The idle ramblings of a Jack of some trades, Master of none

Apr 7, 2007

Medical confusion

It turns out that doctors are not really keeping track of the latest medical research. Can't say I can blame them. There's so much of it going around. Every once in a while, someone claims that a previous study was wrong, anyway. Meanwhile, check this out:
  1. The PSA test often returns false positives, resulting in perfectly healthy prostates being removed.
  2. Daubing antiseptic solution on a patient's body before surgery is no more effective than cleansing with soap and water
  3. Antibacterial eye-drops tend to be useless for many users; all that they achieve is new strains of resistant bacteria.
  4. Back treatment by osteopaths provides no benefit, and in some cases may actually do some harm.


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