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Medicine

Cholesterol and atherosclerosis deception

Worried about your cholesterol?  Ravnskov et al. say, don’t be. They allege decades of misleading statistics and selective reviews to sustain the hypothesis that high cholesterol is the major cause of CVD. 9. Conclusion The idea that high cholesterol levels … Continue reading

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Gaslighting, not burnout

Burnout of clinicians is the wrong term, argue Dean et al.  Instead they liken the phenomenon to “gaslighting” – the act of psychologically manipulating someone to question their own sanity, in order to gain some advantage. We believe that clinicians … Continue reading

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Hundreds more medical reversals. But not ISO accreditation

Herrera-Perez et al reviewed over 3000 randomized controlled clinical trials in leading medical journals.  They found 396 reversals of practice were indicated. While medical leaders increasingly put their trust in ISO 15189 and ISO 17025 there remains a lack of evidence … Continue reading

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PIP implants – from CE marks to ISO accreditation?

The French court ordered TUV Rheinland was ordered to pay compensation to victims of defective PIP breast implants.  The French regulator, Agence Francaise de Securite Sanitaire des Produits de Sante (AFSSAPS), probably regrets delegating this task to them in the first place. … Continue reading

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Hidden FDA Reports Detail Harm Caused by Medical Devices

The FDA keeps suppressed lists of medical device failures.  You can read about it on Medscape: FDA spokeswoman Deborah Kotz confirmed that the “registry exemption” was created without any public notice or regulations. “Any device manufacturer can request an exemption … Continue reading

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UKAS now “a partner to Government”

In a BMTA interview with retired chief executive of UKAS, Paul Stennett MBE, we learn, What is most satisfying is that UKAS is now seen as being a partner to Government, helping to deliver their regulatory agenda and in many cases … Continue reading

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Statistical pitfalls of accreditation

While doctors who experience UKAS assessments are becoming increasingly cynical about them, few have yet called out accreditation and stopped it. Stephen Senn’s comment in Nature, Statistical pitfalls of personalized medicine.  Misleading terminology and arbitrary divisions stymie drug trials and can … Continue reading

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Getting Rid of Stupid Stuff

Melinda Ashton wrote in Getting Rid of Stupid Stuff  November 8, 2018 N Engl J Med 2018; 379:1789-1791. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1809698. In the second category — documentation that could be completed more effectively — we identified a feature called the rounding row that … Continue reading

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Accreditation of US hospitals did not improve patient outcomes

The BMJ published Association between patient outcomes and accreditation in US hospitals: observational study by Lam et al. BMJ 2018;363:k4011  http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k4011 The Boston doctors investigated over 4 million patient outcomes in this retrospective observational study. Their conclusions? “US hospital accreditation by … Continue reading

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Top court rules against German certifier in French breast implant case

This blog has previously pointed out that assessment bodies evade liability for the false promises they certify.  They are “delivering assurance” yet avoiding legal liability for the screening inspections they undertake. No longer!  France’s highest court found TUV Rheinland guilty … Continue reading

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