Dementia Meds

There have been reports that some antipsychotic medications used for dementia patients cause a slightly higher increase chance of mortality.   Looks like there are going to be some stricter guidelines on using these meds but let’s just hope it doesn’t go overboard.   Some demented patients, due to their illness, can be very tough…

Quote of the Week

The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.  ~Thomas Edison He was right but, alas, we are not there yet.  Obesity is spreading like wildfire and along with it goes chronic diseases.…

Is Salt The Problem?

The CDC is urging primary care physicians to talk to patients about ways to lower their sodium intake by about a quarter teaspoon of salt each day.  Their senior scientist said that this would ” prevent thousands of deaths from cardiovascular disease, hypertension and stroke a year and save billions in health care dollars”.  This came…

Role Reversal

Creating an effective and efficient healthcare system is not easy.  What is interesting to me is that as we try to “socialize” medicine here, the Brits are trying to “privatize” medicine across the pond.   I know Michael Moore liked to think that the NHS in England is free and no one pays for it…

Quote of the Week

“We have to ask ourselves whether medicine is to remain a humanitarian and respected profession or a new but depersonalized science in the service of prolonging life rather than diminishing human suffering” Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Swiss-American psychiatrist and author   It seems she was on the money in predicting the latter. Tweet0

You Can’t Pretend Defensive Medicine Doesn’t Exist

A survey of 202 fourth-year medical students and third-year residents at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago found that 94% of students and 96% of residents have seen examples of defensive medicine in their clinical training.  Somehow this comes as a surprise to American Medical News reporter but the bottom line is that…

Having Balls

For those not keeping up with the times, there is a major drug shortage crisis especially with some cancer or anesthetic medications.   Here is the best part.  Government rules for storage and safety have forced some pharmacists to throw away these lifesaving meds.   Here is what one wimp, er, pharmacist said: “I’d never want to…

Primum Non Nocere and Patient Satisfaction Surveys

No doctor that I know likes to be graded via “physician satisfaction surveys”.   The reason is that it magnifies the differences between doctors and administrators.  Administrators think we should be run like a fast food restaurant or American Eagle store.  Doctors understand that saying “no” to demands of antibiotics, narcotics, and expensive procedure requests…