Who knew questioning medical tests could be so much fun? Watch Pharrell Williams' "Happy" with lyrics that advocate more sensible medical testing. James McCormick, co-host of the Best Science Medicine Podcast
, wrote this pitch perfect parody. The ABIM Foundation's Choosing Wisely
campaign educates both physicians and the public to question medical tests and treatments.
Another year of medical school soon begins. There's no better way to greet incoming students than this The Book of Mormon
parody from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
(who also brought you their gone-viral rendition of Let It Go
). Good luck, first-year medical students: The book of Netter's will indeed change your life.
Family physician Mike Evans
is famous for his terrific whiteboard videos
, where he distills complex medical ideas to its most understandable essence. Here, he tackles low back pain, a condition that most adults will experience sometime during their lives. Watch and learn how more tests for back pain isn't necessarily better.
My latest USA Today column is now up: Doctors are not overpaid. I explain why focusing on physician salaries won't do much to dent health costs.
Also, as I wrote in a prior blog post, "Pay me like a French doctor. You know you want to," any salary comparison with other countries also needs to consider their costs of medical education ...
In this Daily Show
segment, "An Outbreak of Liberal Idiocy," correspondent Samantha Bee likens the anti-vaccine crowd to right-leaning climate deniers. I've been saying this for awhile: The anti-vaccine mentality crosses party lines. Remember, Jenny McCarthy got her start from the progressive-leaning Huffington Post
Comedian John Oliver with a must-see takedown of Dr. Oz, after his disastrous performance
at the recent Senate hearings: "It's easy to fill a show with shameless pandering without dangerously misleading medical information." And at the 13:44 mark, he shows us how it's done. Epic.
with another classic parody: "Let it flow." As he puts it, "an emotional, epic anthem ... about urinary retention." Men with BPH
British comedy duo David Mitchell and Robert Webb
imagines what a homeopathic ER would look like. I love the "homeopathic lager" at the 2:20 mark of the sketch. Classic.
A woman experienced symptoms of a stroke
: facial droop, dysarthria, arm weakness and reduced fine motor control. She recorded these symptoms in a real time video, which is now on YouTube. Several days prior, she experienced similar symptoms that were dismissed by physicians. After this episode, she was correctly diagnosed with a transient ischemic attack
, and now on appropriate medications. But I agree with Dr. Markku Kaste with the World Stroke ...Read more...
Dr. Oz testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and gets grilled by Sen. Claire McCaskill, a former prosecutor. As the senator puts it, Dr. Oz has a huge megaphone, which he could use to promote evidence-based health practices. Instead, he squanders this opportunity by endorsing products of questionable value.