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11/21/03

HealthWise at 5 From 11.21

  • Medical Mistakes

A new strategy report from the Institute of Medicine is designed to not only prevent medical mistakes but to learn from them if they do occur. The group is asking all health care settings to establish a comprehensive patient safety program with trained personnel and thorough follow-up and analysis of errors as they occur. The report also calls on the government to provide financial support to study patient safety, develop tools and share what they learn with other medical facilities. The report called "Patient Safety: A New Standard For Care" comes in response to a request from The Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Low-Carb Diets

The popular low-carb, high protein diets are coming under fire again. This time it's the Physician's Committee For Responsible Medicine which has released a new report calling the diets not only dangerous, but deadly. The group says it has received a menu of health complaints about the low carb eating, including loss of energy, kidney problems, and heart disease.

Dr. Neal Barnard, President and Founder of PCRM, says that they are recommending that individuals who are seeking to lose weight should choose a diet change that focuses on the type of food they eat. He says that plant-based foods are always going to be the healthier option, physicians should not recommend low carbohydrate diets, and they are asking The Centers For Disease Control to monitor individuals to see if this presents a serious public health threat.

PCRM is a non-profit health organization that promotes preventive medicine and healthy eating habits. On the flip side, some argue that a number of recent studies indicate there are some health benefits from eating a low-carb, high protein diet, even reducing cholesterol in some people. So, the debate continues.

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