Wild Inconsistency and Lack of Common Sense Plague State Medical Boards

January 19, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

A doctor removes the wrong kidney. The punishment varies wildly depending not only the state but upon unmentioned intangibles that exemplify the limitations of throwing together a group of peers who neither have enough legal experience nor follow their own science training to make “common sense” decisions.

Crush Injuries in Haiti

January 16, 2010 in Medicine by RangelMD

After being trapped under the rubble of her house in Port-au-Prince for 2 days, an 11 year old girl died within 24 hours of being rescued. The only injuries mentioned were to her right leg and shoulder. Why did she die and so suddenly after being rescued?

Dead Bodies Do Not Spread Disease

January 15, 2010 in Medicine by RangelMD

You hear it after every natural disaster that causes large loss of life and the massive earthquake in Haiti this week has been no exception: Dead bodies spread disease. Well, no, not exactly. The short answer is that corpses are not an infection risk for diseases they didn’t already have.

Is Taxing Expensive Health Benefits the Key to Health Care Reform?

January 14, 2010 in Health Care "Reform" by RangelMD

MIT economist Jonathan Gruber and the Obama Administration are pushing Congress to include a massive tax on so-called “Cadillac” health care insurance plans under the theory that these expensive insurance products are causing high health care costs.The problem is that this theory is an unproven fantasy that Dr. Gruber was paid by the Obama Administration support.

How Drug Prices Respond to Billions in Funding

January 12, 2010 in Health Care "Reform" by RangelMD

Medicare part D and expensive and senseless prescription drug utilization by physicians is reeking havoc in a non-capitalist responsive medical care system.

More Sex. Less Coronaries.

January 9, 2010 in Medicine by RangelMD

The results are in! Study finds that sex is healthy for you. Republicans slam results as politically biased.

Obese and in Denial

January 6, 2010 in Medicine by RangelMD

People who can’t lose weight by diet and exercise often say that they have “slow metabolism”. But in reality, what they really have is fast denial.

The Skewed Logic of Hospital CEOs

May 1, 2009 in Medicine by RangelMD

Dealing with hospital CEOs is like snake charming, or defusing bombs, or playing with fire, or kissing sick pigs. You get the idea. It’s dangerous. Things can go south quickly
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Treating Patients with “Normal” Cholesterol Levels.

November 15, 2008 in Medicine by RangelMD

Treatment with cholesterol lowering drugs is well proven to reduce the risk of a cardiovascular event (i.e. heart attack or stroke) in patients with elevated cholesterol but no prior history
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No Dogs Allowed!

October 26, 2008 in Medicine by RangelMD

The Texas Medical Board is entrusted in part to safeguard the medical care of the public by oversight of medical professionals. Every few months they go through thousands of complaints
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