Tasered for seizing

A story where a man was tasered, clubbed and jailed after suffering a complex partial seizure.

Tips for suing

Friendly advice from your local malpractice lawyer. Keep a journal - but in a non-threatening way:

When documenting the events, be sure to portray your actions as helpful and understanding. If you act as if you are threatening and second guessing, it may hurt your overall case because the defense lawyer will argue that you were building a case against them from the beginning.

Yes, this has actually been studied - the answer is an hour and five minutes daily.

Amazing surgery performed last week at Hopkins:

The operations involved six operating rooms, twelve surgeons, 11 anesthesiologists, and 18 nurses, hospital officials said. The donor surgeries began at 7:15 a.m. and were finished at 11 a.m. The transplant procedures began at 1 p.m. and were finished at 5:15 a.m.

More critical readers like this one are needed help stop the scourge of DTC advertising:

I don't read the medical info on the presented pharmaceuticals and I don't plan to ask my doctor about whether or not an advertised pill is right for me. If my doctor tells me I need a drug and offers me a choice, I'll probably just ask what he recommends and if a generic is ...

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Funny and mostly true - especially with the house being littered with pharmaceutical-bearing office supplies.

If so, it may be one reason fueling our over-medicated society.

50% of medicines sold online may be fake.

"They're much happier," said the mayor.

The physician is also going after the patient for his legal costs:

"The world doesn't need any more lawsuits. Dr. Watkins provides excellent medical care. Why some patients sue their doctors - particularly when they're doing fine, as in Ms. Nimmie's case - is beyond me."

A doctor suggests cigarette-like warning labels for this online game, since 40% are addicted to it.

Transferring patients to other doctors (be it night float, from ER to medicine ward etc.), is often the source of error. A hospital is using techniques from a Ferrari F1 racing team to help smooth this transition:

The duo invited members of McLaren, a British team that fields race cars in Formula One contests, to provide insights into pit-stop maneuvers. Armed with videos and slides, the racing team ...

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Fat Doctor on EMRs

It makes it easier for the charts to pile up:

When we had paper charts, I'd get freaked out if there were 10 on my desk. I'd quickly scribble out bare-bones histories, ROS, PE findings and plans. Now, it's really easy to get behind very quickly. Part of the problem is the ability to be so darned thorough. I never felt that pressure with paper charts.
Templates are key. ...

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Not good for the "nation's premier guardian of public health":

Five years later, Gerberding finds herself in the public eye once again, but this time she's under attack. The massive reorganization she ordered--combined with painful budget cuts in key divisions--seems to be tearing the agency apart. Six directors of the CDC's eight primary scientific centers have left. Researchers are sniping at one another in public and on the Internet. The ...

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Dr. Bernstein on Germany's proposal:

Patients with chronic illness currently pay up to a 1% maximum of their gross income for their health care, whereas the cancer patients who did not screen would have to pay up to a 2% maximum . . . But the ethical issue is whether patients who are suffering the emotional and physical pains of cancer should have another burden, a penalty of not ...

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This survey was in the UK - I suspect similar numbers Stateside.

Malpractice or dementia?

A doctor grabs a patient's penis - his defense is fronto-temporal dementia:

Petrie was on medical leave within a week of the incident. The doctor is now retired and has been diagnosed with a rare form of dementia.

His son, David A. Petrie, said the "outrageous" incident was completely out-of-character and began the family's quest to reach his father's eventual diagnosis of fronto-temporal dementia. This illness hits younger, in ...

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An ER doc wants to admit a CP patient. The cardiologist disagrees - and should come in and should evaluate the patient himself if he feels so strongly.

Very limited coverage, and only if you lead a specific lifestyle:

"Our Medi-Share members and their healthcare dollars do not subsidize abortions, drug addictions, or any other unbiblical lifestyles that inevitably lead to the premature destruction of the body, mind, and spirit."

"Examples of behavior that can lead to non-sharing include, but are not limited to, the use of tobacco in any form, the abuse of drugs including ...

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Minnesota Public Radio is looking for doctors to interview for their upcoming story on UnitedHealth:

I'm a reporter with Minnesota Public Radio, and I'm working on a story about UnitedHealth Group and its CEO Bill McGuire. I'm trying to locate doctors who have experience (good or bad) with the company, but it's hard to find such doctors in Minnesota, because state law forbids for-profit health insurers from operating ...

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