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Losing Altitude by Pat Conrad MD

The popular phrase “behind the power curve” comes from aviation. It typically describes the situation where there is so much drag – parasitic and induced – that the available power for the aircraft cannot arrest the increasing loss of altitude. Nose high, low and slow, with the throttles firewalled and if you are too low…

Doctor Wait Times Soar 30%

Patients are waiting an average of 24 days to schedule an appointment with a doctor in 15 major U.S. cities. That’s ridiculous.  They say this is due to a shortage of physicians but is it really?  If the doctor is spending half of his or her time on bogus metrics, ridiculous EMR work and documentation…

Ridiculous Study of the Week: Food Choices and Dating

In another example of brilliant research we have now just learned that:

Women are way less likely to order fatty, indulgent dishes while in the presence of an attractive man

I know what you’re thinking, who gives a crap, right? And that is the point.  How does this gain any attention when the results won’t benefit anyone at any time?

Oh, and before I forget, the same research also found that:

Men tend to order more expensive drinks and dishes after exposure to an attractive female, regardless of whether those menu items were healthy or unhealthy.

I believe the video above from the movie Burn After Reading says it all. I may have to make a Palmer Award at the end of the year for the most ridiculous study of them all.


Ridiculous Study of the Week: Extra Weight Predicts Poor Physical Shape

Yes, you read that headline right.  Amazing, huh?  Here are the conclusions: Individuals who were overweight or obese when they were young and continued to gain weight had significantly worse physical capabilities 4 decades later compared with their peers whose weight remined normal, independent of other risk factors for cardiovascular disease, in a new study…

Letting Patients Write in the EMR

Here is a brilliant concept from the Ivory Tower researchers.  A few of them have decided to blow the medical chart wide open! They figured let’s let EVERYONE put stuff in there. For those that don’t know, it used to be just the doctor who wrote in the medical chart but all the new bogus regulations made it necessary to have medical…