When a code black isn't a code black.

JAMA reports that low-fat diets disappoint for cancer and heart disease:

Despite the long-held hope that a diet low in fat and high in fruits and grains could reduce the risk of these ailments, no benefit was found, according to results from the Women's Health Initiative Randomized Controlled Dietary Modification Trial.
However, Medpundit and retired doc have their doubts about the findings.

The Chinese-equivalent of the FDA approved 10,009 new drugs in 2004, while just 148 medicines were approved in the United States.

Proud to be a Blogging Kevin. Yes, we're taking over the blogosphere.

Want to be in Michael Moore's new movie?

Back to my invitation to be in my movie. Have you ever found yourself getting ready to file for bankruptcy because you can't pay your kid's hospital bill, and then you say to yourself, "Boy, I sure would like to be in Michael Moore's health care movie!"?

Or, after being turned down for the third time by your HMO for ...


Talk about paying for performance. Drug clinics are paying people to stay clean:

There are worse things you can do for money than stay off drugs.

"And I've done them, too," chuckled Allen Price, a 43-year-old methamphetamine addict from Oakland, Calif.

So when a friend told him about a 12-week program in San Francisco that would pay him up to $40 per week just to stay ...


Informed consent be damned. A surgeon is still sued for malpractice after a patient died from a complicated esophagectomy:

Foster said the surgery Sadighi performed requires the esophagus to be removed from below the voice box to the level of the stomach.

The stomach is then tied to the remainder of the esophagus.

He said this type of surgery has been determined to be the ...


Sleeping pills are being sold in record numbers.

Damned if you do or don't . . . the controversy about SSRIs and pregnancy continues:

The results of two new studies underscore the quandary that faces women taking antidepressants who are pregnant or plan to be.

In one, researchers report that pregnancy, contrary to widespread belief, provides no protection against emotional or psychiatric problems, suggesting that stopping antidepressants may be dangerous for both mother and child.


No surprise, but insurance companies have a double standard when it comes to physician payments:

Health insurance companies in Massachusetts and across the country aggressively promote "transparency" in physician costs and performance. But when it comes to their own payment policies, opacity is the rule, says Jonathan Bush.

Physicians are frequently shortchanged, often without their knowledge, because of less-than-transparent insurance company practices, says Bush, chief executive of Athenahealth ...


Patients pick what they look for when choosing a doctor. "In addition to the aforementioned points, summarized from your e-mails, I feel compelled to add one more consideration: examination gowns. It is appalling to be handed a 12-inch-square piece of folded paper and told 'get undressed and put this on.'

The doctor who gives me a soft cotton robe that covers all of me is my favorite doctor. Don't ...


News flash - Hospital cafeterias serve trans fats:

Fries at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania were the worst with 5.3 grams of trans fat per serving. The University of Michigan and UCLA medical centers were also in the Top 3. The worst fries at a children's hospital were at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

Some say a dermatologic emergency is an oxymoron. Not necessarily true. (via Notes from Dr. RW)

A doctor gives Ford Motor Co. some good advice:

Like an addict driven into bankruptcy by a costly habit, everyday Americans are now spending a fortune on legal drugs, doctor visits and tests. It is time to wake up and smell the crisis.

If Ford aims to compete, it needs to regain its edge. As a doctor and nutrition researcher, I would like to make a modest suggestion.


There's a physician salary war in Pittsburgh.

A pulmonologist talks about his own end-stage cancer:

In a few hours, Edwards was to give a talk about hospice care to a church group in Newberg. He drove there, but he didn't talk about hospice.

"I'm dying, and I just fully realized it this afternoon," is how he remembers starting his talk. Some in the audience wept.

"All my life, I've been looking for teachable moments," ...


The latest road hazard? Heart attacks:

A new study out of Ireland Monday found that one in 14 men suffering a heart attack got behind the wheel to drive himself to the hospital.
Anyone with chest pain should be going to the hospital via ambulance.

Flat screen TVs and internet access. More on luxury patient rooms:

But are private rooms and Internet access necessary as employers, politicians and patient advocates scramble to come up with ways to control skyrocketing health-care costs?

"It all sounds nice, but where's the money coming from?" said Cathy Levine, executive director of the Universal Health Care Action Network of Ohio, a patient-advocacy group.

A UK doctor is fed up with waiting room violence and won't take it any more:

The doctor gave chase in his car after hearing the sound of glass shattering when he was treating a 10-year-old girl in his consulting room on Friday afternoon.

Today is National Sickie Day in the UK:

A new report has named Monday, 6 February as National Sickie Day, the date when more workers phone or text their boss with a fake illness than on any day of the year.

A survey of 4,000 employees revealed the reason: widespread dissatisfaction with the number of official holidays, coupled with a need to recharge batteries after the initial post-Christmas shock ...


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