A podiatrist is sentenced to death.

Orac is skeptical that a medical Wikipedia would work.

The worth of a cure for cancer? $50 trillion.

Much appreciation goes out to Clinical Cases and Images and This Makes Me Sick for keeping the blog fresh in my absence.

Selling sickness: the pharmaceutical industry and disease mongering, BMJ:

"There's a lot of money to be made from telling healthy people they're sick.

Some forms of medicalising ordinary life may now be better described as disease mongering: widening the boundaries of treatable illness in order to expand markets for those who sell and deliver treatments."

How it feels to be the doctor of the ship: The Challenges of Shipboard Medicine in NYTimes.

1) More than a dozen more ear-stapling businesses have been told to shut down by the Mississippi Medical Licensure Board because they aren't licensed. The small, stainless steel staples are supposed to apply pressure to points that control appetite and cravings for nicotine. Do people sue if they keep eating? Read [Clarion Ledger]

2) This happened in Canada, but we couldn't let it go. A hospital had to ...


Nasogastric Intubation is the latest video in the excellent NEJM series Videos in Clinical Medicine.

JAMA is the third journal from the group of "big five" in medical publishing to feature audio summary of content. NEJM and Lancet have their own versions of weekly audio summaries.

You can listen to the MP3 files directly or subscribe via iTunes.

It is a matter of time before almost all major journals feature audio summaries.

In the meantime, you can always use

We thought it was a good a day to thank a few of the many smart minds who have helped bring a personal voice to uncovering"”and overcoming"”the medical liability mess.

Philip Howard and the crew at Common Good are helping bring special health courts to states across the nation. Howard wrote a powerful piece about hospitals' fear of lawsuits helping allow a nurse, Charles Cullen, to kill at least ...


Chinese face-transplant patient is healing well, according to AP.

He was attacked by a bear and had a partial face transplant during a 15-hour operation earlier this month.

Top 5 health concerns of women and men according to WebMD.

Don't check blood pressure when your patient is sitting on the exam table.

In one study, the systolic blood pressure was on average 16 points lower after patients waited in a chair for 5 minutes.

NYTimes writes about some lubricating comments that doctors use and their effect on patients:

"Tell me more about that." "That must have been very difficult for you." "I hear what you are saying." "Your story moves me."

We are getting closer to the 7-minute-Jiffy-Lube-visit every day... The "lubricating comments" will surely help.

1) While surgery on the wrong patient or wrong body part often makes headlines, a new study that looked at 20 years of data from a malpractice insurance provider found that cases of "wrong-site surgery" are rare. Read [Forbes]

2) British Columbia is considering "The Apology Act," which could become the greatest Canadian export since hockey. Read [Press Telegram]

3) A doc with a new book about ...


Parents Sedate Kids with Benadryl to Keep Them Calm on Long Flights -- Health business blog reviews this Wall Street Journal article.

Modafinil (Provigil) can help cocaine addicts quit. Currently, the medication is approved for treating narcolepsy.

Associated Press reports that Pennsylvania Hospital, a part of The University of Pennsylvania Health System is able to offer "bloodless surgery" to 90 percent of its patients who want it:

"Transfusions are like getting a transplant; they can be risky and should be a last resort."

Medical Economics asks if you should apologize to your patient in case of a medical error and quotes The Washington Post essayist Marjorie Williams:

"Where else but in medicine do you find men and women who never admit a mistake?

Who talk more than they listen and feel entitled to withhold crucial information?"

"Google Calendar can potentially be useful for monitoring the progress of patients with chronic conditions like asthma: daily symptoms, use of PRN inhalers, symptoms during the night, etc.

It is not difficult to imagine diabetic patients using the calendar to monitor their blood glucose, hypertensive patients recording their blood pressure and so on."