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Aug 18, 2009 Live From the O.R.: The problems with broadcasting surgeries as they happen.

QUOTE: Combining education with entertainment and patient care with promotion, live telesurgery is a fixture at surgical conferences and marketing campaigns by hospitals and medical device manufacturers

Aug 17, 2009 Diabetes Case Shows Pitfalls of Treatment Rules

QUOTE: setting [healthcare] guidelines that are good for every patient, it turns out, can get messy, with some experts warning that a big national plan of this sort poses risks.

New York Times
Aug 10, 2009 Scientist Tackles Ethical Questions of Space Travel: A Conversation With Paul Root Wolpe

QUOTE: NASA does hundreds of research studies. Every astronaut who goes into space is, essentially, a human research subject... One of the things I [bioethicist Paul Root Wolpe] do is look over the research protocols and make sure they are in compliance with earth-bound regulations about informed consent and health and safety.

New York Times
Aug 06, 2009 Who’s to Blame for a Missed Diagnosis? (Doctor and Patient)

QUOTE: Diagnostic failures, or diagnoses that are delayed or in error, are an increasingly popular topic of research in patient safety.

New York Times
Aug 04, 2009 Medical Papers by Ghostwriters Pushed Therapy

QUOTE: Newly unveiled court documents show that ghostwriters paid by a pharmaceutical company played a major role in producing 26 scientific papers backing the use of hormone replacement therapy in women, suggesting that the level of hidden industry influence on medical literature is broader than previously known.

New York Times
Aug 03, 2009 Did China's Nuclear Tests Kill Thousands and Doom Future Generations?

QUOTE: Three decades on, [Enver] Tohti, now a medical doctor, is launching an investigation into the toll still being taken—and one that the Chinese government steadfastly refuses to acknowledge. A few hundred thousand people may have died as a result of radiation from at least 40 nuclear explosions carried out between 1964 and 1996 at the Lop Nur site in Xinjiang...

Scientific American
Aug 03, 2009 'Guerrilla' stem cell clinic raided by police

QUOTE: Stem cell tourism – patients paying for treatment at illegal "guerrilla" clinics – continues to be a lucrative racket.

New Scientist
Aug 02, 2009 Lack of Study Volunteers Hobbles Cancer Fight ("Forty Years' War" part 4)

QUOTE: There are more than 6,500 cancer clinical trials seeking adult patients, according to But many will be abandoned along the way. More than one trial in five sponsored by the National Cancer Institute failed to enroll a single subject, and only half reached the minimum needed for a meaningful result Dr. [Scott] Ramsey and his colleague John Scoggins reported...

New York Times
Aug 01, 2009 Talk Radio Campaign Frightening Seniors: Provision for End-of-Life Counseling Is Described by Right as 'Death Care'

QUOTE: A campaign on conservative talk radio has sparked fear among senior citizens that the health-care bill moving through Congress will lead to end-of-life "rationing" and even "euthanasia."....But on right-leaning radio programs, religious e-mail lists and Internet blogs, the proposal has been described as "guiding you in how to die," "an ORDER from the Government to end your life," promoting "death care" and, in the words of antiabortion leader Randall Terry, an attempt to "kill Granny."

Washington Post
Jul 31, 2009 Doctors Reap Benefits By Doing Own Tests

QUOTE: A host of studies and reports by academics and the federal government shows that physicians who own scanners order many more scans than those who do not. As a result, Americans pay billions of dollars in extra taxes and insurance premiums.

Washington Post
Jul 30, 2009 The Huffington Post is crazy about your health: Why bogus treatments and crackpot medical theories dominate "The Internet Newspaper" (Vital Signs)

QUOTE: Practically since its inception in 2005, the [Huffington] Post's health coverage has been the subject of scrutiny and criticism from physicians and medical experts.

Jul 30, 2009 Does your child need ADHD drugs? (Empowered Patient)

QUOTE: Does my child really need drugs for ADHD, and if so, is there a point when he or she should stop taking them?...Because drug companies tend to give samples for only the most expensive drugs, once the samples run out, you'll end up paying more than if your child had been prescribed a generic drug.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 29, 2009 Total Recall: Pentagon Looks to ‘Optimize’ Troops’ Minds (Danger Room)

QUOTE: Darpa, the Pentagon’s far-out research arm, is soliciting ideas for a system that would optimize human memory storage and recall by synchronizing neural brain waves.

Jul 29, 2009 Texas Hospital Flexing Muscle in Health Fight

QUOTE: One of the largest sources of campaign contributions to Senate Democrats during this year’s health care debate is a physician-owned hospital [Doctors Hospital at Renaissance] in one of the country’s poorest regions that has sought to soften measures that could choke its rapid growth.

New York Times
Jul 28, 2009 A Rorschach Cheat Sheet on Wikipedia?

QUOTE: in the last few months, the online encyclopedia Wikipedia has been engulfed in a furious debate involving psychologists who are angry that the 10 original Rorschach plates are reproduced online, along with common responses for each. For them, the Wikipedia page is the equivalent of posting an answer sheet to next year’s SAT.

