This was an actual courtroom exchange:

* Lawyer: "Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?"
* Witness: "No."
* Lawyer: "Did you check for blood pressure?"
* Witness: "No."
* Lawyer: "Did you check for breathing?"
* Witness: "No."
* Lawyer: "So, then it is possible that ...

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The parents support his decision and risk losing custody:

Three months of chemotherapy last year made him extremely weak. So when he learned in February that his cancer was active again, he turned _ against doctors' advice _ to a sugar-free organic diet, herbs and visits to a clinic in Mexico.

A social worker asked a judge to require the teen to continue conventional treatment.

In May, the ...

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Some say it's because patients are becoming better informed:

Doctor-patient conflicts are increasingly common in an information age in which patients know more about their care and about variations in how doctors practice medicine. Hospitals have long maintained ethics committees and rules for resolving such disputes, but are reporting an increasing demand in a variety of medical specialties — from surgery to intensive care to obstetrics.

It's been awhile since we've had one:

An 87-year-old woman got confused and accidentally crashed her Cadillac into the front of a doctor's building on Tuesday morning, officials said.

It's funny that we're re-inventing the wheel, when a great EHR is functioning well at the VA:

The centerpiece of that culture is VistA, the VA's much praised electronic medical-records system. Every office visit, prescription, and medical procedure is recorded in its database, allowing doctors and nurses to update themselves on a patient's status with just a few keystrokes. In 1995, patient records at VA hospitals were available at ...

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It seems she is learning from her mistakes during the Hillarycare:

The rapprochement partly reflects how Mrs. Clinton has moderated her positions from more than a decade ago, proposing legislation to increase Medicare payments or stave off cuts in payments to doctors, hospitals, nursing homes, managed care companies and home health agencies.

An asthmatic using an inhaler referred to as a "sucker":

A newspaper advert showing a boy using an asthma inhaler under the headline "sucker" was not offensive, the advertising watchdog has said.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) received 26 complaints saying it ridiculed sufferers and may discourage children from using inhalers.

The drug in question was diamorphine, or heroin:

The former husband of a mother of three says she died in agony from cancer because of a shortage of a painkiller.

Joe Fortescue from Alfreton, Derbyshire wants the government to provide more diamorphine, which has been in short supply since 2004.

He said his 49-year-old ex-wife from Nottingham was screaming in pain in the days before her death ...

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I'm sure he is representative of many physicians:

Last week I was rushing down the hospital corridor on my way back to the office when a passing nurse cried out "Slow down, Doctor!" I laughed and scurried on as before, and thought about what she was trying to say. Was she afraid I was going to have a heart attack, or just run into some unsuspecting pedestrian? Maybe she was ...

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A tragic misunderstanding by the staff:

A woman died outside a south-east Queensland hospital in what was believed to be a tragic misunderstanding, an Aboriginal council chairman said today.

The woman had been suffering chest pains when she was driven to the Cherbourg Hospital, north-west of Brisbane, by a male friend on Saturday night.

But the man was refused entry to the hospital and when police arrived they ...

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I'm not surprised about this:

Elderly patients hospitalized for suspected pneumonia may be getting antibiotics before their doctor is certain about the diagnosis, a new study suggests.

Among health-care professionals, the practice is known as "shoot first and ask questions later." And the premature use of antibiotics for elderly patients with suspected pneumonia is often done to meet federal performance standards that dictate giving the drugs within four hours ...

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All based on forged prescriptions:

. . . I suspect when all is said and done, we'll be looking at several hundred thousand dollars (street value) of illegally-gotten OxyContin, if not in the millions.

For those of you that don'Â’t know, OxyContin has a street value of about $1 per milligram. That means an 80mg tablet is worth $80 on the street. That means a bottle of 100 is ...

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Some other interesting findings:

A breakdown of the figures revealed a "highly disproportionate" number of complaints were being made against medics trained overseas.

It also found a doctor is 64% more likely to be complained against if they qualified 20 years ago or longer.

Sounds like E. coli O157:H7:

An Epsom couple is suing Shop & Stop, saying their 8-year-old son was infected and nearly killed by E.coli bacteria in meat bought at the one of the company's Manchester stores.

Eric Tsirovakas got sick from a hamburger last September, according to a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Concord. He spent nearly three weeks in the hospital, receiving dialysis treatments after his ...

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The NY Times with the background on this ER physician.

Tragic tale of malignant renal cancer. Were the doctors at fault? Not according to the five independent experts:

To help us channel our anger, Peter's mother suggested we contact Sarah Harman, a lawyer well known for dealing with cases of medical negligence. She enlisted five independent experts to comment on Peter's case, each of whom stated that ruling out cancer had not been the correct way to ...

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More advice from "every patient's advocate".

I've been calling Exubera a dog for awhile. Apparently, this blogger agrees. BusinessWeek with more (btw, they stole my "irrational Exubera" headline):

Janet Ruhl may be Pfizer Inc.'s worst nightmare. Ruhl, who injects a small amount of insulin each day to control her diabetes, has been dissing Pfizer's soon-to-debut diabetes remedy on her new blog and on a Web discussion group. The treatment, Exubera, is ...

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To leave AMA or not

NY Times with a case of a patient wishing to leave AMA and the competence to make that decision.

I didn't know such rankings existed. Golf Digest to the rescue.

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