This writer has doubts about Tedy Bruschi's return. "Unfortunately, doctors aren't always right. They tend to guess a lot about things like this and, even if the guesses are educated, there are no guarantees."

He's right.

A NH internist is taking his med mal ideas to the Board of Medicine. "'My malpractice insurance went up almost 60 percent, from $7,800 to $12,800,' Clairmont said. 'In 2000, I paid $2,000. When I called my insurance company asking them to show me data to support why it'd gone up, the response was, 'we don't have to tell you.''

He was told primary care "” which he provides ...


Meet the doctor who specializes in medical marijuana. "Almost overnight, Denney says he had so many patients he decided to resign his hospital job and make his new specialty a full-time job."

A pediatrician is in critical condition after an SUV crashes into his office. "Bryant was driving her sport-utility vehicle east in the southern side of the parking lot. As she tried to make a right turn into a parking space, for reasons that remain unclear, the Explorer began to accelerate, police said. The vehicle then went up a curb, crossed a sidewalk and smashed through the glass wall of Kent ...


A doctor's license was suspended after his injections of saline and vitamins led to three patient deaths. "Dr. Kenneth W. O'Neal's vitamin treatments for two elderly women and one middle-aged man who later died did not conform to any professional standards or therapies, according to the medical board."

A doctor was struck by a car while trying to save a patient.

He tragically passed away. (sorry, wrong story)

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Some conservative groups think the cervical cancer vaccine will promote teenage sex. "What the Bush administration has done has taken this coterie of people and put them into very influential positions in Washington. And it's having an effect in debates like this." (via

The more things change, the more they stay the same:

Drug makers have come under fire for "ask your doctor" style advertising and have vowed to change their ways, but research data shows they are spending more on direct-to-consumer (DTC) prescription drug advertising in 2005 than they did last year.

A doctor wants to drug test all high school students for marijuana. "Perth doctor George O'Neil suggests that high schools should test students for marijuana use as part of an annual health check and if they fail, they would be forced to undergo monthly tests." (via

Doctors offices in Florida still have no power - emergency rooms are swamped. "Six days after Hurricane Wilma, more than 1 million people are still without power and many doctors offices have been closed for a week. That leaves hospitals - now the only source of medical care in some communities - swamped with routine medical problems."

Skewed priority: Grocery stores are receiving flu vaccines before doctor's offices. "The patients are asking why don't we have it if Stop & Shop is saying they have vaccine available."

I'm asking that same question too. (via Medpundit)

Immigrant populations are practicing some dangerous health practices. "Teresa Muñoz of San Bernardino died last year following an injection of an antibiotic she'd purchased from an unlicensed practitioner at a Rialto swap meet.

Rialto police said Muñoz bought the antibiotic and a syringe in September 2004, and the merchant showed her how to inject herself at home.

But the 42-year-old Mexican immigrant, who was seeking relief from a ...


The FDA is taking a look at celebrity endorsements of drugs. "It's hard to imagine a setting in which a celebrity endorsement of a drug conveys any meaningful information to patients in terms of either efficacy or side effects."

News flash: Ordering more tests increases health care spending. "Dr. Brenda Sirovich, assistant professor of medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, published a report last week in which she and her research team concluded that higher health care spending is driven in large part by physicians ordering more tests, referrals and treatments."

I would like to welcome Quicken Medical Expense Manager as the newest partner to this blog.

The NY Times recently wrote about the bewildering array of paperwork that accompanies the patient anytime they use the medical system:

Medical paperwork is a world of co-payments and co-insurers, deductibles, exclusions and contracted fees. Nothing is as it seems: patients receive statements that often do not reflect what is ...


New Jersey keeps feeding the plaintiff lawyers. "And of course whenever this topic comes up here, someone always trots out the red-herring study showing that plaintiff-bar parasitism only increases the cost of health insurance by one or two percent. The real costs are indirect, as providers overprescribe diagnostics and procedures designed more to insulate themselves from malpractice awards than from improving outcomes for patients, and decline to provide certain services ...


A home health company was giving out fake flu shots. "As many as 1,000 Exxon Mobil employees and 14 residents of a senior citizens home were injected with fake flu vaccine, authorities said Friday, and the owner of a home health care company was arrested.

Preliminary tests indicated the syringes were filled with purified water, U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg said. And no ill effects from the shots were reported."

GruntDoc links to the best emergency nurse rap video I've seen.

Someone knitted a digestive system.

(via Boing Boing)

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