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The Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported that the lack of price transparency by manufacturers of implantable medical devices may be driving up health care costs. The devices are sold to hospitals, which pass the cost on to insurers, including Medicare. Price transparency for medical...
By Sergio Canavero and Vincenzo Bonicalzi 2nd ed, 387 pp, $99 Cambridge, UK, Cambridge University Press, 2011 ISBN-13: 978-1-1070-1021-5 With Central Pain Syndrome, Sergio Canavero and Vincenzo Bonicalzi have produced a unique text on central pain. It contains one of the most extensive catalogs...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not taken significant steps to ensure that antibiotic labels contain up-to-date breakpoints, according to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report. Breakpoints are the concentrations at which bacteria are susceptible to successful treatment with...
Three Democratic members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce are asking its Republican leadership to hold hearings to examine the efficacy and possible complications of lap-band weight loss devices and urogynecologic surgical mesh implants. Rep Henry A. Waxman (D, Calif), Rep Diana...
Word Error and Incorrect/Omitted References: In the Editorial titled “Inadequacy of BMI as an Indicator for Bariatric Surgery” published in the January 4, 2012, issue of JAMA (2012;307:88-89), the word “truncal” should have been “peripheral” in the second and final paragraphs. In addition, 3...
In Reply: Lichenoid drug eruptions often have polymorphic, atypical presentations. In the case presented in our article, the patient also had violaceous papules and plaques on her palms and upper back. These lesions lacked the characteristic changes of lichen planus and raised the differential...
When first we met you were a ferret small and stretched whip-thin with fear, anxious beads of sweat swelling and dancing across your scalp, like water on a skillet left to burn, like rain on a brittle late November leaf. My god how I dreaded it, all of it, your name lurking like a bomb in my...
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