An academic conceirge practice. "The University of Miami's medical school -- best known for treating the poor at Jackson Memorial and in clinics -- has gone into the upscale concierge business, opening a practice in Key Biscayne in which patients must shell out a $1,500 annual fee."

This is the first one I've seen that is affiliated with a university.

The Vioxx trials exposes serious shortcomings in America's products liability system. ". . . those aspects of Merck's behavior that do appear to have been precipitated by the products liability system "“ their decision to pull the drug off the market for everyone "“ are troubling in the other direction. It may be that there are patients and physicians who would reasonably select Vioxx, even when fully informed, because their ...

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A gynecologist is told to stop treating women. I think that will severely limit his patient base.

"We don't need physicals." So says the Boston Red Sox yesterday, in defending their off-season trades. Dr. William Morgan, the former Red Sox team physician, begs to differ:

"When I heard it yesterday, that these guys didn't have physicals, I thought, 'What is going on !? This didn't happen on my watch, did it?'" said Dr. William Morgan, the Red Sox's team physician from 1987 to 2004.

"That's unacceptable. ...

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What stops men from seeking mental health help? Their ego:

Experts said more women suffer from depression than men. It could have something to do with human biology, but fewer men seek treatment because of their principals about being a man.

Two strikes against HSAs. "But in many cases, people have evidently signed up not because they are eager to direct their own medical spending but because the plan looked cheap or they had no other insurance option. And at least half of those enrolled have not put money in their health savings accounts. So there will be no money building up for next year's out-of-pocket expenses "” a big ...

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The French could be as fat as Americans by 2020.



(image via the NY Times)

A doctor is put on probation for borrowing $177,000 from an elderly patient. "Doctors are ethically barred from borrowing money from patients under rules set by the American Medical Association because the transaction could cause tension in the doctor-patient relationship and compromise the patient's care."

A study suggests that Dads in the delivery room do more harm than good:

But nowadays he is expected to be in the delivery room witnessing every stage of baby's arrival - even if it is a caesarean.

While his job is to help his partner through her ordeal, however, he could be making things worse for her and the child, it is claimed.

Instead of reassuring her, ...

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Fake braces are being banned in Thailand.



"The fake braces, which are glued onto the teeth, can also cause sores on the gums and inside the mouth and some of the wires have been found to contain lead, she said.

Rasamee said the board will sign an order later today punishing sellers, importers and producers of fake braces, which will take effect immediately.

Under ...

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What the hell is going on at UC Irvine? First their transplant programs come under attack. Now this:

The University of California, Irvine Medical Center accepted a young doctor into a residency position in radiology after the man's father pledged $250,000 to the radiology department, according to a published report.

UCI did not choose Alfred Sein during the regular selection process that determines where most medical ...

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What's causing deficits in the UK Health System? Is it the rising cost of medication, or the increasing expensive technology of modern treatment and diagnostic tests? No, it's blamed on physician pay raises. Laughable.

A 100% diagnosis rate via mammogram and/or pathology is an oxymoron. The NHS Blog Doctor sheds more light:

If you work in hospital medicine as either a Consultant Radiologist or a Consultant Hispto-pathologist you make a hundred decisions a day. And each and every decision is recorded and stored away for ever. Five hundred decisions a week or more. Twenty five thousand decisions a year. That is probably a ...

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A dermatologist is running the 10th annual Skinnies Awards. "For the 10th year running, skinema.com features the annual roundup of notable movie and celebrity skin conditions. This year features Brangelina, Katie Holmes, Johnny Depp, Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, and Harry Potter. Can you match those winners with the following skin issues: Scars, acne, tattoos, cold sores, frown lines, and syphilis? If not, the Awards are waiting for you at ...

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Bang on - this is what's wrong with our healthcare system. You can't have everything:

Americans want more health care for less money, and when they don't get it, they indict drug companies, insurers, trial lawyers and bureaucrats. Although these familiar scapegoats may not be blameless, the real problem is us. We demand the impossible.

The changes we truly need are political. We need to reconnect people with ...

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A family doctor in Canada is burned out:

"You think you can save the world and so you take everyone on," she said. "That was a mistake."

She described a typical day. She might get called out at 2 a.m. to deliver a baby. Then, about six hours later, she'd be at her office, seeing maybe 50 patients until about 5:30 p.m. Then she'd stay in the office until ...

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"By the time you read this, I will be dead."

A retired physician urged the Government yesterday to make assisted suicide legal as she took her life with the help of doctors at a controversial clinic in Switzerland.

Anne Turner, 66, who was suffering from the incurable brain disease progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), had seen her husband, Jack, die from a closely related degenerative illness four years ago.

More statin superdrug talk. First, claims about cancer (since debunked), now a study suggesting it can halt sepsis. Is there no end to what statins can do?

The VA is cutting health care. "More than a quarter-million veterans considered to have higher incomes could not sign up for health care with the Veterans Affairs Department during the last fiscal year because of a cost-cutting move.

Those locked out - totaling 263,257 in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 - have no illnesses or injuries attributable to their service in the military and earn more than ...

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JAMA reports that physicians and pharmaceutical companies are too close:

"My mother told me never to accept gifts from strangers. If a stranger wants to give you a gift, it's very likely they want something in return," said Jordan J. Cohen, president of the Association of American Medical Colleges and a co-author of the new proposal. "We've become overly dependent on these kinds of blandishments to support our core activities, ...

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