A woman faces charges after not reporting her spontaneous abortion.

Yes, and here are some reasons why.

Michael Burgess (R-Texas) writes on the impending Medicare cuts:

The first principle of sensible physician workforce reform will require Congress to immediately halt any cuts in Medicare physician reimbursement. Allowing these scheduled cuts to go into effect would create a chain reaction in the medical community and diminish the quantity and quality of healthcare available to all Americans and not just Medicare beneficiaries. Congress must also address this in ...


The numbers speak for themselves:

Rates have fallen an average of 21.3 percent, and up to 41 percent at one insurance company, says former state Rep. Joe Nixon, a Houston trial lawyer who helped sponsor passage of Proposition 12. According to figures given to Nixon by the state's largest insurer, Texas Medical Liability Trust:
* An internal medicine doctor in Houston paid $18,507 for malpractice insurance in 2003 but ...


For Paris Hilton of course.

When health care isn't free, the prison doctor notices a big difference:

"Warden David Hogue told me the prison doctor has 70 percent less inmates wanting to see him," Armstrong County Commissioner Rich Fink said during a public meeting Thursday. "Inmates always want to see the doctor.

"But not so much when they have to pay for it out of their own pockets," he said.

The NY Times on his calculated efforts to help his public image.

There may be some gender and cultural factors that affect proper sputum-inducing technique.

Green blood

A patient bled green, surprising surgeons. Something from Star Trek? No, simply high doses of Imitrex. Who knew?

The patient had been taking large doses of sumatriptan - 200 milligrams a day.

This had caused a rare condition called sulfhaemoglobinaemia, where sulphur is incorporated into the oxygen-carrying compound haemoglobin in red blood cells.

Describing the case in The Lancet, the doctors led by Dr Alana ...


This physician is better at talking to patients over the phone than in person:

Spear, board-certified in family practice medicine, conducts most of his patient interviews over the phone and runs a "Dial-a-doc" service that almost exclusively deals with patients telephonically. He also has a radio show, "Dial-a-doc," heard across the state on Thursday mornings on radio stations KUMU and KQNG.

"I'm better at (patient interviews) on the phone," ...


Doctors seem to lead the way with this Google keyphrase search. Maurice Bernstein with more:

So I went back to Google today and entered the words "I hate..." and finished the expression with "doctors" and found there were 18,300 sites using those words. Then I replaced "doctors" with "nurses" and then a whole bunch of other jobs and below is the results I obtained. I am not sure ...


Merrill Goozner looks at who is really politicizing the issue. (via Schwitzer)

Roy Poses also comments.

Finance Physician

Physicians are traditionally bad with money. A new physician website gives some personal finance tips geared towards medical students and residents.

One well-built wheelchair:

A man was taken on a wild ride when his wheelchair became lodged in the grille of a semitrailer and was accidentally pushed down a highway for four miles at about 50 mph, authorities said.
(via a reader tip)

Pharmalot on GSK's upcoming OTC version of orlistat.

The recipient of the kidney is upset and says the hospital is doing this to avoid negative press:

The Canadian woman who was to receive a kidney donated by an Australian man disputes characterizations of the young man as a religious "cult" member who was coerced into making the offer.

"There's no way in the world this guy was being coerced," said Sandi Sabloff, who lives in north Toronto ...


Scary stuff from Korea:

From their nondescript sixth-floor office, Kim Hee Joo and five other social workers troll the Internet to combat a disturbing trend in South Korea: people using the Web to trade tips about suicide, and in some cases to form suicide pacts.

For the considerate smoker:

Take a look at this jacket that lets people wear their lungs on their chest. The idea is to show consideration for others by blowing smoke into the collar of the coat - instead of in their faces.

The smoke blown into the jacket collar runs into two "lung compartments" on the breast of the coat that each have a transparent covering. Over time, the ...


Initially awarded $50 million, he now must choose between a reduced award of $1.6 million, or a new trial.


The lasted cosmetic surgery fad:

. . . "there are cosmetic surgeons with scalpels poised to slenderise generously-proportioned digits" in NYC.

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