21 July 2010

Do family meals keep kids trim?

This Greek study should not give you good feelings that you are doing the right thing for your kids as it is poorly designed and the results may not be what the writers are describing. The fifth paragraph in this article demonstrates the poor design.

While there may well be a small element of truth to the conclusion, it is not provable from this study. We can only hope that this may be true.

19 July 2010

Counseling improves care and cuts costs

I am not sure why I believe this study may be on to something, but if the insurance companies believe this study, maybe we would all be better off.

This study reports that intensive lifestyle interventions (ILI) has benefits which diabetes support and education (DSE) cannot compete with. The study reports that ILI is more cost effective when compared to DSE.

Read about the study here, here, and here.

18 July 2010

Medical treatment discrimination is a fact

Disturbing news from a study indicated discrimination in medical care. Or do we term it legal medical euthanasia of our elderly. We all suspect this, but to see it in print is disturbing indeed. As this study shows that it is among our elderly that this is occurring and is some regions of the USA more than others.

What has not been answered is if this is being promoted by the insurance industry, Medicare, or by the medical profession itself, and in which regions. From this I would expect that this will only get worse in the years ahead. Taking people off dialysis before certain conditions are met should be labeled as criminal. As it is, this seems to be considered humane euthanasia and the medical world is getting away with it.

The fact that is is happening to our older population with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is disturbing, but that this is happening regionally is morally disturbing. Read about part of the study here. Also read here, and read here.