Problems of Living

The title of the MSN piece says it all: Docs: Antipsychotics often prescribed for ‘problems of living’ Doctors who are in the trenches get “stuck” with cases all the time that are really very difficult.   Many patients have it bad and they need help.  We feel obligated to do something.   That doesn’t excuse…

Another “No Sh&t” Moment

It took a study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine to prove that active seniors outlive their sedentary peers.  Really?  Out of 893 people around 80 years old, researchers found that the most active seniors had a lower risk of dying over the four-year study compared to those who moved the least.  “Researchers led…

Plastic Surgeon in Hot Water

Michael Salzhauer, a Miami plastic surgeon, is getting some heat about a video he produced.   The piece is about rhinoplasty and it is called “Jewcan Sam”.   Dr. Salzhauer, the band and the video director are all Orthodox Jews but the American Society of Plastic Surgeons is still going ahead with an investigation into…

AAFP Talks Tough

Last June the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) threatened to leave the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) due to many issues but pay disparity was probably the key provision.   They ask for six key changes to occur: add four additional “true” primary care seats to the committee, including one each for…

Which Punchline?

Probably not the best place for this but these situations do occur.   My partner told me of a case years back where the wife of a patient complained that her husband had this same nasty habit.  There are infections transmitted from animals to humans and they are called zoonoses.  You can see a list…

A Title Tells It All

Here is an article just put out by the media: Poorer, Obese Adults Might Benefit From Behavior-Change Program Ya’ think?  It turns out they needed a two-year study to figure this one out.  Ah, nothing like seeing money well spent. Tweet0

Pink Slime

Good News – The fast food industry will stop selling “pink slime” or boneless lean beef trimmings. Bad News – The USDA gives the green light to continue using it for school lunches. Amazing and sad.  Read more about the “pink slime” here.   Three cheers for ammonia! Talk amongst yourselves.   Tweet0