Women going on crash diets and fainting.

The Vioxx debacle may be one factor that the FDA is approving less drugs than over.

Equating a single-payer system to the government's handling of another "basic right" - education:

For a sneak preview of the result of implementing a system under the control of the federal government, let's look at another "human right" that was implemented in American law and that began receiving federal aid a few years before Medicare was enacted: the "right" to a basic education. The results: the performance of American ...


When clear medical mistakes are made, patients lose again in the current malpractice system.

The FTC smacks down false claims by several junk weight loss pills.

Smokers in denial

They are more likely to think that fate decides who gets cancer:

A survey of 4,000 Britons by the charity Cancer Research UK revealed today that 25 per cent of UK adults believe getting cancer is decided by fate, and smokers were 50 per cent more likely to believe this than non-smokers.

Dr Lesley Walker, director of cancer information at Cancer Research UK, expressed the charity's concern about ...


Pictures of various foods that equate to 200 calories. You'd be surprised at some of the (lack of) portions.

Patients had to wait in ambulances, as paramedics tended to them, since the ER was too busy.

This letter suggests so:

To satisfy their compensation requirements (or perhaps to meet some quota imposed on them by HMOs or PPOs), they are cramming as many patients as possible into their schedules. This results in rushed visits, limited time for patient questions (let alone in-depth discussion), delays in being seen and so on.

The current process leaves many patients (and their doctors) frustrated. Concierge doctoring offers a solution ...


Roy Poses on Abbott's attempts to keep milking its HIV drug Kaletra.

MedGadget does an experiment and finds out they dominate the search engine:

To see what's going on, one does not have to go far. Goggle's search for 'vaccination' returns 10 results on its first page. Of them, two are from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). One result from Wikipedia that has some questionable statements , such as "...the overall effect might, in theory, be to cause ...


Voting begins for the 2006 Medical Weblog Awards.

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Charity Doc gives us a snapshot of a shift at a trauma center. Not for the faint of heart.

This internist has serious concerns about the vaccine for shingles:

Like it or not, my practice is a business with real expenses. At best, the cost of the vaccine will be covered but I will have to bear the initial outlay of $180 per dose. I still will also have invested significant staff time in storing, monitoring, and administering the vaccine, and doing the special paperwork.

At worst, I ...


It would seem so:

Clinicians who provide HIV care are among the lowest paid health care providers, Dr. Saag's analyses suggest. People entering health care professions see the overworked clinicians and underfunded caring for patients with HIV and AIDS, and fewer today are interested in working in HIV care in the United States.

More success of malpractice caps, making practicing medicine in Nevada much more attractive.

The BMJ essentially plays Are You Hot? with physicians:

They selected a random sample of 12 surgeons and 12 physicians from the hospital plus four external controls (well known film stars who played surgeons or physicians). All subjects were matched by age (52 +/- 7 years) and sex (all men), their height was recorded and they were asked to submit a digital picture.

Pictures of ...


Understaffed and overworked, DC's Administration for HIV Policy and Programs is playing catchup with their HIV surveillance.

According to Ann Althouse.

Translated into dollars: $2.4 billion in the first year.

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