Monthly Archives: March 2013

does independent private practice has a future?

Blog | March 26, 2013 | ACO, Employment, Healthcare Careers By Bob Keaveney Is anyone willing to believe that independent medical practice isn’t absolutely destined for the trash bin of history? Is it possible that there remains (and will remain) a role for practices that are not wholly owned subsidiaries of the Acme Hospital Corporation […]

secret of happy marriage

  Nobody can explain the secret to a happy marriage, says Adam Gopnik, but it doesn’t stop people trying. Anyone who tells you their rules for a happy marriage doesn’t have one. There’s a truth universally acknowledged, or one that ought to be anyway. Just as the people who write books about good sex are […]

Physicians Fight to Keep Psychologists From Prescribing Illinois Bill Is the Latest to Seek Psychologist Prescribing Rights

Nancy A. Melville Alcohol and Substance Abuse Evaluation Primary Insomnia Legislation allowing psychologists in Illinois to prescribe psychotropic medications has been approved by the state’s Senate committee amid strong opposition from psychiatrists and other physicians. But judging from the fate of many similar bills around the country — including 14 previous efforts in Illinois alone […]

OTC Supplement May Aid in Migraine Prevention

Caroline Cassels Mar 26, 2013  Add Migraine to My Topic Alert Drug & Reference Information Migraine-Associated Vertigo Migraine Headache Tension Headache San Diego, California — Melatonin, which is widely available in North America as an over-the-counter supplement, is more effective than placebo for migraine prevention and has a more favorable adverse effect profile than the tricyclic antidepressant amitriptyline, […]

Standard EEG and the difficult-to-assess mental status

Standard EEG and the difficult-to-assess mental status Kanwaldeep Sidhu, S. MD Fourth-Year Resident, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA Richard Balon, MD Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA Victor Ajluni, MD Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School […]

pornography-a psychiatrists perspective

Porn: A Psychiatric Perspective Posted onJune 9, 2009byLuke Gilkerson The following is an interview with consultant psychiatrist, Dr. Samir Parikh, MBBS, DPM, MD. Dr. Parikh did his graduate and post-graduate work at Civil hospital in Ahmedabad. He is an international speaker and is one of the leading academic experts in the field of mental health. He […]

demands of medical profession

Dear Washington, D.C.: I am writing this letter because I feel that our leaders and lawmakers do not have an accurate picture of what it actually entails to become a physician today; specifically, the financial, intellectual, social, mental, and physical demands of the profession. This is an opinion that is shared among many of my […]

Active Docs Give Exercise Advice More Freely

Note that this study was published as an abstract and presented at a conference. These data and conclusions should be considered to be preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal. Note that this literature review revealed significant associations between physical activity in healthcare providers and the frequency of patient counseling in that area. Be aware […]

a magical moment

God, I’m tired, I thought to myself. I was 20 hours into a seemingly endless stretch on my Pediatrics rotation. The hours before had held overdoses — both accidental and intentional — plus surgical emergencies, medical train wrecks, and a steady stream of URIs and AGEs that we would sign off of in the Peds […]

Doctor-pharma ties

Doctor-pharma ties defended on eve of pay reporting mandate ■ Major stakeholders outline principles of physician-industry collaborations amid concern that all payments will be painted with a broad brush. By KEVIN B. O’REILLY amednews staff — Posted March 25, 2013 PRINT  |   EMAIL  |   RESPOND  |   REPRINTS  |   LIKE   |   SHARE   |   TWEET  WITH THIS STORY: » 4 principles on doctor-industry interactions » External links » Related content With the start of federally […]

Transient neurological attacks frequently precede vertebrobasilar ischaemic stroke

Background Transient isolated brainstem symptoms (eg, isolated vertigo, dysarthria, diplopia) are not consistently classified as transient ischaemic attacks (TIAs) and data for prognosis are limited. If some of these transient neurological attacks (TNAs) are due to vertebrobasilar ischaemia, then they should be common during the days and weeks preceding posterior circulation strokes. We aimed to […]

America Is Stealing the World’s Doctors

It was not an unusual death. Kunj Desai, a young doctor in training at University Teaching Hospital in Lusaka, Zambia, had seen many that were not so different and were equally needless. Still, this was the one that altered all his plans. “A guy came in, and he had a stab wound,” Desai recalled, “and […]

a study documenting hardened arteries among ancient mummies s

The latest analysis of ancient vessels shows that plaques have long been a global — and common problem.   Although atherosclerosis is linked to many of our modern-day habits — from our fat-laden diets to our sedentary lifestyles — a study documenting hardened arteries among ancient mummies suggests that factors other than what we eat […]

A Happy, Optimistic Outlook May Protect Your Heart

RELATED Even Mummies Had Clogged Arteries Does Your Diet Influence How Well You Sleep? Omega-6 Fats Linked to Increased Risk of Heart Disease What’s Good for the Heart May Also Prevent Cancer HealthDay via U.S. News & World Report  Follow@TIMEHealthland Hearts and tumors may actually share more in common than we think.   Following heart-healthy recommendations […]

How Creative Is Your Doctor?

