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Lobotomy Revisited

by Brian M. Carty, MD, MSPH

Do you remember Rosemary Kennedy, John F. Kennedy's sister? Maybe not, since she spent most of her life hidden away in an institution in the Midwest. She had a lobotomy, a brain operation for mental illness,....>>More

Are You Getting Proper Medical Treatment?

Rand Corporation research shows that Americans get only about 50% of recommended medical treatments. Below are some important treatment guidelines for a variety of medical problems.

Allergy to insect stings.   Stings by bees, wasps, hornets, and other insects can cause life threatening allergic reactions. ....>>More

Aspirin and NSAIDS.   Apirin taken to prevent heart attack or stroke ....>>More

Colon cancer screening.  Colonoscopy is recommended for colon cancer screening for most ....>>More

Diabetes.  Blood pressure in diabetics should be less than 130/80. Hemoglobin A1C ....>>More

Foreign travel.  Recommendations for vaccines, preventive drugs, and so on can be obtained from ....>>More

Heart attack patients.  Hopefully, you will never be wheeled into an emergency room with chest pain ....>>More

Heart attack medications.  Patients who have had a heart attack should usually receive ....>>More

Infections: correct amoxicillin dose for upper respiratory infections.  If amoxicillin is prescribed for sinus infections, middle ear infections, or pneumonia, the dose  ....>>More

Infections of skin and soft tissue.  “The death of Keflex (cephalexin),” to quote the late Merle  ....>>More

Intensive care medicine.  If you are reading this you are probably not a patient in an intensive care unit ....>>More

Lung Disease: asthma and beta blockers.  Beta blockers such as atenolol, propranolol, metoprolol, and others  ....>>More

Lung Disease: unexplained worsening of COPD. Patients with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and/or emphysema) with unexplained worsening of COPD have a roughly 30% chance  ....>>More

Osteoarthritis of the knee.  This common disease is often treated with pain medications, steroid ....>>More

Pain medications.  NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) are often prescribed for the pain of arthritis and ....>>More

Steroid use, chronic.  Steroids (glucocorticoids such as prednisone, methylprednisolone, dexamethasone) have many  ....>>More


An Unusual Case of Vaginal Tumor by R. R. Willcox, Dec. 1961

An Unusual (Very!) Case
of Vaginal Tumor

by R. R. Willcox
December, 1961
Posted 2-02-08

A young unmarried woman aged 24 years, suffering from cancerophobia, came into the clinic in an acute anxiety state, convinced that she had a .... >>More

UK Health Care System
In Need of Repair

by Brian M. Carty, MD, MSPH

Drity sink in clean utility room in UK hospital

A sink in the "clean" utility room.

An investigation of outbreaks of intestinal infections in several British hospitals has exposed the failings of the UK's rickety government-run health care system, ....>>More

New Appetite Suppressant Drug Combination Not Yet Ready for Prime Time

by Brian M. Carty, MD, MSPH

In the August 2007 Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, researchers reported the results of a study of a new appetite suppressant drug combination: bupropion, an antidepressant, taken along with zonisamide, ....>>More

Bad Blood in Canada

by Brian M. Carty, MD, MSPH

Four doctors and a drug company acquitted after contaminated blood screw-up infects thousands. Fearful of offending the gay community, the Canadian Red Cross refused to exclude male homosexuals, many HIV positive, from blood donation in the 1980s ....>>More

Testosterone Deficiency in Older Males

by Brian M. Carty, MD, MSPH

A 66 year old man saw his doctor for trouble with erections and low sexual desire. His doctor found nothing abnormal on examination, but the blood concentration of testosterone, a male hormone, was low....>>More

Anti-Sicko: The Dark Side of Government Health Care

Web addresses for some short videos on socialized health care.


Medical Image of the Month
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Harvey Cushing, MD
Harvey Cushing (1869-1939) was an American neurosurgeon who developed many of the basic surgical techniques for operating on the brain.
-Courtesy of Yale University, Harvey Cushing/ John Hay Whitney Medical Library

In Health Debate, Clinton Remains Vague on Penalties
What might seem a mundane debate over health policy has taken on outsized importance because it is one of the few substantive differences between the two leading Democratic candidates.
Publ.Date : Tue, 05 Feb 2008 05:13:55 GMT
New Food Formula: Tastes Fine, Kills Worms
Kraft Foods is working on a new and unusual product line ? food that is not only tasty, but kills intestinal worms.
Author : DONALD G. McNEIL Jr.
Publ.Date : Tue, 05 Feb 2008 21:44:46 GMT
Doctor Accused of Leak to Drug Maker
A member of the Senate said that a diabetes expert tipped GlaxoSmithKline to the publication of safety questions about Avandia.
Publ.Date : Thu, 31 Jan 2008 05:51:44 GMT
The Claim: Menstrual Cycles Can Synchronize Over Time
The idea that women who live together menstruate together dates at least to 1971.
Publ.Date : Tue, 05 Feb 2008 04:11:03 GMT
A Fight for Life Consumes Both Mother and Son
The writer Susan Sontag?s death, as set out in a short and immensely disturbing account by her son, David Rieff, must rank as one of the worst ever described.
Publ.Date : Tue, 29 Jan 2008 21:46:19 GMT
A Medical Mystery Unfolds in Minnesota
Officials are trying to figure out why workers at a meat plant were stricken with a strange neurological illness.
Publ.Date : Tue, 05 Feb 2008 04:27:28 GMT
Lilly Considers $1 Billion Fine to Settle Case
The fine would settle a civil and criminal investigation into the company?s marketing of an antipsychotic drug.
Publ.Date : Thu, 31 Jan 2008 06:17:58 GMT
Swedes Ponder Whether Killer Can Be a Doctor
A prestigious medical school was tipped off that one of its students had been a Nazi sympathizer, released on parole after being convicted in 2000 of a murder.
Publ.Date : Tue, 29 Jan 2008 00:14:12 GMT
The Moral Instinct
Evolution has endowed us with ethical impulses. Do we know what to do with them?
Publ.Date : Thu, 24 Jan 2008 13:57:03 GMT


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