I love and respect pharmacists, but they are not diagnosticians and their desire to be able to "prescribe medications independently" puts the patient at a significant risk. Even more alarming is that the new law will allow pharmacists to fill "emergency supplies" of narcotics which is a disaster waiting to happen when drug-seekers skip the ER and harass pharmacies. The risks of this law vastly outweigh ...

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What Makes a Good Doctor?

DB is asking patients and doctors to submit what they feel are the three most important traits for a great physician to have . . .

Respectful Insolence has a classic post on the pseudoscience that is Airborne. I can't help but think that if teachers are so good at curing the common cold, why don't they try their hand at cancer?

The NHS would prefer patients to see their GP for post-operative care rather than waste the "precious time and expertise" of the surgeons.

This article from the Pacific Research Institute is a few years old now, but since we continue to talk about the '46 million uninsured,' I'd like to share some statistics . . .
. . . a fourth of the 35 million uninsured adults are under 24, and half are under 35.
And the uninsured aren't the same people from year to year or even ...

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Samantha Hughes has been diagnosed with neuroblastoma and her blog documents her struggle.
The youngster's diary - called simply "Samantha's Story" - is written in the style her parents think she would use if she could pen it herself.

You're obese, or smoke, or drink . . .Then the NHS will deny you 'priority treatment.'

PBS has a series of excellent interviews with mental health professionals and soldiers about the psychological consequences of war.
I think it is a very important thing to understand that when your friends are wounded or dead, it's a real loss. It's a loss of your friend that you trusted and you loved in a very intense way. When you personally take another life and you go ...

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Wait, we spent money studying this? Could this have anything to do with the fact that most doctors don't work over the weekend . . .

This is a result of New York state's ban on national dialysis chain centers even though they have been shown to provide superior care when compared to independent providers.

Lets start with government mandated exercise . . .

Scott over at Polite Dissent as compiled a list of the worst medical mistakes in the comics this year. My favorite was "the worst OR scene" from Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #3, complete with an "arterial bleed of the 'vena cava.'

Its as sad as it is scary if this is accepted as 'legitimate journalism' . . .

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Professor Mel Slater has recreated the classic Milgram Experiment and found that shocking fake people is still stressful.
The computer program would correspondingly complain and beg as the 'shocks' were ramped up, falling apparently unconscious before the last shock. The skin conductance and electrocardiograms of the subjects were monitored. Even though the subjects knew they were only 'shocking' a computer program, their bodies reacted with increased ...

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ABC News manipulates polling data to prove suggest that Americans are for Universal Health Care and against HSAs. I guess the truth didn't fit into their preconceived agendas . . .
Support for universal government-provided coverage fell further when the survey suggested the possibility of higher costs or taxes (35 percent), waiting lists (33 percent), limited choice of doctors (28 percent), or loss of coverage ...

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What?!? Another 'all natural' product doesn't live up to the hype . . .

Flashback . . .

Who wants health food while they are on vacation? Besides, doesn't the 12 hours spent standing in line help burn off the extra calories?

A new charity based in England is hoping to provide financial aid to physicians in impoverished countries to encourage them to stay.

I wonder if they realize that "government-subsidized" is the same as 'taxpayer-subsidized'?

Motivational Psychologist Richard M. Ryan theorizes that "games can provide opportunities for achievement, freedom, and even a connection to other players. Those benefits trumped a shallow sense of fun, which doesn't keep players as interested."

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