shutterstock_95651341 There can be little doubt that these days that political correctness has run rampant. Terms like "racist," "sexist," or "homophobic" are thrown around so frequently and early now that one has to wonder what is actually being accomplished. If you were to ask a physician what PC label they most fear, it would be "disruptive." Let's face it. We are no longer ...

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While there are worse times to sprain an ankle and chip a bone than just one week before a long­awaited trip to Venice, I couldn’t think of one as I sat in the emergency room for eight hours last fall. Venice, the place of canals and not cars; ancient bridges sans escalators. How ironic that just a few days before I was crowing to my husband over my hotel coup. A ...

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shutterstock_110078714 In Bill’s room were his doctor, a medical scribe, a physician assistant, and a medical student. Not an imposing group, but in that moment each of them knew more about what was happening to Bill than he did. They were strangers who held keys to his fate. The doctor first instructed the scribe to generate an electronic note. Then, he turned his ...

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shutterstock_105328079 No one wants to hear that they have a disease. And yet everyone will develop some degree of degenerative disc disease (DDD) -- or degenerative spine disease -- over the course of a lifetime. DDD refers to a combination of age-related and wear-and-tear-related changes that occur within the spine over time. It is very common and a natural part of aging. Most ...

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shutterstock_146442830 For many women, pregnancy is a wonderful experience. There are, however, many changes and challenges the mom-to-be can expect, and back pain is one of them. The good news for pregnant women is that the development of severe or debilitating low back pain is very rare. The incidence of symptomatic low back pain that is severe is about 1 to 2 percent. ...

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shutterstock_115937422 “It must be nice.” Without a doubt, this is my least favorite colloquialism in the English language. Though not explicitly stated in the phrase, I have always felt that it implied luck and/or privilege rather than plain old hard work. I have a problem with that because very few things in this precious world are easily obtained, whether it is a fit ...

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shutterstock_132966002 As a wife and mother, I have days that are very difficult, especially since my husband is in training. I go several days in a row where I only see him right before bedtime, and some days he is unable to see our son at all. I often feel like I have no control of our schedule, and am lucky to ...

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$28 million was awarded to a patient for a late diagnosis of a pelvic tumor, an osteosarcoma. This rare cancer presented as a case of low back pain and sciatica. The patient claimed that if the osteosarcoma had been caught earlier that the subsequent surgery would have been avoided. Could doctors have done better in diagnosing more quickly? These cases strike fear into all primary care doctors. Which patient has a ...

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Test your medicine knowledge with the MKSAP challenge, in partnership with the American College of Physicians. A 28-year-old man is evaluated for pain on the radial aspect of the right wrist that occurs with use of the thumb. The pain has been present for 2 weeks. He has never had this pain before and has not had any trauma. He works as a computer programmer and plays video ...

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medpagetodayFrom MedPage Today:

  1. Retooling the Health Hazard Survey. "Oral sex? Anal sex? Fetishes?" These are questions on the patient intake form at AlphaBetterCare, an LGBT-friendly primary care practice owned and operated by Howard Grossman, MD.
  2. Orthopedists' Financial Conflicts Can Hurt Patients, Surgeon Says. Financial conflicts of interest often drive physicians to perform ...

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