Monthly Archives: October 2014

Medical Staff Accountability Will Improve Performance

Pearl | October 29, 2014 | Staff, Managers Administrators, Pearls, Staff Salary Survey By Judy Capko Physicians and managers know their practice depends on its staff to meet management’s needs, complete the many important tasks required, and serve patients. One question you should ask yourself is “What objective measures do I use to rate my […]


  Jade Small | October 25, 2014 | Spirituality | No Comments at the turn of this century, the Dalai Lama issued the following eighteen rules for living. Of the many problems we face today, some are natural calamities and must be accepted and faced with equanimity. Others, however, are of our own making, created by misunderstanding, and can be corrected. […]

Aberrant Face and Gaze Habituation in Fragile X Syndrome

In the present study, we investigated neural system habituation to eye gaze in individuals with fragile X syndrome compared with individuals group-matched for sex, intellectual functioning, autism symptoms, and adaptive behavior. Our primary result reveals less neural habituation in individuals with fragile X syndrome in response to all facial stimuli (direct gaze + averted gaze), […]

How to Get Respect: 5 Points Backed by Science

Eric Barker Oct. 18, 2014 Eric Barker writes Barking Up the Wrong Tree. We all want to know how to get respect. 1) Power Is Respected… But There’s A Catch. What makes us happier: money or power? Power. Do we prefer money or status? Status. What do children say they want more than anything when […]

How to improve outcomes in prolonged grief

Prolonged grief refers to abnormal grief with persistent yearning for the deceased, associated emotional pain, difficulty in accepting the death, a sense of meaninglessness, bitterness about the de ath, and difficulty in engaging in new activities. It is considered to be present if these symptoms have persisted at least six months after the death. Prolonged […]

The Strength Behind People With Mental Illness

Chelsea Stephens Become a fan There’s a very uninformed, ongoing stigma that mental illness is some sort of weakness. There’s an equally uninformed stigma that if a person can’t “deal with” their mental illness on their own, that they’re weak. Both of these mindsets reflect a willful lack of education, but they are not what […]

Emotional Self-Awareness Is A Key Factor In Anger Management

Oct 17 2014 The first step in improving competence in Emotional Intelligence is developing emotional self-awareness. It is generally agreed that all other emotional intelligence skills are based on recognizing and using emotional self-awareness to select the best response to situations that occur on a daily basis. It is generally agreed that anger is a […]

suicidal thoughts

A groundbreaking study will help researchers learn more about ways to treat people experiencing suicidal thoughts. Nearly 20,000 patients will be able to participate in a trial that draws from other successful interventions for depression and suicide. One of the treatments being tested was developed with the help of other patients. Each year, over 9 […]

overtesting and overtreatment

There are many reasons why physicians engage in overtesting and overtreatment. Much emphasis has been placed on perverse financial incentives that reinforce such behavior, as well as on commercial marketing efforts designed to create demand for more testing, diagnosis, and treatment.1 2 3 4 5 Physicians themselves mostly cite fear of legal (malpractice) claims as […]

5 Of The Most Helpful Things You Can Say To Someone With Anxiety

For those who haven’t been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder, it might be difficult to truly comprehend what’s going on inside the mind of the 40 million American adultswho live with the condition. What exactly do you say to a loved one who is feeling extreme stress? How do you make them feel better if […]

Basic Principles Of Medical Negligence: Need For Protection Of Doctors

Hon’ble SC in a case of medical negligence decide on 10th February 2010, observed that on scrutiny of the leading cases of medical negligence both in our country and other countries especially United Kingdom, some basic principles emerge in dealing with the cases of medical negligence. [Para 94] While deciding whether the medical professional is […]

Advocacy vs. Apathy

Posted on September 23, 2014 by Admin This post was authored by Mark Victor, MD, FACC, CEO of Cardiology Consultants of Philadelphia, as delivered during ACC’s 2014 Legislative Conference. Over my 33 year career I have witnessed an unimaginable change in the practice of medicine. The certainty of where and how we practiced, relationships with […]


BY KYLE HILL ON OCTOBER 14, 2014 You’re probably lucky. You probably don’t have to worry about how clean your water is, if you’ll be able to get vaccinated this year, or if you’ll ever get to see a doctor. You’re lucky, but much of the world isn’t. Many parts of the globe still lack […]


Recently a systematic review examined the available literature on acute care treatments for migraine for effectiveness and tolerability, graded each medication’s level of available evidence, and gave recommendations regarding its use.1 The review was limited to double-blind prospective RCTs in adults treated in an emergency department or equivalent acute care setting. Only studies that defined […]

