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Doctors to Gingrich: Republicans Need to Repent on “Healthcare”

December 12, 2011 5:19 am | by Jane M. Orient, MD | Comments

1 Newt Gingrich and other Republicans promise to repeal ObamaCare, but doctors remember what they did in 1996. Just after they “defeated” ClintonCare, they changed its name and enacted the very worst parts of it. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) started out as a short act to improve “COBRA” coverage that allows workers to extend employer-sponsored insurance for a time after changing jobs.

Lawsuit May Stifle Medical Gag Orders Against Online Rants

December 9, 2011 6:43 am | by JoNel Aleccia | Comments

A Maryland man who had a bad toothache has filed a class-action lawsuit against his New York dentist after she required him to sign a contract promising not to trash-talk her online -- and then fined him thousands of dollars trying to enforce it. Lawyers for Robert Lee, 42, this week asked a New York federal court to declare that dentist Stacy Makhnevich’s contract, which effectively attempts to gag patient reviews, is unethical, invalid and illegal.

Doctor, Google Thyself

December 9, 2011 6:24 am | by Jeff Livingston, MD | Comments

Have you ever Googled yourself or your practice? Did you know that you have an ever growing online reputation? Whether you know it or not, doctors have an online presence. When you type your name in a search engine you may be surprised by what you find. Everything you do professionally creates a digital footprint.

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Test Can Help Tailor Breast Cancer Care

December 7, 2011 8:54 am | Comments

A new study finds that a genetic test can help tailor care specifically to each breast cancer patient.

Technological Advances Can Solve Our Current Health Care Crisis

December 7, 2011 5:35 am | by Hiep Nguyen, MD | Comments

It can’t be ignored that dramatic transformation in our healthcare system is imminent. The economy, market forces and increasing political demands will soon force physicians and healthcare professionals to change how we take care of our patients. Just as the days of housecalls are gone, so is our current system of delivering care.

Too Promiscuous To Donate An Organ? Maybe, CDC Says

December 5, 2011 6:30 am | by JoNel Aleccia | Comments

If you've had sex with two or more partners in the past year, you may be considered a risky organ donor, at least according to proposed new federal health guidelines that have drawn sharp protests from transplant experts who say they're far too broad.  “With the new guidelines, every college student in America will be high risk,” said Dr.

The Day Our Hospital Lost Its Heart

December 5, 2011 6:19 am | Comments

In about 1985, as I remember it, my training hospital underwent a pivotal change. In Cape Town, at the southern tip of Africa, Groote Schuur Hospital was world famous for being the place where in 1967 an arrogant, brash and brilliant surgeon by the name of Christiaan Barnard stunned the world by performing the world’s first heart transplant.

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Wound Closure And Elastic Traction Devices

December 2, 2011 6:24 am | Canica Design, Inc. | Comments

Michael Bell, MD, FRCSC For the simple open wound, there are numerous advertised closure products on the market. Many patients with open wounds that present closure difficulties have co-morbidities, traditionally contraindicating a primary closure attempt.

Single Incision Laparoscopic Surgery For Appendicitis May Not Be Better

December 2, 2011 4:17 am | Comments

I don’t usually like to review papers that have only been published in abstract form or orally presented because complete data are not available for analysis. But I’m going to make an exception here because a recent paper presented at the American College of Surgeons annual meeting in October and featured on page 1 of Surgery News supports one of my many biases.

Targeting Inoperable Tumors

December 1, 2011 6:37 am | Comments

Formerly Conjoined Twins Thriving After Surgery

December 1, 2011 6:02 am | Comments

Formerly conjoined twins are thriving two weeks after their separation surgery. WWBT-TV Tara Morgan reports.

First World Healthcare Expectations In A Third World Country

November 30, 2011 6:24 am | Comments

I am a third world doctor. My patients have first world expectations. Somewhere in the middle, I end up working too hard and then going home feeling cheated. For I too have expectations. I am in a tension between the reality and my aspirations. In Jamaica, health care is free. Day after day, and night after night its freeness is confirmed, tested.

Disinfecting The OR

November 30, 2011 5:06 am | Palmero Health Care | Comments

General manager of Palmero Health Care, Bernie Dutton, discusses his company’s disinfectant that received the yellow ribbon, Best of Show award in the 2011 Excellence in Surgical Products Awards. Surgical Products : How was the idea for this product developed? DisCide Ultra, Palmero Health Care Bernie Dutton : Palmero Health Care entered into an exclusive distributorship to sell a dual chain quaternary ammonium, high level isopropyl alcohol disinfectant.

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