Jim McVeagh

Spam Journalism #81 - MacDoctor

Oct 02, 2010

Spam Journalism: The spurious use of sensational headlines to add spice to an otherwise pointless article I was amused to see this article is the Herald yesterday. Talk about trying to rehash old news… Two more deaths but swine flu cases fall Twenty deaths this year have been swine flu-related but health authorities say the [...] Related posts:

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Driven to Drink - MacDoctor

Sep 22, 2010

I see the Herald seeks to stoke the hysterical debate on the legal limit of blood alcohol. I have noticed that these OIA requests come in really handy for revisiting a story a couple of months after it is dead. Of course, it really is too much effort to find some actual news, instead of [...] Related posts:

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The Real Problem - MacDoctor

Sep 19, 2010

The editorial in the Weekend Herald today is one of the more insightful commentaries on medicine I have seen. The Editor correctly points out that many of the percieved failings of the medical fraternity have little to do with the facilities, number of staff or quality of clinical acumen. In today’s paper, members of the [...] Related posts:

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May Contain Strokes… - MacDoctor

Sep 15, 2010

That seems to be what we should be putting on the packs of anti-inflammatory drugs on supermarket shelves (Neurofen, Cataflam et al) – at least, that is what this Herald article is suggesting. It reports that a recent Danish study shows an 86% increased risk of stroke for users of the drug Voltaren (diclofenac). This [...] Related posts:

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Not as Good - MacDoctor

Aug 25, 2010

I see Paul Henry is in trouble again. This time over suggesting that foreign doctors aren’t as good as those trained in New Zealand. I suspect he makes stupid comments like this deliberately, because he knows they are good for ratings. As a foreign-trained doctor myself, I find it hard to take offense at Henry’s [...] Related posts:

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Real Quackery - MacDoctor

Aug 06, 2010

Yesterday’s Herald contained a sad story about a young man who had been seen by the local mental health team, diagnosed him as potentially psychotic and prescribed an anti-psychotic. His counsellor later told him to stop taking the anti-psychotic and continue with counseling. He subsequently committed suicide. A young man committed suicide after his counsellor [...] Related posts:

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Blood Alcohol - MacDoctor

Jul 27, 2010

I blame the feral response to National’s announcement – that they will not be dropping the legal blood alcohol limit to 0.05 g% – squarely on the media. I am certain that it is the media’s propensity always to give the maximum amount of airtime and newsprint to the most hysterical over-reaction that encourages people [...] Related posts:

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Consumer Doctors - MacDoctor

Jul 26, 2010

Found this in my e-mail today Hi Jim, I remember reading a while ago that you thought a medical ratings website might be a good idea. Well found this on trademe forum the other day, looks like its going to be a reality? http://www.medrate.co.nz Thanks Steve Sadly for Steve, I am generally not that much in favour of medical [...] Related posts:

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The $3 Shop - MacDoctor

Jul 16, 2010

The MacDoctor often refers to the pharmacy as the $3 shop (All funded script items cost $3.00). And, yes, patients often stare at him blankly, but one has to get one’s fun from somewhere. A recent Herald article claims that this fee is sometimes too much for low-income people causing them not to pick up [...] Related posts:

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Fat Chance of Fat Tax - MacDoctor

Jul 12, 2010

Apparently there is a war on obesity. Trouble is, there does not seemed to be a well-defined enemy in this war. Is it the fast food industry? Perhaps it is the actual fat in foods? Maybe it is the obese person themselves? Or their wicked, neglectful parents? Or perhaps it is carbohydrates, not fats, that [...] Related posts:

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