The case for an EMR post-Katrina
"Melinda Amedee was scheduled to have a tumor removed from her kidney at a New Orleans hospital on August 30. She lives far enough away from the city to have missed serious damage from Hurricane Katrina. But when the 17th Street Canal levee broke the day before, she knew she wouldn't be having an operation at the Ochsner Cancer Institute anytime soon. With a ...

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The harms of overtesting

A reprint from a commenter below. This is the best explanation I've seen as to why we shouldn't scan everyone who comes in with abdominal pain. It also explains why not doing a scan and occasionally missing a diagnosis in low-probability cases should not be construed as medical malpractice.

However, will the juries buy such an explanation? Will prosecuting lawyers understand this line of ...

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Tennessee recognizes the need for tort reform
"If you smoke and need surgery, there are several dozen doctors in Memphis willing to crack your chest, but you can only see the best guy if you're a veteran.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Hammond Cole is the only doctor of his type in Shelby County who specializes in lung tumors, but when his malpractice premiums went up 60% in one year he ...

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An "anti-rape" condom has been invented in South Africa
"A South African inventor unveiled a new anti-rape female condom on Wednesday that hooks onto an attacker's penis and aims to cut one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the world . . .

. . . The device, made of latex and held firm by shafts of sharp barbs, can only be removed from the ...

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Bizarre: Mobs attack hospital after doctor leaves halfway through surgery

Update:
Seems like this story is no longer available. Trust me, it was bizarre.

A hospital and two doctors are sued for refusing to do surgery on an HIV positive man
"According to the lawsuit, Daniel Richardson was referred to HealthSouth Provo and had his surgery scheduled for December 2004, but then it was cancelled. The suit says that one of the doctors who referred Richardson for surgery said that "no scrub techs would do the surgery and it was the policy of HealthSouth ...

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A doctor in the UK is under fire for mistreating a child's asthma
"A sobbing mum yesterday accused a GP of treating her dying son worse than a dog. Heartbroken Michelle Hynes said Dr Julie Mallon refused to accept that eight-year-old Owen Charleston was having a life-threatening asthma attack.

Michelle branded the doctor rude and patronising and claimed that she dismissed Owen's attack as"a wee stushie".

Owen ...

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More doctors gone wild: A surgeon in Japan punched a patient in her 90's during surgery
"A doctor described as arrogant was suspended for three months for punching a patient in her 90s and hurling verbal abuse at her in the middle of surgery, officials said Tuesday.

The incident took place at Shiga Hospital in Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture, on Aug. 1, according to officials at the Kinki regional office ...

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A doctor committed suicide after missing a fatal diagnosis in a young female patient
"Father-of-two Dr Paul Goodson, 44, had examined new mother Alison Webster when she went to his surgery complaining of stomach pains. She returned home with painkillers but Alison, 23, was later admitted to hospital where she died of post-natal complications.

It is believed Dr Goodson took a fatal drugs overdose at a remote woodland ...

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Evidence, not intuition: Why lung cancer screening is not endorsed
It seems intuitive - screening all smokers with a chest CT for earlier detection of lung cancer:

Now, at the time of diagnosis, 75 percent of patients with lung cancer already have symptoms (persistent cough, blood-tinged sputum, chest pain or recurring pneumonia or bronchitis) related to advanced local or metastatic disease that cannot be cured. And by the time ...

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