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Previous Blog Articles By Dr. Mintz...


New Practice (May 7, 2017)


Update on Cipro (May 13, 2016)


Why the FDA Should Lift Warnings on Avandia, Even if No One Will Use It (June 5, 2013)

Residency Match Results Bad for Primary Care (Again) (March 18, 2013)

Choose Wisely when Choosing Wisely (February 22, 2013)

The Future of Health Care is Now Clear (February 6, 2013)


No Medicare "Doc Fix" Could Result in Over 50% Salary Cut to Primary Care Physicians (December 30, 2012)

Why Primary Care is the Future of Health Care (September 19, 2012)

A Health Care System to be Proud Of (July 30, 2012)

What if IVIG really worked for Alzheimer's? (July 29, 2012)

The Harm of Not Seeing Drug Reps (June 2, 2012)

Postinfectious Cough (May 11, 2012)

Prior Authorizations Suck (May 9, 2012)

How the Government Plans to Lower Cost by Eliminating Doctors and Shifting Costs to Patients (April 16, 2012)

Questions Are the Answer (March 26, 2012)

Do Not Stop Your Statins (February 28, 2012)

You're Fired! Can Doctors Fire Their Patients? (February 15, 2012)

I'm Your Cook, Not Your Doctor (January 17, 2012) 

Nicotine Patches Do Work! (January 11, 2012)

Retainer, Concierge and Boutique Medicine are Not the Same Thing (January 5, 2012)


Statins and Prostate Cancer (December 30, 2011)

More Evidence that Lantus Causes Cancer (December 7, 2011)

Industry Funded Studies (October 24, 2011)

PSA: To Screen or Not to Screen (October 9, 2011)

Is meaningful use the right incentive to get physician's to use EMR's? (September 14, 2011)

Disappointing Results for Crestor (September 2, 2011)

All In For Crestor (August 16, 2011)

Why OTC Lipitor is a Bad Idea (August 4, 2011)

Chantix should not be withdrawn. (July 5, 2011)

Paying For Your Time (July 1, 2011) 

Actos Causes Bladder Cancer. Maybe We Should Have Kept Avandia? (June 11, 2011)

Don't Take High Dose Simvastatin! (June 8, 2011)

What to do about Niacin? (June 4, 2011)

Metformin is first, but what diabetes medicine is #2? (May 29, 2011)

Time to Get Together on Reducing Health Care Costs (May 15, 2011)

May is National Women's Health Week (May 9, 2011)

Using Actos to Prevent Diabetes (April 1, 2011)

Good Bye Primatene Mist (March 18, 2011)

2011 Residency Match NOT Good News for Primary Care (March 17, 2011)

Using Twitter as an Audience Response System (February 17, 2011)

Similarities between porn and junk food (January 29, 2011)

Cigarette Taxes Apparently Work (January 4, 2011)


Conservatives Should Read Ezra Klein (December 14, 2010)

Don't Call Me for A Prescription for Your Aspirin (November 11, 2010)

Spiriva for Asthma?? Not so fast. (September 20, 2010)

Study 175 and the Need for Comparative Effectiveness Research (July 16, 2010)

One Patient Stays on Avandia, One Patient Switches to Actos (July 15, 2010)

FDA Panel Recommends Keeping Avandia on the Market (July 14, 2010)

Avandia Smackdown!! (July 4, 2010)

Boston Doctors Getting Paid to Switch Patients to Generics (June 19, 2010)

Watch Your Step When Changing Asthma Medications (June 15, 2010)

Should You Friend Your Doctor?? (June 9, 2010)

Fracture Risk and Acid Blocking Medications: What Should You Do? (May 26, 2010)

Lipitor or Crestor for LDL's above 160 (May 14, 2010)

Are Drug Reps and Free Samples Bad For Patients? It Depends (May 3, 2010)

Pharma Should Not Settle Off-Label Promotional Suits (April 28, 2010)

Where have all the journalists gone? More bad reporting on Avandia (April 18, 2010)

Read "The Estrogen Dilemma" With Caution (April 16, 2010)

FDA Announces End for CFC-Propelled Inhalers (April 14, 2010)

FDA too focused on risks compared to benefits when approving drugs (April 8, 2010)

No News Usually Good News: Bisphosphonates (Fosamax) (March 28, 2010)

Blood sugar, high blood pressure and cholesterol control still important for diabetics. (March 14, 2010)

Stop Fosamax After Five Years (March 10, 2010)

Having health insurance doesn't ensure it will be easy to find a doctor (March 9, 2010)

Should all patients with metabolic syndrome or elevated HgA1c take statins? (March 4, 2010)

Why Barack Obama should come clean about his smoking and what he can do to quit (March 2, 2010)

