Follow-up on removing bankruptcy protection for the neurosurgeon in Florida. A physician writes about the effects if this was the case:

To expel this physician from practice, as one of his bitter former patients advocates, would leave Palm Beach County with insufficient numbers of neurosurgeons to run its trauma system and take care of all the non-trauma neurosurgical emergencies that get sent to St. Mary's. Society must make ...

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A few days ago, I commented that YouTube would be great for patient education like inhaler teaching. Well, it's already been done.

That could make quite the harrowing experience.

So-called "personalized medicine" will open up a whole new series of liability headaches for physicians:

While drug manufacturers, health insurers, and even pharmacists face some liability risks, physicians are most at risk for lawsuits alleging that they did not recommend genetic tests before prescribing drugs that may harm patients with genetic vulnerabilities.

"Physicians are the sitting ducks in this new class of litigation," Marchant said, "both because they ...

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A woman faints when she says "I love you":

Most sufferers will suddenly feel sleepy or experience temporary muscle weakness. Mrs Richmond, however, goes into a full faint. And the causes are often as simple as excitement, laughter or anger.

So the 53-year-old has to avoid telling her family she loves them and tries not to laugh at jokes or funny situations.

"When it happens it's like ...

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The Ashley Treatment

Thanks Dr. Anonymous for summarizing the controversy surrounding The Ashley Treatment:

Ashley was born with a rare condition of the brain called static encephalopathy. What does this mean? The best way I've seen it described is a type of permanent brain damage. This type of condition is associated with a lot of disabilities like mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, and other similar conditions. It's been reported that she currently ...

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Companies go out of their way not to hire MDs in important IT positions.

shadowfax describes an ER shift gone right.

John Mack surfs CafePharma and finds some low self-esteem:

I've been hanging around CafePharma lately just to hear what pharma sales people are thinking. It turns out that many of them don't think they are worth the salaries they are paid and that they are just not that necessary. Some think any run-of-the-mill UPS delivery person can provide almost the same value-added services as they can, which involves ...

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Prior to Iraq, it was next to impossible to set up at primary care appointment. Imagine what will happen once the 750,000+ vets from Iraq and Afghanistan come in. (via The Health Care Blog)

About 60 bucks - something to think about with the drive towards EHRs:

One 57-year-old Florida woman found that after her identity was stolen, the information was used to pay for a costly foot amputation. Worse, after heading in for a hysterectomy, she found that the scammer's medical history was now intertwined with her own -- the records suggesting she had magically acquired some of the scammer's medical conditions ...

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Point and counterpoint. The "pro" side:

Denying operations is justified for specific conditions, argues Professor Matthew Peters from the Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Australia.

Professor Peters says that smoking up to the time of any surgery increases cardiac and pulmonary complications, impairs tissue healing, and is associated with more infections.

These effects increase the costs of care and also mean less opportunity to treat other ...

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GruntDoc with the radiologic proof.

KipEsquire attacks universal health care and socialized medicine. Yes, we have problems with our system - but I'd rather deal with the devil we know.

Women going on crash diets and fainting.

The Vioxx debacle may be one factor that the FDA is approving less drugs than over.

Equating a single-payer system to the government's handling of another "basic right" - education:

For a sneak preview of the result of implementing a system under the control of the federal government, let's look at another "human right" that was implemented in American law and that began receiving federal aid a few years before Medicare was enacted: the "right" to a basic education. The results: the performance of American ...

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When clear medical mistakes are made, patients lose again in the current malpractice system.

The FTC smacks down false claims by several junk weight loss pills.

Smokers in denial

They are more likely to think that fate decides who gets cancer:

A survey of 4,000 Britons by the charity Cancer Research UK revealed today that 25 per cent of UK adults believe getting cancer is decided by fate, and smokers were 50 per cent more likely to believe this than non-smokers.

Dr Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, expressed the charity's concern about ...

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