That's gratitude for you:

Police say they found a suicide note in Edeen's pocket in which the shooter complained about bad doctors in Nevada.

Ostrowsky, a 55 year old endocrinologist, was hit in the neck, jaw and shoulder. He has a bullet lodged dangerously close to his spine, but he survived the shooting and he thinks there's a reason for that . . .

. . . Edeen ...

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Hospitals and physicians' offices want a piece of the action:

The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday examined how an increased number of traditional health care providers -- "driven by the threat of new competition, the opportunity to recruit new patients" and quality of care issues -- have begun to compete with and enter agreements with retail clinics -- low-cost, walk-in facilities often located in supermarkets, pharmacies and large retail stores. ...

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A duodenal ulcer is a leading possibility.

She certainly has her enemies:

"This idea that money is evil and academia is made up of saints is nonsense," Dr. Stossel said. "Some of my vaunted academic colleagues would run their grandmothers over." He favors disclosure, too, he said, but journal editors "have acquired halos and become arbiters of scientific morality."

"There's this myth that if Mother Teresa, the Dalai Lama and Catherine DeAngelis got up and ...

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Dr. Zuger writes about how they thrive:

Doctors without patients: can such creatures really exist? Or do they automatically negate themselves into some other sphere of existence, a cloudy existential plane where teachers without students and merchants without customers all wander around in search of a new identity?

It is a purely rhetorical question, because not only do doctors without patients exist, they thrive. They top most heaps: ...

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Workshops are available to orient immigrants and refugees to the American diet:

One of the major challenges for organizers is to change the way the refugees think about food. Many of the new arrivals suffered from malnutrition and came from places where food was scarce.

Some want to make up for a lifetime in which they were denied meat. Others gravitate towards the fizzy orange drink and crisps, ...

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And expensive:

Twenty years ago, it cost $75 to $100 to immunize a child with the four available vaccines. Today, 12 are generally recommended for kids and adolescents, at a private-sector cost of about $1,250.

And the government is expected to recommend a 13th vaccine for girls -- a shot that protects against cervical cancer. It costs about $360 for the three-dose series, potentially raising the per-child vaccination ...

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The price of quality shuttlecocks have gone up:

But now, shuttlecock makers are having to settle for substandard feathers, and the sport's devotees in Southern California say the birdies they're buying just aren't the same.

"Everybody complains now, 'What's wrong with the shuttle?'" Dan Chien of El Monte said after a practice session at the San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club. "It was goose feather, but now it feels almost ...

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These two ERs want to put an end to it:

After evaluating patients who come to the emergency room, nurse practitioners or physician's assistants will inform those with nonurgent symptoms that they can seek treatment at a specific community health clinic.

Patients who insist on staying will have to pay a $150 deposit before being treated in the emergency room or an $80 deposit to be seen in urgent ...

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Lack of primary care and outpatient services. It's only to get worse given the crisis primary care is in:

Instead, the people clogging the ER are the insured who can't reach their regular doctor. Cunningham found that communities with fewer or busier doctors tended to have higher rates of ER use. It makes sense -- ERs are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Unlike at a ...

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In cases that go wrong, they are highly sought to be expert witnesses against the referral source.

The patient wanted to "think about it", but the 10-week delay results in a lawsuit:

One of Dr. F's patients was a 44-year-old woman who was given a routine mammogram as part of her annual checkup. The results pointed to a "suspicious area in the upper outer quadrant of the left breast." On receiving the report, Dr. F, a family physician, called the patient into the office to discuss ...

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As this writer opines:

If you have moral or ethical objections to the particular drug called for by the physician, keep them to yourself. Your views on birth control pills and abortion, don't change the fact that it is dangerous and downright deadly for some women to get pregnant. A few states passed laws giving pharmacists a loophole on that, but if you can't do your job, isn't it just ...

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People are going after the hospitals:

The deaths at Uptown's Memorial Medical Center during the stifling, dark hours after Hurricane Katrina have spawned more than the highly publicized arrests of a doctor and two nurses on murder charges. A predictable thicket of civil lawsuits has also sprouted, records show.

Two suits filed at Orleans Parish Civil District Court concern the deaths of five patients at Memorial, some of ...

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He opts out of his contract and goes back to the primary care grind:

He knew he would have to part with most of his patients. But it proved much harder than he expected. "When you see the patients and talk with them, and you understand their financial situation and how difficult it was for them to afford [the concierge service]. . . . I had this 90-year-old lady ...

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Without profit potential, it was abandoned by Big Pharma. However, this treatment for black fever will have immeasurable positive impact:

A small charity based in San Francisco has conducted the medical trials needed to prove that the drug is safe and effective. Now it is on the verge of getting final approval from the Indian government. A course of treatment with the drug is expected to cost ...

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It's scaring the hell out of the medical-device industry:

'Industry and surgeons have to face up to reality: We have been overpaying for procedures - in particular, cardiac procedures,' Durenberger said. 'We have to do something to change it.'

Some would call it a "national crisis".

A psychiatrist is convicted of forging prescriptions. How his methadone clinic will soon be under fire:

On July 21, addiction specialist Marc Shinderman was found guilty of 58 crimes connected with his practice of forging another doctor's name and federal registration number on prescriptions for patients of his Westbrook methadone clinic. He now faces a prison sentence, and his clinic, CAP Quality Care Inc., is the subject of ...

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Medicare Part D is now hitting many seniors hard:

Although the Medicare handbook clearly describes the coverage break, critics say most Medicare recipients, bombarded with advertising from private prescription plans, focused on deductibles and premiums and the drugs included.

"There was a lot of emphasis on signing up seniors. It was a crusade almost," said Stuart Guterman, a Medicare expert with the nonpartisan Commonwealth Fund. He doubts that ...

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