Organisms that live within a toxic waste pit are being used in cancer research.

Hospital IT interview

Robert Scoble interviews a physician working in the IT department of a Stanford hospital. Here is the digest version of the enlightening interview.



(via The Medical Quack)

Like oil and water:

In the US, we have a consumerist society where the patient, now a client, makes the decision themselves. It's a little like picking out a purse at Coach, "I want two preventions and a diagnostic."
In a society where "more testing = better medicine", saying no to patients will be the death of any cost-containment/single-payer reform.

It really should be the arteries, says Sid Schwab, but that wouldn't sound as good.

The BMJ is warning that Europe should avoid the problems stemming from DTC ads that are plaguing the US and New Zealand:

The authors warn that allowing DTC ads in Europe will not help consumers make better decisions about medicines but will increase the pharmaceuticalization of health and will expose more of the population to new medicines (many of which offer little benefit over existing medicines) at a time ...

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Making some sense of American health care in the first of a multi-part series:

So why does American health care cost so much? Because it is the best. Why do our poor people have limited access to health care? Because they can't afford it. If we gave it all away, we wouldn't have the best quality healthcare anymore. Other countries ration healthcare by making everyone wait for it equally. ...

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File under, "fun doing research":

Psychologist Geoffrey Miller and colleagues tapped the talent at local gentlemen's clubs and counted tips made on lap dances. Dancers made about $70 an hour during their peak period of fertility, versus about $35 while menstruating and $50 in between.

Miller links the wage fluctuations to changes in body odor, waist-to-hip ratio, and facial features. Despite operating at the upper limits of flirtatiousness already, ...

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PHR flaws?

OnThePharm sees some difficulties with the technology:

There is some talk among physicians about using this service to "consolidate" health records for people. This is a phenomenally BAD idea, and I suspect these docs haven't thought it through. The reason for this is because giving patients write access to their "official" healthcare records gives them license to remove or alter things that they don't like, or want to tweak. Yes, ...

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Lecture-based CME

Still good for something?

Wearing sandals

How Dr. Rob shoves it to "the man".

What happens next?

Brain surgery in a day

The UK's youngest brain surgeon (at age 35) pioneers the same-day, no general anesthesia, brain tumor surgery.

Is speed really something that should be emphasized for brain surgery? If it were me, I'd want the neurosurgeon to take their time. (via Healthbolt)

Despite the reports of ER overcrowding, they continue to advertise to bring in more patients:

Customer service, thirty-minute guarantee, provider in triage, rapid medical screening, fast triage. All gimmicks to bring in customers. Gimmicks and deceptive advertising all designed to make the 'customer' think that they will be seen by a doctor right away for their 'emergent' condition. Smoke and mirrors. And what kind of customer are we attracting? The ...

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A tough weekend of call.

The definitive trial for this controversial topic is due in 2009. Already, the authors are being attacked as being tobacco company stooges:

Since late last year, the Lung Cancer Alliance, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit that supports screening, has asserted in letters to the NCI and its parent, the National Institutes of Health, that two of the study's key researchers have conflicts of interest because they have accepted money ...

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Unnecessary narcotic prescriptions and its impact on the neighboring community. ERnursey with another take.

How are they similar?

A frazzled intern just starting in July? Addicted to Medblogs speculates.

News flash - Democrats are realizing that not everyone sees health care their way:

If Democrats and Republicans had so much difficulty agreeing on a plan to cover 10 million children, most of them from low-income families, how can they ever agree on legislation to guarantee insurance for 250 million or 300 million people?

A shortage of opioid painkillers, and doctors who know how to use them, in poor countries:

In Africa, the report said, 20 percent of all palliative care specialists had no access to morphine or other strong opioids, and 25 percent never had weak opioids like codeine.

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