Most caught on the show plead guilty and don't go to trial. This physician has chosen to fight with the help of a celebrity lawyer.

Border crossing babies

A lack of neonatal beds in Canada is forcing expectant moms to be airlifted to the US:

Mothers in British Columbia are having a baby boom, but it's the United States that has to deliver, and that has some proud Canadians blasting their highly touted government healthcare system.

"I'm a born-bred Canadian, as well as my daughter and son, and I'm ashamed," Jill Irvine told FOX News. Irvine's ...

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Customer service

A physician's reputation may not matter if the customer service is poor.

A dentist is actually arguing that breast massages are medically necessary:

A dentist accused of fondling the breasts of 27 female patients is trying to keep his dental license by arguing that chest massages are an appropriate procedure in certain cases. Mark Anderson's lawyer says dental journals discuss the need to massage the pectoral muscles to treat a common jaw problem.

What it's really like.

More Sermo and Pfizer

Is it the beginning of the end for drug reps? (via John Mack)

Shrink Rap comments on the factors affecting how mental illness is received.

Cool medical animation

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Steffen Vfx Showreel 2007 from Casey Steffen on Vimeo. (via Street Anatomy)

The annual physical

I often take mainstream media to task for blindly reporting the benefits of evidence-bereft screening tests. Now it's time for some kudos for some responsible journalism:

Experts' concerns revolve around two components of the traditional checkup: the comprehensive physical exam and an extensive battery of tests checking a person's blood, urine, thyroid and heart. (A third component, an updated patient history, hasn't prompted the same scrutiny.)

"There is ...

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Food-borne outbreaks

Are we trying to be too sterile?

We have become victims of our own success. Ever wonder why your dog can gobble, lick, and gnaw all he wants along the glorious buffet of a city street and (almost) never get sick? Your dog is used to eating shit. Americans, on the other hand, grow up eating almost no shit at all. Our food is hosed and boiled and rinsed ...

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A cartoon character battling breast cancer dies in hospice care: "A good cartoonist is one who can make people laugh . . . A great cartoonist is one who can make people laugh in the midst of fear, sadness and uncertainty."

Take it from a plastic surgeon.

Wrong place, wrong time

A car crashes through the entrance to a hospital, and kills a radiation oncologist.

Second opinions

It's always a patient's right, and I always recommend one if there diagnostic or treatment course is unclear. Or as Sid Schwab puts it: "Second opinions aren't necessary except when they are, and they're good for you except when they aren't."

Pfizer’s pipeline

Looks to be as dry as a bone.

Dental care in the UK

What a sad state:

Falling numbers of state dentists in England has led to some people taking extreme measures, including extracting their own teeth, according to a new study released Monday.

Others have used superglue to stick crowns back on, rather than stumping up for private treatment, said the study. One person spoke of carrying out 14 separate extractions on himself with pliers.

Religion of athletics

ER physician Edwin Leap opines on the religion of college football, with "alcohol abuse one of its holiest sacraments."

Cardiac electrophysiologist Dr. Wes answers some frequently asked questions.

Can there be a correlation? Perhaps, according to this retrospective study:

Compared with patients who had private insurance coverage, those on Medicare were 14 percent more likely to have a burst appendix, people on Medicaid were 22 percent more likely, and those with no insurance at all were 18 percent more likely to have a rupture. The differences persisted even after controlling for age, sex, socioeconomic status, type ...

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