Authentic Doc From A Civil War Prisoner Camp

This was found during an Ebay auction.  Here is the link.  It is an incredible story:  Lot of two (photo and hospital pass) circa 1865 Civil War items relating to the Confederate Andersonville Georgia Prison for Union prisoners of war.  This prison was largely an outdoor compound where over 12,000 of the 45,000 prisoners interred there died from…

End of Life Talks

A recent survey  of nearly 1,700 by the California HealthCare Foundation found that 76% of respondents did not have written advance directives even though 40% said they had talked with a loved one about what medical treatments they would want at the end of life.  Even worse, only 8% of the patients had ever been asked about end-of-life…

Ahhh….Sugar

The USA Today put out a recent piece discussing the data from the National Center for Health Statistics which showed that for kids,  59% of added-sugar calories come from foods and 41% from beverages.   The sources or “added sugars” they mentioned were table sugar, brown sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, maple syrup, honey, molasses and other caloric sweeteners…

Socialized Medicine in Germany

Guten Morgan! This comes from a reader: If you really want European socialized medicine (you personally no, but the masses in general) then you need to know some more information.  I have lived and worked in Europe (Germany), I speak from experience.  First, you are covered until you are 65 years old, after that you…

Lifeline from UnitedHealth?

UnitedHealth wants to have at least 50% of its network under value-based contracting by 2015.  How does that sound?  Good for them.  We also have another made-up political term (please see my other blogs about P4P traps) called “value-based contracting”  .   Somehow our leaders believe this is a wonderful thing.   Here was a…

Are Statins Still The Cat’s Meow?

New warnings are being added to the labels of cholesterol lowering drugs, such as Lipitor and Crestor, to indicate that they may raise levels of blood sugar and now could cause memory loss.  This is getting to be a sticky situation and patients are confused. Hell, so am I.  Statins have been shown to significantly…

Colonoscopy is a Tough Sell

A recent NEJM study showed the benefit of getting screening colonoscopies.   This is a good thing because colon cancer may really be a preventable death.  I still think the cost of the procedure is way too high and so do patients, evidently.   A study in the Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology  found that during recession of…