First year medical student writes about what it is like to dissect cadavers in the anatomy lab.
Abuse-resistant form of oxycodone on the horizon? I give it a month before someone has figured out how to abuse it.
Emergency department access not the same as health care access. Here’s why. I disagree with some of the statements made, such as asthmatics can’t get prescription refills, but many of the other statements are true.
“No wrong should be without a remedy.” That is, unless you are a judge who plagiarizes 321 of 368 paragraphs of an opinion from an attorney’s brief in a medical malpractice case. The judicial misconduct caused a reversal of a plaintiff’s $5 million medical malpractice judgment.
Arizona gets federal approval to cut funding for catastrophically ill or injured patients. Up next for Arizona: Hospital stays capped at 25 days, limitations on emergency department visits, eliminating non-emergency transportation, mandatory co-pays for care and additional fees on patients who smoke, who are overweight, or who don’t comply with physician treatment plans.
Government considering “enormous” cuts in Medicare and Medicaid to save money. Good thing that health care reform plans to give millions of more patients “insurance” under those plans, isn’t it?
As Medicaid costs increase from $9 billion to $21 billion, Florida plans to funnel patients into HMOs. Now patients with serious illness no longer have access to specialists who refuse to participate in the program due to poor reimbursements. On the other hand, HMOs rely upon financial penalties to guide care. If you go out of network, you have to pay more. How exactly will Florida penalize indigent patients if the find an out of network physician to care for them or if the patients make inappropriate emergency department visits?
Got appendicitis? Meh. Take some antibiotics and see me in the morning. According to this study, in some cases it works.
Now Winnie the Pooh will be fighting off the dogs to see who gets to lick wounds first. Manuka honey helps to prevent many resistant bacterial infections by interfering with the bacteria’s ability to attach to tissues and by preventing bacteria from creating a protective biofilm.
Non-medical post of the week: Walter Olson at Overlawyered.com catches an article about how one lawyer worked 11 hours a day, 365 days per year for 4 straight years charging $925/hour so that he could bill more than $25 million in a class action settlement. I never appreciated how hard some lawyers work.