Always nice to see my alma mater in the medblogs. Dr. RW worries that non-evidence-based teachings like Chinese medicine are going to pervade traditional medical curriculum.

And they're doing everything they can to stop it. (via PharmaGossip).

Pharma Marketing Blog talks about Rozerem's big marketing push, and wonders how such ludicrous displays passes FDA regulation:

BTW, how are little promos like this on medical conference sites sponsored by CME providers like M|C Communications -- host of the Pri-Med Conference -- regulated by the FDA? For example, the benefit statement above is not balanced by risk information, nor is there any link on this page to ...

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And may actually encourage youths to smoke. Devilish reverse psychology from the tobacco industry.

It's starting to look that way. It didn't really stand a chance.

The film was too horrific for some.

Apparently by a family member. Tragic.

50 to 75 percent don't follow their doctor's instructions:

Either they don't fill a prescription, or they don't change a dressing, or they forget to take their pills, or they fail to follow instructions in some other way. Even more surprisingly, the people with the chronic problems, such as high blood pressure, have the highest non-compliance rates. Children, too, are often victims of caregivers who fail to follow a doctor's ...

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80 percent of flights have a doctor on board.

She is a proponent of CT-scans for early lung cancer detection, and doesn't get that randomized-controlled studies are the only standard. The rules can't be rewritten for her cause:

"I don't get what the resistance is," Dr. Henschke said.To her, it is a matter of simple logic: the earlier cancer is found, the better the odds of a cure. CT finds lung cancer early. So why not use ...

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Should PFOs be sealed?

The medical device makers certainly hope so, they have lots of profit at stake. Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi had his sealed, chronicled here extensively.

It's touted as the 15-second heart scan that saves lives. Of course, cost isn't mentioned. You bet that once it's available, it will be a routine cya ER test. And we wonder why health costs are out of control.

Boston Magazine writes on the controversies and challenges facing The Journal. Primarily on its relationship with pharmaceuticals, and its association with the Massachusetts Medical Society. Required reading.

Yes, it does.

I have maintained that not vaccinating children is akin to child abuse. Here's taking it one step further:

Respectful Insolence and Kevin, M.D., characterize parents who refuse to vaccinate their children as guilty of child neglect. I'll go one step further. These parents' selfish decisions are hurting more than their own children. By defeating one of the core missions of public health -- that of conferring herd immunity from ...

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Remember, their priority is money, not health care, as seen in the recent NCQA rankings:

Health care is a public good, not just an industry, to be governed by the same economic principles that govern pure business. Value in health care can only be assessed by weighing cost and quality together. Quality health coverage not only improves care, it saves lives.

UnitedHealth's record in this regard, as measured ...

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There seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel:

"I think that it is safe to say that no physician is optimistic about the future of medicine at this point," one participant wrote. Others seemed downright hopeless: "One thing that rarely gets mentioned is that, unlike other industries that are cyclical, the practice of medicine continually gets worse and worse, more intolerable, more onerous, with absolutely ...

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What's more, the patients know it as well:

Among patients who had recent visits to emergency departments, nearly half believed their health problems could have been handled in a doctor's office, the study said.

Many of the patients said they did not have alternatives, such as same-day appointments with a primary care physician, or evening and weekend appointments; nurse advice lines; or urgent care clinics.

"The survey results ...

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Extended hours are now "the new norm" in family medicine.

Kind of opposite of what happens here, where reimbursement continues to be cut. An an aside, $170/hr for an ER doc translates into over $350,000 per year assuming a 40-hour work week. Not sure what they're complaining about.

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