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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Mar 09, 2012 The Web Is Awash in Reviews, but Not for Doctors. Here’s Why.
QUOTE: RateMDs now has reviews of more than 1,370,000 doctors in the United States and Canada. But getting in the faces of the previously untouchable professional class has inevitably led to legal threats. He says he gets about one each week over negative reviews and receives subpoenas every month or two for information that can help identify reviewers, who believe they are posting anonymously.
New York Times Jun 25, 2011 In Medicine, New Isn’t Always Improved
QUOTE: the promise of innovation can also prove a trap, a situation now playing out with dire consequences for possibly tens of thousands of people who received artificial hips intended to let them remain active. The implants, known as metal-on-metal hips, were regarded by device makers and surgeons as a major advance over previous designs that used both metal and plastic. Now federal regulators and medical researchers are scrambling to determine how many implant recipients have been injured by the devices, which can shed dangerous metallic debris through wear.
New York Times Jun 01, 2010 Antiradiation Products With Some Science in Them
QUOTE: There is still no definitive evidence that electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices like cellphones and Wi-Fi networks is hazardous. But many companies are profiting from public concern about the issue, most by selling unscientific placebos, usually pendants or decals that do nothing to stop the radiation.
New York Times Oct 27, 2009 A dubious alternative: There's no evidence that homeopathic products can prevent flu
QUOTE: Unlike vaccines or prescription or over-the-counter drugs, homeopathic medicines, which account for annual U.S. sales of more than $200 million, do not need to demonstrate safety or effectiveness...
Washington Post Oct 08, 2009 How to Stop the Counterfeit-Medicine Drugs Trade
QUOTE: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 50% of drugs sold online have either been falsified or altered in some way.
Time Magazine Oct 07, 2009 Swine flu vaccine: Is it ethical to say no?
QUOTE: Does Americans' right to determine what is best for themselves and their families trump the federal government's efforts to head off what it believes could be a flu pandemic?
Christian Science Monitor Sep 08, 2009 When Your Insurer Says You're No Longer Covered: Firms Defend 'Rescissions' as Fraud Control
QUOTE: Rescission -- the technical term for canceling coverage on grounds that the company was misled -- is often considered among the most offensive practices in an insurance industry...
Washington Post Sep 07, 2009 Insured, but Bankrupted Anyway (Prescriptions)
QUOTE: The forecast for this year is that there will be 1.4 million to 1.5 million total bankruptcy filings. Our data say 62 percent of those will be medical.
New York Times Sep 05, 2009 Who Will Care for the Newly Insured? (Prescriptions)
QUOTE: 2013. That’s the year everyone would have to have health insurance under the House version of the health care bill. ...many experts say it’s not nearly enough time to beef up the supply of physicians necessary to care for the tens of millions suddenly entering the health care system.
New York Times Aug 31, 2009 PSA Test: More Harm Than Good? Study: 1 Million Men Suffered Needless Treatment After Prostate Cancer Test
QUOTE: The PSA prostate cancer screening test does more harm than good, a new study suggests.
WebMD Aug 06, 2009 Big Insurance, Big Tobacco and You
QUOTE: the insurance industry is taking these [consumer fraud, incorrect statistics] and other flim-flams straight from the tobacco industry's playbook.
PR Watch Jul 30, 2009 The Huffington Post is crazy about your health: Why bogus treatments and crackpot medical theories dominate "The Internet Newspaper" (Vital Signs)
QUOTE: Practically since its inception in 2005, the [Huffington] Post's health coverage has been the subject of scrutiny and criticism from physicians and medical experts.
Salon Jul 29, 2009 Should you trust health advice from the web?
QUOTE: a growing body of evidence suggests that much online health information is unreliable.
New Scientist Jul 27, 2009 Big Tobacco's New Targets
QUOTE: In Africa the battle for the hearts, minds and lungs of new smokers is being waged particularly aggressively.
Time Magazine Jul 26, 2009 Lawmakers Seek to Curb Drug Commercials
QUOTE: For some legislators and consumer advocates, the [drug] ads are a daily reminder of a health care system run amok. Critics contend that drug ads are intended to prompt people to diagnose themselves with chronic quality-of-life problems like insomnia or restless leg syndrome; lead people to pressure their doctors for prescriptions for expensive brand-name drugs to treat these conditions; and steer people away from cheaper generic pills.
New York Times Jul 24, 2009 Buying a Hearing Aid? You’ve Got a Lot to Learn (Patient Money)
QUOTE: “Unfortunately, hearing aids are seen as one of those medical costs, like vision and dental, that doesn’t deserve full coverage,” said Gyl A. Kasewurm, an audiologist in St. Joseph, Mich.
