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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.

From the "obvious study results" department:

When a drug company or device-maker is funding a clinical trial for a new cardiovascular treatment, the reported outcome is likely to reveal good news for the new treatment, according to researchers here.

Likewise when funding comes from non-profit sources, the outcomes are less likely to favor the new treatments and when for-profit and not-for-profit funders split the tab, the results are, in ...


Human leather

They don't make books like they used to:

The best libraries then belonged to private collectors. Some were doctors who had access to skin from amputated parts and patients whose bodies were not claimed. They found human leather to be relatively cheap, durable and waterproof . . .
More on Medgadget.

Kim talks about the perspectives of a patient encounter:

Perception is everything.

Having had recent experience as the nurse, the patient and the family member, I am in the unique position of seeing all three sides.

Let us examine how the perception of time, place and situation differ depending on which "chair" you occupy.

"I'm a crack whore . . ." Life in the ER from Charity Doc.

The FDA will be closely watched to ensure morality doesn't play a role in its decision regarding Merck's cervical cancer vaccine.

Speaking in Canada: "In the U.S., administrative costs mean the financial tail is wagging the health-care dog."

When less is more

The researchers from Dartmouth are at it again:

"We must reward, rather than penalize provider organizations that successfully reduce excessive care and develop broader strategies for managing patients with chronic illness." . . .

. . . The researchers concluded that the federal government could save tens of billions of dollars a year, plus improve care, if it took steps to prevent the overuse of health care.
One easy way ...


Some insights from

But today's system cannot work well for close calls, at least not when the stakes are in the billions or tens or hundreds of billions of dollars. Analysts expect tens of thousands of cases roughly similar to Mr. McDarby's. Juries will continue to guess at the central issues, getting it wrong as often as right but charging Merck $10 million or $20 million or $40 million ...


From the CMAJ:

Although there is no guarantee that Canadians who have the surgeries performed out of country will be reimbursed by provincial health insurance plans, that is not a major obstacle for MedSolution's clients, says Knox.

"Waiting lists are so out of control in this country, many patients are willing to pay anything to obtain swift access to the services they need," he says. "It's our job ...


More from Health Care Renewal:

Another doctor said the company's behavior "demonstrates the unrestrained greed and arrogance of an organization that has systematically undermined the very health care system that provides the basis for its wealth."
UnitedHealth is clearly the worst payer here in the Northeast.

You can bet that many ERs won't be happy with this study:

The end result, Dr. Todd said, was that as many as 40% of patients who go to the ER for pain relief are still in pain when they are discharged.

"The results of these studies show that persistent pain is common and substantial after emergency department discharge," said Dr. Todd. "We, as emergency room doctors, do not ...


More than a quarter of the staff has been diagnosed with cancer.

Only in America

One effect of the large uninsured population - medical identity theft:

This is when thieves use your name or insurance information to get medical treatment. Or, they might use it to buy prescription drugs or get reimbursed by insurance companies for services you never received.

It's really up to the physicians to accept that internet health is here to stay:

Is it fanciful to suggest that the reason doctors are so resentful of the internet, and so suspicious of our ability to use it responsibly, is because it excludes them even further? Because it facilitates access to knowledge which, as little as a decade ago, was more or less their exclusive province?

More on the affirmative action scandal in India. (via a reader tip)

US News on ACOG's fight for Plan B. Someone's got to put science back into the FDA:

Despite a doctor's orders, a pharmacist can decide not to dispense the contraceptive based on moral or religious beliefs. Fine. But there must be an alternative pharmacist or pharmacy to fill the order, or else the conscientious objectors are imposing their beliefs on a woman who then becomes powerless to exercise her ...


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