772 middle-aged people had the procedure in 1998. Over 15,000 in 2004.

Richard Reece looks into the crystal ball.

Especially relevant in light of their torcetrapib disaster. They're working on an OTC and spray version of Viagra. That's just what we need. (via PharmaGossip)

A controversial study suggesting just that:

"Our research shows that surgeons who have less experience with the off-pump technique are more likely to perform this technique on black patients, rather than on white patients," said Professor Dana Mukamel of the University of California, Irvine.

"Racial disparities in access to heath care are well known throughout the United States. Black and minority groups usually do not have as much ...

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I agree with the individual mandate, but taxing the providers and hospitals will simply deter physicians from practicing in California. As with any radical proposal, there are large obstacles ahead.

Update:
Here's the reality of what will happen once physicians' revenues are taxed:

"The idea that taxing physicians' revenue to cause them to provide more care of higher quality defies understanding," said John R. Graham, director of ...

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Impressive picture of a central line complication:

A 40-year-old man with Crohn's disease underwent an uncomplicated operation involving lysis of adhesions that were causing intestinal obstruction. After surgery, a cardiologist inserted a central venous catheter through the left subclavian vein. No problems with catheterization were noted. Three weeks later, after discharge, mild pain and edema developed in the patient's right lower leg. He was treated with antibiotics for ...

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This study indirectly suggests that it may.

. . . but also wants to do away with non-economic damages (for "ordinary negligence").

The reason: "Many people want their lotto ticket in case they get hurt."

I see about 13 patients in 4 hours. This guy was ambitious, but hey, that's what a fee-for-service reimbursement system does to you.

Some are calling "loser pays" a deterrent for bringing frivolous malpractice suits. Here's one case that may deter future cases.

Here's a woman who waited 24 hours for stomach pain. If she waited that long, it was likely not an emergency.

Paxil for hypochondriacs

Or as the Washington Post puts it, "a real pill for your unreal illness."

The secret to happiness

Don't expect much. Just ask Europe's happiest nation.

Wanting the same thing

A survey was recently done by Consumer Reports.

The second most common patient complaint: Couldn't schedule an appointment within a week.

The second most common physician complaint: [Patients] wait too long before making an appointment.

Surely, something can be done here.

Steven Seagal pitching anti-aging cream. Not a joke.

Cardiovert by touch

Scalpel transforms atrial fibrillation to sinus rhythm with a touch of his stethoscope.

A classy "Screw you"

Musings of a Dinosaur hosts a unique writing contest.

From the world's foremost procrastination expert:

Steel has also come up with the E=MC2 of procrastination, a formula he's dubbed Temporal Motivational Theory, which takes into account factors such as the expectancy a person has of succeeding with a given task (E), the value of completing the task (V), the desirability of the task (Utility), its immediacy or availability (Ã) and the person's sensitivity to delay (D).

It ...

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Successful treatment of an oral cancer.

In today's WSJ, Benjamin Brewer talks about the effects of the drug-rep ban at his office.

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