Category Archives: Health

Duodenoscopes implicated in super bug infections

This is a report on some outbreaks of superbug infections thought to be transmitted on a long scope used to do biliary tract procedures by inserting into the stomach and farther into the intestine.

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First we get Berwick, then Tavenner as head of CMS and in charge of bamstercare rollout.

The incompetent Tavenner resigns?

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Never enough money for public health–just ask the lefties

Dallas Morning News raises the usual howl–not enough public health money.

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Another study that condemns evil physicians with outcome bias

Sure the study shows a lack of use of alternative therapies for abnormal uterine bleeding or pain. Rate of inappropriate hysterectomies is 20%, used to be higher, as I recall.

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Mass screening for Hep C may not be beneficial

Something to think about. Certain occupations and populations at high risk should be screened because the rate of discovery of people with Hepatitis C of significance would be worth it.

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Sounds strange, but here are some more good reports on fecal treatment

The idea is to transplant good fecal flora to inhibit the bad bugs, like claustridium dificile.
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Type II diabetes creates risk for occult heart attacks

This is something we in emergency medicine are aware of.

Women, the elderly and diabetics are notorious for occult Myocardial Infarctions.
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