Doug Farrago

Is LDL Bad?

The gold standard of hammering down the cholesterol may be in question…..again.   A new study may show that there could be a correlation between a low LDL and cancer.   Others study have shown this but there was some confusion about whether it was related to the medicine people were taking.  In this study,…

Dumb It Down

Here is an editorial about a JAMA article which makes the claim that one way to cut healthcare costs would be to….wait for it…..ready?…..here it comes: CUT MEDICAL TRAINING! Wow.  These people are brilliant.  We are already cutting resident work hours.  Now they figure they can just move them through medical school quicker.  How about skipping…

The Condie

  I expect the hospital administrators will want us to wear these regularly.   Maybe it will be another Joint Commission meaningless directive? From the late, great Placebo Journal. Tweet0

Accidents

Whitney Houston had cocaine, marijuana, Xanax and Benadryl in her system when she drowned.  The coroner has ruled her death “accidental”.   There must be a study somewhere showing that there are a lot less accidental deaths when someone doesn’t have cocaine, marijuana, Xanax and Benadryl in their system.  One would think, right? Tweet0

Follow the Fad

Medical schools, guilty of doing the same rigorous training style over the past 100 years, are changing again.   More and more are just following the news and trying to make  a splash with cool new programs.   Who is up for some interprofessional training fun?  The pendulum has now swung old school didactics/rounds to…

Outcomes Fall Flat

The evidence keeps pouring in that the great “Quality Movement” is failing.  A new study shows that the hospital report cards on quality did NOT improve patient outcomes.   As reported in Health Affairs and explained here in the American Medical News: Seven years after the federal government started publicly reporting hospitals’ performance on quality…

Quote of the Week

“It is reasonable to expect the doctor to recognize that science may not have all the answers to problems of health and healing.” Norman Cousins Journalist, Editor, Activist Tweet0

Problems of Living

The title of the MSN piece says it all: Docs: Antipsychotics often prescribed for ‘problems of living’ Doctors who are in the trenches get “stuck” with cases all the time that are really very difficult.   Many patients have it bad and they need help.  We feel obligated to do something.   That doesn’t excuse…

Another “No Sh&t” Moment

It took a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine to prove that active seniors outlive their sedentary peers.  Really?  Out of 893 people around 80 years old, researchers found that the most active seniors had a lower risk of dying over the four-year study compared to those who moved the least.  “Researchers led…