Spiderwoman

Let’s lighten it up today.  You think you have it bad?    This lady had an itchy ear for five days.    The doctors realized that a live spider was causing the problem.  Peek-a-boo, I see you! Tweet0

The Health of Doctors

Here is a nice piece that came out in The Atlantic.   It shows a mixed report card when grading the health of doctors: The good news first: doctors are good at avoiding risky behavior. Compared to everyone else, they almost never smoke, they rarely drink, and they lack many of the obesity-related chronic illnesses…

RomneyCare

The Wall Street Journal did a recent review of what is going on in Massachusetts.   You may not be able to see the link unless you have a subscription.  Let me review: 79% of the newly insured are on public programs. Health costs will consume some 54% of the state budget in 2012 up from…

Ashamed 731 by Pat Conrad MD

Saying what I actually think of the federal government would probably get me banned from this website, and enlarge what I’m sure is an ample FBI file somewhere.  So I leave it to the reader’s imagination… …Today I renewed my DEA license, you know, the cute little government card that lets me dispense and prescribe…

Safety-Net Hospitals

A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine show that the 25% of hospitals with the highest proportion of Medicaid patients score nearly 6 percentage points worse on measures of patient satisfaction compared with what is called non-safety-net hospitals.   Here a taste of some of the questions:  “How often did doctors explain things in a…

Frailty Be Thy Name

A new study at Oregon State University  found that from a survey of more than 4,300 U.S. adults older than 60, those with low vitamin D levels had a 30 percent greater risk of death during the study period than those with higher levels. Frail people had more than double the risk of death than those…

Who? by Ted Bacharach MD (retired)

When you ask anyone about their doctor you get a surprising array of answers. You do not get the now obsolete reply: “My doctor is Dr. Abernathy.”, or “Our family physician has always been Dr. Smith.” In today’s environment the responses are much more likely to be: “My doctor is “Health Corporation Xylast” or our…

I Know What He IS Guilty Of by Pat Conrad MD

Lance Everett Wyatt, M.D.  Honestly, I don’t know whether he did it or not.  Los Angeles plastic surgeon  Lance Everett Wyatt, M.D. was arrested on 8/2 on suspicion of secretly videotaping naked patients, and as well as charges of sexual battery and use of force Doc arrested.  Anytime your name and the word “arrested” makes headlines,…

Quote of the Week

Our first reaction to most others statements or opinions is an evaluation or judgment, rather than an understanding of it. It’s time we start to permit ourselves to understand what the meaning of the statement is to the other person. Martin Luther King Jr. I thought of this during the whole Chick-fil-A craziness.  Here is another quote I found…