Adverse events are not necessarily caused by medical error:

One problem physicians face, Dr. Gallagher said, is that patients may fail to distinguish errors from unavoidable medical problems.

"I think that often patients assume that any adverse event is due to error," he said. "That's not so. A vast majority of such events are not errors and not preventable."

And more speculation on what some medbloggers may look like.

I wonder if the treatment would have been as aggressive if he wasn't President Ford.

Tongue-in-cheek indeed. (via

retired doc points to a recent Annals article showing these unintended consequences.

Another day . . .

. . . another vehicle that crashes into a doctor's office.

Consider what will happen with the government picking up the tab: "If you think health care is expensive now, just wait until it's free."

This is due to drier mucous membranes:

Dehydration can be a real concern for air travelers, especially those with health problems. An airplane cabin at cruising altitude can be drier than the Sahara Desert, with relative humidity between 10 and 20 percent. "You'Â’re actually more prone to infection because it dries mucous membranes," said Dr. Marc Siegel, an internist and associate professor of medicine at New York University School ...


The NY Times writes on this interesting study being conducted at a PACU near you.

Why receiving the cervical cancer vaccine before sexual activity is important.

Some out-of-the-box thinking on obesity:

Fat is not a feminist issue, as Susie Orbach once claimed. Fat is a class issue. Rich, educated people are not fat; you see almost no children in private schools who are overweight. Fatness and obesity are directly related to lower education and lower incomes.

What is sad is that at a time when this country is richer than ever and ought to have ...


And asks animal activists to stop harassing his family. (via

Watch out if you're missing a few days of mail.

This is probably going on in other sports:

Players are freezing the cells taken from the umbilical cord blood of their babies as a possible future cure for cartilage and ligament problems. Stem cells can be used to regenerate damaged organs and tissue because they are the earliest form of cells.

The paper quoted one unnamed Premier League player from a northwest club as saying: "We decided to store ...


I like the concept of a "personal responsibility contract", but the NEJM takes exception:

There are well-understood reasons why Medicaid beneficiaries have poorer health indicators and higher rates of noncompliance than many other patients. Poverty results in reduced access to child care, transportation, healthful foods, and exercise facilities, as well as lower literacy, more life crises, and higher rates of untreated psychiatric illnesses. People with fewer experiences of success ...


Apparently one doctor arm-wrestles his patients to see if they're fit for driving.

Dr. Bennett redux?

More obesity firestorm. A physician apologizes after telling it like it is:

Trudy admits she is 5 stone (31.7kg) overweight, but did not want to say what she weighs.

"I know I have a weight problem and it doesn't help my asthma, but it's swings and roundabouts. I can't exercise because of my breathing," she said.

She claimed the doctor had pointed to his mouth and told ...


It's becoming a group thing:

Gone are the days when patients slipped into a plastic surgeon's office alone and sometimes in disguise for a consultation and, after the surgery, slinked away to a secret location to recover. Now, patients may arrive not only with a wish list of procedures they have seen on TV or researched online, but also flanked by parents, siblings, spouses or partners. Or the wild ...


Dr. Id

A Canadian doctor is fined for rudely firing his patients:

The college heard Rathe, who moved to the physician-strapped Windsor suburb of Belle River in 2001, removed from his patient list 328 people he deemed difficult, dismissing some from his practice with "f--- you."

He was physically aggressive with two patients -- he pushed one woman -- and emotionally abusive to others.

Response to OTC Plan B

Read some responses from New York women.