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Why Doctors Shouldn't Leave Their Emotions Behind

September 28, 2011 5:38 am | by Michael A. Zadeh, MD | Comments

Part of the reason I became a physician was because I got tired of watching those close to me as they suffered through illness and eventually died, while I stood helplessly by, unable to do a thing. Throughout my training I watched as my mentors interacted with their patients, displaying a political correctness matched with just enough outward emotion so that there was no telling the difference between the good news and the bad.

For Older Women, Year Following Hip Fracture Can Be Especially Deadly

September 27, 2011 6:19 am | by Amanda MacMillan | Comments

Women age 65 and older who fracture a hip are much more likely to die from any cause during the following year than they would be if they had avoided injury, a new study suggests. The increased risk of death associated with hip fractures was especially dramatic among younger women. In the 65- to 69-year-old age group, the odds of death were five times higher for women in a post-fracture year than they were for non-injured women of the same age, the study found.

Do You Tell People You Are A Doctor?

September 27, 2011 6:13 am | Comments

An interesting post appeared on the physician website Sermo the other day. A woman said that she hides the fact that she is a doctor for fear of being overcharged for goods and services and that she hates being asked medical questions in social situations. Read the entire post plus comments here .

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Medical Identity Theft A Growing Problem

September 26, 2011 11:30 am | by Emily P. Walker | Comments

WASHINGTON -- Nearly four out of ten doctors and hospitals surveyed have caught a patient trying to use someone else's identity in order to obtain healthcare services, according to a new survey from accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Patients seeking medical services under someone else's name was the second most common privacy or security issue reported by healthcare providers, according to PwC's nationwide survey of 600 executives from U.

Unintended Consequences Of Standardizing Physician Practice

September 26, 2011 9:32 am | by Steve Wilkins, MPH | Comments

Turns out there is an unintended consequence of many of the current efforts to standardize the way doctor’s practice medicine.  It is called de-skilling.  De-skilling can occur when physicians and other providers try to adapt to standardized, new ways of doing things.  Examples of such standardization include clinical based care guidelines, electronic medical records (EMRs), pay for performance (P4P), patient centered medical home  (PCMH) requirements and so on.

Experts Caution Against Stem Cell Treatments Abroad

September 23, 2011 6:06 am | by Elizabeth Landau, CNN | Comments

There's great potential in the field of regenerative medicine, but doctors caution against seeking experimental treatments in an unregulated environment. Having had three surgeries for a neck injury already, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning reportedly took a private jet to Europe to get a stem cell treatment that is not approved in the United States.

ICD-10 Codes: "Drowning And Submersion Due To Falling Or Jumping From Burning Water-Skis"

September 23, 2011 5:00 am | Comments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services [CMS] have just released the updated version of the medical coders’ bible, the International Classification of Disease, 10th Revison [ICD-10]. The long-awaited revision is much more detailed than previous versions, going from 18,000 codes in ICD-9 to 140,000 codes in the new release.

Study: For Varicose Veins, Quicker Treatment Just As Good

September 21, 2011 6:43 am | Comments

To many mothers, it's just not fair. Nine months of pregnancy, giving birth to a child, and then there's a lasting, unwelcome reminder of the experience:  Varicose veins . The bulging, often painful swelling of blood in the legs can be treated, and a new study confirms that a less invasive method - widely available for about five years – also is slightly better at preventing varicose veins from returning.

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Predicting Sex Life After Prostate Cancer

September 21, 2011 6:31 am | by Tara Parker-Pope | Comments

Treatments for prostate cancer take a significant toll on male potency, leaving a surprisingly high percentage of men unable to have a normal sex life, new research shows. The findings, based on a study of more than 1,000 men treated for prostate cancer at multiple medical centers, show that whether a man is able to achieve adequate erections after treatment for prostate cancer varies greatly depending on a number of individual variables, including his age, the extent of his cancer and the quality of his sex life before treatment.

Going To Waste

September 20, 2011 5:51 am | by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info | Comments

As with all equipment purchases in any industry, there is a tug-of-war between equipment effectiveness and cost. Such is also the case with fluid management and disposal systems in the OR. However, when it comes to the safety of healthcare workers and patients, and cost is stripped from the equation, what is the safest system to use? Surgical Products interviewed several fluid waste management and disposal equipment suppliers to answer just that.

Doctors Need Celebrities To Spread The Vaccine Message

September 20, 2011 5:21 am | by Kevin Pho, MD | Comments

Presidential candidate Michele Bachmann has been in the health care headlines recently, saying the HPV vaccine was dangerous. Although doctors and other health experts, along with  editorials in major newspapers , rebutted her claims immediately, they didn’t stand a chance. The damage was already done.

The Cyborg In Us All

September 19, 2011 5:41 am | by Pagan Kennedy | Comments

“Fingers!” Gerwin Schalk sputtered, waving his hands around in the air. “Fingers are made to pick up a hammer.” He prodded the table, mimicking the way we poke at computer keyboards. “It’s totally ridiculous,” he said. I was visiting Schalk, a 40-year-old computer engineer, at his bunkerlike office in the Wads­worth Center, a public-health lab outside Albany that handles many of New York State’s rabies tests.

A.M. Vitals: Chronic Diseases Could Cost $30 Trillion By 2030

September 19, 2011 5:30 am | by Katherine Hobson | Comments

Chronic-Disease Burden:  The United Nations today opens a two-day meeting at which it will discuss how to better prevent and treat the noncommunicable diseases including diabetes, heart disease and cancer that one report estimates could cost the global economy $30 trillion between now and 2030,  the WSJ reports .

‘Pacemaker’ Device Helps You Regain Bladder Control

September 16, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

Some people with overactive bladder try treatment after treatment, but nothing seems to work. Others find certain treatments difficult to tolerate. Don't lose hope! A new treatment, called neurostimulation, may be worth considering. Neurostimulation is a way of controlling urinary incontinence, frequency, and problems emptying the bladder.

Adherence to Process Measures Does Not Equal Better Care

September 16, 2011 6:13 am | Comments

Last July, I blogged about a paper from the Journal of the American Medical Association that reported no correlation between the process-based Surgical Care Improvement Project [SCIP] and the incidence of wound infections. The SCIP processes involve the selection, timing and duration of prophylactic antibiotic use.

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