New York Times
Jul 28, 2009 Perils of the professional lab rat

QUOTE: Now some health researchers and bioethicists are expressing concern at the way socially and financially vulnerable people are being drawn to careers... as guinea pigs in phase I clinical trials.

New Scientist
Jul 28, 2009 Call to reverse Nicaragua's abortion ban

QUOTE: The human rights group [Amnesty International] argues that banning so-called therapeutic abortions - undertaken in order to preserve the health of the mother - not only endangers lives but also puts medical professionals in an "unconscionable" position.

British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Jul 26, 2009 Lawmakers Seek to Curb Drug Commercials

QUOTE: For some legislators and consumer advocates, the [drug] ads are a daily reminder of a health care system run amok. Critics contend that drug ads are intended to prompt people to diagnose themselves with chronic quality-of-life problems like insomnia or restless leg syndrome; lead people to pressure their doctors for prescriptions for expensive brand-name drugs to treat these conditions; and steer people away from cheaper generic pills.

New York Times
Jul 26, 2009 Does your doctor judge you based on your color?

QUOTE: While it's extremely difficult to tell in any given situation how much race -- consciously or subconsciously -- plays a role in a doctor's decision making, multiple studies over several decades have found doctors make different decisions for black patients and white patients even when they have the same medical problems and the same insurance

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 23, 2009 Scientists Breed Mice From Skin Cells in China: Development May Offer an Alternative to Controversial Embryonic Stem Cells

QUOTE: Chinese scientists have bred mice from cells that might offer an alternative to embryonic stem cells, producing the most definitive evidence yet that the technique could help sidestep many of the explosive ethical issues engulfing the controversial field but raising alarm that the advance could lead to human cloning and designer babies.

Washington Post
Jul 22, 2009 Nobody's Normal Anymore: Should we blame overdiagnosis for rising health costs?

QUOTE: It's tempting to complain that Americans today are wussy hypochondriacs, overmedicated and overtreated for all kinds of imagined disorders. Some of them no doubt are. But, to take my personal experience as an example, many aren't.

Jul 21, 2009 Baseball’s Use of DNA Raises Questions

QUOTE: Confronted with cases of identity and age falsification by Latin American baseball prospects, Major League Baseball is conducting genetic testing on some promising young players and their parents.

New York Times
Jul 20, 2009 S.C. case looks on child obesity as child abuse. But is it?

QUOTE: With childhood obesity on the rise across the USA, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, [Jerri] Gray's attorney says it could open the door to more criminal action against parents whose children have become dangerously overweight.

Jul 16, 2009 Bridging the Culture Gap (Doctor and Patient)

QUOTE: Clinicians who are unaware of cultural influences may not only miss important medical implications for a patient but can also inadvertently exacerbate an often already tenuous therapeutic relationship.

New York Times
Jul 16, 2009 Should Racial Profiling Play a Role in Cancer Prognosis? Two recent studies indicate that the genetics of race influences the survivability of some cancers, but the conclusions are not so black and wh

QUOTE: Two research teams, however, have recently suggested that the genetics of race itself is likely to be a contributor [to higher cancer rates in African-Americans]. Exactly how significant the findings are and just what they mean for treatment is unclear, but some scientists worry that African-Americans could take such conclusions the wrong way, leading them not to seek treatment.

Scientific American
Jul 16, 2009 When doctors can't say 'no' (Empowered Patient)

QUOTE: Experts on doctor behavior said physicians often have a tough time saying no to requests from a patient -- even when the patient isn't a celebrity.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 15, 2009 College Athletes Stuck With the Bill After Injuries

QUOTE: . While some colleges accept considerable responsibility for [athletes'] medical claims, many others assume almost none, according to a review of public documents from a cross section of universities and interviews with current and former athletes, trainers, administrators and N.C.A.A. officials.

New York Times
Jul 15, 2009 Why We Must Ration Health Care

QUOTE: Health care is a scarce resource, and all scarce resources are rationed in one way or another.

New York Times
Jul 14, 2009 Veterans' facilities fall short in women's treatment standards

QUOTE: Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities do not consistently offer the level of services and infrastructure necessary to properly treat the growing number of female veterans, a government investigation concludes.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jul 13, 2009 Portable hyperbaric chambers: An expensive folly? (The Healthy Skeptic)

QUOTE: They can alleviate altitude sickness, but there's no evidence they [hyperbaric chambers]live up to claims of slowing or reversing aging and treating severe autism and cerebral palsy.

Los Angeles Times
Jul 09, 2009 The Next Hacking Frontier: Your Brain?

QUOTE: as neural devices become more complicated — and go wireless — some scientists say the risks of “brain hacking” should be taken seriously.

Jul 08, 2009 In Retooled Health-Care System, Who Will Say No? Questions About Cost And Limits Linger

QUOTE: How will tough decisions be made about what to spend money on?

Washington Post
Jul 06, 2009 A Doctor by Choice, a Businessman by Necessity (Essay)

QUOTE: The rising [medical] commercialism, driven in part by increasing expenses and decreasing reimbursement, has obvious consequences for the public: ballooning costs, fraying of the traditional doctor-patient relationship.

