I have to admit, I'm somewhat enjoying this. Anyone, from the left no less, who takes on Paul Krugman bears watching. Obama just moved up a few notches in my book.

Sore loser

A plaintiff's lawyer loses a malpractice case involving stroke care. The pre-trial screening panel found for the defense, which was admissible in trial:

The panel's findings aren't binding, but lawyers can cite a unanimous finding as evidence at trial. In [this] case, the panel had found in favor of the doctors, defense lawyers told jurors.
Now that the defense won, the plaintiff attorney says they should be abolished:


Interesting Obama take

Obama is under fire for the lack of an individual mandate in his health care plan. Is it political brilliance?

Flush with cash? Bob Wachter speculates.

Daniel Carlat on the new Zyprexa campaign.

By promoting the fracturing of internal medicine, is the ABIM killing off general internal medicine?

Patellar tendon rupture

Another great film from Radiology Picture of the Day.

Those who think that Medicare isn't restricting on new therapies, think again. By cutting reimbursement to new cancer drugs, they are essentially preventing hospitals from giving it:

. . . the companies say Medicare's data must be inaccurate and that no hospital will offer the drugs to Medicare patients if it is losing $10,000 or more on each treatment.
Patients lose.

Patents and Big Pharma

The slowing of innovation and new drugs is killing Big Pharma. John Mack proposes a patent extension in exchange for a DTC moratorium.

The "trap patient"

Who are they exactly?

It's the greatest predictor of health.

In light of the Omaha mall shooting, Maria looks at the data possibly connecting the two.

Replacing private health insurers with a single-payer system will save less on administrative costs than you think:

Moreover, a single-payer system also would have administrative expenses. Not as many, to be sure. The government doesn't have to advertise or lobby itself. And it doesn't pay its executives nearly as well as the private sector. Nevertheless, the government's administrative expenses now equal 2.2 percent of our health care bill. If we ...


Way to punish UnitedHealth SEC.

Making a surgery residency easier and more lifestyle-friendly is causing more residents to drop out:

First of all, making an educational experience less rigorous does not necessarily make it more attractive. I subscribe to the idea that things worth having are worth working hard to get . . . Secondly, when surgery residency is advertised as "fun, and now easier!" it does not necessarily attract the type of applicant ...


Pigeon-hole your hospital staff into one of many Looney Tunes characters.

Super glue for wounds

A myth?

Physicians aren't sure how to treat this:

. . . a 33-year-old housewife and mother in South Carolina, became so desperate she voluntarily had herself committed "” twice "” to psychiatric institutions. "One psychiatrist said I must be sexually repressed and needed to experiment more," she says. "He suggested I try lesbianism."
Apparently, others have thought the same thing.

A UK hospital has stepped back from a policy requiring beds of Muslim patients to be pointed towards Mecca:

There were claims last night that the bed shifting policy almost cost one 80-year-old her life. Staff at Dewsbury Hospital were so busy gran Mavis Fox was able to slip out unnoticed and walk over three miles home. She was rushed back after falling and gashing her head. Overworked nurses ...


The long resuscitation

Edwin Leap on a patient "running away from the light."

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