Always inform patients of every test result:

A doctor has admitted she never told patient Pamela Moore her cancer test was negative as she did not appreciate she was worried about it.

Mrs Moore, of Mount Drive, Stansted, died at Princess Alexandra Hospital after suffering from septicaemia and superbug clostridium difficile.

Nearly two months before her death on July 25 last year, Mrs Moore was told she could ...

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Doctors gone wild:

Former Board of Health member Dr. Jeffrey Hersh was reprimanded and fined $2,500 yesterday by the state medical board for threatening a fellow doctor in a Worcester emergency room.

Hersh was on duty Oct. 21, 2004, at St. Vincent's Hospital when he argued with another ER doctor over who was providing care to a patient, according to the Board of Registration in Medicine.

Hersh got ...

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The first Celebrex liability trial is upcoming.

Like with the case of Vioxx, some patients are willing to take the risk of serious side effects:

Michael Barron, a 48-year-old former operator of a nuclear power plant, was so crippled by relapses in his multiple sclerosis that he couldn't stand up without help. The drug Tysabri allowed him to take walks with his wife again.

Then a year ago, Biogen Idec Inc. and partner Elan Corp. ...

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Ohio wants to stop "wrongful birth" malpractice lawsuits.

More health care policy - you can't have it all:

Our health-care system is pulled in different directions by competing objectives. For example, individual consumers would prefer to have health-care expenses covered for them, rather than worry about paying for health care. This is the objective of Insulation.

However, we are concerned with the rising share of resources devoted to health care. This is the objective of Affordability.


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Should women consult a doctor in person before having an abortion?

Rewarded for doing more - another reason why things won't change until reimbursement is reformed:

English hospitals are rewarded for keeping people healthy and having case management so patients will not need hospitals very often. American hospitals are rewarded for having a high proportion of commercially insured patients having many procedures, especially cardiac care.

We need incentives for American hospitals to develop home-based case management, to place the emphasis ...

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A cerebral palsy malpractice verdict may bankrupt this small community hospital:

Tyrone Hospital said in a court petition filed Monday that it will declare bankruptcy or close its doors if a Blair County judge does not reduce a $4 million verdict awarded by a jury two weeks ago.

"If Tyrone Hospital were required to close, approximately 10 physicians currently maintaining offices in the community, including all physicians practicing obstetrics ...

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However, it's sad that the abusers are making life more difficult for people in real pain:

John Grim is tired of staying quiet about his pain and the medicine he takes to control it. He's fed up with the stigma surrounding the thousands of patients like him who use narcotics for legitimate reasons. And he's outraged that state regulators want to set up a computer database that would track every ...

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Too gullible - how easy it is to con a doctor for narcotics:

You'd be surprised how easy it is to con a doctor into believing that you need narcotics for pain, Joe Leonetti says.

He should know. Before he became sober last June, the Des Moines man supplemented his methamphetamine habit with OxyContin, Vicodin and other powerful prescription drugs. He says he obtained many of the pills by ...

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Pregnancies "marred by fraud":

Alleging that their pregnancies had been marred by fraud, 16 women have filed a class-action lawsuit against a Lowell laboratory that promises to determine the gender of an embryo by testing the mother's blood just five weeks after conception.

In the suit filed in US District Court in Boston, the women charged that despite its claim of 99.9 percent accuracy, Acu-Gen Biolab of Lowell ...

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A rant on patient expectations vs patient entitlement:

A patient could expect to be seen on time but is not entitled to this. An expectation not an entitlement. We actually could not think of any more entitlements than the one we came up with. Most of what we discussed seemed to be expectations.

Patients with a displaced sense of entitlement are actually quite annoying. Almost as annoying as ...

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"Which positions are best during sexual intercourse so I don't strain my new knee implant?" Dr. Kirschenbaum answers this interesting question.

Twins were born to a UK couple - one black, one white.



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More care does not equal better care. A journalist sees first-hand the fundamental problem of American health care:

I wondered, as I sat there, if I was witnessing a key problem with our increasingly-costly health care system: Patients with insurance don't have to weigh the actual cost of most procedures against the likelihood of benefit.

This point was part of a recent ABC News documentary by Peter Jennings ...

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How concierge medicine saved this physician's life:

And because of reduced reimbursements, the practice began losing money. "She was running herself down physically and mentally," says Moore. "At the end of this particular day, she just collapsed. She was barely conscious. Her skin was silver-gray. I rushed her to a nearby emergency room, and they revived her."

Vaughan remembers her blood pressure being 70/50 (normal is 120/80). Moore ...

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The nurse-to-patient ratio in the Philippines is 1-to-26.

NY Times case - When a complaint is really a complaint:

These are the people who can tolerate a bit less discomfort or uncertainty than the average person. These are the patients who cry wolf. The only trouble is, sometimes there really is a wolf. The challenge for the doctor is knowing when.

More quackery - the maker of Airborne is changing its packaging:

Airborne said that a double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted with "care and professionalism" by a company specializing in clinical trial management, GNG Pharmaceutical Services.

GNG is actually a two-man operation started up just to do the Airborne study. There was no clinic, no scientists and no doctors. The man who ran things said he had lots of ...

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