Doctor found guilty of reusing anal catheters on dozens of patients for a year

Doctor found guilty of reusing anal catheters on dozens of patients for a year

A surgeon based in New Jersey has been accused of reusing anal catheters on multiple patients for more than a year. The colon and rectal surgeon, Sanjiv K Patankar has reportedly washed and reused catheters on his patients' rectums during medical procedures. The news has been confirmed by Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino and the Division of Consumer Affairs through a recently issued statement.

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Texas is Leading the Country in Flu Cases

Texas is Leading the Country in Flu Cases

Texas is currently home to the largest flu outbreaks in the country, according to data collected by Walgreens. Not only is it the state with the most "flu activity," but 8 of the top 10 regional markets with the highest number of flu cases are in Texas (the other two are in Arkansas). At the moment, the San Antonio area ranks ninth in the country. The Tyler and Longeview region ranks number one.

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The placebo effect has an evil twin that makes you feel pain

The placebo effect has an evil twin that makes you feel pain

A fascinating new study finds patients report worse side effects from placebo when they think it costs more money. The placebo effect is one of the most mystifying phenomena in medicine. When we expect a pill to make us feel better, it does. If we see others get better while using a medicine, we will too.

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Debating the ethics of head transplants

Debating the ethics of head transplants

When articles about the world’s first head transplant began popping up in news feeds, Emory Neuroethics Program director Karen Rommelfanger thought it must be a hoax. There hadn’t been any papers published about the procedure or any serious discussion of practice operations on animals or human corpses. Just a few still photos and lots of online speculation. Most of the conversations were centered on the gross-out factor of the operation or the very high likelihood that such a procedure would fail. Very few were talking about the many ethical concerns a head transplant would raise.

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Like your video games a bit too much? WHO thinks you might have ‘gaming disorder’

Like your video games a bit too much? WHO thinks you might have ‘gaming disorder’

The World Health Organization’s description of gaming disorder says those who are afflicted are characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour, either on digital devices like smartphones or video-gaming offline on machines

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Research Shows Uninsured Do Not Use Emergency Rooms More than Other Patients – They Use Other Care Less

Research Shows Uninsured Do Not Use Emergency Rooms More than Other Patients – They Use Other Care Less

One of the most common arguments for expanding publicly subsidized health coverage is that the uninsured overuse and overburden emergency departments. This argument persists despite evidence that, when the uninsured gain Medicaid coverage, emergency department use increases. A new study by Katherine Baicker, dean and Emmett Dedmon professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, and co-authors sheds light on the potential sources of the disconnect between the evidence and the conventional wisdom.

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