The recipient of the kidney is upset and says the hospital is doing this to avoid negative press:

The Canadian woman who was to receive a kidney donated by an Australian man disputes characterizations of the young man as a religious "cult" member who was coerced into making the offer.

"There's no way in the world this guy was being coerced," said Sandi Sabloff, who lives in north Toronto ...

Read more...

Scary stuff from Korea:

From their nondescript sixth-floor office, Kim Hee Joo and five other social workers troll the Internet to combat a disturbing trend in South Korea: people using the Web to trade tips about suicide, and in some cases to form suicide pacts.

For the considerate smoker:

Take a look at this jacket that lets people wear their lungs on their chest. The idea is to show consideration for others by blowing smoke into the collar of the coat - instead of in their faces.

The smoke blown into the jacket collar runs into two "lung compartments" on the breast of the coat that each have a transparent covering. Over time, the ...

Read more...

Initially awarded $50 million, he now must choose between a reduced award of $1.6 million, or a new trial.

Toebesity

The lasted cosmetic surgery fad:

. . . "there are cosmetic surgeons with scalpels poised to slenderise generously-proportioned digits" in NYC.

Acute Wiiitis

NEJM with a case report:

The final diagnosis for the isolated right shoulder pain was Nintendinitis. However, the variant in this patient can be labeled more specifically as "Wiiitis." The treatment consisted of ibuprofen for 1 week, as well as complete abstinence from playing Wii video games. The patient recovered fully.
(via Clinical Cases)

Scribes

GruntDoc writes on his positive experience with them in the ED.

The committee tries to attack Steven Nissen with some laughable questions:

Congressman Chris Cannon, Utah (R-Utah) tried to make Nissen cry about all the money pharma companies lose when the public hears bad news about drugs or the industry -- in other words, he thought the messenger, not the message should be blamed.

The congressman, in fact, went all the way back to the Clinton era to make ...

Read more...

Is Januvia next?

If it were up to Public Citizen, we should not be taking any new drugs until they were on the market for at least seven years:

Nearly lost in the controversy over Glaxo's Avandia is a strongly worded statement issued the other day by Public Citizen, the advocacy group, about Merck's relatively new diabetes pill, which was approved last fall by the FDA. On its web site, the group cautions ...

Read more...

"Money talks."

Apparently, soldiers are going to the ER after taking Hydroxycut. The Angry Doctor comments: "I can't imagine losing weight would be my first priority if I were in Iraq."

Pancreatic cancer

A pictorial, from initial studies to pathology.

With no clear guidelines, recommendations are all over the map:

"Patients have asked questions about Avandia," said Dr. Patrick Cogley, a primary care doctor in Iowa. "I have told them to continue taking their Avandia."

Cogley added, though, that he has not given out any new prescriptions for Avandia, and a committee in his practice is further investigating the drug's safety.

Dr. Stanley Mirsky has taken an ...

Read more...

Blogging article

The International Medical News Group of journals has written an article on medical blogging featuring yours truly and GruntDoc.

What a horrible logo. And dangerous too:

An animated display of London's jigsaw-style 2012 Olympics logo, which has drawn an unfavorable public response, was removed from an official Web site Tuesday following concern it could trigger epileptic seizures.

Epilepsy Action, a British health charity, said 10 people had complained about the animation and some had suffered seizures from watching images depicting a diver plunging into a pool.

Eric Turkewitz continues his interview with plaintiff's counsel as well as an analysis of the Boston Globe coverage:

No matter what some might think of the comments Flea made, the punishment that the Globe sought to inflict upon him seems vastly disproportional to any sins he committed with his blog.

The latest on the Avandia Congressional hearings from the WSJ Health Blog and Pharmalot.

Is GSK's marketing strategy going to backfire?

A JAMA study reveals that P4P doesn't improve outcomes:

Researchers looked at information from hospitals treating 105,383 patients over three years beginning in 2003. They evaluated such factors as whether the hospitals prescribed aspirin and widely accepted cardiac drugs called beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors, and whether patients were counseled to quit smoking.

Compliance rose to 94.2% from 87% at the pay-for-performance hospitals. At the others, compliance also rose, ...

Read more...

For those who subscribe to the WSJ, an inspiring story about a man's mission to help his brain-injured brother.

Most Popular