To everyone who believes that equates more CT scans to better medicine, consider one of the downsides:

They were concerned that patients coming through the emergency room could end up having unnecessary CT ("cat") scans without anyone informing them of the risks from the doses of radiation they were getting.

They calculated that a CT scan of the abdomen gives the body a radiation dose that is the equivalent ...

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Legendary surgeon Michael DeBakey operated on Boris Yeltsin in 1996 with profound political and historical consequences.

Marc Siegel writes on medicine as it should be:

In an age of impersonal medicine, marked by bottom-line thinking and rushed doctor-patient interactions, some doctors still buck the trend -- the way Soroff did -- and go to extraordinary lengths to give their patients personal care. Some let patients call them at home, day or night; some keep their offices open late; some find other ways to show that ...

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Physicians who provided care to the uninsured during Hurricane Katrina gets shafted by the government:

The lawsuit, brought by 381 physicians at West Jefferson Medical Center, says the state failed to reimburse them for treating indigent patients since the Aug. 29, 2005, hurricane closed the state-funded Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

"This is severely straining our area emergency rooms, and the lack of proper outpatient care is harming these ...

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This community is thinking of a tax to pay for on-call specialists to cover the ER. How has it come down to this? One reason is a possible illegal immigrant malpractice scam - that's the first I've heard of this:

Doctors are tired of answering calls to care for indigent or Medicaid patients for which they will receive only token payment, if any, only to expose themselves to ...

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Beware of this new disease if you're in a Chinese prison.

Recent discoveries are changing the way doctors are looking at resuscitation:

If the patient doesn't receive cardiopulmonary resuscitation within that time, and if his heart can't be restarted soon thereafter, he is unlikely to recover. That dogma went unquestioned until researchers actually looked at oxygen-starved heart cells under a microscope. What they saw amazed them, according to Dr. Lance Becker, an authority on emergency medicine at the University of ...

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Men don't like to be lectured on how they live their lives. Maybe they're happier with a shorter life expectancy:

In response to your story about risk-taking behaviors affecting male life expectancy: Has it ever occurred to you or those doctors that it does not matter how long you live but how fully? A full life, for many men, includes risky activities, sometimes a lot of risky activities. Stop ...

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A common symptom of aging, Big Pharma sees opportunity:

Dry eye, a common malady of aging, is getting more attention from the medical community and drug makers, who see a growing and largely untapped market for new treatments.

For some people, dry eye is more than a small irritation -- it can be a debilitating condition that causes painful scratchiness, light sensitivity and stinging in the eyes. But dry-eye ...

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The WSJ starts you off.

David Catron and David Hogberg take on Ezra Klein's incessant liberal health care claims.

SoloDoc on the extremes primary care docs have to go these days.

Money quote:

In my former job as a staff physician, I calculated that my actual pay rate worked out to about $56/hour if you counted my actual hours worked. While that sounds pretty good, it makes me wonder why anyone would want to subject themselves to at least 7 years of postgraduate studies, amass mounds of ...

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PointofLaw.com with a roundup of reactions.

Lectures are now taped at Harvard Medical School, prompting professors to break into song and dance during their lectures. Everyone wants to be an entertainer:

Now that lectures are videotaped, Harvard medical professors seem to be hamming it up for the camera, using song and dance to entice students to watch and learn.

Earlier this month, Shiv Pillai tried genres as diverse as the ode, the mantra, ...

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Physicians are resorting the desperate measures in the fight against malpractice premiums:

If you want to see Ridgewood gynecologist Ruth J. Schulze, you'll have to sign a contract promising never to sue her for malpractice.

The veteran physician and a dozen other gynecologists in New Jersey require the contracts as a condition of treatment.

Schulze sees it as the only way to control the rising malpractice premiums that ...

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Many of the latest gaming machines are significantly more powerful for graphics-intensive applications like medical imaging. So, it's no surprise that the processor behind the PS3 is powering some of the latest medical imaging technology.

Better find out what your search engine reputation is, as patients already know:

If people realized that that college alumni newsletter was now also being produced in an online version, they might think twice before contributing to it. I googled my psychiatrist and up popped a link to the college alumni newsletter entry with my shrink's name, his wife's name and profession, and their children's names and ages.

On ...

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First, a cholecystectomy via the vagina, now surgeons are looking at the other end:

Transgastric surgery, or natural orifice translumenal endosurgery (NOTES), as it is officially known, involves passing flexible surgical tools and a camera in through the patient's mouth to reach the abdominal cavity via an incision made in the stomach lining. Once the operation is over, the surgeon draws any removed tissue back out through the patient's ...

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Flea Googles the plaintiff's lawyer in his upcoming trial and this is what he found.

Aging

Atul Gawande on aging and the fate of the elderly:

Despite a rapidly growing elderly population, the number of certified geriatricians fell by a third between 1998 and 2004. Applications to training programs in adult primary-care medicine are plummeting, while fields like plastic surgery and radiology receive applications in record numbers. Partly, this has to do with money"”incomes in geriatrics and adult primary care are among the lowest in medicine. ...

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