Doctors gone wild: A physician is suspended after a drucken brawl during his engagement party "Thomas, who currently works as a Clinical Fellow in ENT at Southmead Hospital in North Bristol NHS Trust, was arrested and put in a cell - but paramedics were called when he slumped unconscious to the floor."

A doctor wants to ban visitors to the hospital wards during the flu season.

A mother spent two hours waiting with her sick baby while the doctor they were due to see was passing in front of them on a unicycle. "Miss Dadswell, 33, had taken her six-month-old son James to South Tyneside District Hospital, South Shields, after he fell ill.

As they waited to be seen, she watched the young doctor practising his one-wheel feats up and down the corridors of ...

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"It's not about the money." The family of a man stricken with Legionnaires' disease in Toronto is suing for $600 million.

"Shatner marveled at the purity of the pain." Yes, kidney stones hurt.

Linking Tamiflu, the avian flu, and intelligent design. "Finally, Americans and their leaders will have to get over their love affair with intelligent design . Polls show that most don't believe in evolution. But it is actually impossible to talk logically about bird flu, or any other rapidly evolving and constantly changing virus, without using the language of evolution -- specific words such as 'mutant,' 'recombination,' 'genome' and 'selection.' ...

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The Krafty Librarian wonders why UptoDate is so indispensable. "Why do doctors love UpToDate so much? Is the content that much different than FirstConsult and eMedicine? All three products cover approximately the same medical topics, with a few exceptions: example: UpToDate's Neurology section is in development and they do not have Urology nor Surgery section however, FirstConsult and eMedicine do."

As many of you know, I am an ...

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The story of Polio, told as a comic.



(via Boing Boing)

George Clooney considered killing himself while dealing with the pain arising from a tear of the spinal dura. "Clooney's complaints were dismissed until spinal fluid started leaking from his nose. He has since had numerous operations." (via FARK.com)

DB talks about the lack of outpatient internists. "The concept of our reimbursement system is bankrupt. If you pay me for a unit of care, regardless of how much time I spend, I will look for ways to decrease the time of that unit of care. If I can see 7 patients in 2 hours rather than 6, I have increased my gross income by 17%, without significantly changing ...

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Air pollution and smog is a problem in China.



"More than 400,000 people in China die prematurely annually from air pollution, according to an unpublished study by the research arm of the government's environmental protection agency, AFP learned." (image via Yahoo! News)

David Williams talks about "benefit-based co-pays" being an increasing trend. "As if 3-tier drug formularies weren't confusing enough, there is a new movement toward 'benefit-based co-pays,' or BBCs. Under a BBC, the patient's co-pay is determined by the drug's clinical benefit. The more beneficial the drug, the lower the co-pay. In certain cases, the patient can even be paid to take the medicine."

Guns blazing: Dr. Bennett's supporters are forcing the NH Board to investigate one of their own. "Reached by phone, Bennett said he found it hypocritical to have someone with a paper trail indicating multiple patient complaints and several firings for patient abuse sitting on the board of anything, if the allegations are true . . .

. . . Bennett said he is furious, and is not going peacefully. ...

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The Ontario government is posting medical wait times on the web. The average wait is 202 days for a knee replacement, and 28 days for a CT scan.

Setting an example: Some doctors in Canada are admitting to hoarding Tamiflu. "Some physicians -- who expect to be on the front line treating patients with the disease -- have amassed pills to be taken as a prophylaxis, to prevent the disease.

One of them is Donald Low, chief microbiologist at Toronto's Mount Sinai Hospital, who will be at the forefront of an avian flu pandemic.

Dr. Low, ...

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The confusion over prescription labels.



"For example, common misinterpretations of a yellow label bearing an icon of the sun with a slash through it were, 'Don't take medicine if you've been in the sunlight too long,' 'Don't leave medicine in the sun,' and 'Don't leave medicine in the sun, but in a cool place.' The extremely fine print of that label actually read, in all capital ...

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A picture of necrotizing fasciitis, where this patient's eyes and nose were removed. "Doctors gave him the option of having his nose and eyes removed or dying."

Derek Lowe on the Pargluva fiasco. "What on Earth were they thinking, submitting data in a way that makes it look like they were trying to pull a fast one with the cardiovascular risk factors? Now, of all times?"

Smelling blood: Mark Lanier is banding lawyers together to fight Merck. "We've got the best courtroom lawyers, we've got the best mass tort lawyers "¦ and we've got the best negotiators that America has to offer working together on a dream team that is Merck's biggest nightmare. We call it kind of the 'Legal Godfathers.'"

A patient wants to give his doctor a share of his lawsuit settlement. "I have a patient who was struck by a car, suffering multiple severe injuries requiring numerous operations. He is pleased with the outcome ("You saved my legs, Doc") and expects a large settlement from a lawsuit he filed against the driver. He says he will give me a portion of that money."