Why you must support health care reform, even though it won't fix our health care system. (February 25, 2010)

More Avandia Scare- Again, Unwarranted. (February 21, 2010)

FDA Blows it on LABA Safety (February 18, 2010)

What every medicine cabinet needs (February 17, 2010)

Statins Don't Cause Diabetes (February 17, 2010)

Lipitor: Responding to Space Doc (February 16, 2010)

Bad cholesterol not that bad? Shame on MSNBC...Again! (February 15, 2010)

Crestor approved for primary prevention (February 9, 2010)

More problems with insulin (January 27, 2010)

Insurance Free Medicine (January 25, 2010)

Why You Should Care About Treatment with Monoclonal Antibodies against Clostridium difficile Toxins (January 21, 2010)

Comparative Effectiveness: Stroke May Be First (January 17, 2010)


How can a psychiatrist write 100,000 prescriptions a year, and why this matters to Primary Care? (December 19, 2009)

Crestor: Get Ready to Ask Your Doctor for the CRP Test. (December 15, 2009)

How outrage over new cancer screening recommendations might positively impact health care reform (November 24, 2009)

Generic and Therapeutic Substitutions (November 23, 2009)

Stop Using Vytorin!!!! (November 15, 2009)

The Pap Smear: A Symbol for Our Health Care System's Problems (November 3, 2009)

Parents: Please Keep Your Children in Booster Seats. (October 19, 2009)

Sick About Singulair (July 26, 2009)

Finally! FDA Questions Safety, Quality of Electronic Cigarettes (July 22, 2009)

Let Google Solve Our EMR problems (July 8, 2009)

Lantus and Cancer- A Closer Look Is Not Reassuring (July 2, 2009)

Lantus Causes Cancer! Why Doesn't Anyone Seem Care? (July 1, 2009)

A New Problem With Insulin: Cancer. (June 29, 2009)

Why aren't medical students taught about health care policy? (June 23, 2009)

The Avandia Scare: Why it Matters, Who's Responsible, and What to Do (June 16, 2009)

Comparative Effectiveness Can Be a Win for the Drug Companies (June 7, 2009)

For the RECORD, Avandia does not cause heart attacks. (June 5, 2009)

Major Diabetes Study to Be Presented! Get Ready for RECORD (June 3, 2009)

More on Electronic Cigarettes or E-cigs (June 1, 2009)

Diabetes Conspiracy (May 26, 2009)

Prescription Drugs: Risk vs. Benefit vs Cost- The Chantix Example (May 18, 2009)

4 Things the FDA Should Go After Besides Cheerios (May 13, 2009)

Viva Viagra? Not Until the Kids Are Asleep! (May 7, 2009)

Please Don't Ask Me for Tamiflu (April 30, 2009)

Asthmatics Need to Understand Control (April 19, 2009)

For those wishing to ban industry sponsored CME, please come up with an alternative. (April 1, 2009)

The Problem with Insulin- Part 2 (March 24, 2009)

An aspirin a day does keep the doctor away.An aspirin a day does keep the doctor away. (March 17, 2009)

Electronic Cigarettes (March 10, 2009)

Blogger Tara Parker-Pope in today's NY Times' Well section entitled A Hurdle for Health Reform: Patients and Their Doctors (March 2, 2009)

Obama on Health Care (February 25, 2009)

Common Things (February 17, 2009)

$19 Billion For Health IT-Money Well Spent? (February 11, 2009)

Fibromyalgia and the Problem with Dissing Pharma (February 9, 2009)

How to Save on Prescription Medications (February 8, 2009)

Patients, Physicians and Bloggers Unite for Diabetes (February 7, 2009)

Which Vitamin Should I Take?Which Vitamin Should I Take? (January 26, 2009)

FDA, Thanks for the Warning! (January 13, 2009)

Vytorin: To Switch or Not to Switch? That is the Question (January 8, 2009)

The Problem With Insulin (January 4, 2009)


Happy New Year / Anniversay and Best and Worst in Medicine 2008 (December 31, 2008)

CT Angiography, Dr. Nissen and Conflicts of Interest (December 22, 2008)

Rough Times for New Diabetes Drugs: The Diabetes Conspiracy Part III (December 20, 2008)

Dear FDA, Remove the Boxed Warning from Advair and Symbicort (December 12, 2008)

Asthma Medication: Calling Out the Safey Advocates (December 11, 2008)

The Lowdown on LABA's (December 7, 2008)

Generics Just As Good As Brand Name (December 2, 2008)

The Cost of Health Care (December 1, 2008)

More on Fluoroquinolone Related Tendon Injuries (November 26, 2008)

When Drug Labels Make You Sick (November 18, 2008)

Your Medicines Are Killing You (November 17, 2008)

