Lawyers are keeping close tabs at the Vioxx trial. "Sam Davis is here sizing up the witnesses, jurors, judge and dynamics at play in the trial looking for anything that might give him an edge when he gets his day in court.

With 100 Vioxx lawsuits already filed and hundreds of other would-be plaintiffs on retainer, Davis, a trial lawyer from Teaneck, 133 miles away, is keenly interested in ...

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It has been confirmed that Tedy Bruschi's stroke was indeed caused by a patent foramen ovale (PFO), as speculated here. He underwent percutaneous repair at Massachusetts General Hospital, either with a Amplatzer PFO occluder or CardioSEAL/STARFlex (picture below) - most likely the latter since this is the preferred PFO occluder used at MGH. Contrary to prior ...

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For those who are interested, I have created a medical headline and blog feed page, where medical news from major media and popular medblogs are updated throughout the day. Enjoy!

Medical media companies and blogging. ". . . a media company ignores blogging at its peril. But since the blogger may be the author, editor, publisher, advertiser, critic, reviewer, and owner -- all at the same time -- and fake the whole thing, a trustworthy medical media company may embrace unfiltered blogging at its even greater peril." (via KidneyNotes)

A blow to Merck in the Vioxx trial. "There were fireworks in the courtroom this morning as Superior Court Judge Carol Higbee came down hard on Merck's legal team for trying to get around court rules on testimony.

The day before, the plaintiff's attorney, Chris Seeger, made a motion to strike some testimony from Merck's lead witness, Briggs Morrison, a vice president for research. Seeger argued Morrison went too ...

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A tough day fishing.



(via Boing Boing)

Kent Bottles on the malpractice crisis. "Physicians are perceived by the public as over-promising and under-delivering when it comes to health care. Perhaps part of the problem is that we have been so successful at treating some acute conditions, that patients live long enough to suffer from the chronic conditions that we do not treat as effectively."

JAMA: Implications of cerebral palsy litigation. "Judges, jurors, and most plaintiffs in CP lawsuits may be unaware of the fallibility of the high-tech gadgetry of modern obstetrics, including EFM, and may not realize that these devices cannot reliably predict or influence obstetric outcome. The plaintiff's attorney has the double advantage of the undeserved suffering by a child and family and a simple, seemingly reasonable explanation. That may not be enough ...

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A case that shows that medical expertise on the bench can have a dramatic impact on litigation.

A man took the T-shirt off his back to catch a premature baby as a woman pregnant with triplets gave birth in a subway stairwell.

People are poisoning themselves trying to siphon gas. "You should never put mouth on something and try and suck gasoline out of it because it gets into your mouth it he odds are extraordinarily high it will get in your lungs, and you'll have problems."

Bird flu fears are spiking counterfeit Tamiflu sales. "With experts predicting that millions could die if the bird flu strain H5N1 mutates into a human flu virus, some consumers appear to be building up their own reserves of the drug."

More FDA Plan B fallout. "A consultant to a Food and Drug Administration advisory panel has resigned in protest of the agency's handling of the Plan B contraceptive.

Dr. Frank Davidoff, editor emeritus of the Annals of Internal Medicine, said the agency is ignoring science in favor of politics in delaying approval of the drug for over-the-counter sales."

Toronto mystery virus solved - it's Legionnaires' disease. I was wondering what took so long with the diagnosis. Normally a urinary antigen test has a 90 percent sensitivity with results available within hours.

Is Eddy Curry a walking time-bomb? He was traded to the New York Knicks, and now they are trying to find out if he really does have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy:

"The nonsustained ventricular tachycardia," or irregular heartbeat, "is reason for concern," said Craig Asher, a cardiologist at the Cleveland Clinic in Weston, Fla., who sits on the advisory committee for the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association. "That is not a normal ...

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The best and worst vending food snacks. Good: water, dried fruit, skim milk, vegetables. Bad: cookies, doughnuts, pop tarts. Thanks for the news flash.

A nephrologist writes about medical blogging.

More than half of hospitalized cardiac patients continue smoking. "It makes me wonder if they are truly aware of the risk that they are taking."

Evidenceless-based medicine: Prince Charles wants homeopathic treatment to play a greater role in the UK's NHS.

There are inequalities in access to cancer care across Europe. "While Austrian, Spanish and Swiss patients have access to new
life-saving drugs quickly, those in other countries like the UK face
long waits."

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