ER and Scrubs get positive comments, while House, M.D. gets almost universally panned.

MedPage Today performed a survey showing that 90 percent of respondents felt that medical shows on television impacted the doctor-patient relationship.

It's interesting to read the almost universal condemnation of Fox's House, M.D., saying that the show "gives a very bad name to physicians and the medical ...

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A three-year old boy is made to cry in this anti-smoking commercial, outraging viewers.

Advertising mogul Donny Deutsch applauded the spot, and dismisses the crying, saying, "Maybe sometimes they make a kid cry, but if it saves 20,000 lives for five seconds of crying, I'll take it."

So, how far should commercials go to implore smokers to quit?

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The water engulfing JAMA's editor-in-chief Catherine DeAngelis is getting hotter.

A recap is here, but the Jonathan Leo flap, and subsequent response, is not going away as JAMA hoped it would.

The WSJ reports that AMA, which normally does not interfere in the editorial decisions of the journal, has asked its Journal Oversight Committee to look into the matter.

Over at Respectful Insulance, academic surgeon-blogger ...

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It seems that residents and medical students are having trouble intubating patients these days.

Apparently, one of the biggest mistakes is positioning the head incorrectly, and the problem is traced back to the television drama ER. When surveyed, most young doctors and medical students cited television as the main source of tips on how to intubate correctly, specifically, ER.

But when researchers ...

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A couple of interviews I recently did have been published.

Over at Modern Medicine (via the Cosmetic Surgery Times, of all places), I talk about pro-actively creating an online presence, and how it can make or break the marketing of your practice:

"Patients are eventually going to find you on the Internet," whether or not you have actively established your Web presence, Dr. Pho points out. ...

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JAMA forcefully responded to the recent allegations of a small university professor going behind their back to mainstream media outlets.

As MedPage Today reports, JAMA sought to preempt any form of criticism, saying, "The person bringing the allegation will be specifically informed that he/she should not reveal this information to third parties or the media while the investigation is under way."

I'm not sure how enforceable that ...

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Who knew that doctor chatter could be so profitable?

The two major physician-only social networking sites, Sermo and Medscape Physician Connect, are making news, as this piece in Newsweek notes how both the pharmaceutical and the financial industries are listening in on the conversations.

These sites, however, are a relatively new phenomenon, and some wonder what would happen if doctors post something unsavory, or even illegal, on the ...

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Is the cover-up becoming worse than the proverbial crime?

According to the WSJ Health Blog, Jonathan Leo, a professor of neuro-anatomy from a small university in Tennessee, critiqued a study published in JAMA, and pointed out an association between the study's author and a pharmaceutical company. He posted his thoughts on the website of the British Medical Journal.

None too happy, Leo then received calls from ...

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You can find some of my comments in recent magazine articles.

First, Newsweek's Sharon Begley talks comparative effectiveness research and mentions that, "a younger generation of doctors, perhaps more comfortable with science and clinical studies, is embracing CER. Dr. Kevin Pho, who practices internal medicine in Nashua, N.H., says that at least once a day he has a patient for whom there are numerous treatment options"”the new ...

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Social media is spreading to the operating room. As you can see from this picture, surgeons at Detroit's Henry Ford Hospital are using Twitter, via TweetDeck in this case, before, during, and after a procedure to broadcast their findings to other doctors in real-time. Here's an example of such a Twitter feed. It's an efficient, and effective, way to transmit medical findings instantly, and to a wide audience. The phenomenon ...

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