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Up to 98,000 patients die each year in the hospital as a result of preventable medical errors

A recent report published in JAMA revealed some harrowing facts about the failure of our strained hospital system.  Payment controls and other regulations are causing physician workloads to exceed safe levels which results in the death of patients. The hospitalist model of care...
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A Letter to the Country from an Emergency Physician

I would like to share this very heartfelt letter by emergency room physician Dr. Jacobson with my readers.  The article addresses many healthcare issues that face Americans.  The article describes how ER patients suffering from simple problems demand to be treated the same as...
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How Should Doctors Respond to Medicare Pay Cuts?

Are we ready to deal with the outcome of a 26+% Medicare payment cut to doctors?  This most recent article indicates we are heading for this cut again after the New Year. http://www.medpagetoday.com/Washington-Watch/Washington-Watch/36644  Internal Medicine of Southwest Florida...
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Health Care Upgrades

  A recent article published this past Saturday in The Wall Street Journal discusses some up and coming realities of future probabilities in health care http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323530404578205692226506324.html?mod=WSJ_LifeStyle_Lifestyle_6. Another recent...
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Antioxidants and Health

Recently in the news and the medical literature there has been positive data correlating antioxidant intake and improved health. Oxidation is an inevitable outcome of burning oxygen, even in our human cells. This process is potentially harmful to our cells due to the release of...
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What is an Internist?

Speaking to patients as well as personal friends, I have become aware that many people do not understand what an Internal Medicine physician is or does. We are the broadest specialty that diagnoses and manages adult health problems. Surgery is another example of a broad specialty...
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A Recipe Loaded With Antioxidants

 A Simple Nutritious Vegetable Dish This is a quick, simple but loaded dish. I recommend you use liberal amounts of balsamic vinegar at the end to give it a tasty punch. This is a great way to use up your spinach before it goes bad on you.  Patients on vitamin K shouldn’t...
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B12 Deficiency – A Common Issue

Article adapted from my bi-monthly newsletter B12 deficiency is important to avoid as humans cannot naturally make the essential nutrient and it is necessary for proper blood and nerve function.  B12 can be found in calf’s liver, sardines, shrimp, scallops and other anima...
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