Benjamin Brewer thinks so:

Most of the time, when a man shows up in my office it's because a woman sent him. I think that's why married guys live longer (see article).

Women get their health information from doctors, the Internet, magazines and television, according to the government. Men get most of their health information from their wife, girlfriend or mother.

Dichloroacetate

A definitive compendium of articles by Orac about how this promising approach to cancer is being hijacked and taken advantage of:

In any case, I remain of the mind that hypesters like Jim Tassano, although he seems to think that he's doing good, are in fact not only putting patients at risk, but putting the very clinical trials necessary to demonstrate the utility of DCA against cancer at risk. Thanks ...

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Real-world application of evidence-based medicine. Colonoscopy withdrawal times are stringently monitored at BI-Deaconness.

A front page story in the WSJ on blowing the whistle on Kaiser's EHR debacle. The WSJ Health Blog asks what the moral of the story is.

Virtual colonoscopy

Is a turf war brewing? It seems so. Radiologists want to get a piece of the colonoscopy pie by slanting recent study, making virtual colonoscopy look good:

The paper, published Monday in the journal Cancer, used data from earlier studies to compare costs and benefits of CT scans with two more common screening techniques "” optical colonoscopy and flexible sigmoidoscopy. CT scans came out on top. The first ...

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Again, there is no link between breast cancer and abortion:

Once again, a well-done study, this time a prospective cohort study from the Nurse's Health Study, has failed to reveal a link between abortion and breast cancer. The findings were published in the Archives of Internal Medicine this week.

This study joins the ranks of a myriad of other well-done studies showing the same thing. To top it ...

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Not necessarily, unless you know what to do with that information. (via Joe Paduda)

Obesity and your job

A recent study suggests that obese workers negatively impacts profits:

Duke University researchers also found that the fattest workers had 13 times more lost workdays due to work-related injuries and that their medical claims for those injuries were seven times higher .

Overweight workers were more likely to have claims involving injuries to the back, wrist, arm, neck, shoulder, hip, knee, and foot than other employees.
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A group of medical students discuss their favorites.

A handy quick-reference guide for aspiring drug reps.

Walter Olson with his take:

Under HIPAA, it would have been unlawful for the psychiatric hospital that treated student Cho Seung-Hui, who shot 32 people at Virginia Tech university this week, to compare notes on his therapeutic progress, or lack thereof, with his counselors or dean. So effectively did the various privacy laws bottle up information that even a Virginia Tech official tasked with the monitoring of problem students ...

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Dr. Rob on the recent ACP cries for help:

This begs the question: so what? What is the big deal? We can just use subspecialists and physician extenders to fill the slots. Patients can become more empowered to provide their own care using e-visits and web-guided care. This sounds sacrilegious coming from a primary care physician, but it is what is being said on the ...

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So, how much does the insurance company really save with this measure?

Summing it up

From Graham, whom I don't often agree with health-reform wise, comes this nugget:

If you're a Democrat when you're young, and a Republican once you get a mortgage, then you're for private health insurance when you're well, and you're for health care reform when you've developed chronic disease.

No, according to Panda Bear:

The Big Lie, the scare tactic used by the usual suspects in their craven lust for political power is that people need comprehensive health insurance. They most certainly do not. Most people most of the time need so little medical care that most of the money spent either by them, their employer, or the government is wasted as far as it benefits them. ...

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It has been sent to the Governor. Will he sign it?

retired doc on the JAMA-induced controversy:

I worry that we have been so guideline oriented and so herded by the views of organizations whose motives at times seem at best suspect that we really can't win.Go by the guidelines and then we learn the guidelines are thought to be bogus; don't comply with them and you are not practicing quality medicine and won't receive your bribe (a.k.a. pay for ...

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Hospital scorecards

It can be baffling:

The problem, however, is that hospitals that look great according to one data set often come up short on other scorecards. Over time, the wide variations should decline as the rating industry develops better analytical tools. But for the moment, it can all be bewildering.
(via The Antidote)

A pictorial over at Trenchdoc.

Overheard by keagirl recently.

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