Pictures of various foods that equate to 200 calories. You'd be surprised at some of the (lack of) portions.

Patients had to wait in ambulances, as paramedics tended to them, since the ER was too busy.

This letter suggests so:

To satisfy their compensation requirements (or perhaps to meet some quota imposed on them by HMOs or PPOs), they are cramming as many patients as possible into their schedules. This results in rushed visits, limited time for patient questions (let alone in-depth discussion), delays in being seen and so on.

The current process leaves many patients (and their doctors) frustrated. Concierge doctoring offers a solution ...

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Roy Poses on Abbott's attempts to keep milking its HIV drug Kaletra.

MedGadget does an experiment and finds out they dominate the search engine:

To see what's going on, one does not have to go far. Goggle's search for 'vaccination' returns 10 results on its first page. Of them, two are from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). One result from Wikipedia that has some questionable statements , such as "...the overall effect might, in theory, be to cause ...

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Voting begins for the 2006 Medical Weblog Awards.

Kevin, M.D
. is nominated in two categories: Best Medical Weblog and Best Health Policies/Ethics Weblog.

I appreciate the nominations and thank you for your support.

Charity Doc gives us a snapshot of a shift at a trauma center. Not for the faint of heart.

This internist has serious concerns about the vaccine for shingles:

Like it or not, my practice is a business with real expenses. At best, the cost of the vaccine will be covered but I will have to bear the initial outlay of $180 per dose. I still will also have invested significant staff time in storing, monitoring, and administering the vaccine, and doing the special paperwork.

At worst, I ...

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It would seem so:

Clinicians who provide HIV care are among the lowest paid health care providers, Dr. Saag's analyses suggest. People entering health care professions see the overworked clinicians and underfunded caring for patients with HIV and AIDS, and fewer today are interested in working in HIV care in the United States.

More success of malpractice caps, making practicing medicine in Nevada much more attractive.

The BMJ essentially plays Are You Hot? with physicians:

They selected a random sample of 12 surgeons and 12 physicians from the hospital plus four external controls (well known film stars who played surgeons or physicians). All subjects were matched by age (52 +/- 7 years) and sex (all men), their height was recorded and they were asked to submit a digital picture.

Pictures of ...

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Understaffed and overworked, DC's Administration for HIV Policy and Programs is playing catchup with their HIV surveillance.

According to Ann Althouse.

Translated into dollars: $2.4 billion in the first year.

Another example of how YouTube can be used to teach medicine. Here's one of an aortic dissection:

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(via Clinical Cases)

It had a street value of $1,000. (appropriately via KidneyNotes)

Joe Paduda explains why.

PPIs and hip fractures

Media hysteria from an observational study. retired doc says not to get so worried.

Spot on with this one:

More sectarian strife among providers. The latest staving off of the Medicare Part B cuts papered over the cracks for a little while, but the difference between profitability among different specialties and different hospitals is becoming really politically visible. There's no essential reason why diagnostic radiologists should earn four times the amount of primary care doctors, for example. At some point this discussion ...

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An ultrasound you don't see everyday.

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