Not necessarily, unless you know what to do with that information. (via Joe Paduda)

Obesity and your job

A recent study suggests that obese workers negatively impacts profits:

Duke University researchers also found that the fattest workers had 13 times more lost workdays due to work-related injuries and that their medical claims for those injuries were seven times higher .

Overweight workers were more likely to have claims involving injuries to the back, wrist, arm, neck, shoulder, hip, knee, and foot than other employees.
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A group of medical students discuss their favorites.

A handy quick-reference guide for aspiring drug reps.

Walter Olson with his take:

Under HIPAA, it would have been unlawful for the psychiatric hospital that treated student Cho Seung-Hui, who shot 32 people at Virginia Tech university this week, to compare notes on his therapeutic progress, or lack thereof, with his counselors or dean. So effectively did the various privacy laws bottle up information that even a Virginia Tech official tasked with the monitoring of problem students ...

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Dr. Rob on the recent ACP cries for help:

This begs the question: so what? What is the big deal? We can just use subspecialists and physician extenders to fill the slots. Patients can become more empowered to provide their own care using e-visits and web-guided care. This sounds sacrilegious coming from a primary care physician, but it is what is being said on the ...

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So, how much does the insurance company really save with this measure?

Summing it up

From Graham, whom I don't often agree with health-reform wise, comes this nugget:

If you're a Democrat when you're young, and a Republican once you get a mortgage, then you're for private health insurance when you're well, and you're for health care reform when you've developed chronic disease.

No, according to Panda Bear:

The Big Lie, the scare tactic used by the usual suspects in their craven lust for political power is that people need comprehensive health insurance. They most certainly do not. Most people most of the time need so little medical care that most of the money spent either by them, their employer, or the government is wasted as far as it benefits them. ...

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It has been sent to the Governor. Will he sign it?

retired doc on the JAMA-induced controversy:

I worry that we have been so guideline oriented and so herded by the views of organizations whose motives at times seem at best suspect that we really can't win.Go by the guidelines and then we learn the guidelines are thought to be bogus; don't comply with them and you are not practicing quality medicine and won't receive your bribe (a.k.a. pay for ...

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Hospital scorecards

It can be baffling:

The problem, however, is that hospitals that look great according to one data set often come up short on other scorecards. Over time, the wide variations should decline as the rating industry develops better analytical tools. But for the moment, it can all be bewildering.
(via The Antidote)

A pictorial over at Trenchdoc.

Overheard by keagirl recently.

Two MGH psychiatry residents travel to Ethiopia and find a huge need for mental health help:

Only a handful of overwhelmed doctors staff this 360-bed hospital -- not surprising given that the entire country of 75 million people has just 17 psychiatrists and 190 psychiatric nurses.

Earlier this year, two psychiatric residents from Massachusetts General Hospital traveled to the Addis Ababa hospital as the first participants in a ...

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Editorials blast the recent partial-birth abortion ruling:

"With this decision the Supreme Court has sanctioned the intrusion of legislation into the day-to-day practice of medicine," writes Dr. Jeffrey M. Drazen, the Boston-based journal's editor. Physicians are open to oversight and discussion of delicate matters, he says, but those discussions should occur "among informed and knowledgable people who are acting in the best interests of a specific patient."

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Transvaginal surgery for GI procedures may be the new minimally invasive standard. It takes some getting used to the idea:

The idea, he says, is to offer patients operations with less pain and fewer visible scars.

And the notion makes sense. Such procedures would allow surgeons to avoid cutting through a patient's abdominal wall, which contains a bounty of nerves and takes time to heal.

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Prostate enlargement and bradycardia: the latest case from the NY Times.

Caffeinated soap

Too lazy to brew coffee?

Inventors have created a soap infused with caffeine which helps users wake up in the morning.

The soap, called Shower Shock, supplies the caffeine equivalent of two cups of coffee per wash, with the stimulant absorbed naturally through the skin, manufacturers say.

As the Cochrane Researchers have found out, it's more difficult than it seems to study improvements in hand washing.

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