Blog Posts in March, 2009

  • Feeling No Pain

    || 31-Mar-2009

    A pain clinic in nearby Vancouver, Washington, has been getting some press lately, and it’s not positive. The clinic has been accused of overprescribing pain medication and has been under investigation. The Payette Clinic opened in 2005 and is run by nurse practitioners (i.e., there are no medical doctors on staff). On March 19, 2009, the clinic’s records were seized in a raid by the ...
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  • Tweetin' the Law

    || 20-Mar-2009

    In a recent post I discussed the gag order some doctors are trying to place on their patients to prevent them from posting negative information online. As I mentioned, the Internet is everyone’s playground, and the rules are few. Now courtrooms are discovering this to be true, as jurors are dropping hints about trials and their possible outcomes on such social networking sites as Facebook ...
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  • Good Doctor, Bad Doctor

    || 18-Mar-2009

    Remember back in school when you got to fill out the teacher evaluation forms? It was a good opportunity to praise, or punish, your teachers. Well, with the age of the Internet, we can voice our opinions about anyone and anything whenever we choose. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? A recent Associated Press story that appeared on Forbes.com discussed the issues the medical community has over ...
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  • Oregon Worker Deaths in 2008

    || 12-Mar-2009

    The Oregonian just published a story on the number of Oregon workers who died on the job. In 2008, 44 Oregonians died while working, up from 35 deaths in 2007. The largest percentage of the deaths took place in the agriculture, forestry, and fishing industries: 15 workers, including 7 firefighters who died in a helicopter crash and 7 loggers. Other dangerous industries included truck ...
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  • Mailorder Drugs

    || 10-Mar-2009

    I know plenty of people who have ordered medications online from Canadian pharmacies and the like. I myself have ordered allergy medications from New Zealand, medications that require a prescription here in the United States but are available over the counter in other countries. I never considered this to be dangerous, since I was familiar with the medications and I am responsible when it comes to ...
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  • No More Plastic Baby Bottles

    || 6-Mar-2009

    Plastics have revolutionized our society but not always for the better. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you no doubt are aware of the current backlash against plastic bottles. The main culprit is the chemical bisphenol A, which is in polycarbonate, and which, in turn, is used to make all sorts of things, including baby bottles and other beverage containers. THough the U.S. Food and ...
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