The "miracle baby"

The story of a baby who come back after suffering a heart attack and 30 minutes of resuscitation.

The 200-pound 8-year old

The child may go into protective custody because of his weight. A reader suggests Prader-Willi Syndrome. (via a reader tip)

In order to collect Social Security benefits. Another anecdote that may explain the rise in the incidence of autism.

Have the politicians use publicly financed systems. Given the choice, would they? Of course not:

Stephen Robertson is Minister of Health for Queensland, the third most populous state of Australia where he oversees the taxpayer-supported, government-run, public health care system. Australia has long waiting lists for diagnostic tests, appointments with specialists, and surgery. Mercifully, Australia (unlike Canada) also has private hospitals as an alternative to the public queue. Last ...


Liliana Pezzin regarding the CT-angiogram for the evaluation of chest pain. She clearly isn't an advocate of the routine history and physical by asking patients to demand this new, expensive test.

Possibly, but I'm not holding my breath. MedPAC will release suggestions this week:

Congress is facing a bleak choice this year: Cut payments to doctors and reduce Medicare beneficiaries' access to care, or let physician payments grow and raise beneficiaries' premiums and co-payments.

Lawmakers are looking for a third way out: revising Medicare's system of payment to doctors.

The recent spotlight on Anna Nicole Smith has shed light on this growing problem:

A synthetic opiate, methadone is similar to heroin in chemistry, curbing a user's craving for the illegal opiate by blocking the sensors that heroin stimulates without producing a heroin high.

In recent years, methadone has proved lethal to a growing number of patients or addicts who use it in conjunction with prescription drugs including Valium, ...


"All the time"

It helps physicians to be more specific when describing symptoms.

Why a single-payer health care system is the wrong way to go:

The great majority of universal health-care systems are not single-payer. They allow private coverage into the mix.

Why is that better? For one thing, patients who use private medical services reduce the load on the public system. In New Zealand, for example, private hospitals do more of the common, less invasive procedures, leaving the high-tech care ...


This phenomenon in the UK is sparking concerns about a generation of potential health problems.

These are acceptable and effective ways to quit smoking. However, over-regulation of these products is damaging its potential benefits:

. . . the warning literature on a package of nicotine gum is about 20 times lengthier than the warning on a package of cigarettes.

So tobacco researchers and policy makers are starting to argue that the federal Food and Drug Administration should tone down the warnings on ...


Companies that help bargain down the price of medical tests and procedures are emerging in the wake of increasing use of consumer-directed health plans:

After concluding that Mr. Fontana was not getting the best possible price, the company's representatives called the imaging facility and demanded a lower one, promptly saving him $200 "” minus a 35 percent collection fee.

"I asked before I went in to the clinic ...


Thanks Dr. RW for digging up this uncritical promotion of alternative medicine.

A French blogger writes about her experience after the procedure. (via The Well-Timed Period)

keagirl writes on the difficulty of controlling their post-operative pain.

Response to Paul Levy's firestorm post on malpractice continues:

I defended physicians who I would choose for my own family's care, who were so dispirited by being sued that they contemplated leaving the field.
nurse at small chimes in:
The thing that struck me was when he said that doctors often practice "defensive medicine" (which is taking too many tests in order to avoid the chance of a lawsuit).


Another folk remedy that doesn't pass scientific muster:

Whether it was eaten raw in heart-healthy sandwiches, or in pills made of powdered or aged garlic, the strong-smelling herb had no effect on cholesterol in people whose levels were already elevated, the government-funded study found.

A physician reports on how there is little barrier to ordering unnecessary testing.

First, almost half of women in India don't know about AIDS. Now, here's a sad story of a woman who was beaten to death because she was suspected of carrying the virus.

A clinic douses a man's genitals in acetic acid - which is an accepted diagnostic technique, except they used a solution that was 14x too strong.

The sad thing is, this happened before. I wonder what part of "Do Not Use" didn't they understand?

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