Aaron Carroll

Is Cancer Overdiagnosed and Overtreated?

There’s a simply fantastic Viewpoint in this week’s JAMA that addresses that issue. The basic premise is that over the last 30 years there’s been a real emphasis on “awareness” of and screening for cancer. The idea has always been that this will lead to earlier detection and fewer deaths from cancer. I have argued… Read more »

Doctors Don’t Think They’re Responsible for Controlling Health Care Costs

Who’s responsible for controlling health care costs? That’s the question that a recent study in JAMA asked doctors. “Views of US Physicians About Controlling Health Care Costs“: Importance Physicians’ views about health care costs are germane to pending policy reforms. Objective To assess physicians’ attitudes toward and perceived role in addressing health care costs. Design,… Read more »

Is Childhood Obesity Going Down?

There’s usually so much bad news when it comes to obesity in the US, it’s hard to take good news at face value. But it seems to be real: Nearly one-third of children and teens are overweight or obese. But growing evidence suggests that places making strong, far-reaching changes—those that make healthy foods available in… Read more »

The State of US Health Ain’t so Good

There’s a ridiculously fantastic manuscript over at JAMA that you should go read right now. “The State of US Health, 1990-2010: Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factors“: Importance Understanding the major health problems in the United States and how they are changing over time is critical for informing national health policy. Objectives To measure… Read more »