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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A child gets some shuteye via Dermabond from a distracted nurse. (via plasticized.com)

Absolutely, says The Angry Doc, and I agree. No different from an ER physician admitting a low-risk chest pain.

Lefties stick together. (via Dr. RW)

Choices

A wealth of health care choices, but the most important one is not easy.

DB relates a story where HIPAA confusion led to the release of a wanted criminal. Should he have called the police regardless?

Serious questions continue in the Andrew Speaker TB case.

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Kevin, M.D. receives a significant ...

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More on the physician-terrorist link in the UK:

But have you ever considered the reality that in order to do good; or to help people in physical pain, that you must sometimes (actually often) cause them even greater pain for a time? That, if you are a surgeon, you must find some enjoyment (or at least be able not to get sick) slicig people open or debriding wounds and ...

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Andrew Speaker apparently has a more treatable form of TB, placing National Jewish Medical at odds with the CDC.

Reading some Sicko comments over at Matthew Holt's:

One other point that should be noted, all of those nations that have universal health care sacrifice other areas that receive little or no attention. For example, Canadian [sic] could not fight off the invasion of a blind army because it has woefully underfunded its national defense, relying instead upon the good old United States for its national defense. Its medical care ...

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Dr. Crippen gets angry at people who blame the NHS for their elderly parents' decline:

What gets me angry is the attitude of the author, Liz Penny. For, you see, it is people like Liz Penny who are bringing the NHS to it's knees. Liz would say she is well-meaning, and maybe she is. But she lacks insight. In reality, Liz is a Welfare State scrounger. She is presumptuous, hypocritical ...

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Grace-Marie Turner asks:

If Michael Moore's waistline ever puts him in the hospital for heart surgery, it will be interesting to see where he goes for medical care - the Mayo Clinic, or Cuba?
(via David Hogberg)

Medgadget points to a company that has positioned itself for the medical application of the iPhone.

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