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Paul Thomson

Corruption in Psychiatric Healthcare

The Chicago Tribune reported startling ties between psychiatrist Dr. Michael Reinstein and pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca. The doctor, worth about a half million dollars to the drug maker,…

Paul Thomson

Hospitals Rarely Disclose Adverse Events to Patients

Medpage Today reported that hospitals rarely give their patients explanations when they experience adverse effects of treatment. A survey revealed that over sixty percent of the time, patients do…

Paul Thomson

Post-LASIK Problems Underplayed and Unreported

Aggressive marketing has made the well known vision correction surgery known as LASIK surgery (laser-assisted in situ keratomileusis) a $2 billion industry, with it coming under fire for overstating…

Greg Webb

Doctors Urged Not To Induce Labor Unless Medically Necessary

Under revised guidelines released recently by the nation’s association of obstetricians and gynecologists, physicians are being advised not to induce labor for non-medical reasons prior to…

Greg Webb

Tattoos, Nicotine Patches And Other Medical Devices May Pose Problem During M.R.I.s

Federal health officials warn that patients who wear nicotine or other drug patches during M.R.I. scans may get burned due to the machine’s huge magnet that can heat tiny metal elements found…

Greg Webb

Checklists Lower Hospital ICU Infection Rates

Hospital-acquired infections originating from tubes and catheters inserted into the body have long been accepted as the norm in intensive care units. These infections include ventilator-associated…

Greg Webb

Insulin Pen System In Beaumont Army Medical Center May Have Caused Blood-borne Disease

Beaumont Army Medical Center, in Fort Bliss, Texas, has contacted 2,114 diabetes patients who have been treated at the hospital since August 2007 because they may be in danger of developing such…

Greg Webb

Disruptive Doctors Causing Medical Errors and Workplace Problems

Hospital staff members are blaming badly behaving doctors for low morale, stress, and high turnover, which contribute to medical mistakes, preventable complications, and even death, a recent study…

Greg Webb

Studies Show Emergency Rooms Overwhelmed By Uninsured

A recent report, released by the American College of Emergency Physicians, states the nation’s system of emergency rooms is in serious trouble. More and more unemployed or uninsured Americans…

Greg Webb

Medical Residents Urged To Get Sleep After 16 Hours

A panel at the Institute of Medicine recommended that medical and surgical residents in hospitals work no more than 16 hours without taking a mandatory five-hour sleep break, along with other work…