Talking Points

September 2nd, 2015 It's time to stop counting the calories, and instead start promoting the nutritional value of foods if we are to rapidly cut illness and death from cardiovascular disease and curb the rising tide of obesity, according to a BMJ Open Heart editorial,...

September 2nd, 2015 Breast-cancer specialists are sharply divided over a new radiation technique that costs less and is more convenient than conventional therapy, reports The Wall Street Journal. The technique, known as intra-operative radiation therapy (IORT),...

September 2nd, 2015 A study that sought to replicate 100 findings published in three prominent psychology journals has found that, across multiple criteria, more than independent researchers working internationally could replicate less than half of the original...

August 25th, 2015 It's been a rough year for the Paleo diet, the meat-forward lifestyle that took Robert Atkins' ideas back 10,000 years to declare war on carbs. Dave Bry writes in The Guardian that it started with the Paleo Guy himself, New Zealand nutritionist...

August 18th, 2015 For nearly a decade one of the world's leading neuroscientists, Baroness Susan Greenfield, has been warning the internet and computers may be harming children's brains. Now the former director of the Royal Institution has been attacked by colleagues...

August 11th, 2015 An acupuncture in palliative care study from  Tufts University School of Medicine, among others, has been panned as ‘little more than thinly disguised promotion of quackery’. Emeritus Professor Edzard Ernst, former Chair in Complementary...

August 11th, 2015 On March 6, 2015, South Africa’s first paired kidney exchange took place at the Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg, writes Andrea Teagle in Daily Maverick. It came about almost by chance but in acting as a test case as to how the Health...

July 28th, 2015 There is a persistent and potentially dangerous narrative that medical aid schemes exist purely to rip off their members, writes Business Day associate editor Bronwyn Nortje. This narrative of 'greedy and unscrupulous medical schemes' has gained...

July 28th, 2015 As complaints grow about exorbitant drug prices, US pharma is under pressure to disclose the development costs and profits of those medicines. The New York Times reports that so-called pharmaceutical cost transparency Bills have been introduced in...

July 21st, 2015 It's conventional wisdom that there are 'good' and 'bad hospitals but a ProPublica report says that an analysis of US Medicare data found that, when it comes to elective operations, the important factor to pick the right surgeon. They have made...
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