Good move for them. An individual mandate is the approach that makes the most sense.

Politicians will have their work cut out for them to convince some of the public about adopting single-payer system:

Also, a major problem being overlooked or ignored by universal health-care proponents is patients aren't likely to curb their drug costs and doctor visits if health care is free; thus, total costs will be several times what they are now.

Finally, like Social Security, any government benefit eventually ...

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Apparently, it takes four physicians to make this decision:

There are no compulsory gender tests during events sanctioned by the International Association of Athletics Federation, but athletes can be asked to take a gender test. The medical evaluation panel usually includes a gynecologist, endocrinologist, psychologist, and an internal medicine specialist.

ADD into adulthood

What happens to the medicated generation as they enter their 20s and 30s?

Controversy, as they interfere with peaceful deaths:

When Carol Lewis's father-in-law died, family members circled his hospital bed to pray, expecting to offer their final goodbyes peacefully. Then his body suddenly started to lurch.

"He jumped," said Lewis, a nurse from Hadley, Mass. "Then he jumped again, and again. It kept happening."

Finally, two hospital staffers rushed in and placed a large magnet on the 86-year-old's ...

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Not according to this opinion. Arguments are presented supporting the fast food industry:

It's not simply fast food companies' fault that obesity is rising in the US. To try to place the blame for obesity on them, or a large percentage of it, is to do no more than creating a scapegoat. Fast food is different than tobacco. Smoking can do little but cause harm. Fast food actually has ...

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Insulin pumps can be life-safers in cases of refractory diabetes. The safety feature preventing this hypoglycemic complication is defaulted to "off" - it's a good thing to know.

Here's one:

Turns out size does matter: The longer your penis, the better "semen displacement" you'll achieve when having sex with a woman flush with competing sperm. That's according to researchers at the State University of New York, who used artificial phalluses (ahem) to test the "scooping" mechanism of the penis's coronal ridge.

Dr. RW with a FAQ on woo

Well said. A sample question:

Many of mainstream medicine's conventional treatments are not evidence based. Aren't they a form of woo?

No. Although some conventional methods fail to measure up to best evidence they are at least based on known anatomy and physiology. They have some plausibility in the observable biophysical model in contrast to the "vital forces", nebulous "energy fields" and "non-local powers of the mind" ...

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More candid talk from the CEO of BI Deaconess in Boston.

Behind the scenes explaining why ERs are so overcrowded. (via GruntDoc)

News that is being covered by the medical blogosphere. Dr. Charles and #1 Dinosaur with more.

A patient writes about how difficult it is to obtain pain medications in the ER.

The 34-minute execution

All because they can't get a simple IV done right? Sad.

Some say physician assistants will eventually replace primary care physicians, as they are cheaper and almost act as autonomous providers. However, be aware that their training is 1/3 shorter. It is the minority of patients that present "outside the cookbook" that MDs are paid and trained to treat:

But as a physician, you're going to be paid for your ability to handle the ten percent of cases ...

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It could, and likely will, happen. Good for job security I guess:

Florida has the greatest need for primary-care doctors after California, according to the study.

The shortage not only affects uninsured and undersinured patients, but also those with private insurance because many doctors run out of space and time to see patients.

From Slate: "First, get sick." That's a start.

Defensive medicine, lack of primary care access, and a fee-for-service payment model are to blame.

Smokers are suing to find out:

A group of heavy Marlboro smokers have filed a lawsuit in federal court in Boston, asking Philip Morris USA to pay for screenings that may detect the early stages of lung cancer, court documents showed on Friday.

The class-action lawsuit, which was filed on behalf of current and former Marlboro smokers over 50 years old who smoked a pack or more a day ...

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Sickening report that sheds light on an emerging threat to legitimate stem cell research:

"The problem is, I am not sure how the cells are prepared," he says. "A six-week-old embryo can be just 1cm from head to foot, so it's difficult to dissect tissue from it. They may just homogenise the whole embryo." That's a polite way of saying that the aborted babies could have been liquidised.


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