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Is Pharma Research Worse Than Chance?

[Epistemic status: very speculative] The two most exciting developments in psychopharmacology in the 21st century so far have been ketamine for depression and MDMA for PTSD. Unlike other antidepressants, which work intermittently over a space of weeks, ketamine can cause … Continue reading

Postmarketing Surveillance Is Good And Normal

I. Scientific American notes a recent study saying that a third of drugs approved by the FDA over the past ten years have since been recalled, been given new boxed warnings, or been given new “safety communications”. A few people … Continue reading

Link: Taubes Contra Guyenet on Sugar

On Thursday I linked to Stephan Guyenet’s negative book review of Gary Taubes’ work on sugar. Taubes asked that I pass on a counterargument he’s been working on for a while. In early January, he posted a short version of … Continue reading

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Link: Guyenet On Taubes

If you’re interested in diet, I recommend Stephan Guyenet’s review of Gary Taubes new book: The Case Against Sugar is a journey through sugar history and science that argues the point that sugar is the principal cause of obesity, diabetes, … Continue reading

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Watch New Health Picks

So far most of Trump’s appointments have been ordinary conservative hardliners or ethically-compromised rich people. But there’s a chance that some of his health care picks could be really interesting. I’m not talking about Health and Human Services nominee Tom … Continue reading

Book Review: House of God

I’m not a big fan of war movies. I liked the first few I watched. It was all downhill from there. They all seem so similar. The Part Where You Bond With Your Squadmates. The Part Where Your Gruff Sergeant … Continue reading

Reverse Voxsplaining: Brand-Name Drugs

[Epistemic status: Uncertain, especially on the accuracy of the economic studies cited] I. Sarah Kliff of Vox replies to my piece from last week. She writes: Earlier this week I wrote about how a lack of drug price regulation in … Continue reading

Reverse Voxsplaining: Drugs vs. Chairs

[Content note: this is pretty much a rehash of things I’ve said before, and that other people have addressed much more eloquently. My only excuse for wasting your time with it again is that SOMEHOW THE MESSAGE STILL HASN’T SUNK … Continue reading

Book Review: Unlearn Your Pain

[Content warning: discussion of chronic pain and related conditions, and the debate over whether some of them may be psychological in origin. None of this is medical advice or a recommendation to start or stop any form of therapy. Low … Continue reading

Solidarity

[Epistemic status: I am not British, it’s been years since I’ve been in the HSE, and the HSE is not the NHS. All of this may be misunderstood or outdated.] I don’t usually blog on labor disputes here, but I … Continue reading

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