Is being awake for 22-hours in a day going to become commonplace?

"The more we understand about the body's 24-hour clock the more we will be able to override it," says Russell Foster, a circadian biologist at Imperial College London. "In 10 to 20 years we'll be able to pharmacologically turn sleep off. Mimicking sleep will take longer, but I can see it happening." Foster envisages a world where ...

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Interesting. I wasn't aware that Ambien could lead to victims of severe brain damage to regain consciousness:

A judge has rejected a family's plea that a 53-year-old woman in a vegetative state should be allowed to die.

He has ordered instead that she should be given a drug that could wake her up.

Theoretically the patient could then spend the rest of her life severely disabled ...

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Obviously he is not bound by any restraints of insurance reimbursement.

Thinking about going into retail pharmacy?

You'll get shafted by insurance companies. You'll see that AWP-25% + 1.50 and think its a good deal. You'll be left on hold for an hour because the doctors office is too cheap to buy a fax machine. You'll deal with ignorant doctor office staff who should be cleaning toilets than calling in prescriptions. You'll get orders wrong because the f*****g nurse cant speak ...

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Forget Canada, the solution is already here:

Wal-Mart - the very store that Democrats demonize and community activists are trying to keep out of New York City - is our best hope for cheap drugs . . .

. . . None of this could have been possible up north - because Canada's drug industry is swamped in red tape. In fact, generics in Canada are actually more expensive ...

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The Independent Urologist observes:

I believe one can gain insight regarding what kind of patient they are going to be by asking them what type of doctor they are.
* Chiropracters: They uniformly introduce themselves as Dr____. In addition, they are most likely to ask for professional courtesy and to have their co-pays waived. (see copay)
* Dentists: Almost always introduce themselves as Dr and are most likely to ...

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Or, why doctors are so poor at managing money. Some answers:

* Doctors have studied medicine and NOT the economics and finances of practicing medicine - they lack knowledge
* Doctors are really busy people, under a lot of pressure (getting worse all the time - my comment) - they lack the time to get educated about money
* Doctors, for the most part, don't ...

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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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