An AIDS treatment group takes offense that it is marketed as a lifestyle drug - which it is.

Driven away by the three ills of American medicine - too much work, too little pay, and the fear of malpractice lawsuits:

On-call surgeons worry there's more chance of getting sued by a stranger whom they rush to treat in an ER than by an established patient having elective surgery. "Anything can happen in an ER," says Jose Arrascue, a kidney specialist in Boynton Beach, Fla."If you have no rapport ...


Is this because we more readily prescribe drugs?

High blood pressure is controlled better in the United States than in five Western European countries, a study found, and researchers credit American doctors' more aggressive prescribing of drugs.

The researchers pointed proudly to the findings, saying that the U.S. strategy of prescribing more pills earlier probably saves money overall by preventing heart attacks and strokes . . .

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Health portal arms race

Revolution Health launches while WebMD upgrades. Both offer healthcare blogs as part of the Web 2.0 movement. Is the health blogosphere going to get a lot bigger in the near future?

One more down, more than 27,000 to go.

Will pay-for-performance help physicians spur on patient compliance? Here is information about the recommended tests.

The Dartmouth pseudo-pertussis outbreak. How reliance on a quick PCR test led to a false alarm.

He did this while in agonizing pain from a kidney stone.

With the wealth of medical information on the web, this is sadly a nail in the coffin for the BMJ's BestTreatments site.

More outcry in Canada:

While I realize that there are problems with the American system, as a Canadian I would far prefer it to the "universal" Canadian system.

Commenting on the Canadian health-care system, Justice Deschamps of the Supreme Court of Canada said (in a case that split evenly on whether a prohibition on private health care violated the right to "life, liberty and security of the person" ...


At least we're ahead of Turkey.

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$2.5 billion yearly in hospital costs.

Prison inmates are living longer than those outside jail:

State prison inmates, particularly blacks, are living longer on average than people on the outside, the government said Sunday.

Inmates in state prisons are dying at an average yearly rate of 250 per 100,000, according to the latest figures reported to the Justice Department by state prison officials. By comparison, the overall population of people between age 15 and 64 ...


Step by step on YouTube.

An athlete attempts to swim the Amazon river. University of Arizona's telemedicine team will be monitoring him during his try.

Fellow single-payer basher Stuart Browning with an explanation:

Why would a billionaire fly thousands of miles to get surgery in a country whose health care system is rated so low by WHO when he could have had his surgery in any one of the socialized health care systems of Europe that WHO ranks so highly? Perhaps, because the WHO health care rankings have little to do with healing - and ...


Hopefully they have the vision and strength to proceed with an outright ban.

They are forced to use an "unapproved American supply". (via GruntDoc)

Shadowfax presents the pros and cons. The drawbacks continue to be significant, and as he mentioned, this is politically an unlikely option to adopt.

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