Bring Vioxx back?

Some patients can't live without the withdrawn drug. (via The WSJ Health Blog)

Who do you believe?

Some residents may not be adhering to the rules. While a study by the group that accredits residency programs found that only 3% of residents worked more hours than the rules allowed, Harvard sleep researchers found that 80% of residents they surveyed worked excess hours.

Roadblocks are being set up as retail clinics spread. Is the AMA winning the fight?

Instead of a waiting room, MinuteClinics provide chairs for customers outside the exam rooms. They also don't have their own bathrooms, so patients who need to provide urine samples must use the regular CVS bathroom. Older MinuteClinics didn't include a hand-washing station for nurse practitioners -- they used a hand sanitizer instead -- ...


J&J sues the Red Cross

And they're taking it to the blogs.

A link between labor and belly dancing?

Some belly-dance movements mirror those of labor. The idea is that the pelvic gyrations help disperse the pain of contractions, orient the fetus and propel the baby into the world. In early labor, when contractions are relatively mild, the expectant mother may find comfort in dancing slowly and hypnotically, using hip circles, crescents and figure eights. As labor gets more intense, the ...


A well-documented case of a long-time family physician who becomes a woman. The Boston Globe explores the transition:

"I will begin practicing medicine as a woman," his letter said.

Instead of taking the usual route of moving to a distant city and starting a new life, Berkowitz-Shelton was staying put for his life-changing journey, asking his family, his staff and his nearly 4,000 patients to make a ...


Anti-smoking shock ads

Do they work?

"Monster Mac"

How much is too much? Check out this 8-patty monstrosity:

(via Dr. Wes)

Vasectomy for iPhone

Dr. A reports on this husband desperate for Apple's latest gadget.

A port-a-cath for who?

A port-a-cath in a patient with a history of drug abuse is generally not a good idea.

There are some pretty important ones on the list.

Hundreds of hilarious fake drug ads courtesy of

(via a reader tip)

Paul Levy continues to be on the cutting edge of public disclosure.

Doctor for life

A 97-year old doctor his now a hospital volunteer. Inspiring. (via a reader tip)

The government can't manage a single brothel. LawDog wouldn't let them get close to health care. (via a reader tip)

Should affirmative action be more of a priority in medical schools?

RIP King-Harbor

The troubled hospital shuts down:

Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital shut down its emergency room Friday night and will close entirely within two weeks, a startlingly swift reaction to a federal decision to revoke $200 million in annual funding because of ongoing lapses in care.
The surrounding hospitals are put under further pressure, as patients will be redirected. I also wonder what's going to happen to the house staff there. ...


Placebo Television #3

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A big thank-you to Josh Umbehr, who took time out of his busy resident's schedule to guest blog this past week. You can find more of his work over at Medgadget.

And we want THEM to take complete control?

Wheelchairs designed for use outside the home will no longer be covered by Medicaid under a rule change that disabled-rights advocates say is misguided, and one occupational therapist likened to placing hundreds of Utahns on house arrest.

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