Check that, there are now four malpractice proposals in Washington state
"Republican lawmakers have unveiled their own notion of medical-malpractice-insurance reform, a package they have named Plan A.

Like Plan B, announced Monday by Democratic leaders from the House and Senate, it is meant to be an alternative on the fall ballot to initiatives 330 and 336, the doctors' and lawyers' proposals, respectively, for changing the medical-malpractice system."

Caps on pain and suffering can increase a plaintiff's motivation to try to increase their economic losses
"A new study suggests that medical malpractice jury awards are not significantly lower in states that already limit compensation for a patient's pain and suffering. Instead, lawyers are finding clever ways around the limits, either by emphasizing their clients' medical expenses or by placing a dollar value on domestic services, such as housekeeping."

How will Terri Schiavo die?
"The process of starving to death seems very barbaric but in actuality is very peaceful."

A Canadian heart patient in need of an electrocardiogram was told the appointment would be in three months
The letter added: "If the person named on this computer-generated letter is deceased, please accept our sincere apologies."

Attention grabbing



A billboard in Australia promoting the use of sunscreen to prevent skin cancer.

Drugmakers are rethinking their consumer advertsing
"'I think there's a regrouping going on. They're going to be terribly, terribly careful,' says Frank Ginsberg, CEO of advertising agency Avrett Free Ginsberg.

He and others expect fewer ads in the future that name a prescription drug "” and thus usually have to include potential side effects "” and more general ads that describe medical conditions and then direct consumers ...

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Are doctors too cheap to perform a rapid flu test?
"In general, it costs about $45 to purchase and perform the test. But Medicaid and Medicare reimburse doctors only $8 for the test.

'You can see that a doctor who might want to use this test would actually lose money every time he tries to accurately and rapidly diagnose the flu,' Grover said."

Dr. Grover is sadly misguided, ...

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The obsession with cosmetic surgery is obscuring the real work plastic surgeons do
"The British Association of Plastic Surgeons even said some people saw them in a similar vein as hairdressers."

One of the top doctors in Kaiser is becoming a woman
Dr. Judson Lively will return in two weeks as Dr. Judy Lively.

No sex rule has implications for isolated MDs
"Imagine you are the only doctor in a small, isolated northern community. You're single. The law says you're not allowed to have sex with your patients. Since everyone in the community is your patient, that means you're not allowed to have sex. Period."

A patient in the UK with crippling back pain has to wait 68 weeks to see a specialist
"What happens if he says I need a back operation and I have to go on the waiting list for that?"

Vitamin E supplements are useless
It has been written before that there is poor data supporting the use of vitamin E for the prevention of cancer and heart disease. Now comes a study suggesting an association with heart failure. An editorial asks, Is there hope for vitamin E? I say no.

Veterinarians are not immune to malpractice either
"Richard Cupp, a Pepperdine University law professor, says that if courts routinely start to award emotional damages to pet owners, veterinary care will cost more, leading to 'more suffering' among pets because 'fewer pets will get sent to the vet.'"

It was just reported that Tedy Bruschi is undergoing surgery for a hole in his heart:

New England Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi -- who once played for the University of Arizona - is back in the hospital tonight, according to sources in Tucson and Boston.

The team isn't confirming this news yet, but KOLD News 13 has learned Bruschi is undergoing surgery to repair a hole in his ...

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A doctor is convicted for 2.5 million improper prescriptions
"Dr. Harry Meyer Katz, 79, of Dittmer, was convicted of 176 felony counts of illegal distribution of prescription controlled substances, following a seven-day trial."

An mind-boggling number. If he was in practice 40 years, that would amount to more than 170 prescriptions per day.

So easy to sue a doctor, so hard to sanction a lawyer
"Dr. Zev Maycon has been sued four times in three years; he's been dismissed before trial each time, but has missed weeks of work as a result, to the detriment of his patients. The only time he's been able to recover his expenses for these meritless lawsuits is the one time an attorney was impolitic enough to acknowledge ...

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A malpractice trial where a physician misdiagnosed gall bladder disease for irritable bowel syndrome
"In his opening statements, Hawkins' attorney Barry Nace said he plans to prove that if Bosley would have followed a "standard of care," of which other physicians follow, Hawkins would have averted being subjected to a barrage of medical bills, physical anguish and a loss of income.

Nace argued that Bosley did not properly treat ...

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There is now a third malpractice proposal offered by the Democrats in Washington
"The state's largest group of trial lawyers said the package was so promising they might abandon their own proposal in favor of Democrats' plan."

No surprise there. This is an update to the competing malpractice initiatives in Washington state, previously discussed here.

Robotic dolls that behaves like a baby addicted to drugs and alcohol are being used to teach teenagers the dangers of drink and drugs



"The dolls simulate the appearance of babies born with foetal alcohol syndrome and addicted to drugs.

They shake and scream as they go through withdrawal and teenagers in the area will be asked to look after them single handed for two ...

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