Archive | June 2014

Should we care if the NHS is number 1? Questions about the Commonwealth Fund Scorecard

I’ve been hearing a lot of claims recently that the NHS has (as the Guardian puts it) been rated as “the world’s best healthcare system”. These stories draw on a recent Commonwealth Fund report. However, I don’t think the question of whether the NHS is number 1 in the world is a good thing to focus on. I’m also not convinced that the Commonwealth Fund report is a good way of measuring NHS performance. Read More…

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Horizon’s Longitude Prize episode: overselling the benefits of GM crops and fish oil

Horizon’s recent Longitude Prize episode discussed interesting research using Genetically Modified (GM) crops to make omega 3 fish oil (not found naturally in plants). Horizon stated that fish oil is “thought to protect against…cancer”. This surprised me, so I asked Longitude Prize for the source of Horizon’s fish oil claims. The sources they provided aren’t adequate to support the claims made – Horizon oversold the benefits of fish oil and of GM crops that produce it. Read More…