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.

Portable ultrasounds

The latest peace-of-mind test. These devices are marketed to the general population to screen for carotid and coronary artery disease. Are companies just profiting from the public's belief that more testing is simply better?

This ultrasound tech is certainly capitalizing on it:

Robert Rosner, an ultrasound technician in Fort Myers, Fla., sells screening to police, fire and other municipal workers and through doctor offices and health clubs. ...

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A parent is outraged when a physician had the audacity to ask his daughter about alcohol and drug abuse. The shame!

Great. I send my daughter to the pediatrician to find out if she's fit to play lacrosse, and the doctor spends her time trying to find out if her mom and I are drunk, drug-addicted sex criminals.

We're not alone, either. Thanks to guidelines issued by the ...

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The life of an academic physician depends greatly on how many articles have been published. Quantity matters.

In the Spotlight - Dr. Larry Sperling, MD, Emory University, Discusses His Research Into Different Dosage Strategies for Statins
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If I Had - Scaly Plaques on Elbows and Knees - Dr. Richard Langley MD, FCPC, Dalhousie University
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If I Had - A Child With Chronic Headaches - Dr. Elliot Krane, MD, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and Stanford University School of Medicine
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If I Knew Then - Dr. Tobey MacDonald, MD, Children's National Medical Center, Discusses Keeping an Open Mind When Choosing a Specialty
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Foliage

Some pictures off the Kancamagus Highway in New Hampshire. It's not quite peak season yet for the foliage, so some of the trees are still a bit green.






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Tachycardia was the tipoff in this 18-year old without apparent trauma.

The Medical Quack takes it for a test drive.

Aetna unveils a PHR months before Microsoft and wonders why they didn't get any press? Probably because it's only available to 800,000 Aetna members.

Breakfast or CT scan?

Sometimes hunger takes precedence over a possible skull fracture.

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