Go get 'em Canadian Red Cross. You must have some extra money lying around:

The Canadian Red Cross has vowed to devote its resources to pursuing any and every use of the red-cross symbol, even to the point of threatening companies that make first-aid kits.

The future of low-fat foods: "It's over."

What looks good on paper, often sucks in real life. Good idea: A system to prevent pregnant women from taking Accutane. Poor implementation:

The system, called iPledge, requires female patients to take pregnancy tests and birth control. But doctors say that is inconvenient, cumbersome and sometimes impossible to manage.

Dr. Kathleen Carney-Godley, a dermatologist from East Greenwich, R.I., said that she tried to enter her patients ...

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Some things never change: "Survey: Men complain about frequency; women bemoan too little romance."

The NY Times wants to declare war . . . on diabetes:

Care as basic as regular visits to a nutritionist are not typically covered by insurance. Reimbursement is easier when the disease is far along, and the patient needs dialysis or amputation of toes or limbs.
Until primary care and prevention is appropriately reimbursed, expect nothing to change.

Thanks, Lancet. A nap is the "secret weapon" to surviving night float:

The European Working Time Directive means that in the UK almost all trainee doctors now work night shifts. Sleep deprivation, combined with fatigue and a poorly adapted body clock, is closely connected with clinical error. Therefore a new guide* for navigating night shifts, produced by Nicholas Horrocks and Roy Pounder at the Royal College of Physicians of ...

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BMJ: Deep kissing increases the risk of meningitis, religion decreases the risk.

Canadian doctors are refusing to operate on a man who won't give up smoking:

Robert Randall, a fisherman from southeastern New Brunswick, says he has smoked for over 30 years. Randall says there's no way he can give up cigarettes prior to the surgery required to further repair his previously broken knee and leg.

Randall hasn't been able to work for two years because of ongoing problems with his ...

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Self-righteous crusader Eric Topol is possibly leaving the Cleveland Clinic . . . and may be getting in bed with Mark Lanier:

"We informed the federal court in New Orleans late today [Wednesday] that Mark Lanier announced in New Jersey that Dr. Topol is leaving the Cleveland Clinic and that Lanier will be his personal lawyer over his departure from the clinic," said Kent Jarrell, the Merck spokesman. "Lanier ...

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Good luck, Wisconsinites. You have your state Supreme Court to thank:

The Wisconsin Hospital Association said doctor shortages have reached unprecedented levels

Currently there are 320 openings statewide and roughly 30 percent of physicians are nearing retirement.

Medical experts say it will only get worse because the state removed its cap on malpractice lawsuits.

"It's only a matter of time now until that catches up with the ...

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Bizarre:

According to the board's decision, the accuser, who received some medical services as well as being his employee, quit on Dec. 16 after eight months of working for him. The medical care he provided for the woman included treatment for allergies, stomach pain and infertility, including four vaginal ultrasounds between Dec. 10 and Dec. 15. She reported to DOPL that while she worked for Andrew he taught her how ...

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More reasons not to prescribe narcotics. A widow is suing a doctor for prescribing her husband methodone and Vicodin for his back pain:

A Kelso widow who blames Dr. Lance Christiansen for her husband's death said she's thrilled the osteopath is finished practicing medicine.

Kelly Hensley's husband Fred, 38, collapsed 48 hours after his only visit with Christiansen, who prescribed 13 medications for back pain, she said. Three ...

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Another one bites the dust. Saw palmetto is useless:

Men who take the popular herbal remedy saw palmetto for their enlarged prostate may be needlessly shrinking their wallets, according to the most comprehensive study yet of the herb.

The woes of chronic pain. Dealing with the pain, untrusting doctors, and federal drug charges:

"I don't think anybody ever thought the war on drugs was going to mean a war on pain patients and their doctors, but that is in fact what it has meant," said Siobhan Reynolds of the Pain Relief Network, an advocacy group that is helping with Paey's appeal.

Paey is a 47-year-old ...

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Here's a tip: Don't go to a chiropractor for your hemorrhoids.

A judge allows a demented man to marry. "Davidson County Circuit Judge Randy Kennedy granted permission Tuesday for an 83-year-old man who lost control of his financial affairs because he has a mild form of senile dementia to marry his 48-year-old fiancée."

The next Vioxx? ADHD drugs may be linked to cardiovascular death:

New warning labels may be required on drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder following the deaths of 25 people who died after beginning treatment with the increasingly popular medicines.

The deaths occurred between 1999 and 2003, according to a report Wednesday from the Food and Drug Administration. Nineteen of them involved children. The report also detailed 54 cases ...

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A reporter lectures to Vanderbilt medical students about medical blogs. Thanks for the mention. (via Notes from Dr. RW)

This frustrated doctor wants to get back at the system:

As a primary care physician, I've found that the most therapeutic way to combat the horrendous medical climate we practice under is to do your best to bankrupt it. Over the past few years, I've probably quadrupled my ordering of diagnostic testing (up to the point of patient safety) not only to CYA, but also to help financially melt the ...

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I have written before that the physical exam is useless in American medicine:

This is why the physical exam is useless in American medicine - it cannot hold up in court. Clinical evaluation and judgment skills now needs to be supported with objective, and often expensive, tests. Here we have a case of three separate physicians who, in their clinical opinion, did not feel a CT scan was warranted. ...

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