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Expansion

Well, here is the headline: Nurses Seek Expanded Role This is a headline that you will see more and more in the future.  Sort of.  First of all, it is not factually correct.  This story is about CRNAs and not regular nurses.  They are the midlevels of the anesthesia world.   They started as a…

Longevity by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

We all want to remain well and avoid all ailments. In reward for doing all this we assume we will be well and able to live forever.   No smoking, no over eating,  exercise regularly, get plenty of rest and avoid exposure to any environment that is not healthy is not easy so the question…

Health Care Gap

Here is an article in the WSJ that is worth mentioning.  I am displaying it all here because many can’t get to the link for free: One likely factor in America’s outsized health care bill: the huge premium that specialists earn over general practitioners. A new study (in the journal Medical Care)estimated the lifetime earnings gap…and finds…

Quote of the Week

“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another: “What! You too? I thought I was the only one.” C.S. Lewis Author (Chronicles of Narnia and much more) Tweet

Diabetes Screening

A new Lancet study had researchers looking at the number of deaths over 10 years among more than 20,000 people, aged 40 to 69, in England. All of them were at high risk for diabetes. The patients were divided into three groups. One group underwent a round of diabetes screening that was followed up by routine…

The Medicare Reality

This is from AOL, which is owned by Huffington Post (a very liberal organization): Chances are you see money deducted from every paycheck to fund Medicare. But while the bite may seem big, payroll taxes cover less than 40 percent of program costs. They’ve never paid for more than 68 percent of Medicare costs –…

All You Have To Do Is Check

Painkillers are a problem.   As a doctor, you are damned if you do and you are are damned if you don’t.  A new report from a Cambridge-based research group found that many docs prescribing narcotics in Massachusetts for injured workers fail to follow recommended treatment guidelines for monitoring their patients.    Here is a surprise: nearly…