IMGs: Get used to it

Some patients are still wary of foreign medical doctors. With the current physician shortage, this physician says get over it:

"Make sure he speaks English," she said, adding, "and knows what he's doing."

She was an acquaintance who asked me to find her a doctor -- one "without a funny name. You know what I mean?"

I did indeed. Worried she'd get a second-rate physician, she wanted a ...


NHS: "My bad"

Long wait times in the UK. What else is new? This time, the NHS apologizes for a case where wait times led to death.

Medical errors

There's a lot of reasons why they happen. Poor communication between physicians is one reason.

There is no cure for HIV

Some people are not getting the message:

Dr Veerakathy Harindra says a quarter of his young HIV patients wrongly believe a cure has already been found.

This leads them to fail to take adequate precautions to prevent the spread of the virus, he said.

No stranger to controversy, she goes after lawyers with both barrels:

The only "crisis" in health care in this country is that doctors are paid too little. (Also they've come up with nothing to help that poor Dennis Kucinich.)

But the Democratic Party treats doctors like they're Klan members. They wail about how much doctors are paid and celebrate the trial lawyers who do absolutely nothing to make society ...


"America's health-care problem is not that some people lack insurance, it is that 250 million Americans do have it."

A WSJ op-ed notes the effect of this misguided action:

Legacy drugs, then, aren't medical moonshine cooked up in somebody's bathtub; nor are they new or experimental drugs. Nonetheless, the FDA is requiring them to be put through the same regulatory wringer. Some must complete a New Drug Application, which requires clinical trials and can cost between $5 million and $10 million per legacy drug. The alternative, an Abbreviated ...


Placebo Television #6

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That would be treating necrotizing pancreatitis.

Lawyers continually push for physician misconduct to be made public. How about looking within their own house?

The Texas Legislature and Supreme Court, which share a role in establishing ethics rules for attorneys, have made it so that the public stays in the dark about thousands of lawyers accused of misconduct. Bar confidentiality rules ensure that many sanctions are private and that lawyers accused of felonies can continue practicing. The ...


More on Randy Pausch

Follow-up on the touching story of the 46-year old professor with pancreatic cancer giving his last lecture. The WSJ gives a video report.

(via Healthbolt)

Never forget that who you treat now can affect your life later on.

Panda with the inside scoop.

Banned from calling 911

Unless the patient has a real medical emergency, which essentially renders the ban useless.

DTC ads dodge a bullet

They should have been banned:

It was "a success for the entire advertising community," Dan Jaffe, executive vp of the Association of National Advertisers, a trade group, tells the paper. Lobbying groups including the National Association of Broadcasters and the Advertising Coalition, which rep a variety of media interests and advertisers, swung into action. To them, the idea that regulators would be able to block ads about a new drug ...


Defensive life support

Against a patient's wishes, pulmonologists hook up a patient to a ventilator to protect themselves from liability:

. . . one of the lung specialists ordered that the patient be sedated and placed back on the ventilator. Hold on a sec! Isn't that assault? Yes it is. But the specialists felt that from a liability standpoint, they could not be 100% sure that the patient is fully competent since he ...


The media wastes no time writing about physicians being wined and dined by Big Pharma. Maybe reporters should start looking in the mirror:

"The media is often quick to get on its high horse about the pharmaceutical industry's wining and dining of doctors, but is much less upfront about the lucre that journalists accept from drug companies and other health organisations.

These take the form of journalism ...


The upcoming Medicare cuts will adversely affect baby boomers as this will worsen physician access. Any they won't take no for an answer:

Medicare cuts don't affect just seniors, Plested said. They also affect military families and the disabled, because their health-insurance system is tied to Medicare. In Washington, the cuts could affect 336,000 military-family members and 760,000 Medicare patients, he said.

But Congress won't make any ...


Harnessing stress

It keeps this urologist on her toes.

Chantix a blockbuster?

As opposed to Pfizer's dog, Exubera, smoking cessation pill Chantix is actually doing very well.

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