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Are Drug Warning Labels Preventing Side Effects?

submitted by: admin on 05/17/2015
Many people ignore prescription drug warning labels according to a study published in the June 2012 issue of the Public Library of Science online journal. There are 15 million drug errors annually in the US, 2 million hospitalizations, and 400,000 deaths. In a study measuring eye gaze when reading a prescription drug label in people over 50 years of age,...

Are MDs Sleep Deprived?

submitted by: admin on 05/19/2015
We all know that doctors in training are sleep deprived. Recent data shows that a lot of practicing MDs are also sleep deprived. Lack of sleep leads to medical errors and patient suffering and mortality. MDs in training are abused because of the fraternal nature of medical training and also because it saves millions of dollars for training programs to work MDs...

Doctors Sue Aetna for Coverage Denials

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
Thousands of doctors, through the Los Angeles County Medical Association and the California Medical Association are suing Aetna Insurance Company for routinely denying patients access to out-of-network doctors even when the patient had purchased a polilcy giving them the right to choose their provider. They are accusing Aetna of threatening patients with denial...

Drug Reps Do Not Inform MDs About Dangerous Drug Side Effects

submitted by: admin on 09/20/2013
  An article published in the April issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine documented that drug reps fail to inform MDs about dangerous side effects in 59% of cases. Yet these MDs still reported that they we still likely to prescribe these drugs. This is against the law as well as immoral, but there is no resource to monitor what happens in...

Food in Childrens' Hospitals is Unhealthy

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  Only 7% of food in 14 major childrens' hospitals in California was considered healthy according to a new study published in Academic Pediatrics. Researchers from UCLA and the Rand Corporation did the study. They concluded that "as health professionals, we understand the connection between healthy eating and good health..." Nothing could...

Health Care Cuts are Inevitable

submitted by: admin on 09/23/2013
  The failure of the congressional super committee triggers a 2% across the board cut to Medicare. This is just the beginning of what is likely to happen to Medicare services as Congress attempts to balance the nation's budget.. This, of course, will lead to fewer MDs and hospitals accepting Medicare patients. It will also most likely lead to raising...

How MDs Balance Work and Home Life

submitted by: admin on 12/15/2018

How MDs Balance Work and Home Lives

submitted by: admin on 10/04/2013
An article published in the August 2013 issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine reviewed 7200 MDs and 900 of their partners and found that there was more burnout and depresssion and more work-home conflicts in MDs working longer hours, are younger, are female, and who hold academic positions at teaching medical centers.  Medical training...

Many MDs Believe they Overtreat

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
A survey of US primary care MDs revealed that 42% believe they administer too much medical treatment. The reasons are related to malpractice concerns, clinical performance measures, inadequate time with their patients. They believe that are paid more to do more and exposed to legal punishment if they do less. Medicine is now a business first and a service when...

MDs admit being unqualified to deal with obesity

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
  An article In the December 2012 issue of the British Medical Journal reports that 56% of MDs felt they could not help obese people lose weight. They felt that measuring the body mass index (BMI) and putting people on low calorie diets would be a major step forward. For the time being they felt that dieticians and nutritionists would be better at helping...

MDs Fail to Promote Prevention

submitted by: admin on 10/10/2013
A Bastyr University study showed that patients with type 2 diabetes who were being followed by MDs did better in controlling blood sugar levels when they received naturopathic care over 6 months. This points out that MDs don't practice the lifestyle measures that naturopaths recommend. Prevention is for the most part given lip service in mainstream medicine.  Conventional...

MDs Over-Prescribe Tests They Profit From

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
  Financial reimbursement and ownership of medical testing equipment leads to over-prescribing of these tests. These types of conflict of interest extend to ownership of MRI and CT facilities, surgicenters, cardiac imaging equipment, laboratory services and much more. A recent article in JAMA documented that MDs over prescribe two types of cardiac stress...

MDs Too Quick to Reach for Prescription Pads

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
US doctors are too quick to reach for their prescription pads according to the Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice. Half of all Americans took at least one prescription drug during the previous month and 1/3 of all people over 60 take five or more drugs! MDs also tend to use the latest and greatest pills rather than those that have been time tested....

MRIs Show MDs Can Feel Patients' Pain

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
Could it be that it is the relationship between the doctor and patient that does the healing rather than the drugs, surgeries, and technologies they rely on? You betcha! A study published in the January 2013 issue of Molecular Psychiatry showed that the same locations in the brain that light up when patients receive placebo therapies are similarly  activated...

One in Ten Stent Patients are Readmitted within Thirty Days

submitted by: admin on 02/18/2015
  One in every 10 people who get a stent for a blocked coronary artery ends up in the hospital within 30 days according to a Duke Medical Center article in Archives of Internal Medicine in November of 2011. In this study of 13,000 patients over 10 years have complications such as bleeding or a heart attack. Of these patients, 8% died within a year and...

Patients Rarely Told of Medication Errors in the Hospital

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
  According to an article in the January 2013 issue of Critical Care Medicine, patients and their families are rarely told when there is a medication error in the hospital. Eight hundred and forty thousand voluntarily reported medication errors from 537 US hospitals over 6 years were evaluated. You can just imagine how many errors there were that went...

Should Doctors Follow their Intuition?

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
The October 10, 2012 issue of the British Medical Journal reported that MD gut feelings should be seriously considered because they have valuable diagnostic value. It is interesting that the validity of gut feelings was the same for both new and highly experienced MDs. Where does this information come from? Do we have a connection with spirit? Dr. Len and...

Should MDs be Paid for Performance?

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Pay-for-performance schemes financially reward MDs for hitting special numerical targets such as hospital stay, readmissions, use of certain drugs, and cost controls. An article in the August issue of the British Medical Journal take the position that pay-for-performance will do more harm than good by changing the mindset of the physician. The Accountable Care...

Should MDs Prescribe Cognitive Enhancers so Students can Get Better Grades

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
According to an article published in the December 2012 issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal, MDs should not prescribe cognitive enhancers to healthy people to enhance concentration, memory, alertness, or mood. They claim there is no published scientific evidence that they work. Some things we know without having to do expensive scientific study however! ...

Should Patients Have Access to Their Medical Records?

submitted by: admin on 10/14/2013
Most patients want access to their medical records including the doctor's notes according to an article published in the December issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. In this study, called OpenNotes, 37,000 patients and 170 physicians were surveyed. Of the MDs 63 refused to participate and 80% of patients liked the idea of having access to their records....