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Does Donald Trump have low testosterone? What his very low PSA tells us

Donald Trump actually has a negative or normal PSA despite his doctor saying all of his tests are “positive.” This is a good example of why “only positive results” is undesirable. Trump’s PSA is reported as 0.15 and the cut off for a positive screen (a potentially worrying result) is 4.0 ng/ml. Trump’s PSA doesn’t really matter … Continue reading

Bernie Sanders surrogate Dr. Song sells “false hope” to cancer patients for $150 a test

Bernie Sanders surrogate, Dr. Paul Song, said this at a rally in New York: “Now Secretary Clinton has said that Medicare for all will never happen. Well, I agree with Secretary Clinton that Medicare for all will never happen if we have a president who never aspires for something greater than the status quo. Medicare … Continue reading

Zika questions answered: If Zika is the cause of microcephaly why are we just seeing it now?

      This is a common question that many have used to question the link between Zika and microcephaly. It is a valid point. After all, viruses have been around forever so if Zika caused microcephaly wouldn’t we already know that? The answer is pretty simple – Zika is actually a relatively new virus … Continue reading

A fetus can’t “hold hands” with its twin

The story is a sad one, a set of twins where one is not expected to survive due to complex anomalies. As the mother of a set of triplets where one did not survive I understand this kind of pain. A couple in such a situation spoke with their local news about their ultrasound which … Continue reading

A Monsanto larvicide isn’t causing microcephaly in Brazil (or anywhere else)

The alarming number of babies with microcephaly in Brazil and other countries is definitely a cause for concern. While each day more and more evidence grows that it is related to infection with the Zika virus, definitive studies are still lacking. This sadly leaves room for conspiracy theories and the one currently making the rounds … Continue reading

How Medscape helped Sprout stack the deck for Addyi

It may (or may not) surprise to learn that hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) the “disorder” treated by the new drug Addyi didn’t exist before 2004. Why in 2004 did we decide that normal female sexual response was a condition? Well, HSDD was established/invented/introduced by industry to prepare the market for a testosterone patch for … Continue reading

Andrew Wakefield is apparently a legimate source of vaccine info at University of Toronto

Earlier this year two groups of academics (scientists and faculty members) at the University of Toronto wrote letters of concern to the President of the University regarding the course Alternative Health: Practice and Theory HLTD04H3-S, Special Topics in Health taught by Beth Landau-Halpern, a homeopath. One group wrote about their concerns that the course presented … Continue reading

My GYNO says I can’t have an IUD. Is she right?

I hear this fairly often – women telling me they asked their GYN for an IUD (yeah!) and were told that they couldn’t because they had never had children. Their GYNs are wrong and unfortunately it’s not just a few who think this way. A study from last year tells us that 32% of OB/GYNs … Continue reading

10 quack treatments Dr. Oz needs to defend

Dr. Oz promises to come out swinging on Thursday, both against the 10 physicians who wrote a letter to the Dean of Medicine at Columbia and to defend himself against the charges of quakery. Here are 10 of his recommendations I’d like to see him explain/defend with science (i.e. provide medical evidence above personal experience). … Continue reading

Dr. Oz rattles his glass operating theater as he comes out swinging against detractors

Dr. Oz plans to strike back at the doctors who wrote a letter (see below) to the Dean of Health Sciences and Medicine at Columbia calling for his resignation. Oz’s response will apparently be in the form of an episode of his show this Thursday. CNN is reporting that an Oz spokesperson had the following … Continue reading

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