Not smart, and he deserved to be reprimanded.

Strange research from the UK:

Expectant fathers can suffer from pregnancy symptoms, UK research shows.

Morning sickness, cramps, back pain and swollen stomachs were all reported by men whose partners were pregnant . . .

. . . In more extreme cases, men developed swollen stomachs that looked like a "baby bump".

Ten things that will be sure to break your ER doctor's day.

What to do about the chronic back pain patient who repeatedly returns to the ER?

So now I let them down early. Yes it's disappointing but I think it's healthier for them (and me), in the long run. "You've had this for x years, you've seen about a dozen specialists; as a general rule, if a bunch of specialists cannot figure it out in their offices with all the ...

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Michelle Au on seeing the attending when visiting a teaching hospital:

But then when it comes time for my family to come into the hospital, or if my child gets sick, I don't want to buy into the system of which I myself am a part. I want to skip to the top. I want the attending. And not even just any attending, I want the senior attending. I ...

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Healthcare 100

eDrugSearch with the official announcement:

My hope is that the Healthcare 100 will serve to increase the influence of ALL health and medical blogs by making it easier for bloggers, blog readers and the media to find us "” and to see what a thriving corner of the blogosphere we are when viewed as a single, if diverse, community.

As I explain here, the Healthcare 100 ranking system is ...

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A couple of physicians write in support of Dr. Nissen and Avandia. (via The Health Care Blog)

College students are willing subjects for all kinds of studies:

A graduate student told the AP that his study of the "Cocktail Party Effect" wouldn't be possible without the ample pool of cheap volunteers. In the cocktail-party study, students were paid a measly ten-spot to spend an hour in a soundproof booth listening to five-digit numbers in one ear and gibberish in the other. The study aims to find ...

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keagirl gives an example of an inappropriate call:

Do patients think that on-call physicians stay up all night long by the phone in clinic, eagerly awaiting the next page? (and for free for that matter since we don't bill for any of our telephone calls). Do they not realize that when calling late at night, you are waking someone who has a full work schedule the next day, and ...

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The rejection of Acomplia doesn't make crusader Steven Nissen look good:

That means it's at least the second time in under a year that Steven Nissen has been wrong about the promise of new drugs. Nissen, of course, is the well-known Cleveland Clinic cardiologist whose efforts were largely responsible for toppling Vioxx, and he just co-authored a NEJM study raising serious doubts about Avandia.
He was also optimistic about ...

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Rapid progression, and not for the squeamish.

Is John Edwards trying to atone for his past? Personal injury lawyer Eric Turkewitz sees Edwards selling out:

I have no problem with sanctions for those that bring frivolous suits. And for those that bring frivolous defenses (like blaming the patient for an injury that happened while she was under anesthesia.) Frivolous claims of any kind hurt everyone concerned and should be sanctioned.

But the concept that a ...

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His approach makes the most sense, but the chance of Giuliani (or any Republican) getting elected in 2008 is slim:

People would shop around for plans that suit them best - young, healthy people may opt for the equivalent of liability insurance, while the ill or risk-averse might choose a fuller coverage plan. Those who take good care of themselves would, like good drivers, benefit from financial savings. And insurance ...

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David Hogberg says the well-publicized case of Edith Isabel Rodriguez, dying in the ER waiting room, may be a preview of government-run health care.

John Mack rails against pharma-sponsored CME. Realistically, if physicians had to pay to attend their own CME lectures, no one would go.

Ask Dr. Wiki?

Doctors getting their medical information from Wikipedia? Michelle Au hopes not:

Hey, I love me some internet, and I don't know how people did research and traded information without it. But man, trusting Dr. Wiki is taking it one step too far. He's like the chiropractor that takes out ads on the subway.

By focusing so much on safety, the FDA may be stifling R&D:

"Who is going to bring a new, improved version of Avandia to market," asks Ruffolo, given the likely trial-size FDA is going to request? How will any company be able to prove that their drug doesn't have the safety issues associated with Avandia, if these (whether or not they are real) only become apparent from Steve Nissen's ...

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Apparently, a record judgment wasn't enough:

A Kane County jury recently awarded $1.3 million in a malpractice case against Sherman Hospital in Elgin.

Lawyers said was it was a record-high verdict for this type of case in Kane County, but soon the plaintiff may be asking for much more.

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