I'll believe it when I see it: Pfizer is going to be more responsible in their drug advertising
"Pfizer, the world's largest drug maker, is changing the way it promotes medicine to consumers in response to heightened scrutiny by regulators and lawmakers.

Pfizer said yesterday that by the end of the year it would provide more detail on risks, involve doctors at least six months before marketing begins ...

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The jury finds for the defense in the early C-section case
"After deliberating for about three hours Monday, a jury found for the defendants, George Cole and Parkhill Clinic for Women, in a malpractice suit filed by the estate of Malik Brooks Jr., a boy born in January 2002 who suffers from cerebral palsy."

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Medical malpractice lawsuits in Lancaster County, PA have tripled in four years
"Attorneys for plaintiffs look at increased filings one way.

William Atlee Jr., of Atlee Hall & Brookhart, a Lancaster firm that handles many suits against doctors, said the increase has occurred in part because 'the performance of certain physicians in this community has caused a number of filings recently.'

Doctors, and lawyers who represent doctors, view ...

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Rising malpractice costs and poor reimbursement are reasons why this natural birth home is shutting down
"A 94-year-old house on Railroad Avenue where hundreds of mothers gave birth without the use of pain-killing drugs is closing its doors.

Since founding The Birth Home in 1997, midwife Beah Haber and Dr. Michael Bleecker have helped bring 450 babies into the world. Most of those births took place at the ...

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Michael Schiavo is planning another malpractice suit
"While he did not offer details, Schiavo said he was looking into a potential medical malpractice incident that occurred around Aug. 14, 2003 - about 19 months before his wife's death.

Around that date, Mrs. Schiavo was admitted to Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater at least twice for problems ranging from a bleeding esophagus to a urinary tract infection to pneumonia, ...

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Specialists are increasingly using OTC pain relievers to treat minor arthritis
"According to new survey results unveiled today of more than 250 orthopedic surgeons, 70 percent of those surveyed say they recommend OTCs most often as a first line treatment option to their patients with minor arthritis pain."

I'm fond of Tylenol Arthritis/Tylenol 8-hour myself.

A doctor is being sued for overprescribing narcotics
"Robert Haskell of Orleans and Peter Haskell of Brewster filed separate medical malpractice lawsuits in Barnstable Superior Court this week alleging Dr. E. Robert Harned prescribed ''massive amounts'' of opiate painkillers despite knowing that the brothers tried repeatedly to break their drug addictions.

They further allege that pharmacists employed by the supermarket chain negligently filled these prescriptions, even though at one ...

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To reduce wait times in Canada, some want the government to pay for treatment internationally if timely service cannot be done at home
"Canada's medical establishment says the key to eliminating waiting times for crucial medical procedures is to promise patients that if they can't be treated promptly close to home, their treatment will be paid for in another province, in the United States or even in Europe.

To ...

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The cost of malpractice is forcing OBs out of Washington, DC
"Unchecked jury awards and lawyer fees, and the lack of a review board make the city too "hostile, noxious and toxic," said Dr. Damian Alagia, who stopped delivering babies in the District five years ago because of insurance costs.

Alagia said the District's doctors are too often forced to bean-count rather than practice medicine.

'You have to ...

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Many doctors feel that religion can outweigh their professional advice when making medical decisions
"The reasons for this shift may be multifaceted but Kover, also a sociologist, said it is partly due to direct-to-consumer drug advertising and consumers' religious beliefs. He says both are helping to move some of the power away from doctors and into the hands of consumers.

Over half (57 percent) of the physicians surveyed said ...

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Strange bedfellows: A hospital accepts a $25 million gift and decides to name a tower after a trial lawyer
"But doctors questioned the source of the generosity. A plaintiff's lawyer who often has sued doctors, O'Quinn made some of his fortune on litigation involving breast implants, which bankrupted a company (Dow Corning) even though the consensus later developed that the science didn't back up the claims. Doctors ultimately were dismissed ...

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The WSJ on Wisconsin's unfortunate decision to overturn malpractice caps
"A 4-3... decision last month by the Wisconsin Supreme Court that overturned a $350,000 state cap on noneconomic damages in medical malpractice lawsuits 'toppled what had been a highly successful medical liability reform,' a Wall Street Journal editorial states. According to the editorial, studies have found that noneconomic damages 'are the damages ... that tend to drive up insurance rates ...

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As seen on TV: A patient writes
"Have you seen or talked to your doctor lately? I don't know about you, but I intend to have a lengthy visit and conversation with my doctor, and I'm sure he will be patient and answer all of my concerns.

According to many TV ads I'm obligated to see and discuss with my doctor about the following medical breakthroughs: Procrit, Cialis, Vitorin, ...

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Shortage: Hundreds of patients without PCPs line up in Canada for a chance to be patients at a new clinic
There's something wrong with this picture: "More than 300 prospective patients were processed in the first two hours the centre was open yesterday, with people lined up for more than hour just to leave their application.

The two family doctors, recruited from Atlantic Canada, are expected to take ...

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A doctor in Australia is charged with manslaughter after giving a woman medications to abort her fetus

A 14-year old cheerleader dies after complaining of abdominal pain
"She was practicing an 'arabesque double down' stunt with four other teammates just before she started to complain of pains. The routine requires the flyer to be thrown twice up in the air and then be caught.

Burns' coach said she was caught in her teammate's arms and never hit the floor, but a short while later she ...

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A 28-year old man died after playing 50 hours of computer games
"The man, identified by his family name, Lee, started playing Starcraft on 3 August. He only paused playing to go to the toilet and for short periods of sleep, said the police.

'We presume the cause of death was heart failure stemming from exhaustion,' a Taegu provincial police official told the Reuters news agency.

He ...

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Why medical studies are often wrong
"One obvious problem is that studies vary in size and quality. Some are well-designed, others are not, yet most media reports give all of them the same status "” the medical variant of 'astonomers say one thing, astrologers another, so let's hear from both.' Margins of error, low correlations, or very large ones that mask confounding variables seldom make it into the lede ...

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Battle of the expert witnesses in the Vioxx trial
"The head pathologist at Baylor College of Medicine told jurors yesterday in the nation's first Vioxx-related civil trial the once-popular painkiller could not have caused a Texas man's death and that clogged arteries made him a 'walking time bomb.'

'No, and I say that respectfully,' Dr. Thomas Wheeler said when asked by a Merck attorney if the drug caused Robert ...

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