Whiskey Muscle Syndrome Does Exist

Everyone has heard of “whiskey muscles”.   It is that sensation of invincibility that comes when one drinks a bunch of alcohol.   It is why men always fight when they drink.  It is also why many men get their asses kicked.  They think they are tougher or stronger than they really are.   Maybe…

CT Scans for Smokers In Vogue Again

Based on a review of evidence, including a large National Cancer Institute study involving more than 53,000 people with a history of smoking at least one cigarette pack daily for 30 years or two packs for 15 years, new guidelines are recommending that they receive annual low-dose CT scans of their lungs.  The advice applies only…

Good Mood Food

Arby’s has a new protein meal you may be interested in.   Ryan Hart, a 14-year-old boy from Michigan,  bit into his Arby’s roast beef sandwich and found he was eating a finger.   It seems a restaurant employee cut off her finger with a meat slicer while preparing the meal.   When she left her station…

When vs. What You Eat

I think we are getting better on the nutrition front.  Here is an interesting study showing that eating for the first 8 hours of the day and then nothing for 16 hours may be the way to go.  Intriguing and may give some credence to the IF people (intermittent fasting).   Looks like both timing and…

Weed Loopholes

This is a long NBC piece but it is well done. This is why medical marijuana is mostly BS and abused.   Check out Venice Beach and the douchebag, sellout doctors who peddle their wares.   I am not saying weed can’t be medicinal but it has to be done wisely with laws that can be enforced.

Drink That Coffee

A new study shows that people who drink coffee may live longer.  So, as I write this, I am sipping on the fountain of youth.   The researchers were able to tease this nugget out after they first realized that  coffee drinkers were more likely to die at any given time.   That is when they…

Fake Pig Ears

China, with its history of poor oversight, has once again been found to have produced something fraudulent.  I blogged so many stories over the years about this trend it is getting boring already.  Whether it is fake ED meds, cadmium in toys, or  flawed medical trials, they seem to keep outdoing themselves.   The newest item…

Rx Without A Doctor

In the continuing saga of physician disrespect, the FDA is looking at more ways for patients to get prescriptions without seeing a doctor.   This is the same country where many states don’t allow doctors to do telemedicine across state lines.  So, in the latter case, doctors can’t give prescriptions but patients would be able…

Diet Laws

I am all for improving America’s diet.  I just don’t think the government needs to be so heavily involved.  As a physician, it should be us giving the advice but I admit that I don’t think we have all the right answers yet.   Are grains the problem?  Has fat been maligned for the wrong…

Healthcare Going To The Dogs

Here is the kind of orientation video that hospital administrators are now showing to their employees.   There is a longer video of it here:

http://www.media-partners.com/healthcare_training/its_a_dogs_world.htm

As one of my readers said (who sent this in):

  • These all seem to be systems failures at a corporate hospital run by people not involved in the care of the patients.
  • It seems the cash-based model run by the veterinarian allows her to hire and retain staff with the right attitudes who are happy to work in a pleasant work environment
  • That call back by the vet was a nice touch, is the hospital going to pay the doctors’ additional hours to do the same or are you just sticking to your guns on the hourly/annual wage with no unapproved “overtime”?