In summary, "because they are desperate to believe anything that might give them hope."

It seems that their 100 page report has a favorable opinion of CDHD . . .
The central idea behind such designs is that policyholders will remain insured against catastrophic expenses"” but will also be more careful about using health care services because they will have to pay a much larger share of their initial costs. Depending on how enrollees in consumerdirected plans responded to those incentives, ...

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And apparently the organ donor networks doesn't have to give it to who the donor wishes. As if we needed another impediment to organ donation . . .

(hat tip: Kidney Notes)

Thats why German mothers-to-be are trying to hold off until January 1st . . .

Medpundit has found an interesting article in the BMJ about the "representation of medicine in music" . . .

Ahh yes, nothing like comic strips and cartoons to spread the word about STDs . . .

Dale Shippam, a 54 year-old heart transplant recipient, raised $1 million for the Toronto General and Western Hospital Foundation when he became the first patient to reach the summit of Antarctica's tallest peak.

More amazing than the fact that Dr. DeBakey invented the surgery that saved his life, is the fact that he was almost denied the operation . . .
But beyond the medical advances, Dr. DeBakey's story is emblematic of the difficulties that often accompany care at the end of life. It is a story of debates over how far to go in treating someone so old, late-night ...

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Breaking medical patents seems to me like we are robbing Peter to pay Paul . . .

As if you needed 10 more reasons, but maybe the guys should brush up on their 40 biggest mistakes first . . .

Blogger Turned Author

Dr. Centor over at DB's Medical Rants has started writing a short story entitled "A Lady with Spells" and the first chapter is quite good . . .

One of my favorite medical bloggers, Dr.
Today, it's usually the employer who decides what health plan the employee gets. Once patients start spending their own money on getting health insurance cover for themselves, the smarter health insurance companies which offer value for money and "put ...

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Training new professionals isn't the problem, keeping them however has proved to be more difficult . . .

The potential for abuse and retaliation is nerve-racking . . .

Most of the nation's hospitals and nursing homes will have to teach their employees how to ferret out fraud and report it to the government under a federal law that takes effect next month.

Award winning Respectful Insolence has a list of Christmas Carols from the DSM-IV . . .

A hilarious must read for anyone who has been frustrated by drug seekers . . .
3. If you've ever paused the show Trauma: Life in the ER at the exact moment that a doctor is writing a prescription for vicodin to see if you can decipher his DEA number, then you might be a drug seeker.

15. If you are asked to rate your ...

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I can understand the nightclub's concerns . . .

Stephen Ringold works for Clown Care which is "the first residential professional clowning program in a hospital."

I wonder if his clown friends ever work in the Operating Room . . .

Can you believe there are no only two published case reports of sword swallowing injuries . . .

Sword swallowers are more likely to sustain an injury -- such as a perforation of the oesophagus -- if they are distracted or are using multiple or unusual swords, finds a study in this week's Christmas issue of the British Medical Journal.

A brief story about 6 year old Hayden who is one of only 500 people in the world known to have Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva.

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