for the horrifically Avrilesque domain name. Marketing. It's what's for dinner.
posted by jonson
on Feb 1, 2003 -
If it tastes good, eat it?
Food scientists have discovered that AMP, " a naturally occurring substance ..... found in a wide range of natural foods - including breast milk" can be used to make bad tasting food taste good. Will it save humanity from the "unholy trinity" of sugar, salt, and fat, or are we all tumor meat as soon as this stuff gets some traction?
posted by BGM
on Feb 1, 2003 -
Obesity may not be unhealthy after all A careful survey of medical literature reveals that the conventional wisdom about the health risks of fat is a grotesque distortion of a far more complicated story. Indeed, subject to exceptions for the most extreme cases, it's not at all clear that being overweight is an independent health risk of any kind, let alone something that kills hundreds of thousands of Americans every year.
[The New Republic online, free reg. required]
posted by tippiedog
on Jan 28, 2003 -
Bush appoints anti-gay member to AIDS panel.
Jerry Thacker runs the Scepter Institute, a Christian Ministry. Their website
states that "Both Jerry and his wife, Sue, [are] HIV-positive. How could it be? Jerry and Sue were committed Christians." The L.A. Times
notes that Thacker has described homosexuality as a "deathstyle," and describes significant revisions that have been made to the Scepter Institute's website.
I wonder if Thacker will be applying for some funds
to renovate Scepter's offices, now that he is providing such a valuable social service?
posted by stonerose
on Jan 23, 2003 -
A company that "develops and markets smoking products with science-based reductions in certain harmful elements."
posted by chemgirl
on Jan 21, 2003 -
Dow and Their PR Agency
got more than a pie in the face, more like egg all over 'em. Two different activist parody productions exposed their continuing despicable behaviour toward the Union Carbide release in India back in '84 when thousands died and many more continue with serious health problems. Dow and said PR firm tried to get the sites shut down, which just generated a WHOLE BUNCH more negative publicity. The sites were moved, but remain for you viewing pleasure.
posted by acutetype
on Jan 9, 2003 -
Chickens are "natural born killers".
This is the basic message of a recent ad
from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. This organization has filed a lawsuit against Tyson Foods
for making false health claims. I came across this organization and its campaign on an entertaining C-Span program
[Did anybody else watch this program?]. On the program, Neal Barnard, the leader of this organization, said that when you heat chicken(and other meats) certain carcinogenic amines are created. But, when you heat a veggie burger, it just warms up
. Therefore, he recommends a 100% vegetarian diet. It looks like the organization's next move is a TV ad
with this message. Your reactions?
posted by SandeepKrishnamurthy
on Dec 30, 2002 -
White House halts asbestos alert
WASHINGTON (AP) - A warning from the Environmental Protection Agency, informing millions of Americans their homes might contain asbestos-contaminated insulation, has not been issued because of White House intervention, a newspaper reports.
The EPA was expected to announce the warning in April, and declare a public health emergency concerning Zonolite insulation, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported in its Sunday editions.
posted by Captain Ligntning
on Dec 29, 2002 -
FDA now officially useless?
Well, it's looking that way.. They are now about to allow unverified
health claims on food labels. They say this is a good thing. I wonder... What function does the FDA have now if it's not to protect the consumer from wild and potentially false claims on their food products?
posted by eas98
on Dec 27, 2002 -
Pot in Canada
may soon be a click away with the launch of a home-delivery service for medical marijuana over the Internet (more info on Canada's medicinal pot laws here
posted by Badmichelle
on Dec 20, 2002 -
breathe -- the overdose game
"You and some friends have been drinking all day and you just scored & cooked some dope. The guy who went first barely got the needle out before collapsing in a weird position. What ya gonna do?"
know what to do if someone overdoses, and what resources -- if any -- exist in your community to educate people about overdoses?
if there are no such resources do you think there should be, and what would you like to see?
posted by dolface
on Dec 6, 2002 -
3.1 million in 2002 comes out to some 8,500 a day, 354 an hour, and almost 6 a minute. Each minute. Each hour. Each day. Deaths. Of AIDS.
posted by mattpfeff
on Dec 1, 2002 -
CHAIN: Oklahoma's Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Information Network.
A prototype web portal, designed to provide one-stop access to AIDS information for a state with a lower HIV infection rate. Funded by the National Library of Medicine. The concept is that people in small towns or rural areas can access information and contacts without leaving home. Web designers and MetaFiltrans - does the concept work? Seen anything similar in your community?
posted by sheauga
on Dec 1, 2002 -
The Access to Essential Medicines Campaign
is an initiative by Medecins Sans Frontieres
that seeks to "lower the prices of existing medicines in developing countries, to bring abandoned drugs back into production, to stimulate research and development for neglected diseases that primarily affect the poor, and to overcome other barriers to access
is one target disease. The Campaign's press releases
, press clips
on HIV give a good picture of recent developments. In light of this evidence, does anyone care to step up and defend "big pharma
" and the governments of the wealthy North? Have we/they "done enough"? What would "doing enough" look like, given the scope of the crisis?
posted by stonerose
on Dec 1, 2002 -