Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Link Roundup, random med news buffet edition

  1. Do fictional diseases increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. Probably not. So Restless Leg Syndrome probably isn't a fictional disease. I get so tired of the "nobody'd ever heard of RLS until just a few years ago, but now because some drug company can make money, everybody has it!" argument. That's not to say that I don't think problems like this get over diagnosed after physicians and patients are suddenly inundated with a new possible answer to old problems, but that doesn't mean RLS isn't a real entity.
  2. The NHS has just NOW apparently figured out that it's not a good idea for patients and doctors to be inserting probes into one another for procedures that they can't bill for.
  3. Alpha-blockers for nightmares in PTSD? Will urological psychiatry become a new fellowship?
  4. Glucosamine/Chondroitin Sulfate still doesn't do shit except take your money.
  5. Jonathan Cohn Jonathan Cohn Jonathan Cohn. I'm going to have to read his stupid book before I go nuts hearing something new about it three times a day. He sounds sensible enough on NPR.

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