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Archive for the ‘ Big Pharma ’ Category

25 Sep

Flu Vaccine’s Benefits for the Elderly Have Been Wildly Exaggerated

I only wish this surprised me. The flu vaccine has met with not-insignificant controversy as those like myself who advocate more natural preventive health measures have long questioned the necessity of an annual jab. But until now, even “alternative” health experts have conceded that the flu vaccine is necessary for the immune-compromised and especially the […]

5 Sep

Let’s Get to Know Abbott Labs!

Do you know your pharmaceutical companies? You should, because they’re awesome! Today, boys and girls, we are going to learn all about Abbott. Do not worry – we will get to know all our Pharma friends in the coming weeks! Abbott (founded 1888) employs 65,000 workers in 130 countries and rakes in around 20 billion […]

4 Sep

Health News: Sun, Salt, Stents, and …Buckwheat

Here’s what we’re talking about this morning, gang. We want your two cents’ worth on: Sun Though you only need a few minutes’ exposure, here’s yet another compelling reason to get a little sunshine daily if you are able to take advantage of it. Vitamin D appears to help prevent both breast and colon cancer, […]

20 Aug

Americans Popping Pain Pills in Record Numbers

Q: What weighs 200,000 pounds? A: Our annual painkiller consumption. Painkiller use has boomed by 88% in less than a decade. There are a few reasonable explanations: Gulf War and Iraq War veterans, aging Baby Boomers. But even accounting for these numbers, painkiller use – I say abuse – is an obvious problem. Of course, […]

31 Jul

The 10 Dumbest Drugs Ever Invented

When Big Pharma and the health care system get together to “treat” our health issues, it’s like a Dumb and Dumber convention. (It’s a treat, all right.) Allow us to present the ten stupidest drugs, ever. Well, at least the ten stupidest drugs, today.

23 Jul

Disease Inventing Contest!

Restless leg syndrome is “genetic”, researchers tell us. (Technically, the research simply proves that some folks are more susceptible to developing RLS. This is a common thread in genetic research; by no means does that mean the research isn’t inherently valuable. It just means we need to stop blaming our grandparents when we develop diseases […]

16 Jul

The ‘New’ News on Avandia: Who Knew?

GlaxoSmithKline, that’s who. Another drug, another round of heretofore unknown side effects. Well…not exactly unknown. Are we really surprised? Avandia made a big splash recently because the popular type 2 diabetes drug was linked to an increased risk for serious heart problems. It gets better: the new news on Avandia shows that had doctors been […]

10 Jul

10 Alarming Health Care Stats Put in Ruthless Perspective

Are we broken? All signs point to yes: the obesity “problem”, the diabetes epidemic, Sicko at the box office. Yet we risk developing psychological immunity to the spiraling health care problems we face, if for no other reason than saturation. Let’s put our health care problems in perspective. 10. The pharmaceutical industry’s profit margin is […]

9 Jul

A Smackdown Cometh: Big Pharma Vs. Pumpkin Farmers

Forget insulin injections – the humble pumpkin may be a suitable treatment for both type 1 and type 2 diabetics in the near future. Researchers found that plain old pumpkin extract helped worn-out pancreatic cells regain sensitivity and begin producing insulin. Pumpkin 1: I hate diabetes. Pumpkin 2: Oh, I know. It is lame. Diabetes […]

3 Jul

10 Great Alli Leaks, Oops, Links

So we’re beating a dead llama here, but it’s just flabbergasting that the newest weight-loss gimmick, alli, has made it so far. Maybe I’m just grumpy today. This pill is a) all but ineffective, b) dangerous, c) embarrassing, d) expensive, and e) a retread of an old drug nobody wanted. As you may well know, […]

27 Jun

Because We’d Miss the Puppies & Flowers & Fields

CC Source We’re all for the first amendment right to free speech, but in the interest of public health something really should be done about the misleading claims in those shiny, happy pharmaceutical commercials. To the drug makers that bombard us with them, and the U.S. Representatives that didn’t take a tougher stance goes the […]

26 Jun

Captain Obvious Returns

This just out from Business Week: “Are Pharmas Addicted to Lifestyle Drugs?” Ya think? I know I rail against drug use. I have no problem with life-saving technologies that honor and extend the lives of human beings. And the good news is that the FDA is finally taking action (it only took half a dozen […]

25 Jun

It’s All About the Synergy, Baby

Here’s a compelling op-ed from a chemistry PhD about the problem with randomized clinical trials. RCTs are the gold standard for testing effectiveness and safety. The problem, however, is that a randomized clinical trial puts the substance in question in a bubble. Remove the substance from its context, this writer argues, and you aren’t going […]

15 Jun

Mineral Makeup, Michael Moore and More

WORKER BEES’ WEEKLY BUZZ 8 Glasses of Water a Day? Theory Springs a Leak Thanks to Calorie Lab for mopping up this “urban legend”. (Dartmouth Medical School) Mineral Makeup Is Mostly Made of Marketing We blogged about this earlier this year, and now WebMD has just come out with a thorough analysis of mineral makeup […]

5 Jun

What’s Behind the #1 Cause of Death? (psst: it’s not cholesterol)

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES Mark wants us to make sure we share a very important study about inflammation and heart disease. Sisson’s been grousing about this for years, and you can read some of his choice thoughts on why cholesterol is just one of many important factors for heart health. Cholesterol drugs aren’t the best […]

31 May

Aspirin, Fish, & Debunking Debunkers

WORKER BEES’ DAILY BITES Aspirin and fish are two health topics that get plenty of coverage. Just when you read the latest studies that command you to shun all things pill and pisces, another round tells you to take the opposite tack. We’re dishing all the latest research. And for simultaneous comic relief and health […]

30 May

Introducing a New Column: Primal Health

WHY OUR MODERN WAY OF LIFE DOES NOT SUPPORT HUMAN HEALTH What is Primal Health? In brief, “primal health” is my pet name for my point of view regarding all aspects of health, fitness, nutrition, and aging. Primal health describes my personal scientific bent and informs my diet and fitness regimens – indeed, my whole […]

24 May

Los Linky Links

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites The best clicks from the world of health, Apples: Mirkin Is Back with More Health Myths You loyal readers know Mark (and your Bees) don’t buy into that whole “drink 8 glasses of water a day or else!” rule. While we’re big fans of drinking water, you don’t have to stress […]

23 May

For the Love of Links

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites What do you get when you mix the daily heads-up on the best health news, a funny picture, and a bonus fitness post from Mark? Oh yeah, this post. Rejoice! For fried dough is near. Fabulosity We promise never to use that word again. But you’ll see why we did when […]

22 May

Marriage Is Healthiest for Men; 2 Duds for Glaxo

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites It’s a beautiful day…but not for GlaxoSmithKline. One Expensive Diabetes Rx GSK shareholders were dismayed at analysts’ early estimate of what the Avandia debacle will cost: upwards of five billion. That’s a lot of yachts. This is ReubenInStt’s Flickr Photo Newly-Divorced Men Have Highest Depression Rates We’re not sure about the […]

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