Attitudes on cost-effectiveness and equity among medical professionals

Do medical professionals value cost-effectiveness or equity higher in clinical decision making? A recent paper in BMJ investigated this question. The following hypothetical decision-making scenario was sent to medical students, residents-in-training, and practicing physicians, to select between two colon cancer screening tests for a population. ‘A group of doctors was formed to help the government decide which of two tests to offer low-risk people. Test … Continue reading Attitudes on cost-effectiveness and equity among medical professionals

UN treaty a step towards nuclear disarmament

On the morning of Friday, July 7, 2017, the United Nations adopted the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which bans and makes it illegal to possess, use, produce, transfer, acquire, stockpile or deploy nuclear weapons. This was the culmination of 10 years of preparation by many national and international organizations. It was signed and approved by 122 of the 123 participant nations, representing … Continue reading UN treaty a step towards nuclear disarmament

Treatment of HIV-Associated Talaromycosis

Penicilliosis is a cause of life-threatening illness in people from Southeast Asia, China, and India who are living with HIV. This dimorphic fungus was recently renamed Talaromyces (previously Penicillium) marneffei.  What is the best initial treatment for this devastating disease? A recent study from Vietnam determined that it is Amphotericin, not itraconazole. Continue reading Treatment of HIV-Associated Talaromycosis