POV: Science


POV: Science-Column: Beware of the ‘Madmen’ of medical marketing

The business of selling cures has relied on anecdotes since the days of the traveling snake oil salesmen. In fact, it was practiced widely in Athens, at the time of Hippocrates. Healers hawked their wares from house to house.

POV: Science-Changes in prostate cancer scoring system reap false benefits

“When Okies moved to California, the IQ improved in both states.” Meant as an insensitive joke, the statement was improperly attributed to humorist Will Rogers. Yet the idea has been adapted to explain certain medical reporting errors.

POV: Science-POV Science: Science journals a potpourri of knowledge

I no longer jump out of airplanes or sport a green beret. In fact, I dislike arguments. I avoid discussing evolution and other subjects that might start a fight.

POV: Science-Column: Much to weigh in prostate cancer treatments

Would you invest in the future of treating prostate cancer? The entry level cost for today’s radiation equipment is in the millions.

POV: Science-Prostate worries? Consider treatment information

“What should I do about my prostate?” you ask.

POV: Science-Journals: My monthly potpourri

In this month’s look at the journals we travel to Nova Scotia to touch on climate change, leave Walla Walla for prostate cancer treatment via expensive machines, then dive into the world of advertising to discuss claims about antioxidants.

POV: Science-There's no solid research that pineapple can benefit Alzheimer's disease

I was recently asked to comment about the benefits of pineapple in Alzheimer’s disease. I checked peer-reviewed literature and found nothing to directly support the idea. Google, however, led me to Doctor Oz. He recommends a variety of commercial products and brings authors to his TV program. He put Haylie Pomroy’s “Fast Metabolism Diet”on his show’s website. She promotes pineapple as a source of “natural” sugar and suggests that it’s good for the adrenals.

POV: Science-Staving off Alzheimer’s has many schools of thought

Do you remember what I wrote about Alzheimer’s last month. I’m fuzzy about it, too. Here’s a restatement. More than a century ago Alois Alzheimer described misshapen proteins, or peptides, in the brains of patients with dementia. Studies seem to confirm an association, but not necessarily cause and effect. Treatments to clear these proteins from the brain have produced disappointing results. While we wait for clarification, what might help?

POV: Science-The journals: My monthly potpourri

At the end of each year, writers and researchers take a little break and tell what they think about the year past. I’m borrowing wholesale from the journal Science and developments that its staff ranked at the top of 2013.

POV: Science-Alzheimer’s a tangled web of possible causes

Many of us hear an alarm bell when we forget where we left the keys or see someone we should know but can’t connect the face with a name.

POV: Science-Science journals: My monthly potpourri

You probably haven’t heard of a surgical procedure that relieves chest pain by tying off a minor artery. It worked, but it was abandoned. I’ll explain why later. But first, some other things that didn’t work or were proven to be dangerous.

POV: Science-Testosterone therapy: ‘Cure’ looking for problem?

Low T? OMG! The pharmaceutical industry wants men to think their sex lives, muscle mass and energy levels are in trouble because of — oh my goodness — low testosterone

POV: Science-Clues to aging maladies found in study of diabetes

After his heart attack, Bill Clinton followed a diet program devised by Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. The retired surgeon in September spoke to a large audience at Whitman College.

POV: Science-Metabolic syndrome studies offer window on aging

There’s a difference between ugly fat and dangerous fat. In general, the ugly stuff, by social convention is a view from the rear. The worrisome kind of fat bulges under your belt and is best seen from the side. Waist size provides a clue that there is bad fat inside the abdomen. It’s called visceral fat. Some of that is stored in your liver and it’s especially problematic.

POV: Science-The journals: My monthly potpourri

Current literature spans issues from testosterone to the reason that farmers get smarter in the wintertime. So without further ado: