Archive for the ‘American Medical Association’ Category

America Needs More Doctors?

January 2, 2008

By Gregory Lopes
The Washington Times
January 2, 2008

Training more doctors to serve an aging population could drive up already crippling health care costs, medical officials say.

An influx of doctors will increase costs on an already financially troubled Medicare system, researchers at Dartmouth Medical School contend.

“Calling for more doctors, like prescribing more drugs, for an already overmedicated patient, may only makes things worse,” said Dr. David Goodman, a professor of pediatrics and family medicine at Dartmouth Medical School, which researches heath care quality and costs.

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Addicted doctors still practice while in rehab

December 18, 2007

Botched surgeries highlight troubled area of the medical profession….

December 18, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Troubling cases in which doctors were accused of botching operations while undergoing treatment for drugs or alcohol have led to criticism of rehab programs that allow thousands of U.S. physicians to keep their addictions hidden from their patients.

Dr. Jason Giles

Dr. Jason Giles, a Malibu, Calif., physician, completed the state’s confidential program in 2004 after five years in treatment for alcoholism and addiction to prescription drugs. His experience in rehab was so transformative, he said, that he quit practicing anesthesiology and opened the drug treatment center he now runs.

Nearly all states have confidential rehab programs that let doctors continue practicing as long as they stick with the treatment regimen. Nationwide, as many as 8,000 doctors may be in such programs, by one estimate.

These arrangements largely escaped public scrutiny until last summer, when California’s medical board outraged physicians across the country by abolishing its 27-year-old program. A review concluded that the system failed to protect patients or help addicted doctors get better.

Opponents of such programs say the medical establishment uses confidential treatment to protect dangerous physicians.

“Patients have no way to protect themselves from these doctors,” said Julie Fellmeth, who heads the University of San Diego’s Center for Public Interest Law and led the opposition to California’s so-called diversion program.

Most addiction specialists favor allowing doctors to continue practicing while in confidential treatment, as does the American Medical Association.

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Judge blocks Calif. ban on selling violent video games to minors

August 7, 2007

San Francisco Chronicle
August 6, 2007

Sacramento — A federal judge on Monday struck down a California state law that prohibits the selling or renting of violent video games to minors.The 2005 legislation, authored by then-Assemblyman Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, was challenged in courts by a pair of video game industry groups just 10 days after the bill was signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The law prohibited selling or renting a violent video game to anyone under 18 years of age. Violations were punishable by fines of up to $1,000. The proponents argued that stricter laws were needed because such games can influence minors to also act violently.

However, the Video Software Dealers Association and the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) consistently argued that the ESA’s rating system for games — similar to the way movies are rated — is sufficient.

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Video games: A psychiatric disorder?

Video Games Might Not Be Good for You

Sex, Drugs and Rock and Roll: All Humor the Same Part of Your Brain

Video Games and What’s Going On In Your Child’s Brain