A hospital goes bankrupt

A major reason is the ER being a financial drain. 30 percent of patients have no insurance. This is likely to be a trend for the future.

No surprise, but those with these plans are more likely to skip prescriptions or fail to follow up.

Some doctors are outraged:

Levick-Brown said she was told the ban was imposed because the hospital board felt it needed to follow the Catholic health ethics guide more closely. The Catholic Church is opposed to sterilizations.

Physicians were desperate at the time and used the "kitchen sink" approach. I don't blame them, but we're just as unprepared should it recur.

Mandatory HPV vaccine

It's coming, whether you like it or not. As it should.

As seen in this blog, there is very little sympathy for physicians who make medical error. Believe it or not, most take it personally:

The media often talks about the pain visited upon patients and families by medical errors (which is very real), but rarely do they talk about the pain and suffering experienced by medical professionals after medical errors.

Sure, there are those healthcare professionals who ...


That's why drug companies will fight tooth and nail to keep them on the air.

And the former correspondent is pissed. Medical journalists are being replaced by physician-journalist hybrids:

"The thing I'd feel most comfortable saying, which is the truth, is that I am heartbroken by the loss of my job and have spent 20 years working to get to this point, only to be replaced by someone with no journalistic experience only because he'Â’s a doctor," she said. "I have worked incredibly hard ...


Similar to resident work-hours, this article suggests that doctors who take more call (i.e. in rural areas) may be more prone to fatigue-related clinical errors:

"Looking back, almost all complaints about my communication and treatment have arisen from times when I've been exhausted due to long on-call hours," one doctor said.

Dr Janes said heavy hospital on-call rosters had been shown to affect performance to a level similar to ...


The case is in the California Supreme Court:

Polevoy, a self-described "quackbuster" who runs a website dedicated to exposing fraudulent medicinal products, was a vocal critic of a now-defunct Toronto-based radio show about health issues hosted by broadcaster Christine McPhee.

Soon after the program was cancelled in 2000, Polevoy was targeted by a U.S. alternative health advocate, Tim Bolen, who made online accusations the doctor had not only ...


It appears not.

Boxing and brain cells

A study has suggested that boxing damages brain cells.

More COX-2/NSAID madness

JAMA stirred up more controversy yesterday. Now, Naprosyn is the safest NSAID. Diclofenac (Voltaren) is now on notice. It seems the studies continue to show differing results.

What does this mean? For Merck, it's more bad news. Their new COX-2, Arcoxia, was touted to have a similar cardiovascular event rate with diclofenac. Now it looks like they chose the wrong NSAID ...


This time with a twist. An optometrist crashes his truck into a house, with tragic results.

Yes, he is being tried for molestation.

And he thrilled that's all it was, after undergoing four unsuccessful surgeries.

9/11 and the flu

Apparently the traveling freeze post-9/11 delayed the flu season:

During the first five flu seasons, flu deaths peaked on or around February 17. But in 2002 the peak was delayed by two weeks, until March 2. In the years that followed, the peak moved back to February, they wrote in the online journal Public Library of Science-Medicine.

And during the 2001-2002 flu season, it took 53 days for flu ...


Yes, there is a correlation. Surprising.

No pens for you

Stanford takes a hard line against pharmaceutical gifts.

It added up to big out-of-pocket expenses for this patient.

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