The man responsible for one of the most significant public health threats of our time has been exposed as a fraud.

Andrew Wakefield, the discredited British scientist whose study "linked" vaccines and autism, has been accused of falsifying data.

According to investigative reporter Brian Deer, "confidential medical documents and interviews with witnesses have established that Andrew Wakefield manipulated patients' data, which triggered fears that the MMR triple vaccine ...

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Bad news for primary care advocates and the future of the proposed patient centered medical home.

Showing how difficult it is to coordinate care and focus on prevention, MedPage Today reports on a recent article from JAMA showing that, of the 15 Medicare pilot projects that used nurses to promote medication adherence and facilitate communication with doctors, only one reduced hospitalizations and none cut costs.

That's a ...

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An article in the British Medical Journal accuses him of medical paternalism.

Calling Dr. House (via ScienceRoll) a "paradigm of a paternalistic physician," who, "repeatedly disregards their wishes in order to diagnose and treat their illnesses," Mark Wicclair of the University of Pittsburgh wonders why, at a time where American patients value autonomy, so many love the crusty, oft poor-mannered, doctor?

Too bad the full article is ...

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No, they don't.

In many cases, drug companies like to leave sample medications for doctors to dispense. In most cases, they are for heavily publicized medications, and are often expensive or on a high co-pay tier. So although these medications may initially be "free," when patients ask for a refill, they will eventually pay more for their treatment course.

Matthew Mintz, in his piece ...

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It's safe to say that the former Oscar-winner has been somewhat floundering in his recent movie roles.

That said, his recent effort, Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, has the thumbs up of this anesthesiologist.

After losing faith of how anesthesiologists were portrayed, ranging from cheap horror movies to cowardly behavior in Grey's Anatomy, she is impressed with how "they bothered to show ...

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Read it to believe it.

The traditionally physician-hostile health insurer is backing up its commitment to the patient-centered medical home with dollars. In a pilot project involving IBM workers in Arizona, they are listening to physicians, and helping small and solo practices meet the strenuous requirements that the medical home demands.

If all the goals are met, primary care doctors in the program could see a ...

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Most patients think that more testing equates to better medicine, and companies are profiting from that myth.

Some offer non-invasive screening tests (via Schwitzer), often times performed in church basements, screening the healthy, general population for carotid artery disease, peripheral vascular disease, or abdominal aortic aneurysms.

The typical cost is $50 per test, or five tests for $159. The price transparency is welcome, especially when ...

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Doctors and nurses are increasingly unable to provide appropriate patient care as they care caught between the demands of administrators, insurance companies, and even patients' families.

Surgeon Pauline Chen writes about the phenomenon in her latest column in the NY Times, where she describes cases where medical providers are unable to do what is ethically right.

The interests of the medical staff conflict with those of insurance ...

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There have been a rash of news lately on tragic medical helicopter crashes, with 35 deaths since February 2008.

Who's to blame?

MedPage Today
reports on the National Transportation Safety Board hearings, where witnesses suggested that pilots were "not taking proper safety precautions, inadvertently flying into severe weather, and becoming disoriented at night."

Several interesting questions were raised, including whether medical flights were overused rather than ...

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Massachusetts is considering implementing some of the toughest laws in the country regulating the pharmaceutical industry from giving gifts of any kind to doctors, and restricting drug company funding.

MedPage Today (via Dr. RW) reports that one unexpected consequence is that many major physician conferences are pulling out of the city.

For instance, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology pulled its 2015 convention out ...

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