Category Archives: Medicine

Medicare sustainable growth adjustment (SGR) this time crushed rather than kicked down the road

I knew this would happen–politicians finally crush the problem rather than making excuses for not implementing the plan to reduce physician fees. Easy fix, pretend the problem is not there instead of facing an unpleasant reaction from the physician community.
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Celebrity science, Scientific integrity, a note from Mel

Mel is a physician/oncologist grad of Stanford Med that I met on my journey in the 80s.

He sent me this note that deserves a post and a discussion.

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A better pneumococcal vaccine

This report shows a vaccine related reduction in pneumococcal pneumonia of about half and a similar reduction in systemic pneumococcal infections.

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Routine heart screening?

So I have enjoyed good health and haven’t had an EKG for decades. Only reason I got a chest x-ray in the last 20 years was rib fractures from a horse kick and a water skiing fall.

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MRIs aren’t perfect, physicians aren’t infallible.

This is a discussion of the ulnar collateral ligament and imaging.

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Get zapped for a better mood?

Here’s a neuroscience development.

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Hormones for menopause–still some conflicting reports

So studies still show some increased risk of ovarian cancers but another study shows no increase in heart disease or deaths from breast cancer.

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