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Holiday Blues: Recognizing & Treating Depression

In the US, the holiday season between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve is filled with parties, family, good food, gifts, and togetherness. It’s a time when love, forgiveness, and good cheer are in the air. Or, at least, that is how the holidays are depicted by the media. For many, the holidays are a time […]

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When Will Malpractice Lawsuits Be Filed Against Armchair Doctors?

Blog Commentary Ferket and colleagues could have added to their long list a guideline from the Haute Autorité de Santé (High Authority for Health, the French agency for quality of care) which recommended in 2006 for the screening peripheral artery disease and its treatment with aspirin, despite evidence was lacking.(1,2) This French recommendation is surprising […]

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July 30, 2011: The 46th Anniversary of Medicare

Blog Commentary Forth-six years ago on July 30, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Social Security Act of 1965 into law and created Medicare and Medicaid. Enacting universal, single-payer healthcare for the country’s elderly and indigent was a long struggle that began during Harry Truman’s presidency. Medicare and Medicaid were part of Johnson’s Great Society, […]

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Should the Affordable Care Act of 2010 Be Repealed? Another viewpoint from an AJM reader

Blog Commentary In the July 2011 issue, The American Journal of Medicine published Should the Affordable Care Act of 2010 Be Repealed? by James E. Dalen, MD, MPH, AJM associate editor and Dean Emeritus of the University of Arizona College of Medicine, in the Journal and on this blog. AJM has received several e-mails and […]

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Ryan’s Medicare Overhaul

Ryan’s Medicare Overhaul: Would it increase the rate of medical bankruptcy? Blog Commentary With no Democratic support, the US House of Representatives passed Rep. Paul Ryan’s much-ballyhoo’d 2012 budget proposal on Friday, April 15, 2011. Rather than go into great detail regarding Ryan’s Path to Prosperity, I’m going to focus on one piece that could be […]

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Pamela Powers Hannley, MPH, AJM Managing Editor

Tort Reform Editorial Brings Multitude of Comments

Tort Reform: Liability Protection Removed from Connecticut’s New Healthcare Plan Blog Commentary A recent editorial in The American Journal of Medicine— The 800-Pound Gorilla in the Healthcare Living Room— resulted in a minor tidal wave of physician comments about the cost of defensive medicine in the US and the addition of tort reform to the […]

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