Ginkgo biloba was just shown to be ineffective to prevent cognitive decline in a large, randomized and controlled trial of over 3000 older adults followed for over 6 years in an NIH-sponsored multi-center study published in JAMA. Applying critical evaluation to all purported therapies.
The Mass Dept. of Public Health just sent us sufficient supplies and authorization to offer the H1N1 to everyone, not just high risk patients. Clearly this is a day late and a dollar short. Nevertheless, we will have flu clinics in the office this week and next week. We encourage you to come.
We will receive our first shipment of H1N1 vaccine by Monday. The staff is calling everyone we believe to be higher risk to get their shot early next week. More vaccine should arrive weekly so everyone who wants H1N1 vaccine should be able to get it over the next 3 weeks. At last.
A preventive medicine task force just suggested that women not have mammograms in their 40’s and should only be screened every two years after that. And don’t bother with breast self-exam or your doctor’s breast exam. And the gynecologists’ task force declared that no women should have Pap smears before age 21 and less frequently thereafter. What to make of this? Ask your doctor, they say. How do we make sense of this?
An FDA advisory panel was widely reported last week to recommend banning Vicodin and Percocet because the committee believes the amount (500 mg) of Tylenol those drugs contain is dangerous and contributes to liver damage and fatalities. What should we do about Tylenol dosage in general?