Doug Farrago

Getting Lean and Mean in 2013

Happy New Year!  I wish you all the best.  Hopefully we are getting out of the murky waters and into better times (I love mixing metaphors).  May the benefits of Obamacare be with you because whether you like it or not,  it is now law.    Here is the section, I found from this article,…

Unnecessary

A new study claims that more than a million women have been treated for cancers that never would have threatened their lives.  In fact, up to one-third of breast cancers, or 50,000 to 70,000 cases a year, don’t need treatment at all.   And this all comes from screening via mammograms.   You can say…

No Family Docs Left

Here is an interesting blog from the NY Times.  Somehow, they just realized that there aren’t enough primary care docs around.   If you can’t read it then let me highlight some points: For starters, only 2 percent of all medical students in a recent study expressed interest in practicing primary care as a general internist. And…

Cancer Screening

A new study in the journal Frontiers in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention found that the number of Americans seeking cancer screening has declined over the past decade.   This includes such tests as mammograms for breast cancer, Pap tests for cervical cancer, sigmoidoscopy and colonoscopy for colon and rectal cancers, and prostate-specific antigen blood tests for prostate…

Quote of the Week

“As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness.” Henry David Thoreau   Tweet

Fragmentation of Care

Here is another example how we have lost our way in medicine.   The article in the WSJ is entitled Doctors Move To Webcams and it tries to introduce you to the era of virtual medical visits.  In fact, WellPoint, “the nation’s second-biggest health insurer, plans to offer a new service in all of its employer…

Herbalife

From MSN Money: “Herbalife’s stock price sank sharply last week after hedge fund manager William Ackman said that he believes the nutritional supplements company is a pyramid scheme and that he has been shorting the stock for several months. The company has vehemently denied the claims several times.” How was this a mystery to anyone?…

Treating Obesity

A study was published online Dec. 20 in the journal BMJ Open surveyed 500 primary-care doctors across the United States and asked them their views on the causes of obesity, their ability to treat obese patients, ways to improve obesity care and which health professionals are most qualified to care for obese patients.   The results show…

Mealworms

Researchers in the Netherlands used three factors — land usage, energy needs and greenhouse gas emissions — to compare the environmental impact of mealworm farms to chicken, pork, beef or milk farms. The study in the journal PLoS One showed that mealworm farming produced more edible protein using the same amount of land and less energy and produce less…