Male breast cancer

A somewhat lonely journey:

"It's like being the only man in a sorority house," says oncologist Mitchell Berger of Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia. "The resources and posters that you see out in public have women on them.
(via a reader tip)

Patients are starting to post interesting physical exam findings. Graham asks, "Will strangers posting their diseases online be the physical findings revolution?"

BrandweekNRX gives a scenario to slow the burgeoning force that is Peter Rost:

If Pfizer is ever able to swallow its pride and offer Rost a decent settlement, it is highly likely that they would require that he never say a public word again about the company. And given the scale of pharma settlements, it is highly likely, IMHO, that Rost would feel duty bound to accept those terms. He ...

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More conservative recommendations in Europe: "The European approach seems to place a theoretical concern above individual patient concerns."

Paul Levy is wary about this association:

A few years ago, a very good friend of mine suffered a stroke from a dissected carotid artery. Once they had an image of her neck and saw the damaged blood vessel, one of the first questions the attending neurologist asked was, "Has she been to a chiropractor recently?" In fact, every single neurologist who saw her in subsequent weeks asked the ...

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ER perspective

Next time you're in the ER, think about what goes on behind the scenes. (via Scalpel and GruntDoc)

Another case of too much time on their hands?

Pac-man's skull was carefully crafted by artist Le Gentil Garcon after studying the skulls of human and predatory animals. He even collaborated with paleontologist Francois Escuille to make the most accurate representation right down to the tiny sacrum on his back-end.
(via Street Anatomy)



Is there anything that can be treated solely over the phone? TBTAM offers up some exceptions.

The Cheerful Oncologist gives it a thumbs up.

Some are speculating that crusader Steven Nissen wants to lead the FDA:

Others say his motivation has more to do with wanting to run the FDA. And that worries the drug industry. If a Democrat is elected president next year and Nissen -- or someone like him -- becomes FDA commissioner, they say it could make the FDA more cautious, slowing new product approvals to a crawl and stifling ...

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By secretly taping conversations with the CDC, they seemed to know that this controversy would erupt:

The elder Speaker said a CDC official told him before last month's flights that he was urging his son not to fly "to cover myself." Officials said "at least three times" that his son was not contagious, the father said.

He added that he covertly taped the conversation and planned to release ...

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A blood test will be done to prove they have not been smoking:

The ruling, authorised by Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt, comes after medical research conclusively showed smokers take longer to recover from surgery.

It is thought that 500,000 smokers a year will be affected.

Pioneering surgery in Spain.

Are slimmer physicians better at getting the message across?

"Some of us are the worst role models," acknowledged Bellinger, who at one point carried 285 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame. "We work long hours, and do a lot of intermittent eating of terrible things."

Hernandez, who worked as a family doctor while she was at her heaviest, said it was awkward advising patients to watch their diet and exercise ...

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A workaround for the current FDA law banning compensating blood donors.

Eric Turkewitz calls up the plaintiff's attorney and gets some answers on legal strategy:

So I called plaintiff's counsel, Elizabeth Mulvey, of Crowe & Mulvey to find out. She told me she was tipped off to his blog by another attorney. How did the other attorney know? Because Flea had blogged about a subject that Mulvey had spoken on some time back and the other attorney realized that she ...

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Bizarre malpractice case where the Air Force was successfully sued. A midwife outranked a physician, but still called the shots:

Murphy said Air Force medical providers allowed military rank to interfere in the mother's care.

The judge determined that throughout the delivery, providers treated the midwife, who was a major, as if she were a physician. The judge says they deferred to her out of rank. The doctor ...

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What strange bedfellows:

But many others, including those in the medical community, are hoping Moore will help make a difference. "Anything"”including a film"”that can bring this issue into the public eye is good for the debate," says heart surgeon Dr. William Plested, president of the American Medical Assn. "So, I'm cheering on Michael Moore, even though I haven't seen the film."

Wonder why he was so adamant to return to the US for treatment of his TB, instead of staying in Italy?

The media ignored the reasoning behind why Speaker acted in what they presented as recklessly risking the spread of a deadly disease. Surely, it would be preferable to undergo free, or at the very least, cheap treatment in a country with what the World Health Organization calls the second ...

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Many doctors are doing this for free:

Without the safety net of Charity Hospital, which has been closed since the storm, the region's uninsured have nowhere to go but the emergency room. There is no real system in place to compensate the people who treat them: Hospitals get a small cut of federal and state money, while doctors receive nothing.

Orthopedic surgeons, neurosurgeons and other specialists who take ...

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