Why are protesters protesting in the US? [And why Australians shouldn’t be]

From the Business Insider, a set of very simple graphs illustrating exactly why people in the US are unhappy about the direction the country is going. My feeling is that while we should show solidarity with our friends in less fortunate situations overseas, we don’t have the same excuses for protesting about Australia’s direction. Here … Continue reading Why are protesters protesting in the US? [And why Australians shouldn’t be]

Financial conflicts of interest in guidelines

A new study published in the BMJ shows the prevalence of financial conflicts of interest in the panel members producing clinical guidelines. For consumers of healthcare delivery (that means everyone), I think it is valuable to know that doctors get their information from guidelines, and about half of the people developing those guidelines have financially-based … Continue reading Financial conflicts of interest in guidelines

Australians’ views of our own health system

In a data briefing published in the last couple of days in the BMJ, there was an interesting graphic that indicated the public perception of the healthcare system. Although it isn’t particularly easy to find the source of the information in the Health Affairs cited by Appelby (an article with open access), the results are particularly … Continue reading Australians’ views of our own health system

A big, important step in (public) health (economics)

The NY Times reports that four large health insurers have agreed to release claims data to academics on a regular basis. Claims data will allow us (researchers) to look in much greater detail at what is driving excess costs but much more importantly, to find out how quickly physicians are taking up new (and hopefully better) … Continue reading A big, important step in (public) health (economics)

Measuring only skin deep conflicts of interest won’t help

Conflicts of Interest in Cardiovascular Clinical Practice Guidelines In the most recent issue of Archives, a group of US researchers have analysed the cardiovascular clinical practice guidelines on which clinicians rely to make informed decisions about how best to treat patients. Conflicts of interest are contentious in this area because they are known to influence … Continue reading Measuring only skin deep conflicts of interest won’t help

Is gaming and television bad for attention and school work?

ScienceDirect - Journal of Psychiatric Research : The influence of television and video game use on attention and school problems: A multivariate analysis with other risk factors controlled An interesting article testing a large group of kids in the US to determine if gaming and television negatively affects attention. The study is done quite well and … Continue reading Is gaming and television bad for attention and school work?