1) While surgery on the wrong patient or wrong body part often makes headlines, a new study that looked at 20 years of data from a malpractice insurance provider found that cases of "wrong-site surgery" are rare. Read [Forbes]
2) British Columbia is considering "The Apology Act," which could become the greatest Canadian export since hockey. Read [Press Telegram]
3) A doc with a new book about ...
Parents Sedate Kids with Benadryl to Keep Them Calm on Long Flights -- Health business blog reviews this Wall Street Journal article.
Modafinil (Provigil) can help cocaine addicts quit. Currently, the medication is approved for treating narcolepsy.
Associated Press reports that Pennsylvania Hospital, a part of The University of Pennsylvania Health System is able to offer "bloodless surgery" to 90 percent of its patients who want it:
"Transfusions are like getting a transplant; they can be risky and should be a last resort."
Medical Economics asks if you should apologize to your patient in case of a medical error and quotes The Washington Post essayist Marjorie Williams:
"Where else but in medicine do you find men and women who never admit a mistake?
Who talk more than they listen and feel entitled to withhold crucial information?"
"Google Calendar can potentially be useful for monitoring the progress of patients with chronic conditions like asthma: daily symptoms, use of PRN inhalers, symptoms during the night, etc.
It is not difficult to imagine diabetic patients using the calendar to monitor their blood glucose, hypertensive patients recording their blood pressure and so on."
Alcohol is to blame for the high suicide rate in Baltic republics (the highest in Europe):
"It is considered bad form in the Baltics to refuse the offer of a drink or not to finish a bottle of liquor once it has been opened. The person who finishes a bottle is expected to buy another one."
This is one of the reason why doctors do not recommend drinking ...
FDA should have the power to require drug companies to carry out studies of drugs already on the market according to a bill considered by the Congress.
Vioxx scandal is the latest one that shows why such legislation is necessary.
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You don't have to be happy to do your job well, writes Joe who is the 'world's most popular blogging anesthesiologist':
"I got through medical school only by riding a combination of fear, uncertainty and well-Â–concealed rage at the whole process.
I left general practice after two years because I was bored to tears and devastated each night when I got home, a combination of emotional fatigue ...
What Doctors Hate About Hospitals is the TIME cover story (click on the brief ad to read it for free).
The articles claims that, for example, doctors are uneasy about becoming patients in July:
"The average major teaching hospital typically sees a 4 percent jump in its risk-adjusted mortality rate in the summer, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research."
NYTimes describes the health problems of aging baby boomers who continue to exercise: osteoarthritis which needs "knee and hip replacements, surgery for cartilage and ligament damage, and treatment for tendinitis, arthritis, bursitis and stress fractures."
Some doctors call this phenomenon "boomeritis" or "Generation Ouch."
FDA Updates Contact Lens Advice (via WebMD):
"Regardless of which cleaning/disinfecting solution used, wearers may want to consider performing a "rub and rinse" lens cleaning method, rather than a no rub method, in order to minimize the number of germs and reduce the chances of infection."
176 cases of fungal infection of the cornea reported this year according to a CDC report.
Confronting a Colleague Who Covers Up a Medical Error -- a curbside consultation in the American Family Physician.
Oregon man survives 12 nails to the head from an unsuccessful suicide attempt with a nail gun. According to Associated Press, he was "high on methamphetamine."
Watch the CNN video showing the position of a dozen two-inch nails.
Russell Beattie writes that blogging has become too much of a burden and he decided to give himself a break and probably to start later at a new URL:
"For the rest of my readers, thanks for subscribing it's been great having you there to write for! Now please *unsubscribe* and give my poor server a break. :-)"
"Blog fatigue" seems to be a ...
This article was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine: The Relationship between Green Tea and Total Caffeine Intake and Risk for Self-Reported Type 2 Diabetes among Japanese Adults.
The conclusion looks good but a retrospective cohort study is not the best study design.
KraftyLibrarian writes about a survey of physicians' use of new technology:
"142,000 physicians report they use the Internet during patient consultations
610,000 physicians report using search engines to find medical information online.
333,000 physicians use some type of mobile device (PDA, smartphone, tablet PC)
40% of those surveyed reported using an iPod or another MP3 player
487,000 physicians are users of "new media" (streaming ...