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Welcome back, now powered by WordPress and Thesis

Thank you all for your patience. The migration took longer than expected, but now the blog is running on WordPress and the acclaimed Thesis theme. Many thanks to Aaron Brazell, aka Technosailor, for doing the job and navigating the obstacles along the way.  I am aware that the “Previous entries” link on the bottom of

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Migrating to WordPress, down for maintenance

There will be no posts over the next few days, as the blog will migrate to WordPress. Furthermore, comments will be temporarily turned off to ensure all of them make the transfer. With over 19,000+ posts, at least twice as many comments, and close to 500 MB of data, it’s a major undertaking. When it

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6 top medical comments, May 3rd, 2009

Here are some of the more interesting comments readers have left recently.1. Carla Kakutani on the lack of primary care access in Massachusetts:So we have a chicken and egg problem. Do we wait health care reform until we have revived US primary care, or is that even possible without health care reform to create the

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6 top medical comments, April 19th 2009

Here are some of the more interesting comments readers have left recently.1. Manalive on quality measures:It is almost always a leap of faith to apply evidence-based guidelines to the frail elderly, to patients with many medical problems, to alcoholics, to the poorly insured — in short, to a large percentage of my practice. Accordingly, I

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New reader welcome

Welcome to KevinMD.com, where you’ll find opinion, commentary and news from the perspective of a primary care physician. You can read the About page to find out more about me.Your readership is valued, and I’d like to go over some of the ways you can explore the blog.Subscribe. Content can be e-mailed to your inbox.

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Why personal health records may be unreliable

Google Health and other personal health records have been touted as a way for patients to actively keep track of their medical history.However, some of the information, such as diagnoses and the active problem list, are populated using insurance billing codes. This presents a problem, as these codes are notoriously inaccurate, and can reflect a

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5 top medical comments, April 12th 2009

Here are some of the more interesting comments readers have left recently.1. Dr. Gwenn on limited health literacy:For us to do a better job with patients and teach them to be better advocates for themselves, we need more time – plain and simple. At the same time, patients need more community supports to understand the

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Ten top medical blog posts, March 2009

Here are the top posts from this past month, based on the number of times they were viewed. 1. Is Natasha Richardson brain dead? Was an epidural bleed, or “talk and die” syndrome, to blame after her ski accident?2. Did the Canadian health system fail Natasha Richardson?3. Dying from cervical cancer, and the questions surrounding

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RSS feed is down, sorry for the inconvenience

I’m aware that the blog’s RSS feed is not working.Unsurprisingly, the problem is on Blogger’s end, and I’ll have to wait out a fix.Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks to all that gave me the heads up on the problem.Update 3/14 :I put in a temporary fix, so the feed should be up again. Thanks

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Ten top medical blog posts, February 2009

Here are the top posts from this past month, based on the number of times they were viewed. Enjoy.1. How was Nadya Suleman impregnated with octuplets? Is IVF, the mother, or her doctors to blame?2. Nadya Suleman’s fertility specialist Michael Kamrava, and how he’s able to stay in practice despite a poor history of successful

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A note to e-mail subscribers

I recently migrated the site’s RSS feed from Feedburner to Google.After the transition, it seems that I lost subscribers who had received a daily e-mail update from Feedburner.If you were someone who received a daily update, please re-subscribe, by entering your e-mail address at the top of the middle column, to the right of this

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Universal care, increasing patient safety, and tort reform, all in one fell swoop?

Is it possible?Medical Justice’s Jeffrey Segal proposes a model that benefits both patients and doctors, as well as cut costs.The premise is based on immunizing doctors who follow evidence-based practice guidelines from liability.As Dr. Segal writes, “Physicians would be armed with knowledge of how to predictably avoid an adversarial legal process. The conventional tort system

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