The plaintiff didn't really understand the concept of a settlement:

"The doctor responsible for Kate'Â’s death pretty much walked off scott free," Gavoni said . . .

. . . When Gavoni entered his wife's allergist'Â’s name it said there was a settlement, but that was it. There was no mention of his wife's death and the doctor was never disciplined.

Can reach as high as one billion dollars. Could be going down the Merck route soon.

Some are willing to enter boutique practices simply to improve their access to their PCP:

"Some patients choose to join this special program. Doctors offices that have similar programs charge an additional fees and the patients get additional services," said Scariano.

Some of Scariano's patients, such as Ann Roadarmel, said it's worth the extra money because it is more than just having better access to her primary physician.

Most vitamins don't have any health benefits. Here are the few that do:

* Women of childbearing age should take folic acid supplements to prevent spina bifida and related birth defects.
* Calcium and vitamin D together can help protect the bones of postmenopausal women.
* Antioxidants and zinc may slow the worsening of the blinding disease called age-related macular degeneration.

This survey says 29 percent.

Sounds like some less-than-ideal conditions being described:

One GP wrote: "We all hot-desk... on Friday we used the staff common room for flu vaccinations."

Another said: "No clinician has their own room. I have had to move desks up to five times in a two-hour period."

And one practice reported: "There are days when there are not enough rooms to allow all the doctors to consult. The ...

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A sad day indeed. She was one of the reasons why I started this blog. Best of luck in the future, Dr. Sydney:

The phrase "declining reimbursement and rising overhead," is repeated so often in medicine that it seems a cliche, but it's also a reality. I'm spending longer hours at work and seeing more patients to support my office and my family. The 1-2 hours a day ...

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Somewhat off topic, but this doesn't feel right:

On the downside, tweens and their younger siblings can present their own array of challenges, said Stephanie Lapilato, a stylist who admits giving a 4-year-old a pedicure takes a lot of concentration.

"Their feet are so tiny you have to be really careful," she said. Since the little ones have been walking only for a few years, there ...

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Gizmodo:

Here's a great idea for a birth control pill package, where a 24-hour alarm sounds at the time you designate, and when you twist open the case, it stops the alarm. Take a pill, twist the case closed and that alarm is reset for the next day. Careful, though"”might be a bit embarassing if that alarm goes off during Mass.
(via Health business blog)

From miracle to malpractice:

Her attorney, John Crongeyer, said Tuesday that Nonnie began having doubts about her daughter's medical treatment while she was in a coma because "she kept getting different answers from different doctors."

He said Nonnie Hawkins decided to file a lawsuit against the hospital and Nash after she got a copy of the autopsy that said her daughter died because of damage to arteries in her ...

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Here's their explanation:

Rieders, the personal injury lawyer, is also a member of Pennsylvania's Patient Safety Authority, which collects reports of medical errors and studies them.

He puts little significance in the finding that 40 percent of cases involved no error or no injury. He contends that reflects the fact that, because doctors and hospitals are secretive about unfavorable medical outcomes, patients often file lawsuits just to ...

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A family medicine director is scared for the future:

Medicine is again overspecializing, fueled by a market-driven health-care system that promotes the expansion of procedural medicine and specialty practices that create large profit margins. Primary-care physicians are increasingly employed by health-care corporations that judge and pay them mainly on the basis of productivity. Our reimbursement system is not designed to reward spending time with patients to counsel, educate and to ...

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Essentially, almost every day in April, all the doctors in the hospital had to give a hand to the ER:

On every day but one in April, crowding prompted ER staff to declare a "code orange," which sets other departments scrambling to accommodate emergency patients.

Ducharme says code orange is only declared when ER doctors don't believe they can treat patients adequately.

Being a doctor trained her well for her shift:

On that Monday, she arrived at Steamer's at 3 p.m. to don her chef's jacket for the big night. There were no major mishaps during the seven-hour shift, only a couple of anxious moments when she had to be especially quick on her feet. But as she noted, when you're a doctor, you're more than used to that.

So says the "father" of Quebec's modern health-care system.

This exposes the turf wars that are present in every hospital:

According to the suit filed in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, Feldman's e-mail stated:

"I have been informed now on multiple occasions by our house staff at Methodist, as well as by one of our cardiology fellows who moonlights there, that the ED attendings (at the instigation of the ED director) are urging and pushing ...

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For being a "Blog of Note" on Blogger's home page. Keep up the great medblogging.

Everyone should be asking their physician for these easy ways to stay healthy:

Five of the best solutions are used by fewer than half of the people who need them, according to the report. Besides counseling on aspirin and tobacco, the measures include screening for colorectal cancer and the sexually transmitted disease Chlamydia, and vaccinating older adults against bacterial pneumonia, researchers said.

Dr. Crippen thinks this could have been avoided if this was at a hospital.

Clinical Cases summarizes her recent stroke. I wish her all the best.

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