The artist behind the satire:

"The thing that amazes me is that it has been folded into real Web sites for panic and anxiety disorder. It's been folded into a Web site for depression. It's been folded into hundreds of art blogs," he added.

The parody is in response to the tactics used by the drug industry to sell their wares to the public. Consumer advertising for prescription ...


STD dating sites

Rising rates of genital herpes and other STDs are making these sites more popular.

Seems like another physician-senator from Tennessee is throwing scientific thinking out the window for politics:

Now we have a state Senator, Raymond Finney, M.D. (Maryville), who is behind a resolution that, if passed by the Senate (the House need not be involved), will demand that the Tennessee Department of Education respond publicly to a series of questions on the origin of the Universe.

Don't know how I missed this earlier this year. Charity Doc tells of an ER encounter with a malpractice attorney:

"Yeah, I'm a personal injury lawyer. I have no problems telling doctors that. I get better care that way, actually. Makes you guys more careful around me."
Another lawyer falling for the "more care = better care" fallacy. (via Waking Up Costs)

The first attempt protected about 45 percent of patients in a hasty clinical trial.

What they're not telling us: 4 to 6 grams of trans-fat per doughnut.

New York physicians are encouraging patients to support malpractice reform:

"We're not trying to scare anyone," Conway said in a conference call with the Freeman and other society representatives. "We have a moral obligation to inform our patients the system is under stress. High malpractice premiums are already creating access problems for patients. It is driving some doctors out of business. It may create very deep and wide issues in ...


It's neurosurgeon vs neurosurgeon as one is sued for his testimony against the other in a malpractice suit.

A multi-million dollar business that is kept alive by unscrupulous physicians:

In Internet chat rooms, people exploiting the rules often discuss the laws and assure one another that it's OK to break them. They think they've got the system wired, and they're usually clueless -- or don't care -- that the doctor doling out the prescriptions is someone like Santi.

The drugs arrive at their doorsteps via express couriers. ...


Implantable sensors

The FDA is considering these new, expensive, wave of devices to remotely track those who have chronic diseases:

The device, known as a "hemodynamic monitor," is designed to measure pressure inside the heart, along with body temperature and heart rate. The information is transmitted wirelessly via the Internet to a doctor's office. There, medical personnel can tell, for example, if the patient is quickly building up fluids that could ...


A fortunate 40-year old woman where an emergency landing probably saved her life. (via GruntDoc)

More on the controversy, and possible motivations, of the obsession with psychiatric labels:

And parents who in the past might have fought ferociously against giving their children labels -- particularly for once-stigmatized conditions such as learning disorders -- sometimes actually seek such diagnoses for their children to get them extra time on tests, to receive insurance reimbursement for treatment, to qualify for extra educational services or simply to have ...


Anti-oxidants, like vitamins A, C, and E, don't have any mortality benefits.

The "miracle baby"

The story of a baby who come back after suffering a heart attack and 30 minutes of resuscitation.

The 200-pound 8-year old

The child may go into protective custody because of his weight. A reader suggests Prader-Willi Syndrome. (via a reader tip)

In order to collect Social Security benefits. Another anecdote that may explain the rise in the incidence of autism.

Have the politicians use publicly financed systems. Given the choice, would they? Of course not:

Stephen Robertson is Minister of Health for Queensland, the third most populous state of Australia where he oversees the taxpayer-supported, government-run, public health care system. Australia has long waiting lists for diagnostic tests, appointments with specialists, and surgery. Mercifully, Australia (unlike Canada) also has private hospitals as an alternative to the public queue. Last ...


Liliana Pezzin regarding the CT-angiogram for the evaluation of chest pain. She clearly isn't an advocate of the routine history and physical by asking patients to demand this new, expensive test.

Possibly, but I'm not holding my breath. MedPAC will release suggestions this week:

Congress is facing a bleak choice this year: Cut payments to doctors and reduce Medicare beneficiaries' access to care, or let physician payments grow and raise beneficiaries' premiums and co-payments.

Lawmakers are looking for a third way out: revising Medicare's system of payment to doctors.

The recent spotlight on Anna Nicole Smith has shed light on this growing problem:

A synthetic opiate, methadone is similar to heroin in chemistry, curbing a user's craving for the illegal opiate by blocking the sensors that heroin stimulates without producing a heroin high.

In recent years, methadone has proved lethal to a growing number of patients or addicts who use it in conjunction with prescription drugs including Valium, ...


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