Health and Medicine

Heart Hit - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 04, 2009

I read with some horror that a Herald on Sunday investigation has found an energy drink with 3333mg caffeine per litre in it. The Demon Energy Shot, which contains this horrendous amount of caffeine, gets around the Food Standard Authority regulations (which restricts caffeine to a level of 320mg per litre) by calling itself a [...] … Read More

Nano Pills - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 03, 2009

Occasionally, you come across a piece of research that has ramifications far beyond the ones envisaged by the researchers. The Journal for Nanotechnology, appropriately named Small has this experiment reported in this month’s copy. In a fascinating understatement they say: The concept of releasing a drug inside a cell and following its action is applicable to [...] … Read More

Stable Swine - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 03, 2009

Centre for Disease Control in the US has announced that the H1N1 virus’ genetic makeup now “appears to be stable”. The cynical side of the MacDoctor finds the juxtaposition of this pronouncement on the back of the FDA announcing their approval of the first Swine flu vaccine just a little too convenient. Especially when the [...] … Read More

Spam Journalism #60 - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Oct 02, 2009

Spam Journalism: The spurious use of sensational headlines to add spice to an otherwise pointless article. Sometimes, I confess I wonder whether spam medical headlines just represent ignorance, rather than the deliberate sensationalisation of a medical article. But in this case, I think it is clear that the journalist understood the meaning but deliberately twisted it [...] … Read More

Does eating sweets make us violent? - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Oct 02, 2009

The most bizarre story in the media this week has to be the one suggesting that eating sweets in childhood causes violence in adults. The story was based on a study just published in The British Journal of Psychiatry. The authors tested the hypothesis that excessive consumption of confectionery at age 10 years predicts convictions for … Read More

Is food fortification good or bad? - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Oct 01, 2009

The issue of food fortification has certainly got many people hot under the collar in recent months in New Zealand! There has been a real furore over the whole idea of fortifying bread with folic acid (a harmless B vitamin), although mandatory iodine fortification is going ahead. The term fortification describes the addition of nutrients to food to levels above … Read More

Over My Dead Body - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 30, 2009

The powerful Senate Finance committee has just voted down two proposed amendments to Obama’s healthcare reform bill; amendments that would have created a public insurance scheme as a key part of insuring some of America’s 47 million uninsured. Sen. Jay Rockefeller’s amendment would have added a public insurance option that would reimburse doctors and hospitals [...] … Read More