"Doctors are going to make mistakes just like lawyers make mistakes. It happens."
"That's the human side of doing things we do. The sad thing is that people don't believe that doctors should be allowed to make mistakes. Doctors are people too," says a pediatrician in Arizona. You all know that I agree with that statement.
Merck considers putting Vioxx back in drugstores
The FDA will make a decision today about the fate of COX-2s. I would be surprised if Vioxx is reinstated.
As has been reported, Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi has been hospitalized with some kind of intracerebral bleed. As one can imagine, this is big news here in New England.
Here's what we know so far:
Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi will remain hospitalized while he undergoes additional tests after suffering a broken blood vessel in his head, a Patriots team source told The Boston Globe on Thursday.
Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi hospitalized with headaches
The Patriots linebacker had partial vision loss and paralysis from the news reports. Apparently now he is up walking and talking. This sounds like a transient ischemic attack to me.
They have reported that he may have "broke a blood vessel in his head". The paralysis has gone.
A Florida psychiatric hospital is accused of inappropriately admitting patients involuntarily to help increase revenue
"In its letter this week, the Department of Children and Families expressed particular concern about the unit's elderly patients. It noted that the unit's admissions among that age group were roughly twice the state average. And it cited numbers showing that most admissions throughout the unit were conducted on an involuntary basis.
A leading breast cancer surgeon who was diagnosed with breast cancer gets ready to return to work
Initial clinical breast exam by her colleagues as well as a mammogram were negative. At her persistance, surgeons found three separate cancers in her breast.
It sounds like Merck is doing its best to take Celebrex and Bextra down with it
"The heart attack and stroke risks linked to withdrawn arthritis drug Vioxx are an inherent problem for similar pain pills, Vioxx maker Merck told advisers to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration."
Some are thinking that the FDA will pull the whole class of COX-2 drugs
"Doctors who led three studies showing prescription painkillers called COX-2 inhibitors raise the risk of heart attacks and stroke said Tuesday the whole class of drugs was in danger of being pulled from the market."
Polite Dissent has been reviewing episodes of the new Fox series House, M.D.
I caught part of last night's episode for the first time. Kind of a cross between CSI and ER.
"It appears that this is a class effect."
So says the New England Journal of Medicine in a damning editorial addressing COX-2's.
A study suggests that older doctors know less, provide lower-quality care, and may expose patients to greater risks than physicians recently out of medical school
". . . older doctors generally agreed that the rapid increase in new medical knowledge can be a challenge to keep pace with, especially as doctors already are pressed for time to see all their patients."
The study was from the Annals of ...
Investigators reviewed pharmaceutical ads in American medical journals and found that nearly one-third contained no references for medical claims
I love the picture - it makes it look like we're killing the guy. Trust me, getting the flu shot isn't that bad.
A study has come out suggesting that the flu shot doesn't help save seniors' lives.
I'm not sure how much stock I'd put into this study. It isn't even a head to head study (i.e. comparing the outcomes of ...
Lawsuits Spread in Over Penis Enlargement Claims
A distinctly phallic feel to today's blogging. No surprise that these herbal ED remedies don't work, previously written here.
Woman finds penis in a bottle of ketchup
"I will never buy this brand again, it's finished."
Every few weeks I update the blogroll, adding interesting new blogs, and removing blogs that aren't updated as frequently. Recently, I have enjoyed the writings of The Cheerful Oncologist and the musings of a psychiatry resident at intueri: to contemplate.
Grand Rounds this week comes from India
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The NFL has ended its relationship with Levitra, an officially licensed league sponsor for the past two seasons
"Seems the league had grown uncomfortable with the direction of the Levitra commercials and marketing initiatives and opted to cut ties after two years of a three-year agreement. In so doing, the league forfeited $6 million of the $18 million contract. 'It just wasn't working out the way we felt it ...