Doctor turned off life support to free up bed
More horror stories about Dr. Death.

Illinois passes a $500,000 cap on malpractice damages
"Under the new proposal, backed by both parties and expected to move quickly through the Legislature, individual doctors could be sued for no more than $500,000 in noneconomic damages, and hospitals would face no more than $1 million awards for pain and suffering . . .

. . . The compromise would require for the first time that trial lawyers ...

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Two cases where a disabled resident (with ADD) and medical student (with dyslexia) are suing for special treatment
The first is the case of Heidi Baer, "who having failed the medical boards three times is now suing the National Board of Medical Examiners under the Americans with Disabilities Act for not giving her extra time on the exam to accommodate her dyslexia."

The second is a case of a ...

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The physical exam is dead - as evidenced by the growth of telemedicine services
"Robert Berenson, a senior fellow with the Urban Institute and a medical doctor, says much of medicine can be done simply by getting a verbal description of the patient's condition and health history. While it's best to know the patient beforehand, doctors quite often provide treatment for patients they've never met.

'If you're covering ...

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Even the defense is asking for damages in this malpractice case where the hospital admitted fault
"Some damages seem inevitable, as William Beaumont Hospital admits its fault in the fire. The hospital's lawyer, Keefe Brooks, said it is rare for a defense lawyer in a civil trial to ask for damages.

'Yes, it's true that William Beaumont Hospital caused that fire,' said Brooks. "William Beaumont Hospital caused Nathan to ...

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"If [high premiums] mean a doctor who is making $1 million [a year] now makes $700,000, does that mean he has to leave the state?"
More lawyer soundbites. I'm not making $1 million a year, and I don't know very many physicians who make even close to that.

75 per cent of Canadians in British Columbia say they would be willing to cough up a $5 fee to see a doctor or to go to a hospital emergency room
Can this be the birth of a co-pay in Canada?

A doctor was sued after a patient lost his vision after a cervical myelogram
I'm not sure what the rate of this particular complication is. With the advent of MRIs, the use of myelograms has steadily decreased.

An 86-year-old woman has been sent to jail after she called 911 twenty times in 30 minutes to complain about a pizza parlor

Nurses hid critically ill patients from an overzealous surgeon
"'We were seeing these patients dying every day and we couldn't do
anything,' Toni Hoffman said as she choked back tears. 'We just
thought, what on earth could we possibly do to stop this man.' . . .

. . . Hoffman said the man dubbed Dr. Death by the Australian news media would regularly stalk the intensive-care ward ...

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A cancer specialist is calling for a tax on Big Macs and other fast food
"Dr Anna Gregor, the country's 'cancer tsar' and the Lothians lead cancer clinician, believes an extra two per cent tax on fast food could encourage people to adopt a healthier diet.

She said this in itself would help boost cancer survival rates and the extra revenue could be used to promote healthy eating initiatives."

Levitra a day may keep the doctor away? That's a pretty misleading headline
Most people only remember the headlines. Shame on you WebMD for pumping up such ridiculously preliminary cardiovascular data for Levitra:

To see if these drugs might have other long-term health effects, Sommer and colleagues studied men with benign prostate symptoms. Some of the men got Levitra, an erectile dysfunction drug, once every day. Other ...

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The story of how the hamster-carrying virus was found to be responsible for multiple transplant deaths
"It was one of those moments that send shudders through even the most experienced physician.

Dr. Staci Fischer was already treating one patient at Rhode Island Hospital battling a virulent infection just 2 1/2 weeks after receiving a new kidney. He had fever and diarrhea and other symptoms that made Fischer think the ...

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Contrasting the passing of Pope John Paul II with Terri Schiavo
"The silence in America on the issue of the pope's 'comfort measures only' care at the end stands in sharp contrast to the national shouting match and political seizure that scarred the last days of Terri Schiavo's life. Despite the obvious withholding of potentially life-saving treatment from the Pope, newspaper columns and talk show hosts calling for 'saving' the ...

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An orthopedic surgeon is fined for endorsing the "AbEnergizer"
"An Encinitas orthopedic surgeon has been ordered to pay $175,000 for his endorsement of a device that claimed to tone muscles by sending an electric current into the users' body, attorneys announced Monday . . .

. . . According to the City Attorney's Office, Skyhar agreed to place his name and quotes on AbEnergizer packaging, and participated in an ...

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Only 1 in 3 people who were prescribed medications for hypertension and hyperlipidemia continued to take them after 6 months
"The researchers found that several factors were associated with the likelihood that patients would keep taking the medicines.

At the top was the number of other prescription drugs already being taken. The higher the number the greater the chance that the patients would stop the new medicines. So ...

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The "Quotable" Grand Rounds XXXV is up
Come get the weekly best of the medical blogosphere.

Crestor has more side effects than the other statins
"For the study, published online Monday by the American Heart Association's journal Circulation, researchers analyzed reports of side effects sent to the FDA for Crestor and compared them to the rates during the same time period for three other statins: Lipitor, Zocor and Pravachol.

'What we've shown is that amongst this family of drugs, Crestor has a poorer safety profile, ...

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Scores of convicted rapists and other high-risk sex offenders have been getting Viagra paid by Medicaid
"According to Hevesi, the problem is an unintended consequence of a 1998 directive from federal officials telling states that Medicaid prescription programs must include Viagra. His office discovered that the state was helping sex offenders pay for Viagra by checking Medicaid pharmacy expenditures against the stateÂ’s sex offender registry."

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