What is causing such controversy? A baby magazine cover of all things.

This is what one victim claims:

Mr Oakley said he was first made aware of a potential problem about two months ago when blood tests revealed "cells that shouldn't be there", which he says indicate he has early stages of the disease.

He said: "It's an early sign of cancer. The best I could actually get was that if we catch it early enough it is treatable.
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Comments made on this blog are passionate and often inflammatory. Big Fat Blog went so far as to complain about a commenter to his employer.

Apparently, BFB was referring to this post where the comments were "lined with fat hatred":

While he might be stating a fact, I think a lot can be read into the tone of the post. After all, if he wanted ...

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Adding fuel to why there is/will be a physician shortage:

"In medical school I spent easily 80 hours/wk in classes or studying. I completed a preliminary year in general surgery the year before the 80 hour/wk work rule took effect. Not one week had less than 120 hours of hospital responsibilities; most were between 125 and 135 hours. Our general surgery residency program boasted a 100 percent divorce rate ...

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Sometimes, which leads to "managed law":

Defense attorneys we consulted told us that some malpractice carriers push them hard to cut legal costs. Should that worry you? You bet. When defense lawyers are squeezed, it's their clients who suffer, ending up with a second-rate defense and pressure to settle a possibly winnable case. Or, sometimes doctors end up in trial when they could - —and should - have settled.

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This non-concierge clinic offers amenities not commonly found:

"I love everything here," said Laurie Wheeler, who came with sons Justin, 10, and David, 12. The boys couldn't wait to play their favorite video game. Wheeler, if she wants, can check her e-mail in the patient library/computer room.

I would think that Canada can use another doctor. However, he's working in a warehouse, awaiting certification. Nice use of resources.

You're not alone, a physician directories often contain the wrong information.

Some are thinking that their legal strategy is paying off:

Lawyers on both sides agree that Merck's victories, and its stated strategy of trying every case rather than settling any, are discouraging plaintiffs with weaker claims. Already, lawyers for plaintiffs have recently withdrawn more than 300 federal suits, mainly after finding that their clients could not produce adequate evidence that they took the drug.

The answer should still be no, but the UK is having second thoughts:

The new draft maintains that doctors should not use their professional position to pursue relationships, but acknowledges that there might times when dating an ex-patient is permissible - something not covered by the 2001 guidelines.

Not vaccinating your kids is akin to child abuse:

Most parents today have never seen the physical and emotional devastation caused by vaccine-preventable diseases and have a skewed view of the perceived risks associated with vaccines versus the actual risks of the diseases the vaccines are designed to prevent.

Somehow I don't think this is going to work.

She also has a medical blog. (via KidneyNotes)

Better primary care could have prevented almost half of ER visits:

Nearly half of emergency room visits in New Jersey by people who were not sick enough to be admitted to the hospital might have been avoided with primary care, a Rutgers researcher said Wednesday.

Derek DeLia of the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy also found that 31 percent of hospital admissions made through the emergency department were ...

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A primary care practice goes bankrupt in Miami but its affiliated concierge practice remains open:

Even though the university expected Merino's office to lose $50,000 to $80,000 a year, in the past 12 months it was almost $250,000 in the red, said Jerry Broderick, assistant chairman of the university's department of medicine.

"The loss was far greater than what we'd planned for," Broderick said. "Professional fees and patient revenues ...

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This writer wants life to go back to the old (pre-hospitalist) days:

Somewhat reduced length of hospital stays and lower costs are touted by the hospital and health insurance industries--but hospitalists with subspecialties actually raise costs, and I am aware of no studies of overall costs or number of readmissions after the initial hospital stay.

In-house hospitalist programs do not typically pay their own way, and we ...

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They're saying it will become worse before it gets better:

For whatever reason, more people are waiting to see a doctor until they can't wait any longer. Then they hit the emergency room.

"The patients we are seeing are very sick," said Becky Gab, operations director for the emergency department at Tulane University Hospital and Clinic.

About half the people who come to the hospital's ER end up ...

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The NH Board of Medicine coming out of this looking indecisive, and will be the subject of countersuits by Dr. Bennett:

The state Board of Medicine yesterday voted 4-2 to dismiss three complaints against Terry Bennett, the Rochester doctor who came under fire for comments that offended three patients.

The board also decided not to appeal a Merrimack County Superior Court judge'Â’s decision blocking the board from continuing disciplinary ...

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The NEJM publishes a study using 3 simple predictive rules:
The predictive rule recommended termination of automated external defibrillator and basic life support efforts when there was no return of spontaneous circulation, no shocks were administered, and the arrest was not witnessed by emergency medical services personnel.

Using that predictive rule, 776 patients were recommended for termination of which four survived (0.05%), which was significantly lower (P=0.04) than the ...

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