Retreat Not Defeat: Self-Stigma and Mental Health

I have been stable for the past four years, but now my bipolar disorder has resurfaced. It could have been triggered by stress, meds or the weather change — or equal parts of all of these things — but the reality is that I’m unwell. Saturday highlighted this, as I was in a full hypomanic […]

Current Challenges Of Medical Profession-

—————————— Career in Medicine The dilemma that Indian doctors face today is that their profession is based on principles of morality, ethics and Hippocratic oath whereas accountability is based on consumer laws, RTI and Laws of tort. He is confused about the realities of his own practice. Out-of-hours duty and worsening work-life balance is the […]

 Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Subarachnoid hemorrahge CT scan Figure 1. CT scan of head, read as normal in ED. Subarachnoid hemorrahge CT scan Figure 2. Additional CT cut Subarachnoid hemorrahge CT scan Figure 3. CT showing subarachnoid blood to right of brainstem. A 35-year-old Asian man presents to the emergency department with a severe headache. He states he rarely […]

indian mental health policy

The union health ministry on Friday launched the country’s first ever mental health policy to provide access to good quality treatment to mentally ill people with the focus on those living in poverty. The policy, launched by Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, is backed up by the “Mental Health Action Plan 365” which spells out […]

The 8 Worst Things You Can Say to Someone Who Is Grieving

Christy Heitger-Ewing Become a fanAuthor and freelance writer When someone close to you dies, your world is torn apart. As a result, you’re as fragile as tissue paper, feeling as if the slightest breeze might shred you completely. Well-meaning friends may try to console you, but many of them wonder what to say. “What if […]

The 8 Best Things You Can Say to Someone Who Is Grieving

Christy Heitger-EwingAuthor and freelance writer When someone close to you dies, you initially receive a good deal of advice and support. Some of it is helpful. Some, not so much. I recently posted an article titled “The 8 Worst Things You Can Say to Someone Who is Grieving.” This is the companion piece that offers […]

ursodeoxycholic acid

Endogenous effects Primary bile acids are produced by the liver and stored in the gall bladder. When secreted into the intestine, primary bile acids can be metabolized into secondary bile acids by intestinal bacteria. Primary and secondary bile acids help the body digest fats. Ursodeoxycholic acid helps regulate cholesterol by reducing the rate at which […]

Coenzyme Q10 –

#56947311 / What is coenzyme Q10? Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance similar to a vitamin. It is found in every cell of the body. Your body makes CoQ10, and your cells use it to produce energy your body needs for cell growth and maintenance. It also functions as an antioxidant, which protects the […]

Loneliness Tied To Premature Death: Loss Of Friends, Family Makes You 14% More Likely To Die Early

#89859096 / By John Ericson | Feb 17, 2014 04:42 PM EDT Loneliness will increase your risk of premature death, but moving to Florida won’t help, a new study finds. Photo Courtesy of Shutterstock Loneliness may not only be miserable — it could also be unsafe, according to new research linking extreme loneliness to […]

Corruption ruins the doctor-patient relationship in India’,

Oct 05 2014 : The Times of India (Delhi)FOR THE RECORD – Stop corruption or other nations may turn away Indian doctors The British Medical Journal sparked off a furious debate in India’s medical fraternity when it published an article in May titled ‘Corruption ruins the doctor-patient relationship in India’, followed by an editorial written […]

How To Manage Your Lifestyle As A Doctor

Dr. Pritam Pankaj It was about 15 years ago when I chose Dermatology as my specialty. I rejected glorified world of hernia, hemorrhoids, diarrhea and vomit for the glamour of Psoriasis, Acne and Herpes. Jokes apart, it was a lifestyle choice for me. Dermatologists can sleep through the night. Nocturnal Cellulitis medical emergencies are uncommon. […]

U.S. health care is a ‘subtle form of corruption’ says leading cancer doctor

By Susan Perry | 04/24/12 Dr. Otis Brawley Dr. Otis Brawley, an oncologist and chief medical officer for the American Cancer Society, has long been an outspoken critic of unnecessary medical tests and procedures. On this topic, he is perhaps best known for his opposition to the routine screening of men for prostate cancer, […]

Corruption in medical practice: An open letter to PM, FM and health minister

By TS Kler This is regarding a recent sting operation on some path labs that give cutbacks to referring doctors. I am surprised to know that the Union health minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, was not aware of it. This practice of giving money to referring doctors is pretty old in this country and I think […]