The Australian Medical Association wants to ban boxing from the Olympics:

"A competition in which the winner is determined either by delivering a greater number of blows to his opponent or by literally knocking his opponent senseless is no sport," Dr Haikerwal says.

Why EHRs fail:

EHRs that fail, limp along, or are only partially implemented aren't a problem limited to systems sold by NextGen. Physicians and group administrators told us about difficulties with several other programs, including some that are considered industry leaders. Nor are implementation problems always the fault of the EHR or its vendor. In many cases, these problems occurred because doctors purchased something that was inappropriate for their practices, ...

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ICD-9 code 939.0: RangelMD gives us a case that has to be read to be believed.

Illinois - tort reform = lower malpractice premiums:

Illinois' largest medical malpractice insurer announced Wednesday it would reduce its physician policy holders' average premiums by 5.2 percent for the upcoming policy year.

ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company officials credited recent litigation reforms for "modest" reductions in claims frequency and a relatively flat number of claims.

Is there ever a good time for therapeutic lying?

The benefits of deceit might flow less to a patient than to the nurses. It can be tough to care for someone who holds no hope, and such lies can encourage an otherwise reluctant patient to participate in physical therapy.

But the short-term benefit of jollying a patient along with false hope does not offset the long-term peril of lying. ...

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Scoliosis quackery:

Copes' online resume says he once worked as a doctor's assistant in Gonzales, Louisiana. He fails to mention the doctor was a veterinarian and that Copes helped treat animals, not humans.

He also lists a Ph.D. and a bachelor's degree from Columbia Pacific University, a school that was shut down after Copes attended because of questions about its degree-issuing policies. A California judge said the school ...

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A demented patient dies after an ambulance crew drops her off at the wrong house:

Mrs Purnell, who suffered from dementia and chronic lymphatic leukaemia would attend a day unit at Barry Hospital in South Wales, operated for elderly and mentally infirm clients.

She would be collected at the end of the day by an ambulance crew.

But instead of being taken to her home in Penarth ...

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No refunds - a patient is unhappy with his penis enlargement surgery:

A man pleaded guilty to weapons of mass destruction charges for sending a mail bomb to a Chicago surgeon he said botched his penile enlargement surgery, though his attorney questioned whether the charges fit the offense.

Brett R. Steidler, 25, of Reamstown, Pa., mailed the explosive device in February 2005 because he was "extremely unhappy with the ...

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Don't alter your records in a malpractice case.

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Even the ivory tower needs revenue: Johns Hopkins sponsors a cosmetic line. (via Health Care Renewal)

Another roundup of UHC in MA. (via The Health Care Blog)

The most comprehensive report on the state of healthcare blogging today (fee only). From the press release:

Readers of this report will learn:

- Who is blogging about healthcare and why they are doing it.
- Who the most prominent and prolific healthcare bloggers are.
- How healthcare blogs may impact the physician-patient relationship, treatment practices, consumer-driven healthcare, communications ...

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You still want a single-payer system? Think again:

Patients are being denied appointments with consultants in a systematic attempt to ration care and save the NHS money, The Times has learnt.

Leaked documents passed to The Times show that while ministers promise patients choice, a series of barriers are being erected limiting GPs' rights to refer people to consultants . . .

. . . Consultant-to-consultant referrals ...

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Vancouver General's ER care is subpar. The staff knows it:

Emergency patients at Vancouver General Hospital are being told by their physicians that they can no longer guarantee "safe, timely and appropriate emergency care."

The blunt warning is contained in unsigned letters being handed out to patients this week, and is said to represent the views of "a majority of the emergency physicians working at [VGH]."

The ...

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The brother-in-law trumps the doctor:

"My brother-in-law says that you're safer without a seat belt."

Oh, crud. I just hated that answer, because it left me nowhere to go. Even if the brother-in-law was an unemployed high school dropout whose knuckles dragged the ground when he walked, he was known in the family as the world's leading authority on seat belts. All arguments failed in the face of such ...

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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.