Should patient non-compliance matter in malpractice lawsuits?

How many painkillers does the average person take per year? 373. (via FARK.com)

Behold the female "spray-on condom".



"And, judging by the photo, we can't help thinking at least some customers will find applying the product more stimulating that actually putting it through its paces. Making whether it actually works or not a somewhat moot point." (via FARK.com)

Hardball: Specialists are not taking ER calls unless they are reimbursed appropriately. "The study found that specialist physicians aren't as interested in being on-call for emergency department duty for several reasons, including lack of reimbursement for uninsured patients, the perceived higher risk of malpractice litigation, time away from their practices, and late and unpredictable hours.

At Grandview and Southview, the plastic surgeons requested the hospitals reimburse them at 120 ...

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Paperwork is 21% of health costs.

Trust me, this is not by choice. "A true professional is one who willingly serves another without an inordinate concern for profits. Perhaps the greatest deterioration of the professional is in the 'doctor' medical industry. Spawned by insurance and pharmaceutical company profits, while looking out for the attorneys behind their backs, these doctors are using patients as a commodity for profits.

The medical corporation has no heart, no ...

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Some soldiers are discarding the new-generation bandages developed by the US Army. "Some soldiers in Iraq say they have been discarding the $US89 ($121) dressings unused because they don't consider the rigid bandages practical for combat injuries. One of the army's own studies says the bandages are prone to slough off after an average of 49 minutes, after which bleeding resumes."

A woman is saved from cremation after the undertaker noticed tears in her eyes. "A Chinese peasant woman who suffered a brain haemorrhage was left at the undertakers alive for cremation because her family could no longer afford hospital treatment, state media said on Friday.

She was only saved by the tears in her eyes.

The case is the latest in a series of tragedies illustrating China's stretched ...

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Google, M.D. indeed. "Where does this lead us? Are we physicians no longer needed? Is an observer who can accurately select the findings to be entered in a Google search all we need for a diagnosis to appear, as if by magic? The cases presented at clinicopathological conferences can be solved easily; no longer must the discussant talk at length about the differential diagnosis of fever with bradycardia. Even ...

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Spicing up your sex life: Wear a white coat. "The white coat of the doctor - another popular lead part - is again a uniform, but one that represents kindly but firm paternalism rather than rough manliness."

House staff in India are assaulted by relatives after a patient dies. "Dr. Prashant (24), a Resident Medical Officer (RMO) at LTMG Hospital, Sion was beaten up yesterday evening by relatives of a patient who died of renal failure at the hospital.

Admitted on Thursday evening, Suresh Devulkar, 55, was suffering from chronic renal failure and succumbed a day later. Even as patient's relatives were coming to terms with ...

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A cardiac arrest at Foxwood's poker room - three doctors respond. "An hour and 20 minutes into this tournament, one player suddenly clutched his throat, gasping for air. Turning deep red, he toppled unconscious to the floor. Three doctors dropped their cards and rushed to his aid - a neurosurgeon, a pediatrician and a 72-year-old retired vascular surgeon from Thompson, Pa., by the name of Will Noyes. The patient ...

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Marcia Angell: "The FDA is being exposed as something much less than it's supposed to be. It's pretty much a captive of the industry it is supposed to be regulating, and it's a captive to the right-wing ideology of the Bush administration."

Parents save daughter by conceiving another baby as a donor. "Bone marrow that was required the save the life of a leukemia-sick girl was taken from her baby brother who was conceived to become a donor."

Do we need a Medical Declaration of Independence?

Additionally, we will act to achieve these inalienable basic rights of medical practice:

The right to treat our patients according to our training and judgment, not the insurance company's.
The right to order appropriate testing without insurance approval or deliberate logjams.
The right to be immune from frivolous lawsuits.
The right to have justified lawsuits heard in front of a specialty ...

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A mother donates tissue to restore sensation in son's hand. "A surgical team at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is trying to repair some of that damage by performing a rare operation -- a mother-to-son nerve transplant with the goal of restoring sensation and function to Anderson's paralyzed hand." (via Katey)

Not even asystole can stop Stephen Hawking. "Hawking, who suffers from a progressive neurodegenerative disease that has almost completely paralyzed him, was due to travel to Seattle from San Francisco. But when he was taken off his respirator Monday morning, 'he basically flat-lined,' said Terry Bristol, ISEPP's president and executive director.

'They had to resuscitate, and that panicked a few people,' Bristol told the audience. 'But he's been ...

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Rugby fan castrates self. "A rugby fan who cut out his testicles with wire cutters to mark a Wales victory is at a loss to explain why he did it.

Geoffrey Huish, 31, performed the impromptu self-surgery in February when his beloved Wales beat world champions England.

After performing the deed, Mr Huish put his severed anatomy in a bag and took them to his local social ...

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Aspirin would have a hard time getting approved by the FDA today. "The best example is aspirin itself. It's one of the foundation stones of the drug industry, and it's hard to even guess how many billions of doses of it have been taken over the last hundred years. But if you were somehow able to change history so that aspirin had never been discovered until this year, I can ...

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