The Washington Post on the malpractice showdown in Maryland
"The medical malpractice special session in Annapolis seemed destined from the outset to end in a veto-override showdown -- and so it has."

CBS predicts the medical advancements for 2005

Many of the donated organs in China come from executed prisoners
Also of note, the number of executions in China exceeds by at least two fold the total number of executions in the rest of the world combined.

Colonoscopy still the best when compared to virtual colonoscopy
It's not even close - virtual colonoscopy is still not ready for prime time:

When analysed on a per-patient basis, for lesions 10 mm or larger in size (n=63), the sensitivity of ACBE was 48% (95% CI 35-61), CTC 59% (46-71, p=0·1083 for CTC vs ACBE), and colonoscopy 98% (91-100, p<0·0001 for colonoscopy vs CTC). For lesions 6-9 mm in size ...


Pfizer is getting single-dose Azithromycin ready for battle
They recently submitted a trio of studies to the FDA, aiming for indications in acute bronchitis, sinusitis, and pneumonia. The obvious benefit of increased compliance is cited:

“"Single treatment is a major advance,"” commented Victor L. Yu, M.D., chief of infectious diseases at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pittsburgh. "“In the real world, compliance is an issue.”"

"“Given the efficacy ...


The governor of Maryland is likely to veto a malpractice reform bill
You can't please everyone all of the time - no bill is going to be perfect.

The malpractice insurance industry in Mississippi is being accused of racism

The FDA docs strike back against Dr. Topol
"'Dr. Topol shows a lack of understanding of the FDA's regulatory authority,' FDA doctors Lourdes Villalba and James Witter wrote in their letter."

One of my colleagues is in Thailand, and people are starting to get worried
Here's to a safe return Bill.

New Celebrex prescriptions fall 56 percent, Naproxyn 33 percent
It seems like people are being switched over to Mobic.

Following up yesterday's story on the lawsuit against Children's Advil, the attorney for the plaintiff states:

This is the equivalent of a medical tsunami -- there was no warning put out whatsoever on this apparently benign, over-the-counter medicine.
Just a bit over-the-top, don't you think? Clearly a statement from someone who is blinded by the dollar signs of lawsuits.

Medpundit puts him in his place:
I'm not sure ...


In the aftermath of Vioxx, evidence-based medicine is more important than ever
At the end of this article, there is a nice section on Lodine, which was discussed here several times:

In undertaking its drug review, Veterans Affairs also re-examined the value of a lesser-known pain reliever, etodolac, and began using it more. The drug was first sold in 1991 as Lodine by a company that is now ...


Vioxx tops porn as the top spam topic
Merck should be proud.

More trees sacrificed

As I sat down to read my stack of medical journals, I'm starting to notice these "wraparound" ads that the drug companies are using. Seems to be the next step in advertising oneupsmanship.

Law and Order's Jerry Orbach passes away from prostate cancer

Some statistics from the American Cancer Society:

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer, excluding skin cancers, in American men. The American Cancer Society estimates that during 2004 about 230,110 new cases of prostate cancer will be diagnosed in the US. About 1 man in 6 will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime, but only ...

Read more... provides an easy way for donations to the tsunami victims

2004's Eight Significant Issues in the Health Care Industry

Rebel Doctor doesn't like the idea of OTC statins
It's already OTC in the UK. At first, I thought it was a good idea, but after the latest series of FDA debacles, now I'm not so sure.

The effects of the deceased on the living
". . . decomposing corpses are 'only a danger to public health if the victim dies of an infectious disease' and that the threat posed by the bodies of victims of trauma - typically the major cause of death in natural disasters - is 'negligible.'"

Flooding leading to the spread of disease (see prior entry) is a much more serious ...


A nice overview of the communicable diseases transmitted by flooding

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