The so-called "right" to medical care has been debated here previously. Misguided Ezra Klein now suggests there also should be a right to dental care as well. Where does it end?

A futures market where medical experts try to predict trends in public health:

Organizers hope to recruit at least 100 epidemiologists, veterinarians and other medical experts from around the world for the two-year project. They will be asked to join an online trading system akin to agricultural futures markets, in which investor buys contracts that businesses will be able to deliver certain volumes of, say, corn or pork bellies.

Think about this next time you sit at an internet cafe:

Dr Walter Curioso . . . and colleagues point to recent research suggesting a possible link between Internet cafes and high risk sex.

One recent survey, for example, found that a small number of men--10 out of 1,112 in the survey--reported having had their last sexual intercourse inside a private module of an Internet cafe. Nine out of ...


He claims that colliding with her led to a significant injury, losing time and income.

Caused by a scalpel left in during a surgery in 1984. Hard to imagine it took that long to obtain an x-ray to find this.

Maggots to help prevent the spread MRSA skin infections. I wonder where they got this data from.

retired doc explains:

I am leaning to the conclusion that this is the result of physician fees price controls put into place in 1992 for Medicare patients and the controls placed on hospital charges for Medicare patients in efforts to control the rising cost of medical care for the elderly.
Also love this quote:
It has been so long since I functioned as a officist and a hospitalist - ...


It was on 20/20 last Friday. From Overlawyered:

[Attorney Allen] McDowell is now debating whether to file new lawsuits claiming that vaccines cause autism. I said to him, "You scare people and make money off it!" After a pause, he replied, "True."

Or pay for one IT disaster in the UK. What a failure of colossal proportions.

This physician thinks so and advocates for its broader use:

Hopefully the UCSF study will add to the pressure on the US government to rethink its irrational ban on the medicinal use of marijuana -- and its destructive attacks on patients and caregivers in states that have chosen to allow such use. Rather than admit they have been mistaken all these years, federal officials can cite "important new data" ...


In the old days, it was practicing on anesthetized patients without their consent. With this practice now condemned, medical students are doing fewer exams. Here are some other options to learn this sensitive exam.

It's good to know that the FDA is using its resources wisely.

Coding complexity

Dr. Rob looks at the morass we call E/M coding. He points out one fatal flaw with the proliferation with EHRs:

One of the solutions to this is to use an electronic medical record (like mine). These programs often include tools to properly match the coding to the documentation and suggest how to document in a way that would result in better codes (and better pay). The problem with ...


The artist behind the satire:

"The thing that amazes me is that it has been folded into real Web sites for panic and anxiety disorder. It's been folded into a Web site for depression. It's been folded into hundreds of art blogs," he added.

The parody is in response to the tactics used by the drug industry to sell their wares to the public. Consumer advertising for prescription ...


STD dating sites

Rising rates of genital herpes and other STDs are making these sites more popular.

Seems like another physician-senator from Tennessee is throwing scientific thinking out the window for politics:

Now we have a state Senator, Raymond Finney, M.D. (Maryville), who is behind a resolution that, if passed by the Senate (the House need not be involved), will demand that the Tennessee Department of Education respond publicly to a series of questions on the origin of the Universe.

Don't know how I missed this earlier this year. Charity Doc tells of an ER encounter with a malpractice attorney:

"Yeah, I'm a personal injury lawyer. I have no problems telling doctors that. I get better care that way, actually. Makes you guys more careful around me."
Another lawyer falling for the "more care = better care" fallacy. (via Waking Up Costs)

The first attempt protected about 45 percent of patients in a hasty clinical trial.

What they're not telling us: 4 to 6 grams of trans-fat per doughnut.

New York physicians are encouraging patients to support malpractice reform:

"We're not trying to scare anyone," Conway said in a conference call with the Freeman and other society representatives. "We have a moral obligation to inform our patients the system is under stress. High malpractice premiums are already creating access problems for patients. It is driving some doctors out of business. It may create very deep and wide issues in ...


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