Wednesday, September 27, 2006


The crucial health stat you've never heard of. By Darshak Sanghavi - Slate Magazine

"If anything is supposed to be certain in medicine, it's that people with high cholesterol levels should be treated. But should they? Sifting through the underlying science reveals that the way in which scientists and drug companies describe the benefits of many medications—by framing the question in terms of 'relative risks'—systematically inflates their value. The result is that patients frequently buy and consume medicines that do very little good. An alternative way of describing the benefits of medical therapy could help change that—if doctors and nurses would start using it."

It has become quite difficult to trust anyone. Or at least a full-time job trying to protect yourself.

- Frank

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