Accidents

Whitney Houston had cocaine, marijuana, Xanax and Benadryl in her system when she drowned.  The coroner has ruled her death “accidental”.   There must be a study somewhere showing that there are a lot less accidental deaths when someone doesn’t have cocaine, marijuana, Xanax and Benadryl in their system.  One would think, right? Tweet

Follow the Fad

Medical schools, guilty of doing the same rigorous training style over the past 100 years, are changing again.   More and more are just following the news and trying to make  a splash with cool new programs.   Who is up for some interprofessional training fun?  The pendulum has now swung old school didactics/rounds to…

Outcomes Fall Flat

The evidence keeps pouring in that the great “Quality Movement” is failing.  A new study shows that the hospital report cards on quality did NOT improve patient outcomes.   As reported in Health Affairs and explained here in the American Medical News: Seven years after the federal government started publicly reporting hospitals’ performance on quality…

Quote of the Week

“It is reasonable to expect the doctor to recognize that science may not have all the answers to problems of health and healing.” Norman Cousins Journalist, Editor, Activist Tweet

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…