New York Times
Jul 01, 2009 Autism patients' treatment is denied illegally, group says

QUOTE: State regulators are violating mental health and other laws by allowing health insurers to deny effective treatment for children with autism, consumer advocates contend.

Los Angeles Times
Jul 01, 2009 Insured, but Bankrupted by Health Crises (The Work-Up)

QUOTE: an estimated three-quarters of people who are pushed into personal bankruptcy by medical problems actually had insurance when they got sick or were injured.

New York Times
Jun 27, 2009 No news can be bad news with medical test results

QUOTE: In a study, one of 14 patients with troubling lab results on routine blood and screening tests were not notified.

Los Angeles Times
Jun 26, 2009 Farrah's Fictions: What stories like Fawcett's can teach us about cancer.

QUOTE: Diagnoses of cancer routinely generate periods of what we might call "ritualized optimism." This phenomenon is especially true when the patients in question are celebrities. ...such optimistic statements may be profoundly misleading to the public and, of more concern, to patients with the same or similar diseases.

Jun 20, 2009 At V.A. Hospital, a Rogue Cancer Unit

QUOTE: For patients with prostate cancer, it is a common surgical procedure: a doctor implants dozens of radioactive seeds to attack the disease. But when Dr. Gary D. Kao treated one patient at the veterans’ hospital in Philadelphia, his aim was more than a little off. Most of the seeds... landed in the patient’s healthy bladder... It was a serious mistake, and under federal rules, regulators investigated. But Dr. Kao, with their consent, made his mistake all but disappear.

New York Times
Jun 19, 2009 Tax Breaks Under the Microscope: Should nonprofit hospitals be forced to stop behaving like greedy corporations?

QUOTE: $93.5 billion in federal subsidies are provided every year [to nonprofit hospitals] in the form of tax breaks. But research shows that nonprofit hospitals behave no differently from for-profit ones. And in some cases, nonprofits have been caught mistreating the poor for the sake of financial gains.

Jun 16, 2009 Synthes, Medical Device Maker, Accused of Improper Marketing

QUOTE: A medical device maker, Synthes Inc., and four of its executives were indicted Tuesday on federal charges that they improperly promoted a bone filler for purposes not approved by the Food and Drug Administration...

New York Times
Jun 15, 2009 How Much Does a Hospital Owe for Causing a Patient’s Death? The Verdict (Hear Ye! Hear Ye! )

QUOTE: In April 2008, the court upheld the gross negligence finding. Athena Hogue received the damages award earlier this year {for hospital gross negligence]

Jun 12, 2009 Lilly Sold Drug for Dementia Knowing It Didn’t Help, Files Show

QUOTE: Eli Lilly & Co. urged doctors to prescribe Zyprexa for elderly patients with dementia... even though the drugmaker had evidence the medicine didn’t work for such patients...

Jun 02, 2009 Study finds antidepressant doesn't help autistic children

QUOTE: An antidepressant commonly prescribed to help autistic children control their repetitive behaviors is actually no better than a placebo, according to a report published today.

Los Angeles Times
Jun 01, 2009 With deep brain stimulation, experts want to tread carefully

QUOTE: With the flurry of tests being done on deep brain stimulation for a variety of conditions, some warn that the field is moving too fast.

Los Angeles Times
May 27, 2009 The Future of Reproduction: Male Pregnancy (Duel Perspectives)

QUOTE: the technology to create a child with DNA from two dads is just around the corner:...

May 25, 2009 Referral System Turns Patients Into Commodities

QUOTE: Physician-to-physician referrals are the currency of day-to-day transactions in medicine, but as with any currency, they can be manipulated.

New York Times
May 21, 2009 'Miracle drug' called junk science: Powerful castration drug pushed for autistic children, but medical experts denounce unproven claims

QUOTE: Desperate to help their autistic children, hundreds of parents nationwide are turning to an unproven and potentially damaging treatment: multiple high doses of a drug sometimes used to chemically castrate sex offenders.

Chicago Tribune
May 18, 2009 What You Don't Know Might Kill You: SUPPLEMENTS Would-be experts and untested products feed a $20 billion obsession with better performance across all levels of sports

QUOTE: Despite the move into the mainstream the [sports-supplement] industry remains fertile ground for kitchen chemists with little or no formal education in science or nutrition—and in some notorious cases former steroid users and dealers...

Sports Illustrated (SI)
May 16, 2009 Fighting for a Last Chance at Life

QUOTE: At a time when terminally ill patients have more access to medical research than ever before, and perhaps a deeper conviction in its ability to cure them, many are campaigning for the chance to be treated with drugs whose safety and effectiveness is not yet known. But even as advances in areas like stem cells and genetics generate greater hope for experimental therapies, there is little consensus on how and when to provide them to dying patients whose lives could be prolonged, or shortened, by trying them.

New York Times
May 15, 2009 Oprah's bad medicine: Given her influence, it's a shame the TV star offers unbalanced health and medical advice.

QUOTE: It's not the first time Winfrey's advice on health issues has raised concern. In the past, the media mogul has been criticized for promoting cosmetic therapies that were untested and later deemed dangerous.


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