A "professor of experimental therapeutics" wants to treat heart disease with chocolate. Sounds like something from House, M.D.

You think we have a problem with the uninsured? Take a look at China:

A construction worker, his leg smashed in a bulldozer accident, sat all night outside a city hospital here, afraid to go in. A doctor told him to bring $600 cash - more than he earns in a year - and prepare for an amputation. His buddies wheeled him away on a flatbed tricycle.

A surgeon operates on the wrong body part . . . for the third time.

How an EHR is slowing visits, and reducing access:

Rollout of the Defense Department's electronic medical record-keeping system has reduced patient access to many military outpatient clinics and lengthened workdays for many doctors, say physicians and system administrators . . .

. . . Because of appointment backlogs, Nelson said, many parents are bringing children to the center's emergency room for care. "We are so far behind. ... ...

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Car mechanics and medicine:

"Every time you go to the dealership for an oil change, it seems, the car ends up needing some other service as well." . . .

. . . Suddenly, I could envision a scene in which the roles were reversed. A 50-year-old mechanic comes to see his family physician. Active and apparently fit, this patient rarely visits the office, but, on this day, he'd ...

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Is Advair the next Vioxx?

Now growing evidence suggests that a small percentage of patients--perhaps 4,000 people a year, by one doctor's estimate--may be dying because of Advair or its Serevent component. This highlights a tough dilemma in drug safety: what to do about drugs that help many but harm a few. It could mark the start of the next great drug-liability war, and already the drama seems all ...

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Overlawyered with a "wrongful birth" roundup.

Ironic: By covering certain cancer drugs in Medical Part D, it has made them more expensive for patients.

Despite the uselessness of the annual physical, we still have to do them:

True, the very notion of a requisite annual physical is controversial. However, patients appreciate doctors who are meticulous, and patients (and jurors) don't read medical journal articles advising against physicals. I use the annual physical as a preventive review for my patients to make sure they're up to date on mammo, Pap, DEXA, PSA, urinalysis, guaiac ...

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The Australian Medical Association wants to ban boxing from the Olympics:

"A competition in which the winner is determined either by delivering a greater number of blows to his opponent or by literally knocking his opponent senseless is no sport," Dr Haikerwal says.

Why EHRs fail:

EHRs that fail, limp along, or are only partially implemented aren't a problem limited to systems sold by NextGen. Physicians and group administrators told us about difficulties with several other programs, including some that are considered industry leaders. Nor are implementation problems always the fault of the EHR or its vendor. In many cases, these problems occurred because doctors purchased something that was inappropriate for their practices, ...

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ICD-9 code 939.0: RangelMD gives us a case that has to be read to be believed.

Illinois - tort reform = lower malpractice premiums:

Illinois' largest medical malpractice insurer announced Wednesday it would reduce its physician policy holders' average premiums by 5.2 percent for the upcoming policy year.

ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company officials credited recent litigation reforms for "modest" reductions in claims frequency and a relatively flat number of claims.

Is there ever a good time for therapeutic lying?

The benefits of deceit might flow less to a patient than to the nurses. It can be tough to care for someone who holds no hope, and such lies can encourage an otherwise reluctant patient to participate in physical therapy.

But the short-term benefit of jollying a patient along with false hope does not offset the long-term peril of lying. ...

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Scoliosis quackery:

Copes' online resume says he once worked as a doctor's assistant in Gonzales, Louisiana. He fails to mention the doctor was a veterinarian and that Copes helped treat animals, not humans.

He also lists a Ph.D. and a bachelor's degree from Columbia Pacific University, a school that was shut down after Copes attended because of questions about its degree-issuing policies. A California judge said the school ...

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A demented patient dies after an ambulance crew drops her off at the wrong house:

Mrs Purnell, who suffered from dementia and chronic lymphatic leukaemia would attend a day unit at Barry Hospital in South Wales, operated for elderly and mentally infirm clients.

She would be collected at the end of the day by an ambulance crew.

But instead of being taken to her home in Penarth ...

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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)

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