For My Lawyer Friends

It has been announced that more than 20 mobile home manufacturers have agreed to pay $14.8 million to thousands of U.S. hurricane victims who said they were harmed by formaldehyde in the trailers.   Why there would be defect in not one but all twenty manufacturers’ products is beyond me but let’s just say it…

Tattoos and Alcohol

You are not going to believe this but a new study just came out  in the journal Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research  and it found that people with tattoos consume more alcohol than those without tattoos.  This is not a joke.  Someone is funding these things.  No kidding they drink more.  Maybe, just maybe, that is…

Alert Fatigue

There is a new term going around in medicine.  It is called “alert fatigue”.   I had blogged before about nurses having alarm alert fatigue in Boston.  With so many monitors on so many patients the nurses were constantly dashing to see patients for overly sensitive warnings.  This led them to start missing or ignoring some…

The New and Kinder MCAT

Everybody knows that the MCATs is the biggest entrance exam to get into medical school.   What people may not know is that the people behind the test are also trying to ride the trends to fit the times.   In trying to be more politically correct they decided that “nearly half of the new…

Diabetes from a Bottle

A new study in Diabetes Care concludes that circulating levels of phthalate metabolites, which are found in common plastics, cosmetics, some pharmaceuticals and medical devices, are associated with prevalent diabetes in the elderly.   The authors feel these chemicals might influence major factors that are regulating glucose metabolism in humans at the level of exposure of…

Quote of the Week

I think that people are people and all of us want to feel appreciated.   This goes beyond the point I was making about doctors being disrespected.   This is not about superficial ego crap.  Forget the fact that the unholy matrimony between doctors and hospitals (who employ them) is a terrible thing for the…

Taxing Medical Care

There are reasons why keeping the government OUT of the healthcare system still makes sense.   The Institute of Medicine, a federal advisory committee, is recommending taxing medical care to pay for….um….medical care.  Wait…what?   I’m confused. The IOM report recommends that the government create a detailed description of a basic set of public-health services that…

Doctors Are Disrespected

Doctors’ Day was March 30th, as it is every year, and once again it went largely unnoticed.   The results of the poll below are very disturbing to me.  A sampling of over 300 doctors from around the country answered it at the entry entitled “Were You Recognized?”.  At least 40% were not!  I was…

Quote of the Week

“It cannot be too often or too forcibly brought home to us that the hope of the profession is with the men who do its daily work in general practice.” Sir William Osler, physician Editor’s note: That quote is about 100 years old and is as true today as it was then. Tweet