Medication errors are common at the time of hospital admission
"It's important for patients and families to know that when they come to the hospital they have to bring information about what medications they are taking . . . They should bring the prescription vials or keep a written updated list."

Patients should also carry an updated medication list for every doctor's visit as well.

10 Things Doctors Hate to Hear
So very true.

76% of emergency physicians in a study reported experiencing at least one violent act the previous year
"The acts prompted 42% of the doctors to seek protection, including 18% who obtained a gun and 20% who bought a knife."

More people are going to the ER with "the Bruschi effect"
"In the two days after the New England Patriots linebacker was hospitalized with a stroke last month, Boston hospitals reported a sudden jump in people showing up at emergency rooms complaining of stroke-like symptoms such as headaches, blurred vision, or numbness on one side."

Some are saying AstraZeneca is creating a shortage of Prilosec OTC to boost sales of Nexium
"The shortage of Prilosec has been very good for AstraZeneca's bottom line because it has increased sales of Nexium, a far more expensive prescription heartburn medicine that AstraZeneca also sells."

Private Health Care in Jails Can Be a Death Sentence
"Brian Tetrault was 44 when he was led into a dim county jail cell in upstate New York in 2001, charged with taking some skis and other items from his ex-wife's home. A former nuclear scientist who had struggled with Parkinson's disease, he began to die almost immediately, and state investigators would later discover why: The jail's medical director ...

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I'm back and have some pics from my travels.













Surely, you must all think I went to some sort of exotic locale, but no - these are simply shots of Disney World and Disney's Animal Kingdom. The weather in Orlando surely beat what we had back home.

I want to thank shrinkette and ...

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Thanks to Kevin for letting me contribute to his fabulous web log in his absence - bets are being placed as to how long it will take him to raise the quality of his site back to its formerly lofty level...

Hey, why not end with a quotation from one of my favorite novels? Here it is:

''Better learn to listen first! Learn what is to be taken ...

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The human race has been under attack for centuries - not from little green men from Mars, but from infectious disease. Mankind is still at risk for massacre from multiple threats such as Ebola, avian flu, anthrax and smallpox. In order to understand how important it is to prevent such a disaster, one can study the most fearful epidemic ever recorded in history - plague. Listen to the voice of ...

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From The Guardian: "How useful is the never-ending torrent of health stories in the daily press? Not very, says Steve Cochrane, who spent a gruelling month sifting through the scary, the serious and the plain silly."

Having spent the past four weeks monitoring the media's coverage of health issues, I am now more or less convinced that I'm about to keel over, that antibiotics won't be able to help me ...

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The International Narcotics Control Board said in its annual report that unlicensed online pharmacies sell several billion doses of medicine illicitly each year and deliver them by post, making them an alternative drug-trafficking route.

Drugs involved in the illegal sales included oxycodone and fentanyl - both strong narcotics, along with "psychotropic substances which act on the mind" (I assume they mean benzodiazepines such as alprazolam or diazepam).

From ...

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A researcher from Australia has released a study attempting to estimate the number of deaths from passive smoking in the "general workforce and general population" of the United Kingdom.

He concludes that "passive smoking at work is likely to be responsible for...617 deaths per year, including 54 deaths in the hospitality industry" (i.e., pubs and restaurants).

The British Medical Association has cited this study in their quest to ...

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A new retrospective review of 700 women aged 65 or older shows that taking adjuvant chemotherapy for lymph-node positive breast cancer is associated with a reduction in recurrence of and death from breast cancer.

Although the older women had a higher treatment-related mortality (33 deaths), the authors suggest that "older breast cancer patients ... ask their physicians about the opportunities to receive chemotherapy that might be helpful to ...

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Yahoo! News - Spouse Most Likely Source of Elder Abuse

Elderly people may be at increased risk of abuse if they're cared for by a spouse, especially if the spouse is coping with his or her own physical or mental health problems, according to a new study.

"Caregiving is stressful, and it breaks down the people that are providing the care -- they wear down," Scott Beach, the study lead ...

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Yahoo! News: Implanted Electrodes Combat Depression

A procedure that involves drilling two holes into a person's skull and then implanting electrodes in the brain has shown promise in treating individuals who are severely depressed and resistant to other types of treatment.

Four of six patients who received this deep brain stimulation showed sustained improvement six months after the procedure took place, scientists report in the March 3 issue of Neuron.

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Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin have just published a paper showing that the circumference of one's waist is a better predictor of cardiovascular disease risk than the body mass index.

The risk factors identified were lipid profile, blood pressure, and glucose level. A waist circumference of 35 inches [35 inches? Are they kidding me?] conferred a cardiovascular risk comparable to a body mass index of ...

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As a reminder to all, this link from the American Cancer Society reviews the guidelines on screening and surveillance for the early detection of polyps and colorectal cancer.

There are three risk catagories: average, increased, and high. Check out the table at the bottom of the link to see what risk category you fall in.

50,000 people die from colon cancer each year - one every 9.3 ...

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The Next Pandemic?

Two people in northern Vietnam have contracted "bird flu" according to officials, bringing the number of victims in Asia to over 40.

The last influenza pandemic was in 1968, and experts think that the next one is slated to appear in the very near future - will it be avian flu? For more information go here.

I think we all need to keep up to date ...

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A feast, at Intueri.

Dr. Paul Rousseau from Arizona State University has written an interesting summary of the problem of denial of terminal illness, published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, May, 2003.

Below are selections from the article, which should pique one's curiosity:

"Although denial may produce a focus of concern, it may also serve as a protective and adaptive mechanism to absorb deleterious and life-threatening information in a manageable and ...

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