BMJ vs The Lancet: there are no winners in the ‘statins war’ – The Conversation

This is an excellent and important read from The Conversation. It argues that newspapers misreporting on the ongoing debate is likely to lead to more deaths from cardiovascular disease.

Source: BMJ vs The Lancet: there are no winners in the ‘statins war’

Whilst, I endorse the conclusion that statins can save lives. I do not accept the evidence for statins to be universally prescribed for people over a certain age. Also I believe that borderline cases should be treated by a change in lifestyle first before necessarily prescribing statins for life with their associated side affects. Also there are a number of herbal solutions which need to be considered too.


UN chief says Diabetes causes 1.5-M deaths a year | | Philippine News

Logo for the World Diabetes Day

Logo for the World Diabetes Day (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Age-standardised disability-adjusted life year...

Age-standardised disability-adjusted life year (DALY) rates from Diabetes mellitus by country (per 100,000 inhabitants). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Philippine News reports UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon saying that diabetes now causes some 1.5 million deaths a year and called for healthier lifestyles on this year.

Source: UN chief says Diabetes causes 1.5-M deaths a year | | Philippine News

Surely, we need much more than World Diabetes Day?

I am increasingly disillusioned by the effectiveness of the whole UN bureaucracy. It’s perhaps time to do a comprehensive cost benefit analysis and look to reforms? There are too many lobbies promoting vested interests and big decisions are blocked in the Security Council. It’s a very expensive debating chamber.

Let’s face it, a large part of the Diabetes crisis crisis is caused by Western food and drinks companies aggressively marketing addictive junk food and sugar products. See the Times of India article reporting on the introduction of a sugar tax.

Perhaps it’s time for Ban Ki-moon to step down and make way for a more robust leader?