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Brachytherapy Improves Survival in Women With Cervical Cancer

Jan 30, 2020

Although cervical cancer rates in the United States have dropped significantly due to improved detection of pre-cancerous lesions and the advent of the human papillomavirus vaccine, it is still the fo...

Doctors without scruples

Jan 29, 2020

by Physician’s Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel A pregnant 28-year-old Bakersfield, California woman, admitted to a hospital on January 9 with contractions, died after receiving an unspecified a...

The Growth in Magic: Anti-Science Behavior Is on the Rise & Gaining Ground

Jan 22, 2020

There has been a rise in many forms of science-rejection, ranging from vaccine hesitancy and refusal, antithesis to research investment, and legislation that would encourage factual-relativism. Unless...

Nobel Prize winner insults all doctors

Jan 13, 2020

by Physician's Weekly blogger, Skeptical Scalpel At the annual meeting of the American Economic Association, Nobel Prize winner Angus Deaton said to the Washington Post, “Physicians are a giant r...

Doctor sues former hospital for defamation

Jan 08, 2020

Dr. William Husel is suing Mt. Carmel Health System and its corporate parent Trinity Health for defamation. Last June, he was indicted for murder in the deaths of 25 critically ill patients he was car...

Is CBD Safe?

Dec 18, 2019

At the age of 3 months, Charlotte Figi had her first seizure. She was later diagnosed with Davet Syndrome, a rare form of epilepsy. Her seizures continued, increasing in both frequency and severity. I...

About that trip to Mars…

Dec 16, 2019

Astronomer and co-recipient of this year’s Nobel Prize in physics Didier Queloz doesn’t think we can escape the effects of climate change by moving to another planet. Habitable planets—if they e...

Accidental Needlesticks: The Silent Killer

Dec 11, 2019

By Karen Daley We all know that doctors and nurses work long hours under trying conditions, particularly in hospital emergency rooms, to save lives and bring healing and comfort to the sick. Wha...

Q&A with Dr. MedLaw: Consultations When On-Call

Dec 03, 2019

Written by Dr. MedLaw Q: When I am covering after-hours or on the weekend I often get consultation requests from our residents doing a rotation at a small affiliated hospital which does not have ...

Unusual cases part 4

Dec 02, 2019

Do not put stuff in your urethra A 14-year-old Chinese boy placed some magnetic beads in his urethra and thought he could get them out by himself. After attempting to remove them by inserting e...

Unusual cases part 3

Nov 13, 2019

A 60-year-old woman presented to an emergency department with chest pain. At a wedding the day before, she had eaten wasabi thinking it was avocado and experienced chest pressure, which did not go awa...

Caring for Our Women in Uniform: Ensuring Good Mental Health for Women Veterans

Nov 11, 2019

November is filled with various health observances and holidays, including Veterans Day. Celebrated on November 11 since 1938, this national holiday acknowledges military service members who have brav...

CORE Syndrome & GERD

Nov 10, 2019

Recently, I saw a patient who I had not seen for several months. The patient had refractory chronic sinusitis with recurrent bronchitis for several years. She had been identified as having an underlyi...

Unusual cases Part 2

Nov 04, 2019

Trampolining is not a team sport A 12-year-old boy was jumping on a backyard trampoline and thought it would be fun if all of his friends bounced on it together. When they did, the trampoline d...

Supporting Students through Virtual Care

Oct 29, 2019

Technology Enables Medical Care for Patients With Immediate Needs   When you imagine the most common barriers to medical care, what comes to mind? The financial burdens or lack of trans...

Top 14 Most Evil Doctors of the Last Two Centuries

Oct 25, 2019

When we think of evil doctors or monsters, we are likely to think of Frankenstein or Dr. Jeckell/Mr. Hyde. Although fictional horror can be scary, real-life depravity can be much more terrifying. Whil...

Bilateral pneumothoraces after acupuncture

Oct 22, 2019

A woman in New Zealand suffered bilateral pneumothoraces (collapsed lungs) after undergoing acupuncture treatments for arm and wrist pain. Needles had been placed at Jian Jing points (see Figure 1) in...

The Ins & Outs of Concussion: An Interview With a Sports Medicine Specialist

Oct 18, 2019

Over the past several years, the risk of concussion in sports has received a great deal of attention. While concussion among athletes has always existed, reports of long-term damage to the brains of N...

Why We Need the Lede, in Both Journalism & Medicine

Oct 15, 2019

In journalism, the “lede” is the first part of a news story. A good lede will entice the reader to read more. It contains the key points and gives the general idea of the article. Ledes are also c...

Top 10 harms patients experience in hospitals

Oct 01, 2019

More made-up news about patient harms. Following up on last month’s post on the fallacy of medical error as the third leading cause of death in the US, here is another wrinkle on the topic. A web...