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From antidepressant prescription to tight glucose control: seven clinical controversies that keep on going

Some clinical stories become perennials – issues that never seem to get completely resolved and pop up year after year. What’s the betting we can see the end of any of these seven controversies in 2015? 1: Are antidepressants over-prescribed? To some, depression is under-diagnosed and under-treated. Others think we’re medicalising ordinary sadness. 2: Bariatric surgery for […]

Hard cases make bad medicine

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the Ebola outbreak and the ethics of using drugs untested on humans to combat Ebola. Understandably, the pressure to use untested drugs is always at its highest in an outbreak of disease, as we saw during the swine flu epidemic of 2009. In that case, governments across […]

The case of the missing evidence

Elementary, my dear Watson. It didn’t need the return of Sherlock Holmes to work out that you can’t take a fully-informed decision without knowing all the evidence. I wrote a year ago about the scandalous situation that exists in the field of medicines research, where pharmaceutical companies can quietly hide away inconvenient data from clinical […]

What can we learn from swine flu?

So is it all over? Was it just media hype? And what have we learned from the first pandemic of the 21st century? Maybe, no, and quite a lot, really. Cases of flu are now running at or below seasonal average, despite the freezing weather. Swine flu was – mercifully – less dangerous than originally feared. But […]

Bottling it up and getting it checked out

What’s behind those headlines? Every week I write news in focus pieces about health research, published online by The Guardian. This week I wrote about warning signs of retinal detachment and the dangers of bottling up anger at work (both for The Guardian’s website). A GP friend told me off for the retinal detachment story; he says […]