How the DEA is fighting battles it knows it can win:

"If the battles you're fighting are being lost, then, to win the war, find battles that you can win," says David Brushwood, a professor of pharmacy health care administration at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and a critic of government narcotics policy. "Doctors are more conspicuous and easier to find than drug dealers, and, besides, they don't have guns ...


The Herald in Washington:

The Harvard researchers may not think the system is riddled with frivolous lawsuits, but we agree with the AMA that 40 percent is too many, and they do burden the system, even when there is no payout.

Perhaps a penalty for filing a frivolous suit might help some patients have more respect for the law. Getting those numbers down would put the focus where it ...


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I'm sure this is the wave of the future:

A senior clinician and staff, present in the Milan lab and ready to intervene should complications arise, inserted the catheter into the groin. From there, Pappone took over the controls in Boston and via a secure satellite link was able to manipulate the catheter with the magnetic navigation system (Stereotaxis, St Louis, MO) to perform the ablation. Pappone completed the ablation ...


Apparently, you can't be depressed if you can't frown:

Dr. Finzi, who runs a private medical practice in Chevy Chase, Md., believes the patients felt better simply because they could not frown. "I think there has got to be some type of feedback between the muscles for facial expression and the brain," said Dr. Finzi, whose study was published in the journal Dermatologic Surgery.

It is unknown whether he knew about the disease:

. . . sperm donors are routinely tested for most common genetic diseases, like cystic fibrosis and sickle cell anemia, but not for extremely rare ones like severe congenital neutropenia, the one afflicting the Michigan children.

The DNR tattoo

Chris Rangel takes a closer look.

This new study from the Manhattan Institute Center for Legal Policy debunks the myth that malpractice premiums are related to insurance industry price gouging.

A man with Tourette Syndrome will be on Big Brother: "Pete Bennett, 24, who lives in Brighton, has a severe form of the condition and swears uncontrollably."

"Initiation rites" seems to be commonplace in the UK:

Medical students and doctors in training say they are often subjected to bullying as part of an "initiation rite" into medicine.

A recent BMA survey of medical students found one in four said they had been bullied by other doctors, while 16% had been bullied by nurses.

Staff grade doctors, associate specialist doctors and staff from overseas were ...


The drugs will be sold in packs of two, costing £7.99.

The plaintiff didn't really understand the concept of a settlement:

"The doctor responsible for Kate'Â’s death pretty much walked off scott free," Gavoni said . . .

. . . When Gavoni entered his wife's allergist'Â’s name it said there was a settlement, but that was it. There was no mention of his wife's death and the doctor was never disciplined.

Can reach as high as one billion dollars. Could be going down the Merck route soon.

Some are willing to enter boutique practices simply to improve their access to their PCP:

"Some patients choose to join this special program. Doctors offices that have similar programs charge an additional fees and the patients get additional services," said Scariano.

Some of Scariano's patients, such as Ann Roadarmel, said it's worth the extra money because it is more than just having better access to her primary physician.

Most vitamins don't have any health benefits. Here are the few that do:

* Women of childbearing age should take folic acid supplements to prevent spina bifida and related birth defects.
* Calcium and vitamin D together can help protect the bones of postmenopausal women.
* Antioxidants and zinc may slow the worsening of the blinding disease called age-related macular degeneration.

This survey says 29 percent.

Sounds like some less-than-ideal conditions being described:

One GP wrote: "We all hot-desk... on Friday we used the staff common room for flu vaccinations."

Another said: "No clinician has their own room. I have had to move desks up to five times in a two-hour period."

And one practice reported: "There are days when there are not enough rooms to allow all the doctors to consult. The ...


A sad day indeed. She was one of the reasons why I started this blog. Best of luck in the future, Dr. Sydney:

The phrase "declining reimbursement and rising overhead," is repeated so often in medicine that it seems a cliche, but it's also a reality. I'm spending longer hours at work and seeing more patients to support my office and my family. The 1-2 hours a day ...


Somewhat off topic, but this doesn't feel right:

On the downside, tweens and their younger siblings can present their own array of challenges, said Stephanie Lapilato, a stylist who admits giving a 4-year-old a pedicure takes a lot of concentration.

"Their feet are so tiny you have to be really careful," she said. Since the little ones have been walking only for a few years, there ...



Here's a great idea for a birth control pill package, where a 24-hour alarm sounds at the time you designate, and when you twist open the case, it stops the alarm. Take a pill, twist the case closed and that alarm is reset for the next day. Careful, though"”might be a bit embarassing if that alarm goes off during Mass.
(via Health business blog)