New York Times Jul 15, 2009 College Athletes Stuck With the Bill After Injuries
QUOTE: . While some colleges accept considerable responsibility for [athletes'] medical claims, many others assume almost none, according to a review of public documents from a cross section of universities and interviews with current and former athletes, trainers, administrators and N.C.A.A. officials.
New York Times Jun 25, 2009 Heading for the emergency room (Reforming American health care)
QUOTE: The American health-care system, which gobbles up about 16% of the country’s economic output, is by far the most expensive in the world...
Economist Oct 13, 2008 The Scan That Didn't Scan
QUOTE: This is a story about M.R.I.’s, those amazing scans that can show tissue injury and bone damage, inflammation and fluid accumulation. Except when they can’t and you think they can.
New York Times Feb 25, 2008 This Pill Not To Be Taken With Competition: How Collusion Is Keeping Generic Drugs Off the Shelves
QUOTE: ...one simple approach could save consumers billions of dollars annually: stopping pharmaceutical companies from colluding with competitors to keep lower-cost generic alternatives to prescription drugs off the market
Washington Post Aug 03, 2007 Eye Infections From Solution Continuing to Harm Users
QUOTE: Both the C.D.C. and the Food and Drug Administration expressed growing concern about the possibility that lack of attention among consumers and doctors to the recall was leading to unnecessary risks.
New York Times Oct 20, 2006 Side Effects: New Nerve Test, a Moneymaker, Divides Doctors
QUOTE: many neurologists, who stand to lose money and patients from the growing popularity of the device, say that the general practitioners who use it are not always capable of discovering the true cause of a patient’s symptoms. Some insurers and other doctors also have qualms about use of the automated test to diagnose possible nerve damage.
New York Times Jul 27, 2006 GAO pounces on home DNA tests to predict disease
QUOTE: Home tests that claim to analyze consumers' DNA for genes that play a role in diseases such as cancer, heart disease or diabetes are misleading, providing results that are medically unproven, ambiguous or both, federal investigators say in a report Thursday.
USA TODAY May 18, 2006 Study Finds High Rate of Recalls of Heart Devices Used in Emergencies
QUOTE: ...about 164,000 emergency defibrillators — or about one out of every five units sold during the period — had been subject to an agency recall or alert.
New York Times Dec 16, 2005 Court Overturns $10 Billion Verdict Against Philip Morris
QUOTE: ...the Illinois Supreme Court reversed a $10.1 billion lower-court verdict that held the company, and its parent, Altria Group Inc., liable for allegedly misleading consumers about the risk of developing cancer from smoking its "light" cigarettes.
Washington Post Dec 14, 2005 Buying prescription drugs online: a safe bet?
QUOTE: With the high cost of prescription drugs, more consumers are turning to the Internet to cut expenses. But what you order on the Web isn't always what you get.
Bankrate.com Nov 29, 2005 The cost of caring for your pearly whites
QUOTE: Since there really is not a one-size-fits-all toothpaste or toothbrush -- becoming an educated consumer is your best bet.
Bankrate.com Oct 16, 2005 Hear the Complaints: Customers Say Aids Don't Work, Cost Too Much and Aren't Rated
QUOTE: ...hearing aids did allow them to live normal lives again. But more of them had complaints about steep prices, models that didn't work right, too-short money-back guarantee periods and general confusion about which hearing aid they needed. A common theme: They were sick and tired of hearing -- when they could hear -- that their hearing aids needed yet another adjustment.
Washington Post Sep 04, 2005 Listen Closely When Buying Hearing Aids: Pitfalls Abound:Customers Find Trial Period Can End Too Soon
QUOTE: A 2003 survey by the Consumer Union of hearing aid complaints filed in 1999 found that three-quarters of the complaints against sellers of hearing aids concerned problems with the 30-day trial period and denial of refunds.
Washington Post Jan 13, 2004 10 secrets of the weight-loss industry
QUOTE: Of the nearly 55 million Americans who will go on some kind of diet program, a slim percentage will successfully shed the weight and keep it off.
Bankrate.com Aug 13, 2002 Better Drug Information is At Hand -- If You Know Where to Look
QUOTE: While medical and pharmacy groups and others slug it out over how to improve patient information leaflets, consumers don't have to settle for out-of-date or incomplete drug data.
Washington Post Dec 31, 2001 Top 10 Ways To Make Your Health Benefits Work for You
QUOTE: The Department of Labor's Pension and Welfare Benefits Administration (PWBA) administers serveral important health benefit laws covering employer-based health plans, which govern your basic rights to information about how your health plan works, how you qualify for benefits and how to make claims for benefits.
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