Continuing scenes from an operating room in Iraq.

Screening for autism

Is it significantly different from what pediatricians are already doing?

Part of any well child visit is screening for developmental delays, so one has to wonder what's different about these recommendations. Are they setting lower limits for what's abnormal so that those mild cases of autism (which some argue aren't really autism or even disease) can be treated? If that's the case, then don't be surprised when a couple ...

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A boy is tested for growth hormone deficiency using a routine arginine test. What happened next is tragic. (via Medpundit)

Well, how about free drugs? (via Dr. RW)

I actually agree with his proposal for DTC drug ads. Hell has just gotten a bit frosty:

Edwards believes this isn't enough. And so he's outlined a plan to regulate what he views as misleading drug ads, the Associated Press reports. And to bolster this conviction, Edwards argues that annual spending on such ads nearly has quadrupled to $4 billion in the decade since the government relaxed rules on advertising ...

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The Brits aren't taking kindly to Moore's lies:

Unfortunately Sicko is a dishonest film. That is not only my opinion. It is the opinion of Professor Lord Robert Winston, the consultant and advocate of the NHS. When asked on BBC Radio 4 whether he recognised the NHS as portrayed in this film, Winston replied: "No, I didn't. Most of it was filmed at my hospital [the Hammersmith in west ...

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The smoking doctor

My, how much things have changed in 50 years.

A useful pain scale

Maybe the people who devise these things should take advice from someone who deals with it every day.

Approaching patients who fake disability:

Don't be afraid to confront patients. If done in the right way, it can helpful to everyone involved. Incidentally, this approach will only work if you have a good bedside manner and have established a rapport. Doing so will increases the chances that the patient listens to what you have to say.

Hey, it's McFlushots!

But will parents buy that argument?

WhiteCoat Rants with a physician's perspective:

Here's the most important reason physicians practice defensive medicine to avoid lawsuits: medical malpractice judgments are arbitrary. Physicians have lost malpractice cases for giving a treatment and for failing to give the exact same treatment. Physicians have been sued for getting informed consent and failing to get informed consent. There is no set of rules that physicians can follow stating "this is the ...

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The medical arms race

How the flawed reimbursement system is at the root:

"Because of the way we reimburse today, providers really have to do this," Robinow said. "It's not like they're bad or greedy people. They are... competing for patients. Some of this is defensive: technology helps them retain their doctors and have a greater market share."

She said the fallout from ignoring the latest technology is losing business, so many providers ...

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Dildos and vibrators

Now that I've got your attention, here's some medical uses of sex toys:

What medical purposes do sex toys serve?

Strengthening muscles, for one thing. Women who suffer from incontinence or a prolapsed uterus can exercise their pubococcygeal muscles"”not to mention have more satisfying orgasms"”by doing Kegels. Those muscles get an even better workout if you use weighted barbells, balls, and spring-loaded devices. Men with prostate disorders might use ...

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A lawyer gets called out for channeling John Edwards:

In his closing argument to the jury, Fieger assumed client Walter Hollins' character in his mother's womb, his brain deprived of oxygen as he waited to be delivered.

"Doctors, nurses, I'm suffocating. Please help me to be born," Fieger told the jury. "I want to play baseball. I want to hug my mother. I want to tell her that I ...

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The business of medicine

Longtime readers of this blog know that business and medicine go hand in hand. Howard Luks agrees, and says that medical schools do a disservice when business isn't emphasized:

No question that our students are well trained in the science of medicine. Unfortunately, very few students prove to be well trained in the business of medicine. Many students are even embarrassed to ask questions pertaining to the ...

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Go Sox!

Doctor’s bags

Now a hot fashion accessory, thanks to McDreamy and Grey's Anatomy.

To no one's surprise, older physicians don't have much respect for our work ethic:

The survey went out to 10,000 docs, and 1,175 responded. It included several sections, including one that queried the older docs about young M.D.s entering the profession today. Answers on that front didn't change much between 2004 and 2007. In both cases, more than 60% of docs said young physicians are less dedicated and hard ...

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Post-op bleeding

No matter how hard surgeons try, it probably won't be totally eradicated.

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