Avandia Vindicated (Again): The Diabetes Conspiracy Part II (November 12, 2008)

Jupiter is Out, and the News is Good! (November 9, 2008)

The Diabetes Conspiracy (Part I) (November 5, 2008)

What can President Obama do about health care right now? (November 5, 2008)

Did Your Doctor Get it Right? (November 3, 2008)

Pharma & Pharmacy: CVS and Merck Team Up to Sell Drugs! (October 22, 2008)

Open Enrollment Tip: Make Sure Your Doctor Can Still See You (October 14, 2008)

Over the Counter Cold Medicines and Children (October 8, 2008)

UPLIFTing News for COPD (October 5, 2008)

JAMA study on News Media Misses the Bigger Problem (October 1, 2008)

Bad news for COPD: Why this meta-analysis should be believed (and the Avandia one should not) (September 23, 2008)

Good News for COPD (September 17, 2008)

Factors Associated with Medical Students' Career Choice Regarding Internal Medicine: Pay is Not Really One of Them! (September 9, 2008)

FDA to List Drugs Being Investigated (September 8, 2008)

Vytorin: No good reason to use, yet 80,000 prescriptions a week (August 21, 2008)

Vitamin D, COPD and Kevin MD (August 19, 2008)

Gone to the Beach! (August 9, 2009)

Prostate Cancer Screening (August 5, 2008)

Vytorin: Using medical reports for media hype and political attention (August 1, 2008)

More on Lipitor and Memory Loss (July 29, 2008)

Viagra for Women, No to Breast Exams and More Bad News for Vytorin (July 24, 2008)

Tendon rupture with Cipro? FDA caves to Public Citizen (July 8, 2008)

If you want to find out the 8 drugs doctors would never take....ask them! (June 26, 2008)

The truth on the 8 drugs doctors wouldn't take (June 22, 2008)

Save Thousands On Your Health Care (June 20, 2008)

Two studies: Coffee Consumption and Prostate Cancer Prevention (June 17, 2008)

Avandia Vindicated! (June 9, 2008)

ACCORD and AVANCE: Good News for Type 2 diabetes...really. (June 7, 2008)

Good News for Asthma Patients (June 3, 2008)

More on Asthma Inhalers (May 30, 2008)

Blogger Beware (May 28, 2008)

Where's the Good News about Chantix? (May 23, 2008)

Acai Berry (May 20, 2008)

Childhood Obesity Epidemic (May 18, 2008)

Shingles Vaccination (May 16, 2008)

Asthma inhalers (May 13, 2008)

New Smoking Cessation Guidelines (May 8, 2008)

Allergies: Yogurt or Singulair? (April 30, 2008)

Glucose monitors of limited value in Type 2 Diabetes (April 18, 2008)

Zetia In, Vytorin Out (April 8, 2008)

Vytorin and Singulair: Problems for the Company, Confusion for the Public (March 31, 2008)

Spring Break (March 21, 2008)

Spriva and Stroke: FDA warnings create buzz and confusion (March 18, 2008)

Quick Takes: Things that don't work. (March 16, 2008)

Eli Lilly terminates inhaled insulin program (March 9, 2008)

Pills, Pills, Pills (March 5, 2008)

More FDA warnings should not be cause for worry. (March 1, 2008)

Pfizer pulls Jarvik Ad; Antibiotics Overused in Dementia (February 25, 2008)

Quick Takes (February 22, 2008)

"Medication Under the Microscope," but Big Picture Lost. (February 19, 2008)

An Indication For Change (February 15, 2008)

Lipitor and Memory Loss (February 13, 2008)

Back and Neck Pain is a Money Drain (February 13, 2008)

ACCORD Study: Don't stop your diabetes medicines, Please! (February 6, 2008)

Super Tuesday: Who to choose for Health Care Change? (February 3, 2008)

Which Hypertension Medicine is Best? (January 30, 2008)

Dear Doctor: Vytorin (January 25, 2008)

To cut is to cure? Caution regarding surgical cure for obesity (January 23, 2008)

Risk of Smoking Trumps Drug's Warning (January 18, 2008)

Vytorin and Zetia: What to do now? (January 14, 2008)

Fibromyalgia is Real (January 14, 2008)

Physician Owned Hospitals (January 12, 2008)

Vitamin D tied to Heart Attacks - A prescription to sunbathe? (January 8, 2008)

Free Drug Samples Not Going to the Poor. Does this mean we should abandon them? (January 5, 2008)

Calories from Junk Food Are Cheap (January 2, 2008)

Best and Worst of 2007 (January 1, 2008)


Be careful with supplements (December 28, 2007)

Top 10 things (December 25, 2007)

Initial Post (December 25, 2007) 

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