Medical blog posts of the week, ending August 6, 2010

Here are the top posts from this past week, based on the number of times they were viewed.

1. Non-clinical physician job starting salaries

2. Doctors hiring scribes because of electronic medical records

3. Pay specialists less to save primary care

4. Notes in the chart are helping patients less

5. Create a family practice mystique in medical school

Academic medical centers need better conflict of interest policies

by John Gever

Academic medical centers need comprehensive policies to manage their physicians’ relationships with industry and other commercial interests, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

Disclosure of such relationships — both to patients and to their institutions — should be more detailed than is currently the case at many medical schools, an AAMC task force recommended in a new report.

In particular, significant potential conflicts should be reported annually …

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Is migraine pain comparable to torture?

by Diana E. Lee

Last year, People published an interview with Cindy McCain, wife of U.S. Senator John McCain of Arizona.

She revealed she has dealt with excruciating migraine attacks for about 15 years, including during her husband’s presidential campaign. Though she has never discussed them publicly before, she has chosen to talk about her situation now to help bring awareness to this disabling condition and all the people going through what …

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Does surgery prevent knee osteoarthritis?

by John Gever

Surgery for torn knee ligaments and meniscal cartilage may have improved patients’ short-term outcomes, but it did not seem to prevent the eventual development of osteoarthritis, researchers said.

A study that followed 326 patients for a mean of 10 years found that radiographic findings shortly after the initial knee injury strongly predicted the long-term clinical course, with no significant difference seen between those who did and did not have …

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Laughter and humor heals the soul in life’s most difficult times

by Charles Bankhead

My oldest sister died recently. She spent the last three years of her life in a nursing home, trying to hold on to reality and her dignity as her mind and body betrayed her.

Barely five feet tall, my sister Peggy had a big heart and a vibrant personality that made her seem much taller. I have a lot of fond memories of her, many of which involve her …

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