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Will Doctors Unionize?

March 7th, 2013 By Steven Knope, MD

Dr. David Leffell, the former president of the Yale Medical Group, recently wrote an editorial for the WSJ in which he discussed the unintended consequences of the new healthcare law. Specifically, Leffell discusses what the law is doing to change the practice patterns, mindset, and status of American doctors. He also muses about the impact these changes will have on patient care. Read the article here.

As Leffell observes, doctors are now facing an increasingly burdensome set of regulations as they prepare for the onset of ObamaCare in 2014.… Read the rest

The Most Dangerous Thing We Do

September 24th, 2012 By Steven Knope, MD

Though we are regularly reminded by the media of the greatest health threats of our time – smoking, obesity and a sedentary lifestyle – one of the most mundane but dangerous things we do every day is to get behind the wheel of a car. Instead of reciting a list of sanitized statistics on the dangers of driving, I am going to take you on a visual, real-world tour of car accidents. I’m going to explain the “how” and “why” of car accidents and give you some practical advice on what you might do to prevent injury or even death.… Read the rest

Do Z-Paks Really Kill?

June 12th, 2012 By Steven Knope, MD

Many of you have read recent press reports regarding a study that concluded that the commonly used antibiotic called azithromycin, the “Z-Pak”, is associated with an increase in cardiovascular death. Ouch! Really? Since this study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, it is probably worth a closer look.

Expert Opinion: The traditional method used by the press to address a controversial question like this is to trot out a celebrity doctor, like Dr.… Read the rest

Should you check your PSA?

December 1st, 2011 By Steven Knope, MD

Many of you have read about the recent controversial statement from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force that ordering a PSA as a screening test for prostate cancer is a bad idea. The Task Force recommendation was so strong that it was given a D-rating, which means the Task Force believes that there is moderate or high certainty that PSA testing has no net benefit or that the harms of testing outweighs the benefits.

This statement has created a strong backlash from some urologists.… Read the rest