Your style of sneezing is inherited.

I hope everyone had a safe holiday season as well as a Happy New Year.

A hearty thanks to the "visiting professors" who kept the blog warm in my absence. Be sure to continue reading their blogs to keep up with their excellent content:

Craig Hildreth, M.D. aka The Cheerful Oncologist
Red State Moron

Happy New Year

Thanks to Kevin for giving us the keys to his place for a while. Hope I didn't leave too many stains. Thanks to all who dropped by in Kevin's absence. It's been fun. Happy New Year and may 2006 bring you all health and happiness.

The new immunomodulatory agent lenalidomide has just been approved by the F.D.A. for the treatment of a specific subset of the malignant blood disease myelodysplastic syndrome.

For the details read here.

Thanks again to Kevin for letting this barmy blogger bollix up this brilliant website with his harebrained bilge! Will the good doctor ever dare to go on vacation again after this?

Sure he will, just as ...


In the comments on an earlier post, I criticized the testimony of an expert in a trial. I called it "crap." Elliott asked what I meant. Here you go, Elliott.

Happy New Year!

2006 Stuttgart
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So, here in Tennessee, the great expirement in expanded Medicare is crumbling. TennCare, once thought to be the model for a national health care system, a la HillaryCare, is not working. Those of use who have worked within this system for years have known, almost from the very beginning, that it wasn't working. Now Governor Bredesen is trimming the system and removing people from the TennCare rolls. How will these ...


And now, just when you thought your children had successfully fought off the urge to adopt the most deadly of cancer-causing habits, comes this frustrating report from the trendiest lounges where only the hippest young adults, apparently also blessed with immortality, hang out:

"Hookah Bars Finding a Place in America"

I wonder if all those folks congregating in hookah bars to smoke the narghile water pipe would be ...


This morning RoseMary, my wife, and I were running errands. A cool looking Ferrari pulled up next to us. The driver was a very obese man with very unkempt hair. As I glanced at him, he picked his nose and ate it. Is booger eating good for you?

America's first Baby Boomer turns 60.

"For the nation, the baby boomers turning 60 is monumental because of all the issues of health care and Social Security and nursing homes,' she says."

Statutes of limitations

Statutes of limitations for malpractice cases in Wisconsin don't fully address injuries to developmentally disabled children, so a teenager who was injured at birth should still be allowed to sue his health care providers, the state Supreme Court ruled Friday.
(This is, I guess, an established fact in the case).
The case could have broad implications in Wisconsin, where the state's medical malpractice environment is already in flux because ...


Compassion amid horror, 2

A follow up to this story;

Baby Noor, a 3-month-old Iraqi girl in urgent need of medical attention to treat a potentially fatal birth defect, was resting early Friday at a U.S. base in western Baghdad before being flown to the United States for treatment.

Noor was scheduled to be flown out of Iraq on a U.S. military plane around mid-morning Friday to Kuwait and then on to Atlanta ...


Via Medical News Today:

Consumer Reports has named cesarean section number three on its list of "12 Surgeries You May Be Better Off Without." The recommendation, based on research at the non-profit Rand Corporation, encourages consumers to "check out safer alternatives" before having any of the 12 listed "invasive procedures." (link).

The number three ranking of cesarean surgery appears just above episiotomy (#4) and hysterectomy (#5) and below ...


Another Vioxx situation?

Dr. Centor has a quiz. He's responding to a med student's post about "thinking like a doctor" (the entry is dated 12/25). Here's Dr. Centor:

As Anthony matures as a physician, he will face a major challenge. How do you as a physician explain diagnostic tests, treatments and diagnoses in terms that patients understand?

As physicians, we have an obligation to "break it down" into understandable ...


How to become invisible: scroll down for instructions. But some people become invisible without trying. And some must cope with invisible symptoms of their illness...

"Exit 25." A father recalls his young son's meningitis. The diagnosis was not prompt.

"Survivor Recounts Lobotomy at Age 12"

For the story behind the headline click the above link, which connects you to the illustrious and universally admired blog site where the post was composed - with the skillful hands of a master lobotomist, I might add.

What do you do when you come across "expert" witness testimony that is so bogus that it makes you sick? Publicize it.

Ipod-related ailments: auditory and orthopedic.

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