Doug Farrago

Never Too Late

At age 87, former dentist, Dr. Charles Eugster took up bodybuilding.  He is now 93 and is kicking ass. His reasons for picking up weights in his 80s are simple. “The idea is to turn the heads of the sexy young 70-year-old girls on the beach,” he says. He now works out three to four…

Another Ridiculous Study

It turns out that taking too many anti-hypertensive meds at once will….get this….make you feel faint. “Simply stated, the more antihypertensive pills a patient takes, the greater the likelihood of a possible fainting spell under certain circumstances,” explained one cardiologist, Dr. David Friedman, chief of Heart Failure Services at North Shore-LIJ’s Plainview Hospital in Plainview,…

Wanted: Physicians Who Will Submit

This is what it has come to.  Here is the article entitled Hospitals seeking to hire doctors who “play well with others”.   The subtitle goes on: As more health systems form accountable care organizations, they are putting a premium on the ability to work alongside physician assistants and nurse practitioners. So what are they…

You’re Not Like Them

Here is a nice letter letter from a reader who shares his soul.  He gave permission to put it out on the blog: Dear Doug, I just wanted to write to you about the medical profession from the viewpoint of an outsider. True, I have an MD degree and have worked for years mostly in…

Truth in Advertising

Maybe it was the billboard that had a picture of a woman in a white coat saying that this “doctor does house calls” (she had a doctorate in nursing)?  Maybe it was all those chiropractors offering services they are not qualified to give?  Who knows?   But finally the AMA is trying to fight back.…

The Real EMR Problems

There was a nice piece by a Dr. Anne Marie Valinoti in the WSJ recently.  She is an internist and the title of her commentary was Physician, Steel Thyself for Electronic Records.  Many of you may not be able to read the whole article (need a WSJ subscription) so here are some highlights: As stipulated…

CF is Catchy

Here is an article sent to me by one of our readers.  As he says: In case you didn’t hear of the boy who is a CF carrier being forced to change schools to protect kids with CF because his school district has complete lack of brain cells.   This is human stupidity in action…

McGovernment

Ah, you thought this would somehow be about McDonalds, huh?  Nope.   Instead, it is about the late George McGovern.   Forget the fact that his committee in the ’70s launched the whole anti-fat scare in which he claimed caused obesity and cancer.  That was never proven and has caused a parade of other major…