Consumer Health Digest #06-37

Your Weekly Update of News and Reviews
September 12, 2007

Consumer Health Digest is a free weekly e-mail newsletter edited by Stephen Barrett, M.D., and cosponsored by NCAHF and Quackwatch. It summarizes scientific reports; legislative developments; enforcement actions; news reports; Web site evaluations; recommended and nonrecommended books; and other information relevant to consumer protection and consumer decision-making.

Consumers Union criticizes nursing home industry. Consumer Reports has concluded that poor care is common in nursing homes. [Nursing homes: Business as usual. Consumer Reports 71(9):38-41, 2006] Its most recent investigation found:

Consumers Union's Web site provides detailed advice and a database of reports on individual facilities.

Waxman hits deceptive pregnancy information services. A new study released by Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-CA) has found that federally funded pregnancy resource centers often mislead pregnant teens about the medical risks of abortion, The report states:

[False and misleading health information by federally funded pregnancy resource centers. U.S. House Committee on Governmental Reform, July 2006]

Former BALCO medical director facing disciplinary action. The Medical Board of California has accused Brian D. Halevie-Goldman, M.D. of gross negligence, improper prescribing, inadequate record-keeping, and dishonesty. The accusation document states:

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