Diabetes from a Bottle

A new study in Diabetes Care concludes that circulating levels of phthalate metabolites, which are found in common plastics, cosmetics, some pharmaceuticals and medical devices, are associated with prevalent diabetes in the elderly.   The authors feel these chemicals might influence major factors that are regulating glucose metabolism in humans at the level of exposure of…

Quote of the Week

I think that people are people and all of us want to feel appreciated.   This goes beyond the point I was making about doctors being disrespected.   This is not about superficial ego crap.  Forget the fact that the unholy matrimony between doctors and hospitals (who employ them) is a terrible thing for the…

Taxing Medical Care

There are reasons why keeping the government OUT of the healthcare system still makes sense.   The Institute of Medicine, a federal advisory committee, is recommending taxing medical care to pay for….um….medical care.  Wait…what?   I’m confused. The IOM report recommends that the government create a detailed description of a basic set of public-health services that…

Doctors Are Disrespected

Doctors’ Day was March 30th, as it is every year, and once again it went largely unnoticed.   The results of the poll below are very disturbing to me.  A sampling of over 300 doctors from around the country answered it at the entry entitled “Were You Recognized?”.  At least 40% were not!  I was…

Quote of the Week

“It cannot be too often or too forcibly brought home to us that the hope of the profession is with the men who do its daily work in general practice.” Sir William Osler, physician Editor’s note: That quote is about 100 years old and is as true today as it was then. Tweet0

More Autopsies?

The American Medical News published a letter to the editor that was so weird that I have to repeat it here: Liability concerns are reflected in nation’s low autopsy rate Regarding: “Declining autopsy rates affect medicine and public health” (Article, Feb. 20): The fact that only 9% of all deaths in the U.S. were autopsied…

College Class Texting

This may blow you away so hold onto something.   A new study shows that college kids are frequently texting during class time, and that may interfere with their ability to pay attention and learn.  The study in Communication Education concluded: Students who did less texting during class also tended to be those who had more…