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The VA tragedy exposes the dark side of medical metrics

The Veteran’s Administration is under fire for covering up deaths. Men and women who were eligible for care languished on impossibly long waiting lists and even worse when some died waiting for care their deaths were covered up. This is horrific and everyone wants to know how this tragedy could have happened? Veteran’s hospitals have … Continue reading

Insurance companies should stop paying for robotic hysterectomies

A new study confirms what previous studies tell us. That a robotic hysterectomy is not a safer or a more efficient way to remove a uterus for non-cancerous (benign) surgery than a traditional laparoscopic approach. This study (Rosero et al, Obstet Gynecol 2013) indicates that there is little difference between the two types of surgery … Continue reading

Ectopic pregnancies, exploding gifts from God at some Catholic hospitals

An ectopic pregnancy is a pregnancy that implants outside of the uterus. It occurs in approximately 1% of conceptions. It typically grows in the fallopian tube, but rarely an ectopic pregnancy can grow in the ovary or cervix. A pregnancy has trophoblastic tissue, the purpose of which is to invade deep into the wall of … Continue reading

Contraception, medical care, and the cult of the individual

When I was the director of undergraduate medical education for OB/GYN at a Midwestern university (a state school), it came to my attention that a medical student was refusing to have anything to do with contraception as it was against her religion. So I spoke with her. I explained that over the course of her … Continue reading

Dora stars as Katniss in Target’s version of the Hunger Games

Walking through Target on the weekend this Hunger Games display caught my eye. If I knew only a little about Dora (sadly, that is not true, “Backpack, backpack” in that poke-a-needle-thorugh-my-eye-sing-song voice is forever burned into my temporal lobe) and only had a cursory knowledge of the Hunger Games, I might think a Hunger Games … Continue reading

Why double pneumonia is like irregardless and why it matters

MSNBC is reporting that Rick Santorum’s daughter, Bella, has unfortunately been hospitalized again. Considering she has Trisomy 18 multiple hospitalizations are sadly expected. The article started out well enough, using the National Library of Medicine and a pediatric palliative care expert as sources and reviewing the medical issues faced by children with trisomy 18 who … Continue reading

9 states have legalized malpractice against women. Arizona hopes to be the 10th.

Prenatal testing during pregnancy is offered with the goal of identifying medical conditions that affect a fetus. Some of these medical conditions can be treated, other times knowing about the diagnosis in advance will affect how or even when the delivery occurs, and sometimes a condition is identified that leads a woman to choose an … Continue reading

With prenatal testing I’d still have 2 kidneys

In the wake of the failure of the Blunt amendment, Rick Santorum (and many of his ilk) are is still on about government and employers paying for services that Saint Santorum deems morally and religiously wrong. This of course still means contraception and prenatal testing, because apparently morally and religiously objectionable only applies to women’s … Continue reading

I just attended the worst CME lecture of my life…and what I did about it!

Yesterday concluded Pain Week, the largest pain conference in the United States (or so they said at the opening ceremonies). There were a lot of really interesting lectures, some very pertinent to my pelvic pain practice and others less so, but still interesting. For example, I don’t treat head and neck pain, but many pain … Continue reading

Poll results are in: should doctors blog and tweet anonymously?

I will be the first to admit my poll is not of the highest scientific standard. It is mere snapshot of opinions from slightly more than a handful of people. I don’t know if most who responded are doctors or not (or any other demographic for that matter as the poll was completely anonymous). It … Continue reading

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