A hole in the palate

A scary side effect of using this illicit drug.

It's the only way to entice new graduates into the field:

I have written before about these specialties being grossly undervalued in our society. At the very least, it is time to recognize this and ensure that primary care specialties, with the the cognitive and coordinating value they bring, are reimbursed on par with procedural specialties. This is the only way young doctors will choose these specialties.

Is lending itself to Canadians flocking to the US for more accessible health care:

A soaring loonie isn't just good news for cross-border shoppers looking for a good deal on running shoes and plasma televisions.

Suddenly private health care in the U.S. is 30% more affordable.

American clinics have always been an option for patients in this province who want speedier access to health care than our ...

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Give it up Pfizer, it's a losing battle.

Those who think "more testing is better medicine" needs to become better versed in the dangers of false positives:

Many of the scans yield false-positive results, which lead to unnecessary (and risky) treatments. Even recommended tests yield a scary number of false readings. Take mammograms, an often promoted routine exam. According to research compiled by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality:

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A physician with Turner's Syndrome who becomes a leader for those who share her diagnosis.

It's ridiculously expensive for one thing:

The answer is that we have priced a medical education well beyond the reach of most middle-class students. In 2004, tuition and fees at a public medical school averaged $16,153. Students who attended a private school paid $32,588 according to a 2005 study published in The New England Journal of Medicine.

The author, Dr. Gail Morrison, Vice Dean for Education at University ...

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A disaster averted. 911DOC eloquently sums up the reaction: "Sphincter pucker factor twelve out of ten on a scale of one to eight."

A plastic surgeon gives us a glimpse inside some OR chatter.

The Independent Urologist with some common sense tips.

Billions of dollars are being spent to make sure California's hospitals are earthquake-proof. Is this really the best way to spend money?

Tara Parker-Pope takes a look at the presidential candidate's nicotine habit.

Annoying for the doctor, especially when a family member is doing a play-by-play:

Some family members have pulled a John Madden on me. When I examine the patient, they give the person on the other end of the line a play-by-play of everything I am doing. "He is listening to her lungs now. He is making a face. Wonder what that means. Oops, probably nothing. He just itched his ...

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See what this chronobiologist says.

Breast milk for sale

$200 for 100 ounces.

Everyone is talking about controlling health care costs. One way to do this is to invest in primary care. Too bad that isn't happening:

Areas of the United States where the most care is delivered by primary care physicians have lower overall costs, higher patient satisfaction, and, as a rule, better outcomes. A primary care doctor can be a trusted, friendly advisor who sees a patient over many ...

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With the holidays approaching, why not give the gift of health?

But Highmark Inc., the Pittsburgh-based health insurer, hopes its new Healthcare Gift Card will encourage people who might be reluctant to visit the doctor or spend their money on prescriptions -- namely, seniors and college students -- to do so.

The card itself costs $4.95, and can be loaded with as little as $25, which might cover a ...

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Well, that's illegal for Medicare and Medicaid patients:

She was surprised that it is illegal to pay the difference between what we charge and what insurance collects. Here is a potential Medicaid patient willing to pay her fair share, and the system won't allow it. Why? I have no idea why. Both patient and doctor win. Patient gets access, Doctor gets their fair fee.

Nearly unheard of in the Western world, but not in China, where's fee-for-service gone wild:

Mi Zhantao, a poor 25-year-old living with his parents outside this provincial capital in eastern China, was battling depression and had trouble socializing. Doctors said he had schizophrenia. They recommended brain surgery.

Mr. Mi's family spent about $4,800 -- the equivalent of four years' income, and more than their life savings -- on ...

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A Harvard medical student frets about choosing where her 3rd year clerkship is going to be. The one wrinkle is a new "longitudinal approach" that Harvard is taking, where all the rotations are at one hospital.

Get some perspective.

Harvard medical students are choosing between Massachusetts General Hospital, BI/Deaconness, and Brigham and Women's. That's like being forced to choose between a Porsche, Mercedes or a ...

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