Tedy Bruschi sought more medical opinions this week regarding his return. "Sources say that Kraft insisted Bruschi see a certain set of specialists this week, Bruschi agreed, and word is, the assessment of those doctors was positive."

I wrote about his possible return here.

Do the Yankee's failures pose a mental health risk for the rest of us? "More importantly, we need the Yankees to confirm the American Dream. The Yankees are the only baseball team that is more important than baseball. How they fare on the field has a devout effect on the mental health of the nation." (via Shrinkette)

Nick Genes of Blogborygmi is interviewed by SoundPractice.Net.

The Avian Flu Blog is giving the latest on this emerging health threat.

Venting on malpractice. "Many doctors consider 'offer of settlement' a euphemism for 'offer of extortion.' It should be eliminated.

The public is generally unaware of these methods, yet ultimately pays the price because to ward off frivolous lawsuits, doctors are forced to order many tests and consultations to prevent allegations of neglect.

This is why a visit to the doctor for a simple headache can end up costing ...

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A doctor is ordered to see male patients only. "In one case, a women said the doctor 'had been asking her to take off her clothes for most every visit, even when she appeared for prescriptions only.'"

Any chance of restoring malpractice caps in Wisconsin? Nope.

A court rules that a same-sex partner cannot sue for malpractice. "Plaintiffs Neil Conrad Spicehandler and John Langan had a long time relationship and civil union partnership recognized in 2000 under Vermont law. However the appeals court ruled that New York State does not recognize same-sex partners as spouses for purposes of bringing suit under its wrongful death statute."

Microwave popcorn brought to you by Risperdal. (via Respectful Insolence)

LeBron James is hospitalized two nights for a strained pectoral muscle. "They're going to test everything."

Update:
His final diagnosis is pleurisy.

Did doctors debate whether to euthanize patients in New Orleans?

The NY Times on the mysterious world of medical bills. "Suppose you walk into a restaurant, and you don't get a menu, you don't get any choice of what food you'll eat, they don't tell you what it is when they're serving it to you, they don't tell you what it's going to cost.

Then, weeks or months later, you get a bill that tells you all the ...

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A missed case of testicular torsion by an exhausted physician. "When the nurse contacted Dr B at 1.50am he was asleep after working 60 hours in the previous three days because of a shortage of doctors. He advised her to give the teenager pain relief and monitor his condition till morning."

A doctor and nurse are sued for a tragic case of amniotic fluid embolism.

Handcuffs in an unnecessary arrest may end this aspiring craniofacial surgeon's career. "Dominick Golio was released on $100 bail about 1 a.m. and issued an appearance ticket requiring him to appear in City Court on Oct. 31. The suspended license charge was dropped after it was determined his driver's license was valid and had never been suspended.

After his release, Golio had his left hand examined at the ...

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A doctor is sued for a failed vasectomy leading to a couple having a disabled child. A vasectomy has a 99% success rate. Apparently the physician didn't order a post-procedure sperm count.

Lyme disease sufferers want to legislate ways for more doctors to correctly diagnose the disease. "One woman said her son's confusion and inability to concentrate in school cleared up after he was treated for Lyme disease by New Haven pediatrician Dr. Charles Jones. She said her son's doctor in Massachusetts had refused to prescribe antibiotics for her son, but did not hesitate to offer him a drug for hyperactivity and ...

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A vet was deported from Canada from his hospital bed and foley catheter still attached. "An Army veteran who fled to Canada to avoid prosecution for growing marijuana to treat his chronic pain was yanked from a hospital by Canadian authorities, driven to the border with a catheter still attached, and turned over to U.S. officials, his lawyer says."

Are doctors too negative when diagnosing Down syndrome? "Amniocentesis revealed that the fetus had Down syndrome, a genetic condition that causes developmental disabilities. But what disturbed Allard more than the diagnosis was the way the doctor told her the news.

'They called me at work to tell me, and then said, 'You have two weeks to decide if you're going to keep this child. Either way, it's an ...

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An interesting new blog about dermatology in the media. Here's what they say about the recently released Phantom of the Opera movie:

Close inspection of actor Gerard Butler's prosthetic makeup reveals a red, swollen area of the right face, affecting the eyelid. This is an attempt to re-create Sturge-Weber syndrome. Named after long gone dermatologists presumably unrelated to Sir Andrew Lloyd, the condition includes port wine stain ...

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