What are you doing creatively these days? It’s not a question you hear commonly, and certainly not in a medical journal. But that was the title of a commentary in a recent issue of Academic Medicine. It caught my eye, because medicine is a field with a strong history of creativity, but its daily practice feels less […]


Selected Links Share This CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention main page. Includes MMWR, Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report, which provides health statistics, infectious disease information, and breaking news. National Institute of Health site providing information on over 29,000 federal and privately sponsored clinical trials. Includes consumer information on the nature of clinical trials […]


By Marelisa Fabrega If the only prayer you say in your life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice. – Meister Eckhart Gratitude means thankfulness, counting your blessings, noticing simple pleasures, and acknowledging everything that you receive. It means learning to live your life as if everything were a miracle, and being aware on a continuous basis […]

personality of new pope

VATICAN CITY – The new pope is making history from his name to his home in Argentina. Below are some quick facts, both interesting and informative, regarding the new Pope’s personality and morals. Jorge Mario Bergoglio was born Dec. 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, one of five children born to an Italian railway worker […]

Clinical overview of polymyalgia rheumatica

From epidemiology to future perspectives Summary Polymyalgia rheumatica is a chronic, inflammatory disorder of unknown cause that affects people over age 50 years. Classic symptoms include pain and long-term morning stiffness of the neck, shoulders, hips, upper arms, and thighs. Although markers of inflammation are often raised, no specific laboratory test exists for the disorder […]

SNP analysis of 5 psychiatric disorders

SNP analysis of 5 psychiatric disorders Mar 5, 2013 30 views No rating Evidence for genetic overlap Background Findings from family and twin studies suggest that genetic contributions to psychiatric disorders do not in all cases map to present diagnostic categories. We aimed to identify specific variants underlying genetic effects shared between the five disorders in […]

did princess diana suffer from bpd

Princess Diana is one of the most written-about women of our times. But a new biography says much of what we think we know about the “people’s princess” is simply not true. Billed as the ultimate Diana bio, Diana: Story of a Princess, by Phil Craig and Tim Clayton, was shipped to bookstores in plain […]


Coma is unresponsiveness from which the patient cannot be aroused. Impaired consciousness refers to similar, less severe disturbances of consciousness; these disturbances are not considered coma. The mechanism for coma or impaired consciousness involves dysfunction of both cerebral hemispheres or of the reticular activating system (also known as the ascending arousal system). Causes may be […]

Book Review: “No matter what, I love you!”

Book Review: “No matter what, I love you!” by DEVANG VIBHAKAR on FEBRUARY 24, 2012 1,275 views   in ARTICLES Book name: પણ, હું તો તને પ્રેમ કરું છું! (In English: No matter what, I love you!. Hindi: फिरभी तुम्हे चाहेंगे) Author: Dr. Hansal Bhachech (Psychiatrist, Author, Columnist) Publisher: Navbharat Sahitya Mandir, Ahmedabad. Price: Rs. 250/- (Sixth edition). Sold over 25,000 […]


Dr. Hansal Bhachech Those who read Sunday ‘Purti‘ of Gujarat Samachar- a daily Gujarati newspaper – would know about Dr. Hansal Bhachech. He writes a column there on youth and emotional issues. Dr. Hansal Bhachech is a well-known author, psychiatrist and relationship expert of India. He is M.D. in psychiatry with university first position. He is […]

emotional abuse

   Emotional Abuse: Effects on Children What is emotional abuse? Some examples of emotional abuse are: Name-calling, for example, saying “you’re stupid” or “you’re lazy”). Labeling children as bad instead of labeling their behavior. (Instead of saying “You are a bad boy!” say, “I love you, but it’s not OK for you to draw pictures […]


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)(Spastic Colon) Share This (See also the American Gastroenterological Association’s technical review and medical position statement on irritable bowel syndrome.) Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is characterized by abdominal discomfort or pain that is accompanied by at least two of the following: relief by defecation, change in frequency of stool, or change in consistency of stool. The […]

mri and kickbacks in usa

Newark, NJ – A US cardiologist has pleaded guilty to referring patients for diagnostic tests in exchange for money [1]. From 2009 to 2011, Dr Shashi Agarwal, 60, solicited and received more than $100 000 in kickbacks for referring patients for MRI and computed tomography (CT) scans in Orange, NJ. According to the report in […]

Drug firms spent $19 million on gifts given to physicians, hospitals in Washington DC in 2011

  Washington: Drug companies spent nearly $84 million marketing pharmaceuticals in the District of Columbia in 2011, including an outlay of nearly $19 million for gifts given to physicians, hospitals and other healthcare providers, according to a report by researchers at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS). The report notes […]

Medical students, residents have frequent interactions with pharma companies: US survey

Washington: A first-of-its kind national survey of medical students and residents finds that despite recent efforts by medical schools and academic medical centres to restrict access of pharmaceutical sales representatives to medical trainees, medical students and residents still commonly receive meals, gifts, and industry-sponsored educational materials. Dr Aaron Kesselheim The study was completed by a […]

Time for the medical profession to act: The proposed Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2013

by pedianews The Government now proposes to empower itself to remove the President or other office-bearers of Medical Council of India if found indulging in serious offences of “moral turpitude”, as reported in the Indian Express. To this effect, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is considering changes in the law governing the MCI through […]

the arduous journey

DEDICATED TO ALL Medical Students The arduous journey begins somewhere when we impulsively get hooked on to Biology in spite of being good at Physics, Math and Chemistry. You begin to nurture the dream by juggling hard with P, C, B…. A good CET rank is the first step in the murky, uncertain waters of […]