• The Low-Down on Low-T (or Menopause for Men)
    September 6, 2013
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of the September/October Newsletter 2014 By Charlea Massion and Adriane Fugh-Berman Does the man in your life have “Low-T” (low testosterone) Syndrome? Oh, wait; make that “the men in your life” — chances are any of the men you know over age 40 qualify for a diagnosis. Symptoms supposedly associated with “Low-T” Syndrome are ...
  • Forget Fat!
    May 6, 2013
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of the May/June Newsletter 2013 By Charlea Massion and Adriane Fugh-Berman We constantly hear that obesity is a killer and that the obesity epidemic will surely sink our health care system — but are a few extra pounds really bad for your health? A recent study suggests that being a little overweight ...
  • Refuse InFuse
    January 6, 2013
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of the May/June Newsletter 2013 By Charlea Massion and Adriene Fugh-Berman We all know that some pharmaceutical companies put their own corporate profits ahead of patient safety. But, those companies don’t have a lock on this behavior — here’s an example of a medical device company that has also compromised patient safety. InFuse ...
  • CT Scan Safety
    September 6, 2012
    Article taken from pages 10-11 of the September/October Newsletter 2012 By Charlea Massion and Adriane Fugh-Berman “Lets just do a CT scan to be sure…” the doctor says. These days, having a CT scan seems routine, like having a strep test when you have a sore throat. In 2007, about 70 million CT scans were performed in ...
  • Avast Avastin!
    September 22, 2011
     Article taken from pages 10-11 of the September/October Newsletter 2011 By Charlea T. Massion, MD & Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD Why won’t ineffective treatments go away? The story of the use of Avastin for breast cancer treatment is a cautionary tale about how pharmaceutical companies dupe health care providers and consumers into accepting — even demanding — inferior drugs, ...
  • Traveling by air? Go for the grope!
    January 22, 2011
     Article taken from pages 10-11 of the January/February Newsletter 2011 By: Charlea T. Massion, MD & Adriane Fugh-Berman MD Whose silly idea was it to start X-raying people along with the baggage at airports?  Most of the media coverage of airport security scanners has focused on privacy issues, but we’re far more concerned about possible health risk: ...
  • Friends don’t let friends take Avandia
    September 22, 2010
     Article taken from pages 10-11 of the September/October Newsletter 2010 By Charlea T. Massion, MD & Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD In mid-July, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory committee voted to keep the diabetes drug Avandia (rosiglitazone) on the market, while simultaneously acknowledging not only that the drug increases the risk of heart attacks, but also that ...
  • Be your own Death Panel
    May 22, 2010
     Article taken from pages 10-11 of the May/June Newsletter 2010 By Charlea T. Massion, MD, and Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD During last summer’s town hall meetings on health care reform, the specter of “death panels” was repeatedly raised in acrimonious misrepresentations of the reform bill. Anti-reformers claimed the bill encouraged gangs of government bureaucrats to roam community hospitals ...
  • The Mammogram Industry: Wolves in Pink Wool
    January 22, 2010
     Article taken from pages 10-11 of the January/February Newsletter 2010 By Charlea T. Massion, M.D. & Adriane Fugh-Berman, M.D. Mammography is a useful but problematic diagnostic tool that exposes breast tissue to radiation that can increase the risk of breast cancer. Screening mammography saves lives in menopausal women over 50, but not for women under 50. The ...
  • Ghostwritten Articles Helped Sell Hormones
    November 26, 2009
    Article taken from page 10 of September/October Newsletter 2009 by Charlea T. Massion, M.D. & Adriane Fugh-Berman, M.D. If you or your mother became menopausal between the 1960s and 90s, you know that most women were pressured to take hormones from their first hot flash until their death. A friend joked that all women would be clutching ...
  • Why Suzanne Somers is wrong about hormones
    May 26, 2009
    Article taken from page 10 of May/June Newsletter 2009 By Charlea Massion and Adriane Fugh-Berman Suzanne Somers looks great. In interviews and a series of books, the actress attributes her seeming agelessness — not to mention increased energy, libido, and a host of other benefits — to her use of “bioidentical” hormones. Let’s get a few things ...
  • Help Your Doctor Break the Sample Habit
    May 26, 2008
    Article taken from page 10 of May/June Newsletter 2008 by Adriane Fugh-Berman, M.D. Does your doctor give you drug samples? It’s always nice to get something for free. But, medication samples aren’t like the free samples you get at the supermarket. If you accept a cube of cheese offered to you at a grocery store, you can ...
  • Unsafe IBS Drugs Back on the Market
    July 26, 2007
    Article taken from page 10 of July/August Newsletter 2007 by Adriane Fugh-Berman, M.D. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a vague term for a vague disorder. The diagnosis is one “of exclusion”, meaning that it’s what doctors are left with when tests fail to reveal another diagnosis. IBS is a syndrome rather than a disease because a disease ...
  • Over-the-Counter Sales of Medical Records
    May 26, 2007
    Article taken from page 10 of May/June Newsletter 2007 By Adriane Fugh-Berman, M.D. In all likelihood, every time you fill a prescription, information about you is sold to a company that then resells that information to pharmaceutical companies for promotional purposes. Pharmaceutical companies may know that you used Seasonale for six months last year, then switched to ...