Hits & Misses – 2008/12/31

Christmas myths debunked. From the British Medical Journal: poinsettias are not poisonous to people or animals; suicides do not increase at Christmas time; sugar does not make kids hyperactive; and eating late at night does not cause weight gain.

Nursing home quality. Delaware has the best. Louisiana the worst. Also, check out this Q&A in the LTC E-Alert.

Can patients grade doctors fairly? "Amongst the many comments I read, I found almost no mention of a doctor's actual medical skill."

When is it too soon to harvest a heart? "A California transplant surgeon was acquitted on Thursday of a charge that he had intentionally harmed a donor to speed extraction of the patient's kidney and liver….Most donations involve brain-dead patients, but a growing demand for organs has led to….a lesser-used technique known as donation after cardiac death, which involves removing a patient from life support before extracting organs."

Tax sodas, but not donuts? New York's proposed obesity tax is not consistent. But the state isn't consistent on alcohol, smoking, gambling – or anything else, for that matter.


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  1. Nancy says:

    The antioxidant study is a real bummer. I’ve been taking them for years.

  2. Marcy says:

    Thanks for the explanation of the New York obesity tax. This makes the video of the Health Commissioner you linked to seem even more ridiculous.

  3. Jack says:

    Thanks for the poinsettia info. Now I don’t have to worry about my cat eating the leaves and berries.