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Family medicine is dying
"Family doctors, who meet the broadest and most basic health care needs, are being driven from the field by age, rising business costs and increasing job pressures. Squeezed for time and money, they are cutting back hours and staff or leaving the profession completely." (via Common Good)

Why do IBS patients have so many additional procedures that rarely help them?
"According to Spiegel, IBS patients often suffer from somatization. Since patients with somatization are sometimes perceived as 'complainers' by their doctors, the researchers hypothesized that physicians might respond to these complaints by ordering excessive tests instead of treating the somatization itself.

Researchers found that patients with high levels of somatization were not more likely to seek ...

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Pfizer is sued because its studies of Lipitor did not include the women or elderly
I'll have to check this up myself: "However, there is a lack of proof that Lipitor's effect on cholesterol protects against heart attacks and strokes in women and the elderly with no prior history of the diseases, according to the suit. It also alleges that the company's marketing campaigns violated state consumer protection laws against ...

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The Democrats' solution to malpractice
"Now Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., and Barack Obama, D-Ill., have introduced the 'Medical Error Disclosure and Compensation Act,' which would provide funding to doctors, hospitals, and health systems that put in place mechanisms to promptly disclose medical mistakes or other mishaps to patients, offer compensation if the health provider is at fault, and ensure that those mistakes are reported to experts who can analyze ...

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There are not enough specialty residency slots in Canada
"Keen to become an emergency-room doctor, Nick Rose knew that with only 27 residency spots available across Canada, he faced fierce competition. To boost his chances, he travelled the country doing unpaid work in five hospitals, hoping to impress.

To keep costs down, the Ottawa medical student slept in gritty youth
hostels and boarding houses, and crashed on the couches ...

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US News and World Report: Congratulations to Harvard Pilgrim Health Care on being the top health plan in the nation

Vioxx update: This cardiologist's testimony can be damaging to Merck
"Dr. David Sim, an Idaho cardiologist who has treated plaintiff Frederick 'Mike' Humeston since his heart attack, said he was able to eliminate many of the most common high risk factors for causing a heart attack.

'He had a paucity of risk factors for having an event,' said Sim at the second Vioxx trial in testimony provided through video ...

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"It was never about getting the highest amount . . . It's about seeking justice."
"She hopes the hospital's doctors and nurses will learn a valuable lesson through the boy's death and "take their job more seriously."

To ensure that, a plaque in memory of her dead son, Torajee, must be placed inside the hospital's emergency room . . .

. . . Tukishia Bobbett thinks her son ...

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The one-year anniversary edition of Grand Rounds is up
Congratulations on a great year of Grand Rounds. Here's to many more editions of the best in medical blogging.

"Nurses at a leading hospital deliberately exposed the patients of an Egyptian consultant to MRSA in a racist attempt to harm his career"

Another pain management specialist is sued for "turning a patient into a drug addict by recklessly prescribing her painkillers"

Dr. Bennett fights back: "They picked the wrong guy because I am not going away; I will not shut up."
"Bennett has been accused of telling a female patient that she was fat and if her overweight husband died, no one would want her except maybe a black man. Bennett denies saying anything about a black man, but freely admits he talked to her about her weight and the potential ...

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The UK is also taking steps to reduce residents' work hours

Can group doctor visits be an answer for decreasing wait times?
"Backlogs in medical care are a frustrating fact of life for both the doctor and patient; however, some clinics are helping patients save time by seeing those with similar medical issues in groups."

A pioneering heart surgeon turned to DaVinci drawings for inspiration



"Mr Wells has used this understanding to modify current repair operations, and has successfully treated 80 patients.

The drawings allowed him to work out how to restore normal opening and closing function of the mitral valve, one of the four valves in the heart." (image via BBC News)

The dangerous precedent of DNA tests in sports



The Chicago Bulls' center, Eddy Curry, has had inconclusive tests for his arrhythmia. The Bulls want him to take a DNA test to determine if he is genetically predisposed for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. This obviously has some far-ranging effects: "More important for pro sports -- and perhaps society at large -- Curry's reps argue that submitting to such ...

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Unfortunate: A 30-year old man, already paralyzed from the waist down, suffered further damage after falling off the gurney during a chest X-ray
"Nathan Ogden, 30, whose lower body had been paralyzed by a 2001 skiing accident, sued the hospital after his neck was broken in a gurney accident in 2003, causing him to lose most of his upper body function. The jury found the hospital was negligent in providing ...

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A hospital altered medical records during a malpractice trial under direction of the hospital attorney and CEO

This ENT physician makes house calls to the stars at Foxwoods
"'It's like dealing with any group of patients,' she said. 'Some take
good care of themselves and some abuse their voices. Some take steps to make sure they're in optimum condition to do their jobs and some just say, 'Do whatever you have to to get me though the show.''"

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