Archive for January, 2008

The Hospitalist Versus the Family Doctor

Ben Brewer, country doctor and WSJ.com columnist, is having second thoughts about letting hospitalists take charge of his hospitalized patients. Hospitalists — internists who specialize in caring for patients in the hospital — are one of medicine’s latest inventions. These doctors are a response to an era marked by sicker hospitalized patients, limits on residents’ […]

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A Pharma Gadfly Returns to Brandweek Blog

Peter Rost, formerly an exec with Pfizer and Wyeth before turning gadfly, has logged back on. The Health Blog reported that Rost’s gig writing a pharma blog for Brandweek ended on Nov. 30 because there wasn’t enough ad money coming in. But Rost’s BrandweekNRx blog was back yesterday with a New Year’s post, and he […]

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High-Tech Reminders for Wayward Surgical Sponges

Later this year, Medicare will stop paying hospitals to set things right when their surgical teams leave behind sponges and other tools inside patients. That’s giving a boost to high-tech reminders to help the OR teams get everything out before the patient’s closed up, the Chicago Tribune reports. Surgical sponges, among the more hard-to-keep-track-of items, […]

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Anatomy of a Hangover

With New Year’s in the offing, the Health Blog figured it was time to consider the hangover. For such a common malady, the hangover still has a bit of mystery about it. As an M.D. wrote in an NIH publication a few years back, “Despite the prevalence of hangovers … this condition is not well […]

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