Raw Milk, really

I’m not sure who thought we needed to bring raw milk to the grocery store. Here it is. House Bill 4911 has passed. I really can’t think of a good reason to have unpasteurized milk in the store.

1 in 8 adults have tried a GLP-1 agonist

The popularity of these drugs has exploded. From CNN: About 1 in 8 adults in the United States has used a GLP-1 drug like Ozempic or Mounjaro at some point in their life, and half of them – about 6% of adults, or more than 15 million people – are currently using a prescription, according […]

Impact of Change Healthcare

I didn’t come close to understanding the impact of Change Healthcare. From KFF: Two months after a cyberattack on a UnitedHealth Group subsidiary halted payments to some doctors, medical providers say they’re still grappling with the fallout, even though UnitedHealth told shareholders on Tuesday that business is largely back to normal. “We are still desperately […]

Counterfeit Botox

I’m sorry. I never knew there was such a thing as counterfeit botox. From WaPo: Public health agencies are warning that counterfeit versions of Botox have been found in several states and are believed to be linked to at least 19 people reporting botulism-like illness after receiving the injections for cosmetic purposes. The Food and […]

The Future of Transplant Surgery

Sometime in the not-too-distant future, a patient will present to the transplant center for evaluation. A genetic profile will be taken. That information will be sent to a remote lab where the kidney is grown in a pig. The kidney has been genetically modified to fit that patient perfectly. 3-6 months later, the kidney is […]

Insurance Billing Problems Continue

In the 1970s, my father, a family practice physician, used to complain about insurance denials. It is now 50 years later and we are still complaining. From Revcycle Intelligence: It may take some time to get paid for medical services, suggests a new survey of hospitals, health systems and post-acute care providers. Nearly 15 percent of medical […]

AI saves doctors time

I’m very skeptical that AI can currently save doctors an hour a day. I’m not buying it. If this report is true it could help reduce physician burnout. I need to see more data. From AMA: When a health system rolls out new technology that it insists will make physicians’ lives easier, the announcement is […]

More data on physician burnout

From AMA News: For the study, researchers examined the links between adverse childhood and occupational experiences with depression and burnout among 7,360 physicians from the AMA Physician Professional Data™ who responded to a survey in late 2020 and early 2021. For mild to severe depression symptoms, survey responses were collected from physicians practicing in 20 […]

High Dose iNO

I have thought for a long time that there are advantages to nitric oxide. Black ICU patients with COVID-19 receiving high-dose inhaled nitric oxide had a decreased risk for 28-day and 90-day mortality, according to results published in American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. “Prior literature has shown that the nitric oxide system is […]

This Year’s Flu

Interestingly, the flu was almost eliminated a couple of years ago when we were all wearing masks. Now that we are maskless, the flu is back. From AP: The flu virus is hanging on in the U.S., intensifying in some areas of the country after weeks of an apparent national decline. Centers for Disease Control […]

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