Gourmand syndrome

I think I may have this newly discovered neurological disorder:

We present a new benign eating disorder associated with lesions involving parts of the right anterior cerebral hemisphere. This "gourmand" syndrome describes a preoccupation with food and a preference for fine eating.
There is a blog dedicated to this as well. (via Medpundit)

GruntDoc on why the Virginia Tech shootings can happen again:

Here in Texas, there's a great emphasis on personal liberty ("It's not against the law to be crazy"), and that's good the vast majority of the time. There is indeed an emergency mental health code for the psychotic, deranged and suicidal, and it's not easy to utilize. There is no simple form, but a multipage affidavit that ...

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Aggravated DocSurg talks about how his hospitalist program is too disorganized, leaving many peri-operative complications to the surgeon.

In theory, hospitalist programs should be well-staffed, and internists available for consults. The reality is that many of these programs are in their infancy, and recruitment to smaller community hospitals are a problem. Combined with the high turnover rate inherent in this specialty, many programs are in ...

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Dr. 90210

A busy practice and successful TV show. How responsible is he for the plastic surgery boom? ABC News does a profile.



Recent stories have highlighted the importance of your Google reputation. There is no doubt that patients and potential employers will Google you as an initial screen. It is to your benefit to ensure that favorable stories come up when your name is entered as a search term.

Here are some basic tips to help take control of your name's Google search.

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Single-payer bias

A recent study comparing American and Canadian health care systems is tainted by the bias of its authors.

Going over the tapes

Sports players and coaches aren't the only ones who studies film. This ophthalmology resident does the same after his cataract surgeries.

A rare ER case

Charity Doc with the latest case from his ER:

Single GSW with entrance wound to the left flank, no exit, was all the injury that the guy had on full body exposure and log-rolling.

"Got your chest xray and KUB up!" announced the xray tech.

"Whar's the bullit?!" I kept on asking out loud after seeing both unremarkable xrays. "Whar's the bullit, whar's the bullit...No exit wound...Whar's ...

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An anonymous rant found on craigslist:

The third rule (related to #2) is never rate your pain a 10/10. 10/10 means the worst pain you could possibly imagine. I've seen people in a 10/10 pain and you sitting there playing tetris on your cell phone are not in 10/10 pain. 10/10 pain is an open fracture dangling in the wind, a 50% body surface deep partial thickness burn, or ...

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Arcoxia: Denied

It's official.



Another one is taking precautions against . . . well pretty much most modern communication devices. She's not the first:

Sarah, 51, is one of a growing band of people who claim to be experiencing extreme - and incapacitating - sensitivity to electrical appliances, as well as to certain frequencies of electromagnetic waves.

"Wi-Fi, or wireless broadband networks, seem to be the worst thing," ...

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A nurse midwife failed to call for physician backup after a non-reassuring fetal tracing.

The question should be rephrased to "How close to 100% certain do you want to be?" As I stated before, if a patient understands the risks of an unnecessary test to get closer to the impossible goal of 100% accuracy and chooses to proceed, I normally would then order the test.

Scalpel
with an example regarding chest pain in the ER.

Med School in a Box



4-years of medical training condensed in 96 pages. Considerably cheaper than tuition too. (via White Coat Notes)

ScienceRoll points to the use of medicine in "virtual worlds" like Second Life, which is kind of like the world found The Matrix. Here's a Second Life scenario teaching cardiac murmurs:

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Just a game you say? Well the American Cancer Society and CDC are early adopters by setting up presences in ...

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Shrek fired

Apparently he wasn't promoting a healthy-enough lifestyle in his movies. (via Medpundit)

A recent article highlights the prominent emergency medicine bloggers. (via Graham)

Dr. Rob thinks so:

I think that this is a fundamental problem in our system. For policy makers to understand what is wrong with the system, they must be able to hear it from those most affected by the deficiencies in the system. The problem is that those people who are in the most distress are exactly those who cannot afford to take the time to put forth ...

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More evidence from Canada:

If you believe such shortages can't happen in the United States, think again. Medicare already presides over a Byzantine system of price controls that it is planning to expand. This system has already created primary care shortages in many rural areas in this country, and its planned expansion will create more.

If the voters are foolish enough to bestow the presidency on a proponent ...

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As the world becomes indexed via search engines like Google, online reputation becomes important - especially for health care providers. Patients are likely going to Google you as a quick screen, whether you like it or not:

With so much information accessible just by entering your name, the name of someone you know, the name of a business associate or even the name of a patient into a search ...

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