The AMA responds

A letter responding to Regina Herzlinger's scathing op-ed yesterday.

A physician loses a malpractice case after "rapid detox" - a controversial practice:

An Oakland County jury awarded the family of a Kansas man $35.3 million Thursday after he died following a controversial detoxification treatment at a now-closed Troy clinic.

The verdict was against Dr. Aeneas Guiney, 70, of Grosse Pointe, an anesthesiologist who operated the Project Straight clinic in Troy. Guiney placed patients under anesthesia to allow them ...

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So says David Gratzer, a physician who once practiced in Canada.

These guys should be ashamed of themselves.

Gardasil thong



(via Doctor Disgruntled)

After losing his malpractice case, he fires a few parting shots:

He added: "In my case, obesity nearly led to death. Corrective major surgery always has risks, but a patient should never be viewed as the bad guy when problems occur that could be prevented. Never let doctors blame you for having elective surgery as they get paid handsomely and have the right to refuse."

Weis also accused ...

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Funny thing about things that are "free":

Now let's say that a federal law required Circuit City to give away plasma screen TVs free of charge to anyone who showed up in the store requesting one, regardless of their ability or inclination to pay for it and regardless of their plasma TV insurance status. Some of these folks would try to pay for their TV anyway, because they are ...

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Designer scrubs

The next big thing in hospital fashion?

Katherine Heigl, the actress that plays Dr. Izzy Stevens on Grey's Anatomy has designed a new line of scrubs ""¦that would allow women to infuse some of their personality and style into their work apparel."

"I have tremendous respect for women in the healthcare industry," said Katherine. "I know that it is often a difficult and thankless job"¦ When you feel good ...

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"Flawed expert opinion," says Medpundit.

Maria on the dominance of UpToDate. Dependence on this resource starts early in medical school, and many physicians can't practice without it. They're indispensable and they know it:

UpToDate is not a free resource. Word on the street is that within the past year, the company that manages UpToDate has increased their prices by 500%! Thus, any institution that would like to make UpToDate available to staff now ...

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He takes on Matthew Holt, Ezra Klein, and Joe Paduda all in one post.

A daughter blames a doctor for indirectly causing her mother's death from a blood clot:

A few days before she died, she fell down in a parking lot. Tripped, I guess. The coroner said that may have been what dislodged the blood clot which eventually killed her. Of course, if she'd been getting decent medical care, she might have gotten proper treatment for all this long before, and maybe ...

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Nurse K calls them "sonogram seekers". I call it another form of defensive medicine. Do you want to be the one to miss an ectopic?

What do you think?

It's one step closer to being pulled from the market:

Barbara Ryan, an analyst for Deutsche Bank Securities, said that the agency's report ensures that "there are going to be a lot of lawsuits." She noted that some firms were already advertising for clients.

It may make a comeback in a limited population:

Tegaserod (Zelnorm), the irritable bowel syndrome and constipation drug pulled from the market last spring, will make a limited return under an FDA plan that permits its use in certain symptomatic women younger than 55.

The FDA said today it will permit use of the drug under an investigational new drug (IND) protocol to treat IBS with predominant constipation and ...

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A slippery slope says Scott Haig:

The incursion of business practices into our profession has made uncomfortable bedfellows of those with an avocation and those without. The union leaves our professions, especially the nurses, in a fragile state right now. If you derail the dignity and mission of what we do, we'll simply stop and do something easier. Indeed, it's happening. Nearly 150,000 nursing jobs languish unfilled today in the ...

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Britney Spears and Lindsey Lohan are doing serious drug and alcohol rehab centers no favors:

"It is making a mockery of rehabs," said Harris Stratyner, a psychologist with Caron, a nonprofit addiction treatment organization.

"In some ways it's starting to make rehabs look like a joke and that's very sad because hundreds of thousands of people a year are saved."

The financial incentives must be changed, or else the PCP shortage will kill any universal health care initiative.

Massachusetts is finding that out first hand:
Even more disturbing is the fact that primary care physicians who already earn far less than some of their peers are falling even further behind. Doctors can earn far more in the U.S. if they specialize in areas that lean heavily on costly ...

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The NEJM with the infamous "Oscar the Cat" sign:

Oscar the Cat has had an uncanny ability to predict when residents are about to die. Thus far, he has presided over the deaths of more than 25 residents on the third floor of Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island. His mere presence at the bedside is viewed by physicians and nursing home staff as an ...

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