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Lobotomy Revisited

by Brian M. Carty, MD, MSPH
11-14-07

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
1-26-08

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
1-25-08

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
12-21-07

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


"Manopause"
Testosterone Deficiency in Older Males

by Brian M. Carty, MD, MSPH
11-11-07

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.

http://www.onthefencefilms.com/video/deadmeat/

http://www.freemarketcure.com/

 


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.
Author : KEVIN SACK
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.
Author : STEPHANIE SAUL
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.
Author : ANAHAD O?CONNOR
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.
Author : ABIGAIL ZUGER, M.D.
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.
Author : DENISE GRADY
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.
Author : ALEX BERENSON
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.
Author : LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
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?
Author : STEVEN PINKER
Publ.Date : Thu, 24 Jan 2008 13:57:03 GMT

 
 

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