UnitedHealth’s Profit

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How does an insurance company make money?  As the title of this article says, they “boost their profits by lowering medical costs”. So here are the facts.  UnitedHealth Group Inc. reported better-than-expected third-quarter earnings and raised its profit forecast for the year and did it by driving down medical costs. How? Medical utilization remained restrained UnitedHealth added that…

The Apology

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Remember Thomas Eric Duncan?  He was patient zero who first brought the Ebola virus to the US.  He is the Typhoid Mary who lied about his contact with an Ebola victim in Liberia.  He is dead and now two nurses are infected because of him. Of course you all know this by now and it…

Viagra Use Expanded

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A recent study published October 20 in BioMed Central showed that an ingredient in erectile dysfunction medications like Viagra improves heart performance in patients who took it.  It seems to prevent the heart from increasing in size and changing shape in patients suffering from left ventricular hypertrophy.  Now come the jokes from the article: The headlines for this were pretty…

Everyone is a Doctor

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Someone has to help us keep the “doctor” name sacred.  Too often we allow noctors to pretend they are us because we are too busy or afraid to fight back.  You see the ads on the internet.  You see the charlatans on the television.  It’s sad, really.  Now the Texas Attorney General is helping us.…

The New Czar Is Here!

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Why do we even use the term “czar” anymore?  It means having great power or authority and it gets thrown politically around all the time.  By the way, I can’t remember any “czar”‘ figure appointed by the government that ever did anything or was successful.  Drug czar? Oil czar?  Housing czar?  Now President Obama has…

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Taking Advice

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Let’s make gender an issue in medicine again, shall we?  Here was the conclusions of a recent study: Patients are more likely to heed the advice of female doctors than their male counterparts Really?  When you read the rest of the article, the endpoint was whether the patient agreed with the advice and it seems…

Unsung Doctors

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Found this nice article in Consultant magazine.   It is a nice testament to Authentic Medicine.  Here it is, in its entirety, to inspire you a little: In the past, I have described incredible feats, extraordinary deeds, and exemplary lives lived by famous healers. We can learn from their behaviors—how some of these healers lived…