Philip Morris is upset about the smoking baby doll.

"Philip Morris is threatening legal action over the sale of a 'Smoking Baby' doll--but not because the tobacco giant is offended by the thought of an infant lighting up, but rather because the diapered cigarette enthusiast appears to be enjoying a trademarked Marlboro."

Merck is being sued for Fosamax:

According to a lawsuit filed Monday in federal court in Fort Myers, Fosamax is a defective product because it can cause osteonecrosis of the jaw, or a rotting of the jaw bone. The suit, which seeks class-action status, alleges Merck concealed and continues to hide Fosamax's potentially dangerous side effects from patients and doctors.
The cases of osteonecrosis of the jaw are associated with cancer ...


9 out of 10 Russians turned to folk remedies to help treat their cancer.

Dr. Charles urges you to support medical liability reform:

In general the malpractice system in this country needs comprehensive reform. I think special healthcare courts will be a good change someday, allowing doctors to be fairly held to objective standards of care and injured patients to receive prompt and fair compensation. The unjust lottery award system we have now benefits only trial lawyers. Trust me. I'm learning this first ...


Think ER waits are bad here? Try 20 hours in Scotland.

Doctors in Chicago are asking patients to sign "no frivolous lawsuit" contracts:

Sixteen doctors at a women's health clinic in the northwest suburbs have begun using an aggressive new tactic to fend off malpractice suits.

Patients at four WomanCare offices are being asked to sign a contract promising not to file "frivolous" malpractice suits.

Some patients have asked questions about the form, said WomanCare CEO Dr. Carl ...


Can you get addicted to tanning?

Tanning, besides its other dangers, may be addictive. A small study suggests that frequent tanners, deprived of ultraviolet light, can experience symptoms similar to opioid withdrawal.

News flash - pharmaceutical-sponsored drug studies are skewed:

But ostensibly valid industry studies can be misleading in multiple ways, Davis said. Some use too low a dose of a competitor's drug, while others choose statistical techniques that show their drug in the best light. Virtually all test drugs on patients with relatively straightforward problems.

The FDA recently has been spewing out an orgy of warnings:

It's very tough for individual physicians in community practices to drink from this fire hydrant of unmanaged information coming at them.

Punitive damages in the Merck McDarby case: $9 million.

A women who miscarried complains about a 6-hour ER wait and not receiving enough attention during her wait:

Murphy acknowledges that the hospital could not have prevented her miscarriage, "I don'Â’t think they could have at all. But they could have at least paid attention that someone was sitting there bleeding, god only knows what's going on."

The federal government isn't practicing what it's preaching:

President Bush has repeatedly urged private insurers to disclose such data, saying it will help consumers choose doctors and hospitals. But Medicare, the nation's largest insurer, has turned down a request for its data from the Business Roundtable, whose member companies provide coverage to more than 25 million people.

Employers want to use the data to compare and rate ...


ICD-9 code 939.0, part 2. Thanks for sharing Orac.

Today's motor vehicle crashes into doctor's office story. Seems like a daily occurrence.

A major media roundup of the Massachusetts' health plan.

Restless legs, irritable bowel syndrome, menopause. Are the pharmaceuticals inventing diseases?

More men are being screened for prostate cancer than colon cancer, even though colon cancer screening has been shown to reduce death. Prostate cancer screening is still of dubious value.

Stories from a cruise ship physician.

NY Times on when a patient goes against medical advice:

This was clearly what Jeanette wanted to hear. She told me how she had exerted herself all day, helping to prepare the Thanksgiving meal. She had gotten sweaty and lightheaded during dinner and then passed out. "I just overdid it," she explained. "I'll be just fine."

I reminded her once more that the safest thing was to go ...


As seen on Medrants, trial judges go to school to learn about medicine:

Dr. Calvo said the goal is to show judges that most of human biology and medicine is not black and white.

And judges at the first round of classes said they learned exactly that. In addition to acquiring a scientific knowledge base, judges said they learned that understanding physician-patient communication is key to interpreting complex ...