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Anecdotal health care horror stories seem to sell the public. symtym with a couple more from the UK.

Sleep MD

The Angry Doctor takes this supplement apart.

Micropenis

Urologist keagirl comments on an article on small penis syndrome.

Pretty innovative. (via WSJ Health Blog)

The controversy of obtaining stem-cells from dead embryos:

His solution -- which involved extracting stem cells from dead embryos rather than live ones -- turned out to be persuasive, and it has led to a new avenue of research. . .

. . . Dr. Landry's answer has drawn fire from other scientists. Harold Varmus, who won the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1989 and is president of ...

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Can the federally-funded hospital avoid being shut down?

Workers at an inner-city hospital where a woman died last month on the floor of an emergency room have received training on their responsibilities, officials said.

Signs have also been posted at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital advising patients of their rights to get examined and treated for emergency medical conditions, according to a report released Friday by the county health ...

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Reviews of Sicko are coming in. As I have repeatedly stated, there are problems with our healthcare system. Some of them inexcusable. However, the single-payer solution that Moore proposes simply would exchange what we have for a whole new set of problems that may be even worse. Remember the grass always seems greener on the other side.

Note that Moore's most vicious attacks are against ...

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Peter Rost and others are leading the charge, and Big Pharma is being forced to take them seriously:

This blog and others are a real problem for drug companies. It is clear, that among the many thousands of drug reps and other insiders, there are many willing to report questionable behavior. Actual internal memos are released which makes it hard to deny the behaviors criticized. Drug companies are going ...

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Alli is here

OnThePharm thinks it should be located near the adult diapers.

BusinessWeek asks if Big Pharma is addicted to lifestyle drugs:

Try as they might to distance themselves from the lifestyle drug sector, pharmaceutical companies can't seem to kick their addiction to these lucrative products. Even as consumers and government regulators grow more alarmed over drug safety, an examination of four popular lifestyle categories"”weight loss, hair loss, sleep, and sexual dysfunction"”shows that the pharmaceutical industry is by no means shying away ...

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Michael Moore's latest has been leaked on the web. (via a reader tip)

Update:
Michael Moore is happy about the piracy of his movie and approves the downloads, leading some to believe he did it on purpose:

Personally, I think it's likely Moore himself put it on the web. He used You Tube to put out the call for stories about health care and to promote the film's ...

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The Cheerful Oncologist with a little perspective.

Rozerem doesn't satisfy the "American public's desire to take a pill and be knocked out, quickly." (via WSJ Health Blog)

Scary story from Sid Schawb:

There was a scandal a few years ago when it was made known that salespeople for orthopedic prosthetics (hips, I think it was) were actually doing major parts of some operations -- fitting and inserting the joints because the surgeons weren't familiar with them.

Nothing more I could add to that. (via plasticized.com)

The patient is being called a "bed-blocker".

Not smart, and he deserved to be reprimanded.

Strange research from the UK:

Expectant fathers can suffer from pregnancy symptoms, UK research shows.

Morning sickness, cramps, back pain and swollen stomachs were all reported by men whose partners were pregnant . . .

. . . In more extreme cases, men developed swollen stomachs that looked like a "baby bump".

Ten things that will be sure to break your ER doctor's day.

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