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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Dr. Reese looks at a case of tinea versicolor on Survivor: Exile Island.

More attacks on the Canadian health care system:

In an interesting parallel with socialist arguments against school vouchers in America, socialist defenders of "free" health care in Canada warn that allowing private clinics will "drain the public system of doctors and nurses." This is tantamount to an admission that doctors, nurses, and patients are unhappy with the current system, though of course defenders of the status quo don't recognize that ...

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Dr. RW talks about how the absurd (aka complementary and alternative medicine) is often looked at uncritically:

Detractors are fond of saying "“but medical students need to know about these things"” or "“they'’re doing research". Trouble is, much of this so called "education and research" amounts to little more than uncritical promotion of quackery. I'’ve given examples before, and the authors of the MJA piece make the case effectively. ...

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Dedication: A 96-year old physician continues his duties as chair of the OB department.

Tort reform in Texas is improving physician access. "Physicians and other health care providers are pleased with the results so far.
Citing Texas Department of Insurance figures, a Texas Alliance for Patient Access analysis of Proposition 12's impact noted an 11.7 percent average cut in the malpractice insurance rates.

The alliance is made up of health care interests who support medical liability reforms.

The analysis also emphasized an ...

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OBs say that Washington's mini-mal reform isn't enough:

"These proposals really do nothing to lower the exposure risk for obstetricians," said Anton-McIntyre, who had confronted Gov. Chris Gregoire last month during a state medical association meeting in Olympia.

Anton-McIntyre, who said she has never been sued for her obstetrical care, told Gregoire that she needed to see improvements in the liability environment or she would give notice to her ...

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This physician takes follow-ups seriously. And rightly so:

Nobody wants to cross Dr. Mayda Melendez.

It's not that her patients in the Tiny Steps prenatal program at St. Francis Hospital fear her, they just know they'll never hear the end of it.

If they don't show up for their appointments, a nurse will call and ask why. If Melendez suggests they cut back on sweets and they ...

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Frivolous? An interesting case where parents are suing a doctor for a Munchausen syndrome by proxy diagnosis:

The parents of 3-year-old boy have sued a prominent pediatrician at the Cleveland Clinic who accused the couple of faking their son's illnesses.

Scott and Tricia Beam of suburban Chippewa Lake were outraged when their son, Tyler, was placed with a foster family while the couple was under investigation by the ...

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