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Cliff the C.Diff Dog

It turns out dogs can smell C. diff.  In fact, one dog named Cliff can use his superior sense of smell to sniff out early signs of this problematic infection.  A Dutch team spent two months using a reward-based training system to teach Cliff to pick up the unique odor of C. difficile, both in stool samples and…

This Is How They Think

Luckily one of my readers sent me this beauty from the NEJM.    Here is the brilliant plan to reduce administrative costs: Only the federal government has the clout in health care to effect these changes. Thus, it may be necessary to establish a senior-level office in the DHHS focused solely on implementation and innovation…

Eradication

Check this article in Forbes and feel free to comment on their site.   It is a good summary about the start of family medicine and how it is being destroyed.  That being said, the author still misses many points.  I put my two cents in on the site.  See what you think. Tweet

Bury That Study

Here is a study that many will not want you to see.  It seems that primary care doctors provide superior care for patients with diabetes.  Here are some highlights from the study in the journal Diabetes Care: “We found that primary care physicians provide better care to diabetes patients when compared to other providers in…

It’s the Tip of the Iceberg

Did you know that 70% of NFL players don’t even wear knee or thigh pads?  It’s ridiculous.  The NFL is finally mandating it but  this crap has been going on for years (18 to be exact).  Many players also wear child-size pads all in the name of speed.   How about in the name of…

$63

A  $63-per-head fee, to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions, has just been discovered under Obamacare.  “The charge, buried in a recent regulation, works out to tens of millions of dollars for the largest companies, employers say. Most of that is likely to be passed on to workers.”  For those who think…

Fat as the Enemy

In a study published Dec. 7 in the journal BMJ, researchers from the University of East Anglia (I don’t know where that is either) found that simply replacing high-fat foods with low-fat alternatives helped people lose roughly 3.5 pounds. Reducing fat intake also resulted in lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol levels. The study authors suggested that…

Tipping My Hat To The Nurses

Here is an interesting article about the “one thing” nurses get grossed out about.  There is no common thread other than each individual nurse has her own kryptonite.  Read the stories and you will realize how disgusting some jobs in healthcare can really be.   I know that after years of being a family doc…

Professionally Disabled

Ready for a touchy subject?   I have been in practice for over two decades and I have seen a lot of patients.   My estimate is around 100,000.  Over that time I have seen many patients who are disabled and truly need help.    That being said, I have seen many more patients who…