Newer (and more expensive) doesn't mean better. Sudafed performs about the same as Singulair:

The research, published in the Archives of Otolaryngology -- Head & Neck Surgery, is based on a small sample and focuses exclusively on two specific drugs: a 240-milligram dose of pseudoephedrine hydrochloride (sold over the counter under the brand name Sudafed 24 Hour) and a 10-mg dose of montelukast sodium (prescription brand name Singulair). "When ...

Read more...

I wonder who came up with the hypothesis? Chewing gum post-op may reduce ileus:

A US team found chewing gum seemed to speed up the return of normal bowel function, and therefore help shorten hospital stays.

They believe gum may stimulate the same nerves as eating, promoting the release of hormones that activate the gastrointestinal tract.

The study, by Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, California, is published in ...

Read more...

Meet the new standard of defensive medicine - diffusion tensor imaging:

The new imaging technology is only present in a few dozen research hospitals and not yet available to the average patient. But it already has far-reaching implications for those with head injuries because it can detect abnormalities that an MRI can't. Doctors will also be able to see more precisely how different drugs act on the brain and ...

Read more...

This plaintiff's hired gun blew up in their faces:

Testifying for the plaintiff was Dr. Chadwick Smith, professor of arthritic surgery at the University of Southern California and a world-renowned practitioner and expert in orthopedic surgery.

"The standard of care was not met," Dr. Smith had said under oath "This patient is much worse after the operation."

Dr. Smith testified in court under questioning from Fitzgibbons that he ...

Read more...

A doctor was forced to implant a screwdriver shaft during an orthopedic surgery:

"There on the back table was a sterile stainless steel metal shaft of a screwdriver that measured the same diameter as the rods that I intended to use. I then used a bolt cutter and measured the rod just to be sure. I then put bone graft on both side in order to fuse his spine. The ...

Read more...

Most are unhappy with penis-enlargement surgery. "Experts said spam e-mails and advertising were giving men unrealistic expectations about penis surgery."

Canadian doctors are refusing to operate on a man who won't give up smoking:

Robert Randall, a fisherman from southeastern New Brunswick, says he has smoked for over 30 years. Randall says there's no way he can give up cigarettes prior to the surgery required to further repair his previously broken knee and leg.

Randall hasn't been able to work for two years because of ongoing problems with his ...

Read more...

Informed consent be damned. A surgeon is still sued for malpractice after a patient died from a complicated esophagectomy:

Foster said the surgery Sadighi performed requires the esophagus to be removed from below the voice box to the level of the stomach.

The stomach is then tied to the remainder of the esophagus.

He said this type of surgery has been determined to be the only ...

Read more...

It's nice to have the state Supreme Court in your pocket. Less than 7 months after Wisconsin got rid of caps, lawyers enjoy a malpractice windfall of $8.4 million:

A Dane County jury this week awarded $8.4 million, including $4.25 million in damages for pain and suffering, to a patient who had suffered serious health problems following surgery. The former cap on such noneconomic damages in Wisconsin was $445,000. ...

Read more...

You'd think that yelling "I've been stabbed" would get you medical attention. We'll, think again:

A teenager bleeding profusely after being stabbed in the back was treated by patients in a GP's waiting room after being ignored by doctors and staff, it was claimed today.

For 20 minutes patients used toilet paper to stem the flow of blood from two four inch deep wounds in Damien Palmer's back.

Read more...

Most Popular

Join 150,000+ subscribers

Get the best of KevinMD in your inbox

Sign me up! It's free. 
close-link
✓ Join 150,000+ subscribers 
✓ Get KevinMD's 5 most popular stories
Subscribe. It's free.