Analysis of the medical coverage of Sharon's stroke. "This medical mud-slinging has drawn a lot of criticism against the irresponsible press for dealing in things in which they have no expertise - and against doctors rushing to pass judgment without knowing the exact facts.

Such criticism is totally detached from reality. The prime minister had a right to privacy, like any other citizen, but he gave that right up ...

Read more...

Some are suggesting that Sharon's diagnosis of cerebral amyloid angiopathy was being suppressed because of political reasons:

The doctor said there was the fear that if made public, the information would be used against Sharon and his Kadima party, particularly in light of the fact that CAA has often been associated in medical literature with Alzheimer's Disease.

Dark days at UC-Irvine. First the liver transplant program. Now the bone marrow transplant program is in trouble.

DB gives primary care some respect. "We could solve this problem if we aligned the incentives towards primary care, rather than away from primary care. Primary care physicians are underpaid - relative to their colleagues - and have to work very hard, long hours. They get little respect within the medical community - and yet they deserve the utmost respect because (in my opinion) they truly have the most ...

Read more...

"Quite frankly, my eggs are rotting." Says an oncologist while trying to seduce "The Bachelor".

Newer, and more expensive, is not always better. Apparently, the liquid-based PAP test (done at almost every GYN office) is no better than the old one:

"Liquid-based cytology did not reduce the percentage of unsatisfactory slides compared with conventional cytology," they concluded. "There are very few studies with which to estimate the relative performance of the two methods validly, and there is no evidence that liquid-based cytology is more ...

Read more...

Staffing issues in the UK are delaying radiation treatment for cancer. This is leading to a decrease in cancer survival rates:

"Radiotherapy services in the UK are inferior to those in most developed countries and indeed many poorer countries," he said quoting earlier research.

He told the BBC News website: "Unfortunately the here and now of this is in terms of radiotherapy capacity in the UK in many ...

Read more...

Tired of the new Medicare drug plan? Just throw up your hands and give away meds:

Unable to determine whether their patients are on the new Medicare drug plan, many U.S. pharmacists say they now give away drugs to some seniors on blind faith, simply hoping they will be reimbursed at a later date.

Massachusetts gets a D-minus for its medical liability environment. "'If ACEP gives Massachusetts a D-minus that is a reflection of the failing grade the insurance companies deserve for price gouging their own physicians,' said malpractice lawyer Marc Breakstone."

Of course.

Another malpractice case where a C-section was done too early. "The lawsuit alleges Gulick developed lung disease because doctors performed a Cesarean section delivery too early.

Doctors then administered anesthesia to the infant in preparation for surgery to repair an unrelated abdominal defect. The anesthesia exacerbated the child's breathing difficulties, and ultimately led to his death, according to the lawsuit.

The plaintiffs claim recommended tests to check ...

Read more...

I don't think a single-payor system is the answer. Yes, profiteers are taking advantage of the lack of access in Canada. And we're not even talking about concierge care:

Clients willing to shell out a $1,200 enrolment fee and yearly dues of $2,300 can become members of three for-profit medical clinics to open in those three cities this summer by Vancouver-based Copeman Healthcare Inc.

And founder Don Copeman ...

Read more...

If you live in the northern territories of Canada, the average distance to see an obstetrician is 900 kilometers.

More for less. It shows how difficult it is to bring new drugs to the market:

The decline in drug development came as scientists in and outside the companies were making great strides in genomics and other sorts of basic research into the way diseases develop, opening many potential new targets for treatment. Yet such progress in the laboratory has not translated so far into many new drugs on ...

Read more...

Disciplined for treating pain. Another physician is sanctioned for prescribing chronic narcotics:

"Part of the way we treat pain is to balance the medications that we give to patients with the control of their pain but also with how well they are able to function," Oujiri said. "We realize in many cases we can't completely eliminate the pain, so we treat it to the level where the patient is able ...

Read more...

Striking a nerve. Apparently, Orac takes exception to I said a few days ago:

Dr. Kevin's comment revealed a common misconception of what it is really like to work in academic medical centers that is common among physicians in private practice . . . If you're in academia for any length of time, you become aware that many private practitioners appear to have some sort of stereotypical picture of ...

Read more...

Medpundit on the PSA: "It's one of those tests that gets ordered more for legal reasons than for medical reasons."

I completely agree. And yes, I'm going to bring up the Merenstein lawsuit again.

A vagal stimulation device for hiccups. Maybe it can help this guy.

Probably not a good idea. Girl gets bird flu from kissing chickens.

A meritless lawsuit in action. This story illustrates why caring for nursing home residents is risky:

I was shocked. After working 12-hour days, through weekends and holidays, always trying to do my best for my patients, I'd been accused of negligence without any basis"”and yet I might be found culpable! I still felt bad for John, but thinking about his father filled me with bitterness. What kind of parent ...

Read more...

Taking a deeper look at frivolous lawsuits. "At the same time, Smarr says, unsubstantiated malpractice suits take a heavy emotional toll on physicians, because the doctor's reputation and professional capabilities have been called into question. The resulting distraction adversely affects the delivery of healthcare, says Smarr, who believes that overzealous lawyers play a major role in exacerbating the malpractice crisis. 'All you need to do is read the highway ...

Read more...