As part of my job I monitor a few sectors of the health industry to keep apprised of developments and potential new business opportunities. This is how I cam accross this.
TUESDAY, March 3 (HealthDay News) — The more obese a man, the greater his hormonal changes and the worse his sex life, a new study finds.
On the up side, the study’s authors found that gastric bypass surgery can help reverse those ills.
This was generated by a press release issued by the Endorcine Society — a trade group — so it’s not particularly surprising to see the study reveals the highly costly bariatric surgery to be a magic bullet when it might be a safe inference that normal, less profitable weight loss would have the same impact. But to expand beyond the basic absurdity of that paragraph, this is one of the reasons why comparitive effectiveness research is so important. As long as medical studies are funded and undertaken by those with the most to gain from positive outcomes — as is the status quo — it’s likely we’ll continue to spend roughly one third of health care dollars on ineffective treatments.