A frazzled intern just starting in July? Addicted to Medblogs speculates.

News flash - Democrats are realizing that not everyone sees health care their way:

If Democrats and Republicans had so much difficulty agreeing on a plan to cover 10 million children, most of them from low-income families, how can they ever agree on legislation to guarantee insurance for 250 million or 300 million people?

A shortage of opioid painkillers, and doctors who know how to use them, in poor countries:

In Africa, the report said, 20 percent of all palliative care specialists had no access to morphine or other strong opioids, and 25 percent never had weak opioids like codeine.

Portable ultrasounds

The latest peace-of-mind test. These devices are marketed to the general population to screen for carotid and coronary artery disease. Are companies just profiting from the public's belief that more testing is simply better?

This ultrasound tech is certainly capitalizing on it:

Robert Rosner, an ultrasound technician in Fort Myers, Fla., sells screening to police, fire and other municipal workers and through doctor offices and health clubs. ...

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A parent is outraged when a physician had the audacity to ask his daughter about alcohol and drug abuse. The shame!

Great. I send my daughter to the pediatrician to find out if she's fit to play lacrosse, and the doctor spends her time trying to find out if her mom and I are drunk, drug-addicted sex criminals.

We're not alone, either. Thanks to guidelines issued by the ...

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The life of an academic physician depends greatly on how many articles have been published. Quantity matters.

In the Spotlight - Dr. Larry Sperling, MD, Emory University, Discusses His Research Into Different Dosage Strategies for Statins
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If I Had - Scaly Plaques on Elbows and Knees - Dr. Richard Langley MD, FCPC, Dalhousie University
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If I Had - A Child With Chronic Headaches - Dr. Elliot Krane, MD, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford University School of Medicine
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If I Knew Then - Dr. Tobey MacDonald, MD, Children's National Medical Center, Discusses Keeping an Open Mind When Choosing a Specialty
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Foliage

Some pictures off the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. It's not quite peak season yet for the foliage, so some of the trees are still a bit green.






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Tachycardia was the tipoff in this 18-year old without apparent trauma.

The Medical Quack takes it for a test drive.

Aetna unveils a PHR months before Microsoft and wonders why they didn't get any press? Probably because it's only available to 800,000 Aetna members.

Breakfast or CT scan?

Sometimes hunger takes precedence over a possible skull fracture.

The next episode in the most-publicized board exam ever:

Sophie Currier, the Harvard medical student who sued because she wanted time to pump breast milk during a licensing exam, will postpone taking the exam, her lawyer said Wednesday.

Currier had planned to take the exam this week after Massachusetts Appeals Court Judge Gary Katzmann ordered that she should get the extra time. But a three-judge panel of the ...

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Sid Schwab takes a look at it from the other side:

. . . along with the cringe of embarrassment for being associated with the evident scum of the earth, there was a twinge of an opposite thought: if I were to show up to an operation unprepared, someone might die, or be maimed forever. I'd hope that people who choose to become surgeons are the sort that don't ...

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Of Filipino background, Dr. Anonymous says he's not that offended by the controversy. So he is being accused of being not Filipino enough.

Can it be any clearer? The NY Times with the story:

Four years after Texas voters approved a constitutional amendment limiting awards in medical malpractice lawsuits, doctors are responding as supporters predicted, arriving from all parts of the country to swell the ranks of specialists at Texas hospitals and bring professional health care to some long-underserved rural areas.

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Health Magazine advocates lying and making up symptoms to obtain the desired tests:

To get tested, talk up your symptoms.
Your insurer doesn't want to pay for a colonoscopy if it's not necessary. But if your best friend is diagnosed with colon cancer and you want the $675 test to put your mind at ease, here's how to get one covered: Mention to your doctor that you've had ...

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