Sounds like the procedure was a trigger point injection or some other type of pain-alleviating injection. Caution to who you allow to give the injection, as this suit shows:

The suit alleged Barngrover was negligent in training and supervision, and that Peggy Holder, an advanced practice registered nurse, performed below standards when administering the injection. Hins' argued the injection caused one of her lungs to collapse. The other collapsed ...

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A recent NEJM study suggests that it may save lives, but there are downsides to routine chest CTs:

"Everyone knows we can pick up things better with screening," said Dr. Elliott Fishman, a professor of radiology and oncology at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. "But is picking up the same thing as curing? If I pick up a tumor that is one centimeter today and you live five ...

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ER observations

A story that is shared in ERs across the country:

If you present to the ER with chief complaints of headache AND chest pain, then you are most likely suffering from an anxiety disorder . . .

. . . Don't worry, I'm still going to do the CT scans, ECG, cardiac monitoring, and blood tests anyway. I'll probably even admit you. Maybe you've got Lyme Disease. Probably ...

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Another sign that quackery trumps intellectualism? Aetiology comments:

It's hard to argue with anecdotes like that, and people taking these types of supplements in spite of the research, rather than because of it. Ironically, of course (as Orac can tell you), many who take these alternative meds do so because of a distaste for "big pharma" or "corporate medicine," despite the fact that alternative medicine is just as much (if ...

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Sword swallowing X-rays



A bizarre collection of sword swallowing chest x-rays.

I wonder when the medications to treat these infant diseases will start to come:

Therapists are increasingly moving their treatments from the couch to the crib. While the field of infant mental health, which encompasses the study of children from birth through age three, has been around for decades, new research on everything from brain development to maternal depression is giving it a boost. A widely used mental health and ...

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10 first-aid myths

Examples: don't slather butter on a burn; don't suck venom from a snakebite; don't pee on a jellyfish sting.

Bad outcomes sometimes do happen. To prevent his, the patient has to bear some responsibility:

This news just in: I am not a perfect physician. I thought I was, but I am not. When I take care of patients I sometimes make mistakes, do the wrong thing, forget to do the right thing, or don't do everything I should.

You can tell me I'm a bad physician, make ...

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An OB wrongful death suit where a C-section wasn't done soon enough. Was it because they had to wait for the anesthesiologist?

The prosecution argues Evans waited too long to perform a c-section.

Tuesday's testimony centered around 30 critical minutes where protocol says a c-section should begin within a half hour of a patient's deteriorating condition.

"She was bleeding the way she was bleeding, we have to ...

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TBTAM is one of many who takes Suzanne Somers' anti-aging book to task:

More than a few patients have arrived to their appointment toting Suzie's book. It can take a lot to get them to be specific about what it is they feel they need hormones to treat, and to understand that natural estrogen is indeed estrogen, with all its risks and benefits. And that we are all ...

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Was it really worth it Dr. Mukherjee?

During the investigation, undercover officers saw long lines of people, some from other states, waiting to get into Mukherjee's office on Professional Drive in Flint Township to get prescriptions for powerful pain killers.

The prospective patients paid doctor's office employees to move up on the waiting list to see the doctor. Two undercover officers and the confidential informant were given ...

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A NYC dermatologist is opening an art show with his sculptures:

Psychologists could cite Mr. Adams as a perfect example of the dual artistic and scientific mind. His art is inspired by biological forms but goes far beyond them; in doing so, it expresses a side of Mr. Adams's personality that neither personal interactions nor his medical work discloses. According to his friends, Mr. Adams is frequently quiet; in ...

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Also from the study, most Americans would rather have employee-sponsored health insurance than a raise.

The idea is to reduce expensive emergency room visits by giving free preventive care.

Awkward indeed

An ER doc recounts a bizarrely awkward situation in the locker room.

Dinosaur has pulled no punches in laying blame:

# The enormously lucrative, parasitic industry called "Health Insurance" (instead of what it really is: "Health Care Brokerage") that sucks out billions of dollars a year from the interactions between doctors and patients, because it can.

# American citizens who have come to believe that health care doesn't (and shouldn't) cost them anything. Deep down (not even so deep in ...

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Merck/Vioxx update

A "hand-picked" plaintiff drops her case, while Merck readies for the next round of trials - including Merck v Lanier II.



Gross anatomy lab . . . or bakery? Amazing, or sick, depending on your view. (via Grand Rounds)

The right-wing, anti-science crowd dissents viscously:

Rightie reaction? John Amato has an audio of Rush Limbaugh accusing Fox of faking his symptoms. "He is an actor, after all," says Rush. (Rush is from a very wealthy and influential southeast Missouri family.) . . .

. . . While Michael J. Fox (like me) has some skin in the stem cell game that most people don'Â’t, that doesn'Â’t give ...

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The farce of the privacy law and lack of enforcement:

Two years ago, when Bill Clinton had heart surgery performed in New York's Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 17 hospital employees -- including a doctor -- peeked at the former president's health care records out of curiosity. Earlier this year, Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital repeatedly faxed patient admission sheets to a nearby bank by accident. The faxing continued even after ...

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