With 5,179 participants followed for a median of three and a half years, this was the largest trial to address the effect of opening blocked arteries in nonemergency situations and the first to include today’s powerful drug regimens. https://t.co/OYgjkwRBby
— NYT Health (@NYTHealth) November 17, 2019
And a rebuttal:
Conmpelling Case For Medical Conservatism:
"BMJ reviewed 3000 treatments & found that 1/2 were of unknown effectiveness & only 11% were clearly beneficial."
— Allen Frances (@AllenFrancesMD) March 14, 2019
1/ In a congressional hearing on health care costs earlier this week, expert testimony indicated that 30-60% of the approx. $3.6 trillion we spend on medicine is wasteful. (see James testimony here) https://t.co/JRLhI9SdZW
— Jeneen Interlandi (@JInterlandi) July 20, 2018
Also see these two interesting articles:
Overkill: An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it? (The New Yorker)
When Evidence Says No, but Doctors Say Yes: Long after research contradicts common medical practices, patients continue to demand them and physicians continue to deliver. The result is an epidemic of unnecessary and unhelpful treatments. (The Atlantic)
As per usual, Todd has provided a comprehensive and thoughtful review of the Kratom situation. You can read more at the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine.