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.

Liability is driving out board-certified ER docs, allowing internal medicine physicians to benefit:

Ironically, he credits the state's years of high malpractice insurance premiums and fears of litigation with driving out the competition: board-certified emergency medicine physicians who, although they may live in Pennsylvania, commute across the river to work in New Jersey.

"As an ER doctor, I can make more money than I can as a hospitalist, more ...

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Today's car drives into a medical office story.

Suck it up New Zealand - resident physicians in the US work longer hours compared to the rest of the world:

US junior doctors work some of the longest hours in the world - maximums of 80 hours a week and 30 hours in a row. In Europe, the target is 48 hours a week by 2009.

In New Zealand, the collective agreement sets 72 hours as the ...

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An anesthesiologist is finally school-debt free at age 41.

Living together: Men get healthier, women get fatter.

Update on the drug trial horror. Apparently, no mistakes were found. Scary.

hospital impact looks at some of the reaction to Massachusetts' universal health coverage plan.

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