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Archive for February, 2009

Medicare EOB system invites fraud

24th February 2009

A friend’s dad was in the hospital. The friend was visiting and was sitting there reading a magazine while dad napped. Long time Primary Care doctor, who was NOT an attending physician poked his head in and asked friend how dad was feeling … never read the chart or even approached dad. Dad passed a […]

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Brian Orakpo benches 500+

22nd February 2009

How’s this for inspiration – the dude is strong!

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Vitamins: struggling to make sense of the conflicting data

18th February 2009

This New York Times article has the story. Vitamins don’t help reduce the risk of cancer or heart disease, vitamin C feeds cancerous cells, etc. Scary stuff.

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Blood platlet rehab

17th February 2009

Here’s an interesting story from the New York Times about how using platlets from a patient’s own blood can be an alternative to surgery. I know one guy who had to regrow some bone in his mouth for some dental work. They used this blood platlet technique on him (after taking some blood and putting […]

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Gau jal: proof that what’s healthy depends on your culture

12th February 2009

So. Gau jal. Cow water. Made mainly of cow urine, mixed with a few medicinal and ayurvedic herbs. It’s thought to be purifying. Some politicians are promoting cow urine as a cure for liver disease, obesity, and cancer. Some people are talking about a cow urine revolution: “It will be a revolution of sorts. The […]

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SARMs and steroids, testosterone, insulin, & baseball

9th February 2009

Here’s an interesting article with a “black hat” who supplies MLB coaches and players with the drugs they need to recover from injuries and get stronger. Names mentioned include Bonds, Conseco, McGwire, and Sosa.

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Kidney removed through vagina

4th February 2009

This new procedure is supposed to make it easier for people to donate kidneys: “Removing the kidney through a natural opening should hasten the patient’s recovery and provide a better cosmetic result,” Montgomery said. He told CNN on Tuesday, “We want to make it easier for people to donate, to have less impact on their […]

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