The Krafty Librarian wonders why UptoDate is so indispensable. "Why do doctors love UpToDate so much? Is the content that much different than FirstConsult and eMedicine? All three products cover approximately the same medical topics, with a few exceptions: example: UpToDate's Neurology section is in development and they do not have Urology nor Surgery section however, FirstConsult and eMedicine do."

As many of you know, I am an ...

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The partially blind neurosurgeon can no longer operate. "Despite limited eyesight, he completed residency in neurosurgery at the Medical College of Virginia, taught neurosurgery at two universities and earned certification from the American Board of Neurological Surgery. He practiced for many years in Arizona before moving to North Carolina eight years ago."

A gynecologist is cleared after admitting a tragic surgical mistake. "Abdel Mahfouz. of Lynton Road, Acton, did not realise he had cut into 37-year-old Fatima Al-Sabti's bowel during keyhole surgery after mistaking it for part of her womb."

Should the UK government pay for surgeries done abroad as a result of long wait times? This patient is in court to answer that question:

Osteoporosis sufferer Yvonne Watts, 74, from Bedfordshire, spent almost £4,000 on surgery in France in 2003 to avoid a year-long wait in the UK.

She later won a High Court case stating the NHS should pay for treatment abroad where a wait is ...

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"It was never about getting the highest amount . . . It's about seeking justice."
"She hopes the hospital's doctors and nurses will learn a valuable lesson through the boy's death and "take their job more seriously."

To ensure that, a plaque in memory of her dead son, Torajee, must be placed inside the hospital's emergency room . . .

. . . Tukishia Bobbett thinks her son ...

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Some men are seeking breast reduction surgery



"Gynaecomastia is not a new phenomenon, but it would appear anecdotally that the rates are rising.

It is different from the flabby breast tissue that goes hand in hand with obesity in men.

In gynaecomastia there is glandular breast tissue as well as fatty tissue.

Some experts believe it may be down to female hormones leaking ...

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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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