It looks like this marketing campaign for an urgent care clinic didn't go too far.

The link is fixed.

There have been some high-profile deportations recently:

Some Toronto doctors are calling on the federal government to ease up on deportations after recent high-profile removals appear to have spooked many illegal migrants into cancelling appointments at clinics serving the uninsured.

This has been discussed before here. This is a fantastic idea:

Drexel University in Philadelphia is offering a new "mini medical school" for trial lawyers to learn about their clients' conditions.

The program, offered through a partnership between the university's medical and law schools, is sponsored by the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association and the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel.

The program is designed to help trial ...


Japanese car companies are not letting health costs for retirees bankrupt them.

Perhaps this speaks more for the nursing shortages in the country:

Nearly one in four older hospitalized patients received a urinary catheter without any medical reason for one, and these patients tended to be the ones who would need the most help going to the bathroom if left un-catheterized, said Seth Landefeld, M.D., of the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center here.

Apparently, both kidneys were on the patient's right side.

Doctors only want the NHS to fund evidence-based therapies. Makes sense to me:

In a letter, reproduced in the Times, they raised concern the NHS is backing "unproven or disproved treatments", like homeopathy.

One doctor said the NHS was funding "bogus" therapies when patients struggled to get drugs like Herceptin.

He restrains an unruly passenger on a plane:

Dr. Robert Rey, a plastic surgeon who practices martial arts, told The Associated Press he got out of his seat and intervened when he heard the man make a "big noise" as he pushed a female flight attendant toward the cockpit.

"When you get a black belt, at that stage your brain just clicks into action," the doctor said. "I ...


Thanks Mr. Studdert for giving us the study that highlights the glaring flaws of our malpractice system. No matter how it is spun, the numbers clearly speak for themselves:

Finally, the fact that payment was made in 19 percent of claims with little-to-no evidence of error and 32 percent in a slight-to-modest evidence of error is evidence enough that the tort system is woefully inadequate from the physician's ...


The Oprah effect

People trust Oprah so much, they're willing to plunk down thousands of dollars on cosmetic procedures, despite the medical risk:

But a number of doctors say such an impact is more problematic when the beauty treatment being featured is medical, with possible complications, rather than simply a cosmetic or spa procedure. In its desire to be the first show to introduce the latest anti-wrinkle options, "Oprah" sometimes features treatments before ...


A reader on an "ask a doctor"-type forum wonders why doctors order so many tests and referrals. The response:

You are not alone in wondering what is going on in our health-care system. Doctors and hospitals are more concerned with liability prevention than providing consumer-friendly health care.

But don't despair and don't give up. There are good doctors out there who still care and they need to be ...


The effects of poor Medicare reimbursement hits home in this particular case.

Businessweek profiles Dr. David Eddy, an evidence-based medicine crusader.

Or could it be because of overscreening and overtesting - something that has been shown to exist.

Yes, the family is suing the salon.

What a great idea.

Not a good start for this dog of a drug. First the UK, now Germany.

Lyme wars

Non-evidence-based therapies, such as months to years of antibiotics, are coming under fire.

USA Today tries to get a straight answer and finds that it's nearly impossible. The reason is because of the insurance companies:

USA TODAY's story on the difficulties consumers encounter in getting information on health care prices leaves the impression that doctors are unwilling to disclose their prices. In truth, a typical doctor might have 20 or more prices for the same procedure "” because each insurer ...


PCPs are starting to protect their turf against this growing trend. Malpractice lawsuits will kill off these clinics soon enough.