Groundbreaking Surgery for Girl Born Without Windpipe: [New York Times]
— Using plastic fibers and human cells, doctors have built and implanted a windpipe in a 2 ½-year-old girl — the youngest person ever to receive a bioengineered organ.
Do doctors violate the 2nd Amendment
when they ask their patients if they own guns? May the government force doctors to stop asking
that without violating the 1st Amendment?
You may remember Stan Brock from as the British anaconda wrangler from Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
(top right video). These days he runs Remote Area Medical
, a volunteer airborne relief corps that brings medical, dental, and educational assistance to remote areas of the world. Every year, they go to remote Appalachian Virginia
, a one day drive from Washington DC, for a 3 day event at the fairgrounds.
"Doctor, it hurts when I do that."
Doctors and patients agree - doctors are lousy when it comes to recognizing, diagnosing and treating pain. The AMA developed this free Continuing Medical Education tool (requires Flash) to help docs learn and understand how to deal with pain - but other folks, folks who are now in pain or might someday be in pain, might find it quite interesting as well. All docs in California have to complete this seminar or a similar one by the end of 2006 to get relicensed; the hope is that this will help the docs and the patients who have to deal with pain on a daily basis.
Doctors suing patients
Are you angry and upset because of what a doctor did or did not do during a medical procedure? Did you express your anger online? Now doctors are suing patients for expressing their anger online.
"Family Values, My Ass!"
That article in the Lexington Herald-Leader inspired me to look up the Nation
article it referred to. Now I'm beginning to see why many women won't go to "evangelical Christian" MDs: this guy Hager (previously brought up on MetaFilter in 2003
, in fact twice
, and then again in 2004
) is strongly anti-abortion -- so pro-conception that he tried to keep the "morning-after pill"
known as "Plan B"
away from women -- but he's apparently pro- sodomy
It almost sounds like fiction.
Conscientious Objector Policy Act
would allow Michigander doctors and health care providers to refuse treatment on moral, ethical or religious grounds. Yet another OMG MORALZ OMG sort of bill. But wait, what are morals? And does Nicole Kidman
figure into this somehow?
Conscience Clauses and Health Care
--"Yes, we need to respect individual freedom of religion. But at what point does it cross the line of not providing essential medical care? At what point is it malpractice?" she asked. "If someone's beliefs interfere with practicing their profession, perhaps they should do something else." The Protection of Conscience Project
feels differently: Protection of Conscience Laws are needed because powerful interests are inclined to force health care workers and others to participate, directly or indirectly, in morally controversial procedures
, while NARAL says: ... Many of these clauses go far beyond respecting individuals' beliefs to the point of harming women by not providing them with full information or access to medical treatment. Medicine, not ideology, should determine medical decisions.
"The Conscientious Objector Policy Act"
just passed the Michigan Assembly, and awaits voting in the state Senate. The bill
legalizes the right for a doctor, or any health provider, to deny treatment based on "ethical, moral, or religious grounds." In addition to the obvious notion of restricting abortion, in the most extreme example the bill technically allows doctors to deny treatment to gays simply for believing that homosexuality is immoral.
The war on drugs is unfairly targeting doctors who prescribe legal pain medication
to their patients who suffer from chronic pain, according to a spokeswoman of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
. She was speaking at a press conference of patient and physician advocacy groups
, sponsored by the Pain Relief Network
, in support of Dr. William Hurwitz
. Dr. Hurwitz
has been indicted and imprisoned for prescribing high doses of opioid pain relievers
, as have other pain-management doctors
. But these crackdowns may end up doing more harm than good to patients in chronic pain
. [More inside.]
Surgery without anesthesia
is something most of us are glad is now a relic of the past
, but yoga teacher Yonah Offner decided it was a great opportunity to demonstrate the benefits of practicing Pranayama
They’re a little like Operation
. Today students can practice all sorts of skills on surgical models like TraumaMan®
, the Hillway Man
, or Geri, the Geriatric
, who comes complete with wrinkles. There’s spinal surgery
, gall bladder surgery
, and casualty kits
. Some of them give me the I’m-a-silly-git giggles and naming a company Limbs & Things doesn't help. There’s the head
with all sorts of things wrong
with it, including “Extraneous Lumps”
. The toe with refills
is pretty nifty, but disturbingly life-like
. There are strap-ons
and table-top models
.(Possibly NSFW) Some
could make interesting conversation pieces
.(Also poss. NSFW)
In addition, Somso, maker of the “dial-a-prostate” model above, also makes interesting non-interactive models like this fandex of a head
, a larynx with tongue
, or a fingertip
. They also have neat models
, and flowers
A bill is currently being pushed through Congress that will give health care providers, including those that are federally funded, the right to refuse to perform abortions or administer contraceptive medication for personal moral reasons
. Next week: firefighters allowed to let houses burn down because they hate the color of the curtains.
Why bother with insurance forms--go to the Luxury Hospital
. And they're helping Medicare costs stay low too!! (?)