Family Docs Assemble!

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  The AAFP Assembly is almost upon us again.  It will be in Washington, DC in October.  I have been to a couple of them.  One was to launch the Placebo Journal in 2001 (where I was vendor and forcefully thrown out) and the other was few years back when I and a few others dressed…

Nurses’ Experience Counts

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Who would have thunk it?  It turns out that patients may get the best care when treated in hospital units staffed by highly experienced nurses.   Researchers analyzed data from more than 900,000 patients admitted over four years to U.S. Veterans Administration hospitals and found that for each one-year increase in the average tenure of…

Flat Out Wrong

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If you haven’t heard, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning.  Of course, the president said all the right things about how great she was.  Blah, blah, blah.  I will let others debate that.  My issue still goes back to the jewel of this administration, which is the Affordable Care Act.   Here is…

I Love Science by Pat Conrad MD

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  Medicine can be cool. It can be useful, and even fun. “Born with an absent or underdeveloped vagina, women suffering Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome often have difficulty experiencing a normal sex life, can fail to menstruate and sometimes cannot reproduce naturally.” But now, researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found a way to normalize…

Maine Going Direct Primary Care

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I am kidding.  Only two doctors in the whole state are doing it.   Why?  I think I know.  I was in Maine for 18 years.  There was a lot to like there (and a lot not to like).  It’s a place where medical monopolies run amuck and hospital administrators get paid ridiculous salaries.  I…

Most Miserable Profession?

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Yep, that is what being a doctor is according to this article in the Daily Beast.  It is like they have been following this website for a a while.  Anyway, it is well worth the read.  My favorite line is the last one of the piece: But for America’s health to be safeguarded, the wellbeing…