An osteopath facing over 100 malpractice suits changes his name.

Beware the "geek lifestyle":

The doctor says IT professionals can fall victim to backache, headaches, sleep problems and a poor attention span as a result of their chosen career.

According to the doctor, the issue of attention span is likely to have a particular resonance with "the geek population" due to the prevalence of born multitaskers in the IT world, as well as the issue of how geeks ...

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The FDA approves an ADHD patch. Now it's come down to a classroom of kids wearing patches of methylphenidate:

The patch called Daytrana, designed to be worn for 9 hours, contains methylphenidate, which has been shown to help children with ADHD. It is the same stimulant that is in Ritalin.

There's growing ignorance on HIV:

Despite rising infection levels in the UK, 12% fewer people know the virus can be passed on through unprotected sex, the survey of 2,048 people revealed.

Liability is driving out board-certified ER docs, allowing internal medicine physicians to benefit:

Ironically, he credits the state's years of high malpractice insurance premiums and fears of litigation with driving out the competition: board-certified emergency medicine physicians who, although they may live in Pennsylvania, commute across the river to work in New Jersey.

"As an ER doctor, I can make more money than I can as a hospitalist, more ...

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Today's car drives into a medical office story.

Suck it up New Zealand - resident physicians in the US work longer hours compared to the rest of the world:

US junior doctors work some of the longest hours in the world - maximums of 80 hours a week and 30 hours in a row. In Europe, the target is 48 hours a week by 2009.

In New Zealand, the collective agreement sets 72 hours as the ...

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An anesthesiologist is finally school-debt free at age 41.

Living together: Men get healthier, women get fatter.

Update on the drug trial horror. Apparently, no mistakes were found. Scary.

hospital impact looks at some of the reaction to Massachusetts' universal health coverage plan.

PharmaGossip:
"Under New Jersey law, the jury will return to the Atlantic County courthouse this morning for the penalty phase of the trial. After hearing additional testimony, the panel will be asked to set the amount of punitive damages, which are capped by law at five times the compensatory damages awarded to McDarby and his wife.

That means Merck could be liable for up to $22.5 million."


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A mixed verdict for Merck:

A state jury found Merck & Co. liable on Wednesday for one of two former Vioxx users' heart attacks and ordered he receive $4.5 million in damages in a closely-watched trial involving two New Jersey men.

The jury found the company failed to adequately warn both plaintiffs about the risk factors linking the now-withdrawn painkiller to heart attacks and strokes, but said the drug ...

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Ever wonder how doctors get paid? Dr. Bob takes a look. And it takes two parts. Despite the complexity, coding a 99214 isn't that hard.

Laughter, ties, pus, and Dr. Charles.

A frequent patient becomes a nurse at the same hospital.

More than a year to recruit, about half a year to quit:

It took London recruiters more than a year to convince Dr. Shailendra Ziradkar to move from Newfoundland and set up shop in September.

But it took the doctor only about half a year to realize family practice here wasn't for him.

A physician missed a pregnancy, in a comatose women at a nursing home.

Some insurers are seeing the light. Cigna and Aetna are going to start reimbursing selected online visits.

Mumps and measles are in the news. The moral to the story? Get immunized.