Congratulations to the Placebo Journal's Doug Farrago, recently profiled in the New York Times. The piece highlights his work at blending humor and medicine, as well as his attempt at getting a family physician-based reality show off the ground.  A Supernanny, of sorts, for primary care. Here's a demo for the show, called Tough Medicine.  Enjoy, and best of luck Doug. classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="425" height="344" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0">
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We say we exchange words when we meet. What we exchange is souls. -Minot J. Savage It was Monday evening. The shelves in the electronics department overflowed with different styles, prices, and brands of headphones, all displayed in sealed plastic cases. I was in the mood to buy but was baffled by the array of options in front of me. This was not going to be as simple as I had thought. A young ...

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Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer diagnosed in the United States. There are three major types: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma. Of those, basal cell and squamous cell are most common, accounting for about 3.5 million cases in the United States per year. Although, these types typically do not metastasize, they can be quite disfiguring, particularly after resection when they occur on the face. On a population ...

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You probably saw the July press reports: balmy tropical breezes, azure surf, cerebral plaques and tangles, and new criteria for Alzheimer's. Who could deny an opportunity to spend some time at the best non-oil-spoiled beaches for those who toil at the benches and bedsides for Alzheimer's victims -- and on taxpayer money yet. It seems to me like, just as human hip and knee joints and premolars and molars are not preprogrammed ...

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On September 16, 2010, I attended Fact or Fiction: ADHD in America, a Capitol Hill Forum, along with Val Jones of Better Health and Rob Lamberts of Musings of a Distractible Mind. The event, coinciding with ADD/ADHD Awareness Week, was a panel discussion discussing the impact ADHD has on our society. It was sponsored by Shire, in partnership with the Entertainment Industries Council (EIC) and the Lab School of Washington [Disclosure: ...

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shutterstock_212802112 If you’re relatively young and healthy, gynecologic cancers probably aren't on your radar. But they should be. This year, more than 80,000 women in the United States will get a gynecologic cancer, such as endometrial (a.k.a. uterine), ovarian or cervical cancer. In general, gynecologic cancers occur more frequently in women after menopause, although they can occur in younger women. While all women ...

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As part of the new health care legislation, the government has instituted Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) in an attempt to motivate health professionals to do the right thing. According to the legislation, PQRI asks physicians to report how the care they furnish aligns with evidence-based clinical guidelines for a variety of medical conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease. In 2010, physicians who successfully report these measures will receive ...

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Should the public be shielded from medical information that can mislead it? Many argue against direct-to-consumer (DTC) advertising, which is omnipresent in print and on the airwaves. Opponents of this practice argue that it promotes the use of expensive medications when patients ask their doctors if the "drug is right for them," the tag line that appears at the end of every ad. This phrase is the drug company’s limp disclaimer ...

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I have a lot of diabetes patients and have been an avid user of the thiazolidinediones (TZD) class. There are many reasons to like the TZD's:

  • The older, generic medicines like metformin and sulfonylureas are known to fail over time. After 3 years, most patients on one of these drugs lose control of their blood sugar. In contrast, patients on TZD's maintain glycemic control (at least up to 4-5 years which ...

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An excerpt from The Night Shift: Real Life In The Heart of The E.R. ©2010 by Dr. Brian Goldman. Published with permission from HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved. Fear and Loathing 12:47 a.m. Two police detectives were waiting for me near the main triage desk; one was a tall male in a sleek black suit, probably in his early forties. He was ruggedly handsome in the manner of Jean-Paul Belmondo, the French ...

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