Hits & Misses – 2009/3/9

PillsHave another pill, it's free.

37 percent of doctors… complained that patients routinely demanded unnecessary prescriptions. By some estimates, unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions add $2 billion a year to health care costs.

More on designer babies.

Here's how it's done. In the in vitro lab, doctors screen the embryos for the desired traits – say blonde hair and/or blue eyes – as well as the desired sex. They implant the selected embryo in the womb and discard all the rest.

TV: No harm, no help for babies.

The study of 872 children found no correlation between the amount of time they had spent viewing television before they reached 2 years of age and their progress at age 3.

Update on colds.

We previously reported here that researchers have sequenced all 99 strains of the human rhinovirus. Here's more:

For every cold we know of, virologists say, we fight off three or four with no symptoms… [But when they appear], there's no evidence that treating symptoms affects recovery time.  It takes from five to 10 days, no matter what you do.

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  1. Bruce says:

    On designer babies, apparently IQ and atheletic prowess are too complicated to engineer. But I suppose that’s coming as well.

  2. Stephen C. says:

    I thought you told us in an earlier post that chicken soup helps.

  3. Joe S. says:

    On the pills, this sheds a completly new light on all those articles we have been seeing about how people are cutting back on care (especially drug purchases) because of financial difficulties.