Category Archives: medicine’s flaws

Breast screening, cancer treatments and cardiovascular disease

This article highlights serious risks to cardiovascular health caused by breast cancer treatments (which need to be considered as part of overdiagnosis and overtreatment due to breast screening mammography). ‘…current breast cancer treatments can have a negative impact on cardiovascular … Continue reading

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‘Flu vaccines

Public Health England has warned that the trivalent flu vaccine, most commonly administered in general practice, won’t protect against the influenza B strain predominantly circulating. Jacqui Wise, BMJ, 5 January 2018. BMJ 2018;360:k78 http://www.bmj.com/content/360/bmj.k78?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign_name=20180119&utm_source=etoc_weekly (Some vaccines cost more than others.  … Continue reading

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‘Breast Cancer Screening -Better without mammograms?’

“Conclusions: The Dutch mammography screening programme seems to have little impact on the burden of advanced breast cancers, which suggests a marginal effect on breast cancer mortality. About half of screen detected breast cancers would represent over-diagnosis.” Here is yet … Continue reading

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The ‘cancer drugs scandal’: decision-making and the need to involve patients at every level

When will there be the level of user involvement in healthcare necessary to ensure patients get the information they need to make the decisions they want? ‘Nothing about us without us’: patients need the opportunity to be included in multidisciplinary … Continue reading

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Breast cancer screening – short video explains reality

TIME FOR HONESTY – This short video presents the true picture of breast screening programmes in a very easy to understand format. How shocking that this harmful ‘industry’ is allowed to continue (NHS BSP) and the age limit extended at … Continue reading

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Diagnostic shades of grey

How many patients (and doctors) are unaware of the range of variability in diagnoses that can derive from the same pathology sample? How much accepted ‘certainty’ is, in fact, ‘uncertain’? Read on, and you may never want to accept a … Continue reading

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GP Payments

In my rapid response to this BMJ article I should have mentioned GP payments that were given for not referring patients. Does anyone else have the sense that there are also cut-off points for referral, diagnostic investigations or treatments at … Continue reading

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