Tag Archives: medicine

If Doctors Aren’t Happy, Where Does That Leave the Rest of Us?

A national survey of 500 physicians 40 years of age and younger showed that 49 percent believe federal health reform will have a negative impact on their medical practices, while just 23 percent believe Obamacare will be a net positive, according to a survey from The Physicians Foundation, an advocacy group. On a similar note, 57 percent of young physicians said they’re pessimistic about the future of the U.S. healthcare system, while 22 percent consider themselves optimistic. Responses ranged from “I think the government is destroying healthcare” to “The current administration is only concerned with money and maintaining their power and socialism,” with plenty of other similar highlights in between. Why do physicians feel this way?  Jason Koma, a spokesman for the Ohio State Medical Association, the...

Drugs In Space

In case you have any plans to go up in space in the near future, be advised… One of the first publications from the Stability of Pharmacotherapeutic and Nutritional Compounds project determined that after 28 months of storage on the International Space Station some medications degraded faster than controls stored in as similar environment as possible on the ground. One of the authors, Lakshmi Putcha, Ph.D, said the differences between the ground and control environments “include, but are not limited to, ambient radiation, excessive vibrational forces, multiple gravity environments and carbon dioxide enrichment; this is in addition to unconventional packaging, resupply operations and other unknowns.” Aside from alerting astronauts to the fact that they may have to plan ahead with their prescriptions, I’m really not sure the practical implications of this study for...

Why Martinsville?

I live in Martinsville, and, I have to admit, I have often wondered why any doctor would want to come and work in our small burg when they could instead get a high-paying job in the “big city”.  I recently discovered that there is evidently some skill and planning involved in “luring” a doctor to small towns, particularly if, like Morgan Hospital, you have been bought by a much larger health organization such as Indiana University Health. So how could the big boys entice doctors to the small towns? Avoid saying anything specific about the town, and instead tell doctors-to-be they can live somewhere else or go somewhere else. Morgan Hospital and Medical Center in Martinsville, the latest acquisition by Indiana University Health, tried those tactics in a recent online...

$10 million to replace a doctor with a robot?

I wrote a blog earlier this year in which I expressed how relieved I was that the robotic doctor, Watson from Jeopardy fame, could not replace a real, live doctor.  Imagine my chagrin when I disocvered an article titled "X-Prize competitioin will give $10 million prize for mobile diagnosing solution equal or better than physician." “ The Foundation is hoping the same transformative change will happen with mobile medical technology.  They are partnering with Qualcomm and announced the Tricorder X-Prize, a $10 million dollar prize to develop a mobile solution that can diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians.” I breathed a sigh of relief as I read further on and discovered that “It doesn’t appear the X-Prize wants to replace a physician, rather, allow...