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Wakefield At It Again

Minnesota is having it worst measles outbreak in decades and guess who was involved? Yup, Andrew Wakefield. I don’t put a Dr. before his name because he was stripped of his license years ago.  Why? Well, if you don’t know: Wakefield’s prominence stems from a 1998 study he authored, which claimed to show a link…

Sincere, but Not Serious by Pat Conrad MD

By now you have probably all seen the Jimmy Kimmel monologue about his newborn son born with Tetralogy of Fallot, and the successful lifesaving surgery that he received.   In a 13-minute stretch, he passionately, movingly detailed his son’s condition, and the excellent care that has put the baby on the road to a normal, healthy life. …

We All Want the Same Thing

I am no politician. I am a family doctor.  I have been blogging daily about our healthcare system for 15 years, though.  And I think most of us DO want the SAME thing.  We want AFFORDABLE HEALTHCARE OPTIONS!  In a sense, the Affordable Care Act had it right as far as the name.  After that…ummm…not…

Burned Out Over Gender by Pat Conrad MD

Yeah I know, we cover this topic once or twice a year, but the gang over at Medical Economics just can’t leave it alone.  In fact the ME editorial board seems increasingly risk averse and clinging to approved scripts.  While the lead editorial assures us that “physicians are fighters, not fleers,” a later spot in…

Medicaid is Great or How to Twist a Story

Before I even start on this study and their “conclusions” let me have you take a second and think about Medicaid. Visualize the clinics and their staff.  Visualize the patients, their habits and their compliance.  Visualize the doctors working there and their demeanor. Take a second to do this. Now, I tried NOT to put any…

Hot, New Macular Degeneration Glasses!

The joke was that al the glasses are the same.  We were mocking the marketing “geniuses” trying to pump up grandma into buying them.  An oldie but goodie. (make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletter for reminders and extra insights/columns)Hot Tweet0