Video games better than tranquilizers at keeping children calm before surgery, study finds
"Letting children play video games on a Game Boy in the operating room before undergoing surgery can help relax them better than tranquilizers or holding Mommy's hand, researchers say."

Pediatric studies seem much more interesting to design and conduct than studies in adult medicine.

Why Good Friends Don't Always Make Good Doctors
"Even when someone is quite ill, the doctor can't worry about hurting the person or the person's feelings. Sorry, but the next biopsy or the next surgery or the next awful test must be done. Trying to soften the blow in the name of friendship invites disaster. Stated another way, a better question to ask your doctor is: 'What would you ...

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Woman dies, hospital `can't apologize enough' for error
"A woman who underwent surgery for a brain aneurysm was mistakenly injected with a highly toxic antiseptic solution and died, hospital officials have admitted."

Citing Cancer, Chief Resigns at McDonald's
"The Australian-born Mr. Bell, the youngest chief executive and the first non-American to lead the company, was given his diagnosis a month after being named chief executive. He has been treated with surgery and chemotherapy."

The diagnosis is colorectal cancer, which is the second leading cause of cancer death. Approximately one-third of people who develop it die of the disease. ...

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New Malpractice Concern: Waking in Surgery
"The country's top patient-safety watchdog group has issued an alert about the dangers of waking up during surgery -- a warning that many in the legal and health professions say could trigger more malpractice suits against anesthesiologists."

Elizabeth Edwards has been diagnosed with breast cancer. She has invasive ductal cancer, which is the most common type, comprising 80% of all breast cancers.

Essentially, surgical therapy would be required for all invasive cancers. Whether this is a mastectomy or lumpectomy plus radiation therapy (i.e. breast conserving therapy - BCT) would depend on several factors. The obvious obstacle to BCT would be the ...

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Is Kaiser the Future of American Health Care?
"In Northern California alone, Kaiser spends $55 million a year on chronic-care management programs. "But what's really expensive is if we don't take care of these people and manage their chronic conditions," said Dr. Robert Mithun, chief of internal medicine at Kaiser's medical center in San Francisco.

Dr. Mithun's comment may seem like no more than common sense, but it ...

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Good point

One reason why improving our health-care system is so difficult:

However, there's another reason why Washington is reluctant to attempt major surgery: For the 158 million or so Americans who are covered by private health insurance, the system works reasonably well and doesn't need fixing.

Despite all the talk of health-care system failures and the growing number of people who have no health insurance, polls consistently show that Americans ...

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Screening for ovarian cancer

Ovarian cancer is the leading cause of death from a gynecologic malignancy, and there is continual interest whether the general population should be screened for this disease. A recent report has suggested a new blood test testing for early ovarian cancer. Here's how the media portrayed this:

BY THE TIME MANY WOMEN FIND OUT THEY HAVE OVARIAN CANCER, IT'S TOO LATE.

THAT'S BECAUSE THERE'S NEVER BEEN A ...

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Active euthanasia

What an incredible story today from Medpundit:

An elderly, "comfort care only" patient was transferred from her nursing home to the ER in the middle of the night because the nursing home didn't know what to do when she developed abdominal pain. She was much too frail to withstand surgery, and since she was "comfort care only," that wasn't an option anyways. The emergency room doctor who drew her ...

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