Is there a connection?

Almost overnight, health care has become a security issue.

The news from London and Glasgow brings a striking reminder that Al Qaeda is willing to exploit any national weakness.

In the case of the British, it's an ongoing physician shortage brought on by the inherit shortcomings of their government-run health care system. The shortage allowed Al Qaeda operatives to legally enter the country ...

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That's the current trend:

Since 1996-97, a 40 percent increase in the female primary care physician supply has helped to offset a 16 percent decline in the male primary care physician supply relative to the U.S. population. At the same time, primary care physicians' incomes have lost ground to both inflation and medical and surgical specialists' incomes. And women in primary care face a 22 percent income gap relative ...

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Silence is taking a priority.

Expect this to be seen at a drug exhibit in the latest physician convention:

It's labeled after many schizophrenic patients' descriptions of what it's like to live with this disease "” many say the experience of schizophrenia is "like having a storm in their mind," said Padina. Mindstorm was designed to provide mental health professionals, physicians, law enforcement officials and patients' families with an experience similar to that of ...

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ER time guarantees

ER's are responding to wait times by hiring more physicians. That's good. But some are equating time with quality. Is that true?

Companies are trying to take advantage of the pro-screening bias in the public. Charging patients for a "screening" EKG is pretty close to fraud, as an EKG by itself is pretty insensitive for many heart diseases:

In early June, Rae Ann Jacek, president of a parent teacher organization in Chelmsford, Mass., and a member of the town's school board, plunked down almost $300 for heart tests for her three ...

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Is the P4P concept fatally flawed? It doesn't seem like it matters, as it's moving forwards anyways:

n the United Kingdom, for instance, researchers found that the national P4P program introduced in 2004 motivated general practitioners to improve care by making better use of previously underused information technology and multidisciplinary teams. Bruce Guthrie, MB BChir, PhD, of the University of Dundee, in Dundee, Scotland, who presented a study ...

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Nothing brings out the passionate debate like the controversy of PSA. It is well-known that there is no consensus evidence showing a mortality benefit to obtaining a screening PSA. An upcoming trial is supposed to more definitively answer the question, but recruiting patients may be difficult:

Many are awaiting the results of a multiyear trial by the National Cancer Institute and other medical organizations called the Prostate, ...

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They are much-needed purveyors of unbiased drug information. However, they are outmanned and outgunned, so PhRMA is not worried.

It's much easier to push reform through in other countries:

Rosoff notes that in countries like France, where the political system includes strong executive power, public debate is less of a factor. In a sense, the democratic nature of the political process in the U.S. is a major impediment to the launching of major reforms. "It takes a lot of hot air to blow up a balloon," he says, ...

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The LA Times with a profile on the suspected ringleader to the failed attacks last week.

See how these two ideological opposites butt heads.

Many would like this day to come to the US:

President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday his government will nationalize Venezuela's privately owned hospitals and clinics if they fail to reduce health care costs.

"If the owners of the private clinics don't want to obey the laws, then the private clinics will be nationalized," Chavez said in a nationally televised speech. "They will become part of the public health service."

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Twinning

Time-lapsed photos of when identical twins are formed.


Thanks for putting what all PCP's feel in writing:

I understand that this is a somewhat odd relationship, since I am paid far less than you and yet am the central player. Truthfully, it galls me a bit that you get triple my income while I play the lead role and you support me in my job. Yet I realize that this is not your fault and that overall ...

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Many have said the right thing was done.

Hepatitis B rap

Spoken word is a form of performing art that combines poetry and rap. Here's a pretty cool one about the dangers of hepatitis B.

Terrorists posing as doctors may not be as far-fetched as the media is making it out to be:

"People often assume that terrorists are poor, disadvantaged people who are brainwashed or need the money. But the ones who actually perpetrate violence without handlers and manipulation are highly intelligent by necessity," said Magnus Ranstorp, a terrorism expert at the Swedish National Defence College in Stockholm.

"It's only the smart ones ...

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Physician shortages from rising malpractice premiums are leading to increased patient risks:

Pregnant women in Oswego County facing complicated births must go to Upstate Medical University in Syracuse to deliver their babies.

"In Oswego County, there is no longer an obstetrician who will take on high-risk pregnancies, and attempts to get someone to come to that county to do that have not been successful," said Gerald Hoffman, executive ...

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Hey, it's better than what medical students used to have to do:

The concept of the standardized patient has been around for decades, but only in recent years have medical schools made training with them a regular part of their curriculum. I talked to a 50-ish physician friend about my experiences, and he said when he was in medical school and it was time for the first rectal/genital exam, ...

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