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New Labels

Researchers at Johns Hopkins’s Bloomberg School of Public are recommending that junk food and sodas be packaged with “exercise labels” to let consumers know exactly how much exercise is required to burn off the calorie and fat content within the products.   In a study published in the American Journal of Public Health they found for…

Medical Gag Orders

A New York dentist who required patients to sign a contract NOT to disparage her online has fined a patient thousands of dollars for doing just that.  Now he is suing her.  The patient also wants the contract, which which gags patient reviews, to be deemed unethical, invalid and illegal.   This was all helped out…

Australia Diabetes Project Dropped

A $200 million program in Australia  designed to prevent diabetes was dropped by the federal government.  This was done in spite of this disease costing the country billions of dollars each year.  The article is located here and I just love the way they use the term “scheme”.    The program was one that worked on…

Patient Satisfaction Scores

For the past fifteen years that I have been an employed physician the subject of patient satisfaction scores have been a very sore subject amongst doctors.   No one ever buys into it.  The reasons are probably many.  The biggest objection is having your payments affected it by it.  I understand that.  The companies that…

Readmissions

Hospital readmissions are a huge problem because many of them can be prevented.   This is why the government and insurance companies are squeezing hospitals and holding their feet to the fire by penalizing them if those readmissions do occur.   Call it a carrot or a stick but the result is the same.  “Readmission…

Tag Lines for Authentic Medicine

One of my oldest and dearest patients congratulated me on my story in the AP.   She is in her late eighties and is really a sweet old lady. We love her at the office.  She didn’t understand what the story was about, however.  “Are you fighting for doctors?”, she asked.   Not exactly.  What…

ZDoggMD and XMAS

 

A new video from my buddy, ZDoggMD.

A musical telethon to benefit the poor souls taking call on the holidays. Performance by Band-Aged. A parody of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

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Physician Burnout

I truly believe that the public doesn’t understand what physicians do every day.    We never had a reason to educate them before.   All patients ever see is their doctors come into that small room, listen to their stories, hopefully give them some help, and then leave.   Unfortunately, outside of that sterile box…