That's what this op-ed suggests, and echoed by Robert Centor:

You might say, how about being admitted to a teaching hospital but staying away from the residents and the students? They're young and inexperienced, and they sometimes make mistakes, and sometimes they even look stupid. Surely they can't be good for me?

Well, maybe. But I don't mind students and residents taking care of me, and apart ...

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Chris Rangel rips Dr. Phil:

The reality is that while some studies have found clear evidence for increased aggressive behavior and thoughts in subjects during and just after playing violent video games, there is no evidence that there are any lasting effects. There is no evidence that video games or other violent media (like movies) have such long-term significant effects on behavioral patterns that leads to an increased likelihood of ...

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Simply stunning

The 2007 Pulitzer Prize winner for feature photography. A portrayal of a single mother and her young son as he loses his battle with cancer. (via Graham)

Amongst other things, the famous set doctor is accused of using and distributing cocaine:

Cohen, who also worked on the sets of "Baywatch" and "Mission Impossible 2," has been under investigation by Australian medical authorities since late last year.

Investigators found that his drug use was most prevalent from 1998 to 2003, when he regularly obtained pharmaceutical-grade cocaine powder by using the names of his patients.

He ...

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Josh Padnick wonders:

The thing is, patients would absolutely LOVE this. I kmow I'd certainly love it. It'd be awesome to go to my doctor's website, read his latest blog entry on say, eating healthy, or the importance of low sodium, and then to see him/her a few weeks later and be able to discuss what he had written about. How cool would that be?

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Some levity to break up the recent grim news.

A patient committed suicide after being awake during his surgery:

The Baptist minister from Raleigh County, W.Va., killed himself in February 2006 "“- two weeks after he allegedly suffered the trauma of having surgery without anesthesia. The phenomenon of anesthesia awareness is associated with psychological conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.

In a suit filed last month, Sizemore's family say anestheliogist Dr. Bruce Cannon and nurse assistant Larry ...

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Two NYC plastic surgeons are going to start a Botox-on-the-go clinic:

On a busy section of East 59th Street in Manhattan, a half block from Bloomingdale's, two plastic surgeons are preparing to open a new kind of cosmetic medical entity: a Botox-only storefront office. No appointment necessary.

Smoothmed, scheduled to open next month, will offer only one procedure: Botox injections to smooth wrinkles around the forehead, eyes, lips ...

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Mary Johnson wonders if HIPAA prevented Cho from getting much needed help:

Generally speaking, a health-care provider cannot talk to another health-care provider about a mutual patient without a signed release. Everything is harder, from simple consults to getting lab results to records transfer.

I expect it's why those court records on Cho Sueng-Hui never got to anyone anywhere who might have been able to prevent what happened ...

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Obesity and cremation

Furnaces are getting too small these days:

Expanding waistlines are forcing many councils to spend thousands widening their furnaces, the Local Government Association has warned.

In some cases grieving relatives have to travel hundreds of miles to find crematoria that can accommodate over-sized coffins.

An interesting hypothesis:

In Marmor's simulated versions of how the painters would most likely have seen their work, Degas' later paintings of nude bathers become so blurry it's difficult to see any of the artist's brushstrokes. Monet's later paintings of the lily pond and the Japanese bridge at Giverny, when adjusted to reflect the typical symptoms of cataracts, appear dark and muddied. The artist's signature vibrant colors are muted, replaced ...

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The public demand for physician perfection comes with a price:

This zero defect mentality costs money and very little of it improves patient care. Mostly it goes to cover the massive cost of defensive medicine which is what, I would dare say from personal experience, most of American medicine comes down to. We know better of course, but it is a lot easier to obtain the CT or ...

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Jury decision making

David Bernstein takes a revealing look:

Jurors, like sporting event spectators, look to pick, and then root, for a side. When jurors have no allegiance to either side, many rely on the story behind the parties to motivate them to commit to a "team." . . .

. . . Don't count on relying on the law or the facts, unless you are able to conjure up a ...

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It's a rumble at a Pfizer-sponsored dinner:

She said Dr Khalid Mahmood, 61, behaved "impeccably" at the July 2003 event, hosted by drug company Pfizer at London restaurant Claridges.

She claimed it was rep Margaret Ajoku who assaulted him when he refused to fill in a questionnaire, the General Medical Council in Manchester heard.

The GP denies his fitness to practise is impaired through misconduct.
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Schwitzer tracks more unbalanced, pro-screening media bias against evidence-based medical practice. Culprits include The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Georgia Public Radio.

There's outrage in the medical blogosphere.

TBTAM
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"You may argue all you want as to whether or not you personally believe in abortion, but at this point in time, abortion is legal. The courts have no right to decide what technique a physician uses to perform that legal act. That decision is made by the physician and the woman, with her health and best interests in mind.


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Asian-Americans, and Koreans in particular, are bracing for possible backlash in the wake of the massacre:

"In the wake of 9/11, we saw so many racially charged incidents that I don't think it's out of the question to suspect this [prejudice] will happen," says Aimee Baldillo, a spokeswoman for the Asian American Justice Center, a Washington-based civil-rights group. "The lesson we learned then was that individuals are going to get ...

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Making the Rounds

For those interested in the Boston healthcare scene, The Boston Herald starts a health blog, entitled Making the Rounds.

Nancy Turnbull, President of their Foundation, and on faculty at the Harvard School of Public Health, haikus her thoughts on blogs:

Months more of reform.
So little time each day.
Please, no new health blogs
My response: Better get used to it Nancy.

GE has the fetal ultrasound market cornered in India, where law prohibits doctors from telling expecting parents the gender of their baby. Are they taking advantage of the cultural preference for boys?

GE says it has put its own safeguards in place, with salespeople stressing that the machines aren't to be used to determine gender. But prosecutors in Hyderabad have recently filed criminal charges against GE and a ...

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