Health and Medicine

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 10, 2009

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome sufferers the world over will be very happy that there is now reliable evidence that the  virus XMRV is a likely cause of CFS. XMRV is a retrovirus found in rats, which has previously been implicated in certain type of aggressive prostate cancer. This study ably demonstrates that 67% of CFS sufferers carry the [...] … Read More

Playing Chicken - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 09, 2009

Apparently, Auckland DHB is now going to play an expensive game of Chicken with Labtests. The Herald reports that “Auckland’s district health boards are considering bringing Diagnostic Medlab back into the provision of community laboratory services because of persisting problems with the newcomer Labtests”. This is silly. If Labtests are providing an inadequate service, they need [...] … Read More

Claim Denied. - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 08, 2009

Scrubone pointed me to this interesting post on claim rejection rates of American health insurance companies. I will reproduce the table below: As the NewsBusters site points out, Medicare denies claims at 1.7 times the average rate of insurers (4.05%), with only Aetna being in the same rejection league. In fairness to Medicare, I don’t think [...] … Read More

No Relief - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 08, 2009

So John Key is going to make pseudoephedrine only available on doctor’s prescription. And he’s not stopping there, either: Mr Key has asked for Medsafe to consider a total ban on pseudoephedrine, which is used to make the illegal drug “P”, pure methamphetamine. Unfortunately Mr. Key is being poorly advised on this matter by his science advisor, [...] … Read More

Europeans reject two thirds of proposed health claims - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Oct 08, 2009

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) last week published a series of opinions on ‘general function’ health claims compiled by Member States and the European Commission. Experts from the EFSA evaluated the scientific evidence for more than 500 claims. In a press release issued last week, the EFSA state: ’The opinions provide scientific advice on 523 health claims … Read More

Pseudoephedrine to be prescription-only - Griffin's Gadgets

Peter Griffin Oct 08, 2009

The Government has followed up the recommendation of the Chief Science Advisor Professor Sir Peter Gluckman, signaling that it will move to make pseudoephedrine a Class B2 controlled drug, making it prescription-only. UPDATED: While Professor Peter Gluckman recommended option 5 be adopted by the Government calling for a reclassification of pseudoephedribe to Class B2 and that the drug only … Read More

Marsden 2009-I: An eye on the birds and the bees - Building blogs of Science

Fabiana Kubke Oct 08, 2009

The projects funded by the Marsden Fund of the Royal Society are out, and there are many interesting neuroscience projects that were funded this year, which I will tell you about over the next few days. Here are the first three. Ben Thompson, from the University of Auckland will try to teach an old brain new [...] … Read More

Old Age Savings (Part 2) - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 07, 2009

The NZ Nurses’ Organisation tells us that rest home neglect is “all too common”. While this is certainly true, I don’t accept their reasoning when it come to causes: “These two cases are a powerful illustration of the conflict between caring and profit.” No. These cases illustrate the problem of state funding of a private institution. Nursing homes [...] … Read More