The hired gun

Daniel Carlat writes about a physician who earns close to a million dollars annually doing pharmaceutical teleconferences.

Another respected medical blogger takes a break. Hopefully it will only be temporary.

"Vaginal spelunking"

More ER bizarreness.

Is it preventing some prospective doctors from entering medical school?

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(via Ezra Klein)

Vytorin spin

Matthew Mintz interprets a recent letter he received from Merck.

Amy Tenderich writes about her blog in Newsweek.

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Interesting WSJ article on what the candidates do when their voice becomes hoarse from the constant public speaking:

John McCain's voice was little more than a rasp at Jan. 9 rallies in South Carolina. With a televised campaign debate scheduled the next night, aides sprang into action. They bought the Arizona senator a bottle of olive oil.

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Cardiology hospitalist

A sub, sub-speciality? The fracturization of internal medicine continues.

SVT in the ER

See how Panda deals with it.

"You are dying"

Why is it so difficult to say?

. . . one of the reasons why we eschew the "D" word when talking to patients about their prognosis is to avoid upsetting them with the use of such blunt terms since they are already in distress as it is. Another explanation is that we doctors find it awkward or unpleasant to bring up such bad news, which the author believes is ...

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Remember, you read it here first:

The presidential candidates are fighting over who would do the most to increase the number of Americans with health insurance and expand access to care. But their plans don't ensure that there will be enough doctors and nurses will treat all those new patients, argues a report expected to be released later today . . .

. . . And, as the ...

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How can something like this happen?

Oxygen ignited inside a special hood worn by a newborn infant in a hospital, burning the boy's head and face and leaving him in critical condition . . .

. . . The baby was wearing an oxygen hood, a device that fits over the face to supply additional oxygen, when something caused the gas to ignite, the statement read.

Take a look at what's happening in Long Island:

"I'm scared that we're just going to have people simply stop practicing," he said. "It has been noticeable that the physician community has been quiet "“ it hasn't spoken up, and I tend to think there's too many people planning, saying'you know, four more years and my kids are out of high school, and I'm going to move.'" . . .

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Adult vaccines

Apparently most think they're just for kids. They couldn't be more wrong. Find out which vaccines you need.

How that's a change that goes against the grain. Here's why:

Now don't get me wrong"¦I was once a hospitalist. I think the concept is good. I think that their are plenty of hospitalists out there who are excellent, and communicate with PCPs . . . But that's not the majority. As of this time the majority do not call PCP's on admission or discharge. The ...

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Concierge medicine

Why physicians are gravitating towards this route, and why this approach may not only be for the wealthy.

Freakonomics uncovers some nuggets, some of which we already know:

Events are revealing that many pharmaceutical companies, along with their consulting academic physicians, have engaged in practices that obscure or misrepresent information about their products . . .

The best kept secret by the retail pharmaceutical industry is the obscene profits made on generic drugs by the large chain stores . . .

What a lot of ...

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The Urban Paramedic

A Boston EMT gets a nice write-up in the Globe about his blog. I just found it, it's an exciting read. I wonder if his employer is aware of the blog.

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