More are searching for a doctor by affinity group:

Several Web sites can help consumers find doctors and other health care providers with specified characteristics, including race, religion and sensitivity to sexual orientation.

The sites -- which list physicians who are African American, Christian or "gay- or lesbian-friendly" -- are putting a new spin on affinity-group marketing, a tactic usually associated with insurance or real estate sales.

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Via Grand Rounds, Dr. Charles talks about being sued:

But instead of hearing his words I only saw them twisted and misrepresented by a phantom lawyer pouring over my notes, even as I presently jotted them down in the chart. The lawyer was fat, sweaty, and angry as he sat his corpulence upon my shoulder to see what I was writing. I recognized him from daytime television commercials on ...

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The Boston Globe reports on the "flying ICU", which evacuated the wounded ABC newscasters from Iraq:

"What you saw is why these two guys are alive, and why so many of our soldiers are still alive," said Dr. Laurence Ronan, a Massachusetts General Hospital internist who was on the flight that carried Vogt and Woodruff out of Iraq. "It is amazing, cutting edge medicine."

A nursing home employee raping a 92-year old demented resident is not medical malpractice.

A physician on futile end-of-life care: ". . . the health care equivalent of Hail Mary passes."

I often wonder what medical malpractice is like overseas. Here's a story of medical malpractice in Japan:

"We are at war with hierarchical, old-fashioned Japanese society," says Doctor A. "But we are doctors so it is our responsibility to put the dignity of patients first."

Mr. Cummings was operated on by doctors using a relatively new neurosurgery procedure called endovascular coiling, which involves threading a catheter from a ...

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Are children of scientists more prone to autism? "The recent rise in autism may have been driven by the tendency of like-minded engineers, physicists, mathematicians and other 'systemizers' to marry each other, according to a Cambridge University professor."

NY Times: "The homeless die at twice the rate of other New Yorkers, and AIDS and substance abuse account for a third of all their deaths but fewer than 5 percent of deaths in the general population, according to the study released yesterday."

Feds drop fraud case after physician dies. How thoughtful of them.

E-mails from a military doctor in Iraq:

"These guys don't complain," the doctor wrote. "They only ask over and over, 'How is Sgt. Smith doing?' or 'When can I go back to work?' These guys are true heroes. I am so lucky to be a part of taking care of them."

Below, we had the lawyer's view. Now we have the reality:

Rashelle Perryman's first two babies were born at Crittenden County Hospital in Marion, Ky., about 10 minutes from home.

But her third child, due in June, is to be born in Madisonville, 40 miles away in Hopkins County, because rising malpractice-insurance rates caused doctors at Crittenden County Hospital to stop delivering babies last year.

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"Blaming the lawyers is just killing the messenger." Medical malpractice as viewed by the trial lawyers.

Changing his story: Frist tries to defend his tele-diagnosis of Terri Schiavo.

The American Academy of Dermatologists doesn't agree with the black box warning on Elidel:

"The AAD is very disappointed with this ruling by the FDA," AAD spokeswoman Abby Van Voorhees, MD, tells WebMD. "We don't think the science supports this harsh labeling. The link to cancer was not proven, and the data shows these medications to be quite safe."

Eczema patients -- and their doctors -- are going ...

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A physician turns his practice into a brothel. "Neil Benson, who shut his Coopers Beach practice in April last year, plans to call the new business venture Whalers.

He said he would hire 'professional girls' from outside the region and cater for locals and visiting tourists.

He admitted his plan was contentious, but said there had been 'a lot of support from the men in the community'.

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RIP primary care? Regular readers of this blog already know this:

Primary care -- the basic medical care that people get when they visit their doctors for routine physicals and minor problems -- could fall apart in the United States without immediate reforms, the American College of Physicians said on Monday.

"Primary care is on the verge of collapse," said the organization, a professional group which certifies internists, in ...

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Banning cell phones in hospitals may do more harm than good. "The prohibition against mobile phones in hospitals may do more harm than good, a new report reveals.

Medical facilities prohibit cell phone use, but some doctors already use them. And it turns out they reduce medical errors because communication is more timely, a new study finds.

Mobile phones rarely cause electronic magnetic interference, Yale School of ...

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Happy Chinese New Year



The Year of the Dog:

Dogs are born under the sign of idealism and no matter what size or shape they come in, a Dog's honesty and loyalty is there for all to see. Whether a stray down on his luck or a Cruft's champion of champions, the eternally touching expression in a Dog's eyes is invariably one of unconditional devotion. Few animal signs have such a wide ...

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A pedicatrician is sued for "behavior modification therapy":

The malpractice suit, filed Thursday in King County Superior Court by an unnamed plaintiff, accuses Schnall of improperly prescribing psychiatric medication and conducting "behavior modification therapy" in an attempt to groom the patient, now 16, for sexual contact.
I've never heard of psychiatric treatment to "groom" a teenager for sexual contact. Perhaps the psychiatrists who read this blog can educate me.

The Cheerful Oncologist talks about the inaccuracy of mainstream health reporting:

One of the frustrations of educating the public about new developments in cancer care is that most people get their information from the mainstream media, which in my opinion often fails to report these stories clearly and accurately. This leads folks to make broad assumptions about cancer and its treatment that can lead to disappointment and disillusion when they ...

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