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Medical Article Scan May 2008

Here are some interesting articles from this past month:

Supplement Your Knowledge of Vitamin D – While looking up some information on one of my meds, I found this article. It’s actually directed at a general audience (as opposed to those with kidney disease).

Bye Bye Biopsy – there is now an alternative for those of us with transplants who may face a biopsy; a genetic test that is done from a blood sample. This test can also be used for a variety of other biopsy related situations.

New York Planning Special Ambulance To Recover Organs – on the surface, this looks like a great idea, but I think it will do more harm than good. To quote from the article: “People are going to worry when the ambulance comes out to their house whether they are there to care for them or to take their organs.”  And this is where the problem lies; there are a good amount of people who will not sign the donor card for fear that they will be in an ED, and the doctor will pronounce them brain dead in order to get their organs, when they may not be brain dead. I don’t believe this to be true, but the thought is still out there, and this plan could potentially make things worse.

Daily Doses of Bach and Breathing Lower Blood Pressure – The title is a bit misleading, as it’s not only music by Bach that had an effect. Being a former music teacher, this is right up my alley (although one physician interviewed felt that it was primarily the breathing that had an effect). And even though it only had an effect on systolic pressure, it’s a treatment that has no side effects, so what can it hurt?

 Early Insulin Hit Leads To Diabetes Remission – This is a very interesting study of using intensive insulin treatment for newly diagnosed Type 2 diabetics (non-insulin dependant aka “adult onset diabetes), although the study is limited.

Home Monitors Advised For Hypertensive Patients – in my opinion, this is an excellent proposal. It seems odd that physicians will base anti-hypertensives on bp readings limited to when to when the patient is in the office. There are far to many variables to depend on this. If bp is taken at home, it can be done once or twice a day, and it will be easier to spot trends. Also, I’ve found that the electronic machines are a waste. I bought a cuff that has a stethoscope attached, and it is much more accurate. And for those not trained to take a bp, as long as you can hear well, it’s easy to learn.

Experts Question Placebo Pill For Children – I don’t think this is a good idea. After all, a parent needs to build trust with their child/children; once the child finds out that the parent has tricked them, what does that do to their sense of trust?


  1. kandylini
    May 27, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    “Supplement Your Knowledge of Vitamin D”

    That’s one of the better articles for a general audience. I’m so glad they differentiate between D3 and D2. I imagine the reason why many supplements and drinks (like soy milk) are fortified with the inferior D2 is because the manufacturers are targeting vegetarians who don’t want vitamins from an animal source (never mind that capsuled supplements usually contain gelatin!).

  2. May 27, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    I thought it was a good article as well; not too technical, but with a lot of good info.

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