Health and Medicine

A Question of Dying - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 26, 2009

Ron Paterson reckons that up to 85% of terminally ill New Zealanders do not get support when they need it to have a “good death”. He was speaking at a seminar on the Liverpool Care Pathway for Dying Patients at the time. This “statistic” has the hallmarks of guesswork rather than reality, as Paterson is [...] … Read More

Care For The Dying - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 24, 2009

Apparently Canterbury DHB are starting a two year pilot of the Liverpool Care Pathway for the terminally ill. This scheme has been running in Britain for some time amidst a great deal of controversy. The actual pathway, developed by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute in Liverpool, itself is more of a framework for developing [...] … Read More

Spam Journalism #59 - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 24, 2009

Spam Journalism: The spurious use of sensational headlines to add spice to an otherwise pointless article. This is what happens when legitimate studies are reported sensationally: Bad doctors most likely to be men, report shows Women make safer doctors than men, Britain’s largest study of medical performance has found. They are less likely to be investigated over concerns about [...] … Read More

Should we pay people to lose weight? - Food Stuff

Amanda Johnson Sep 24, 2009

I was interested to read reports recently in the media proposing a smart card (an electronic subsidy system) to help those on a low income eat healthily and lose weight. It would apparently be aimed at reducing food insecurity and encouraging consumption of healthy foods in low- and middle-income families with children to reduce New Zealand’s high rate of … Read More

Broadcasting Substandards - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 23, 2009

I have just read on Dr Shaun Holt’s site that the Broadcasting Standards Authority has upheld a complaint against TVNZ about Shaun’s appearance on the Breakfast Show, discussing Chiropractors. To say the least, I am appalled. It is completely unconscionable that two lawyers and two journalists have called into question his medical expertise, without even [...] … Read More

Obama to UN: Let’s do it - Hot Topic

Bryan Walker Sep 23, 2009

Obama’s speech at the UN yesterday may have disappointed some commentators who were looking for more specifics for progress than he provided, but from another perspective it was a most notable occasion. The world’s leading politician, speaking in a global forum, was unequivocal about the seriousness of the issue of climate change: That so many of us are [...] … Read More

Drug Driving - MacDoctor

Jim McVeagh Sep 22, 2009

While no-one disputes that driving under the influence of the drug alcohol makes your driving worse, a new survey reports that people driving under the influence of cannabis say their driving is unaffected or even improved by cannabis. Unfortunately, this is simply not true. Although the dose of cannabis per smoke is variable, a single [...] … Read More