Posts tagged medicine
Posts tagged medicine
Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times:
The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday put in place a major new policy to phase out the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in cows, pigs and chickens raised for meat, a practice that experts say has endangered human health by fueling the growing epidemic of antibiotic resistance.
The change, which is to take effect over the next three years, will effectively make it illegal for farmers and ranchers to use antibiotics to make animals grow bigger.
Naturally, there are concerns about loopholes and enforcement powers not being strong enough, but this is a pretty big step for us.
Kay Lazar, The Boston Globe:
Boston researchers are reporting the return of the HIV virus in two patients who had become virus-free after undergoing bone marrow transplants, dashing hopes of a possible cure that had generated widespread excitement.
The rebound of the virus shows its persistence, and that it can hide in places in the body where it’s hard to find, said the lead scientist, Dr. Timothy Henrich of Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
A disappointing result, but since the procedure was slightly effective, it might lead to future research.
Jason Rehel, National Post:
For the last four years, orthopedic surgeons Dr. Steven Claes and Dr. Johan Bellemans have been conducting research into serious ACL injuries in an effort to find out why knees continue to give out, even following a successful repair surgery on that ligament. Their starting point was an 1879 article by a French surgeon that theorized the existence of an additional ligament located on the anterior of the human knee. That postulation, it turns out, is exactly correct, and the two Belgian doctors have provided a full anatomical description of the ligament from their study of cadavers using macroscopic dissection techniques.
Yep, it’s the year 2013 and we’re still discovering new body parts. Science is great, we should keep doing it.
Cy Ryan, Las Vegas Sun:
Complaints have been filed by the Nevada Board of Medical Examiners against two Las Vegas doctors, one of whom is accused of squirting bodily fluid on others during a surgery.
The investigative committee of the board issued a three-count complaint against Dr. Avi Chaim Weiss, saying his behavior “brings the medical profession into disrepute.”
Weiss, licensed since May 2009, allegedly performed an operation on a 76-year-old male patient at the Specialty Surgery Center in Las Vegas in January 2012 to remove fluids in a membrane that covers the front and sides of the male testes. The complaint says Dr. Weiss intentionally squirted bodily fluid and other types of fluid from the man’s scrotum into the air and onto others on multiple occasions.
Everyone grab a pencil, get out your handbook, and turn to page 224. Thanks to this report by Chad Terhune for the Los Angeles Times, we all need to update our lists of things it’s not okay to do to patients under our care at a hospital:
During surgery at Torrance Memorial Medical Center, an anesthesiologist decorated a patient’s face with stickers while the patient was unconscious — giving her a black mustache and teardrops under her left eye — and then a nurse’s aide snapped her photo.
The 2011 incident has prompted a state investigation and a civil lawsuit by the patient against the hospital and the doctor over the alleged breach of medical privacy.
You’d think that maybe vandalizing a patient’s face, and then taking a picture of that face, and then showing the patient that picture would be a self-evident thing that you should never do, but I guess the anaesthesiologist and the nurse’s aide only audited Behaving Properly Around Your Goddamn Patients 101.
Gary Greenberg on The New Yorker's Elements blog:
Despite our ambivalence, sales of psychiatric drugs amounted to more than seventy billion dollars in 2010. They have become yet another commodity that consumers have learned to live with or even enjoy, like S.U.V.s or Cheetos.
Yet the psychiatric-drug industry is in trouble. “We are facing a crisis,” the Cornell psychiatrist and New York Times contributor Richard Friedman warned last week. In the past few years, one pharmaceutical giant after another—GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZeneca, Novartis, Pfizer, Merck, Sanofi—has shrunk or shuttered its neuroscience research facilities. Clinical trials have been halted, lines of research abandoned, and the new drug pipeline has been allowed to run dry.
A couple of reasons for this, which Greenberg illustrates with a bunch of examples, are that many of our most important psychiatric drugs were found by accident and we still don’t really understand why they work. This makes research into future drugs exceedingly difficult.
Associated Press report from last week:
A Los Angeles County law requiring adult film performers to wear condoms is constitutional, a federal judge has ruled.
The decision is a setback to porn producers who filed a lawsuit to block the implementation of the Safer Sex in the Adult Film Industry Act, or Measure B, which was approved by voters last November.
Chris Henao and Kim Baldonado, NBC Los Angeles:
Earlier this year, Matthew Moore started seeing a new doctor who suggested he undergo a complete physical. The tests revealed he was B-12 deficient, and had high blood pressure and high cholesterol — conditions that he called “normal for me.”
Among other diagnoses, the doctor listed “Homosexual behavior (302.0),” according to medical records obtained by NBC4.
The 302.0 code and diagnosis refer to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which controversially referred to homosexuality as a disorder until 1974.
AP report on some technology hospitals are testing to improve handwashing hygiene:
A method developed by Arrowsight, based in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., uses video monitoring. It is being used in intensive care units at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y., and the University of California San Francisco Medical Center.
Akron, Ohio-based GOJO Industries, maker of Purell hand sanitizer, has developed an electronic compliance monitoring system using wireless technology to track when soap and hand sanitizer dispensers are used.
The article talks about several other systems besides these too.
I just love the idea of omnipresent monitoring for hygiene. I’m getting images of a police state that brutally enforces hand cleanliness. Inspectors roam the streets. Everyone carries an emergency wash kit. Lotion producers are nationalized.
Lindsey Tanner, AP
Research on teens adds fresh evidence that the 1980s “crack baby” scare was overblown, finding little proof of any major long-term ill effects in children whose mothers used cocaine during pregnancy.
Some studies have linked pregnant women’s cocaine use with children’s behavior difficulties, attention problems, anxiety and worse school performance. But the effects were mostly small and may have resulted from other factors including family problems or violence, parents’ continued drug use, and poverty, the researchers said.
Yeah, so it turns out that this shit was basically made up. Which explains why this whole thing where we were supposed to have a generation of people with developmental issues who couldn’t take care of themselves and would drain social services and such never happened.