Private MRI clinics in Canada are luring away techs from the public system. Money talks.

The malpractice case of a decapitated baby during delivery has been settled. (via a reader tip)

End the "lawsuit lottery". "By Tennessee law, up to one-third of the award goes to the plaintiff's attorney. Television in the Memphis area is rife with ads from various firms. One firm asks people to contact them for 'any injury, major or minor.' Another states 'the sky's the limit.' The result has been both a proliferation of lawsuits and a sharp rise in the money paid out by SVMIC ...


Harnessing the power of idle home computers to fight AIDS. "The effort uses home computers to test thousands of chemical compounds against variations of a protein found in the HIV virus, one combination at a time, said Arthur Olson, a molecular biology professor at the private Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California.

The project will seek the compounds that prevent the most variations of the virus from ...


Wall Street is preparing contingency plans for a possible bird flu pandemic"If it's a coffee shop, you close down and just shutter it and absorb the losses. But when you are talking about a worldwide
financial network, the premium, the reward, will go to the companies
who figure out how to participate in that network even if a point is
significantly impacted."

Now, that's really cheap - UK hospitals are closing call rooms. "I don't understand it. They cannot cost a great deal to keep open, yet can make such a difference."

The third Vioxx trial is coming up. "Irvin's health will be a factor. His widow says he was in very good health when he began taking Vioxx, but Merck notes that he received a Vioxx prescription from his son-in-law, an emergency-room physician, without a checkup.

Also, Irvin's autopsy indicated he had clogged arteries, and a clot in a major coronary artery caused an irregular heartbeat and death. Merck and ...


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Patients see it too.

(via Medical Economics)

Proud of it.

(via This Makes Me Sick)

The disadvantage of being a computer-illiterate physician. "I've now seen two really excellent physicians really stumble when it comes to using an electronic medical record, and it puts them at a severe disadvantage. While they could easily perform a better and faster physical than me, take a better history, and come up with a better list of possible diagnoses, I've got them beat hands-down when it comes to entering orders, ...


Obese patients in the UK are denied operations. "Three Suffolk primary care trusts have ruled patients with a body mass index (BMI) over 30 will not get operations like hip and knee replacements."

A patient faced an agonising three-month wait for the results of a cancer test because a secretary wasn't available to type a letter.

Is it worth it? A doctor has her license pulled because she was countersigning prescriptions for patients receiving their medications from Canada. She was paid $1 per signature.

A doctor tells a patient to sue him and the hospital - the patient obliges. "Carvelot'Â’s family was told after surgery by Dr. Daily that the hospital's machine was not functioning properly and that he was without oxygen for a period of time and he should see an attorney."

Hell hath no fury: A woman is being held in jail after biting a man's ear knowing that she was carrying the hepatitis C virus.

News flash: Seniors are less likely to take their medications when they have to pay for them. "B.C.'s policy of making seniors pay a portion of their prescription drug costs actually ends up costing the health system more because patients skimp on medications and spend more time in doctors' offices and hospitals, according to a study today in the Canadian Medical Association Journal."

A doctor has committed suicide after learning that a woman he euthanized was not terminally ill. (via relapsed catholic)

This is what we do at my clinic. "It's not my lifehack, but I don't know why every doctor's office doesn't do this: mail the long patient questionnaire to new patients to complete in advance. It lets the patient think about the questions with family at hand rather than filling it out in a rush during the first visit, when you're undoubtedly late."