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Archive for December, 2013

A look at laxative free virtual colonoscopy


Date: December 31st, 2013

Research radiologists at Boston’s Massachusetts General Hospital evaluated the details and accuracy of colon imaging, i.e. colonography or virtual colonoscopy with no laxatives during preparation and having it compared with the traditional colonoscopy.

Advancement of medications


Date: December 30th, 2013

The role of drug reps in healthcare industryI came to learn of a very disturbing decision made by Court of Appeals on an issue to do with drug marketing. Two judges gave an insane ruling determining that drug representatives who promote uses of a drug ‘off label’ are exercising their freedom of speech

OpenNotes brought to Geisigner


Date: December 29th, 2013

Recently, more than 520 of our physicians starting sharing their notes on office visit with patients. All general pediatricians and primary care doctors and other few doctors within dermatology, pediatric subspecialties, pulmonology

Don’t let any broken hip to go unfixed


Date: December 28th, 2013

28The story of a 94 year old woman with Alzheimer’s

At her old age of 94 years, she was suffering from advanced Alzheimer’s. She was thinking that it was in 1954 and she asked me if I wanted some tea. Well, that’s not really a bad memory considering that she was lying in the hospital bed

Policy experts should lead by storytelling


Date: December 26th, 2013

26Leaders of public health should always be ready to tell people things which they don’t want to hear and storytelling is an effective strategy to pass the message across.Certain things that should be brought to the attention of people whether they want to hear are like…

The biggest mistake a patient can ever make


Date: December 23rd, 2013

The biggest mistake a patient can ever make The biggest mistake a patient can ever make isn’t really what you are thinking. This is because it is not turning down treatments or tests recommended by their doctors.

The sad story of my mum


Date: December 21st, 2013

The cracks of system killed my motherMy mum was kind, giving, and funny and was willing to go out of her ways to help people who needed her in one way or the other. She was a single parent, having been divorced by a drug addict and

Business aspects of medicine


Date: December 20th, 2013

Why medical training curriculum needs some changesAs a practicing medical doctor, there are of course some few things you regret regarding your specialty selection or medical training. One thing that I really regret is failing to take advantage of masters degree program in Health

The exorbitant costs related to end of life care


Date: December 19th, 2013

Failure to engage in discussions on end of life has a potential for malpracticeThis year, the passed health care reform legislation majorly dealt on reimbursements made for such discussions and was mischaracterized widely as a way of establishing the so called ‘death panels’.

Anonymous online posts


Date: December 18th, 2013

Should patients believe info posted anonymously by docs?Recently, Britain’s General Medical Council released a new set of guidelines regarding medicine and social media. Generally, for doctors in United Kingdom, GMC really doesn’t believe that anyone identified as a physician should tweet/ post/ blog anonymously on the Internet. The council says that if a doctor identifies his or herself publicly through the social media, he or she should also make his name available. The public is highly likely to trust any online material that seems to be written by someone who represents him/ herself as a doctor. Such material is regarded to widely represent the views of this profession.