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Baby Do’s and Don’ts

February 6, 2010 in Misc by RangelMD

The more you know!

Vaccines: Victims of Poor Marketing

February 5, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

Obviously vaccinations suffer from a battered public image these days. What is needed is a new advertising campaign.

When “Difficult Patients” Attack

February 4, 2010 in Medical Legal by RangelMD

We know these people by different names. All too often they use and abuse our legal systems to spread their misery throughout the world.

Is the Vegetative Patient Aware?

February 3, 2010 in Medical Ethics by RangelMD

Relatively new imaging techniques have found evidence of conscious awareness in a minority of traumatic injury patients diagnosed as being in a persistent vegetative state.

Abstinence-only Education Works After Religion is Taken Out

February 2, 2010 in Health Policy, Medical Ethics by RangelMD

Abstinence-only sex education has never been shown to work well. What if they just threw out all of that “no sex until marriage” stuff and instead, focused on the hazards of teenage sexual activity?

The Diabolical Plan of Lawyers and Democrats to Keep Down Health Care Costs

February 1, 2010 in Health Care "Reform", Medical Legal by RangelMD

Trial lawyers and Democrats already know what happens to the practice patterns of physicians when their malpractice liability goes up. That’s why Washington has all but ignored national medical malpractice reform lately.

Physicians and Substance Abuse

January 30, 2010 in Medical Ethics by RangelMD

There are a ton of misconceptions and outright falsehoods regarding doctors and substance abuse problems. This is not helped by media reports that make it seem as if physicians are abusing every substance “under the sun”. There is not an army of crazy, addicted, physician zombies out there ready to eat your brains.

Higher Visit Co-pays Backfire

January 29, 2010 in Health Policy by RangelMD

Q: What happens when the chronically sick and elderly have to pay more out of pocket every time they see their doctor? A: They go to the hospital more. It’s not cost shifting. It’s Medicare.

Who Says Dishonesty Doesn’t Pay?

January 28, 2010 in Medical Ethics by RangelMD

Dr. Wakefield will likely lose his UK medical license for “dishonest, irresponsible and [showing] callous disregard for the distress and pain of children” in attempting to prove a link between the MMR vaccine and autism. Good thing he currently works in Texas!

iPad=Giant iPhone Without the Phone

January 27, 2010 in Misc by RangelMD

The next Newton?