Too many tobacco ads

There is no regulation of tobacco ads in Indonesia. This results in cigarette companies trying to stand out from the crowd:

As governments around the world clamp down on cigarette advertising, Indonesia stands out for its laissez-faire attitude. While ads in Indonesian media can't show cigarettes or people smoking, there are few restrictions on using cigarette brand names in advertising on television, print or anywhere else. The result ...

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Back pain comic

via Movin' Meat:

Pharmacists are increasingly becoming advocates of patients in this era of rising drug costs. On The Pharm suggests ways for a pharmacist to discuss treatment options with physicians.

However, I can say that there are some doctors who simply want the drug filled, and any "asynchronous communications" (i.e. faxes) are viewed as extra, burdensome paperwork.

The answer somewhat surprised me. I would have thought yes, but the results show a pretty balanced showing.

retired doc says the results were predictable:

The predictable effects of price controls have been seen. Demand for services has increased, quality has decreased.We have seen gaming of the system and politicalization of health care. The type of medical practice that has come to be known as primary care has particularly felt the impact. FP and IM physicians have found it increasingly difficult to deal with the reduced fees ...

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Somewhat off-topic here, but an interesting thread. It is being argued that blogs are a valuable way to augment resumes: Are blogs the new resumes?

Imagine you are a prospective employer, and you can compare two identical candidates. The first candidate has simply handed you a 2 page resume + 1 page cover letter. The second candidate has done the same, but they have also included a link ...

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They are proposing a 3 percent tax on doctors' revenues:

"I am working harder, putting in longer hours, seeing my family less only to see my after tax income decline," Foley said. "And now you want me to give the state 3 percent of my revenue, this in addition to the taxes I already pay on my income. ... A 3 percent tax would cripple my business."

After listening ...

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Matthew Holt points to an article that explains why. Two reasons: defensive medicine and a fee-for-service payment system.

Unfortunate turn of events for Charles R. Drew University of Medicine. Their only teaching hospital was downsized, leading to the elimination of 15 residency programs.

Richard Reece looks at Paul Levy's hospital CEO salary and wonders whether he gets paid enough.

Bard-Parker responds to Angell's recent Boston Globe piece, giving some cons for increased patient empowerment:

The patients who are motivated and resourceful enough to make their decisions with the limited help provided can thrive. Unfortunately not all patients have the resources, time or motivation to do so. They oftentimes make the wrong choice. Those that can afford it may seek out a "concierge" environment. Others may be swayed ...

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Over a billion blood draws are done in the US yearly. Devices to make this routine procedure safer are being looked at:

Behind the efforts is a growing recognition that one of the most common medical procedures, long viewed by hospital staffers as routine and easy-to-tolerate, can be terrifying and painful for many -- and that serious injury, while relatively rare, can lead to disabling injuries and costly ...

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Will this make it through the pre-screening panel in Massachusetts?

The state's high court ruled in 1990 that parents can sue physicians for child-rearing expenses, but limited those claims to cases in which children require extraordinary expenses because of medical problems, medical malpractice lawyer Andrew C. Meyer Jr. said.

Raper's suit has no mentions of medical problems involving her now 2-year-old daughter.

As with all medical malpractice ...

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Doctor endorsements

Not all are who they seem:

Consumer Reports found a doctor endorsing a fat-burning supplement who is a psychiatry resident. And another doctor quoted in an ad for weight-loss shoes is an OB-GYN.

Personal stories where the reader could relate is an important factor.

Some say they are not being used enough:

I think the rest of the world is a long way off catching up with the US. In the UK we are still under-diagnosing and under-prescribing.

Michael Negron looks at the options on the table. (via Movin' Meat)

More medicine does not equal better medicine. Until there is conclusive evidence, there should be no rationale for a routine, screening chest CT scan.

About $200,000:

An average sales person costs a pharmaceutical company about $200,000 including salary and benefits such as a car, said Mike Luby, president and CEO of TargetRx. He said that the challenging business environment means it is imperative for drug makers' sales forces are as effective as possible.
(via PharmaGossip)

Street Anatomy talks about this subset of medical illustrators:

With the increase in the number of malpractice and personal injury suits it's becoming increasingly important to provide adequate visual representation in order to effectively convey medical information to a jury. Can you imagine taking complex medical/clinical information and interpreting it so that a jury with an average high school science education can understand? This is exactly what a medical-legal illustrator ...

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