Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 2:41 PM EDT May 8, 2019 A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter wants to talk to patients and families about their experiences receiving bad medical news from doctors or nurses. The information you provide will be accessed only by a reporter and will not be used for marketing or fundraising. We will never identify or quote you unless we receive your permission. … [Read more...] about How did your doctor deliver bad medical news?
In the oncology realm, turning to “Dr. Web” — and trusting the advertised therapies or remedies that can stem from a rabbit hole of searching — can be the difference between life and death. As health care practitioners, we are custodians and guardians of the welfare of our patients. In addition to providing recommendations and courses of meaningful action, to treat and prevent ailments, our duty is to shelter patients from harm to health, including misguidance to wellbeing. This practice is the essence of modern medicine in United States, rooted at the turn of the 20th century with drastic reform of medical education in 1910 with the Flexner Report, the establishment of laws in 1906 leading to the birth of the Food And Drug Administration, and the foundation of the National Institute of Health in the 1880s. This was, in part, in response to the spread of information (including advertisements, journalism, items off the printed press and the pouring in of new … [Read more...] about Recognizing fake medical ‘news’ before it becomes lethal
John Fauber and Matt Wynn USA TODAY NETWORK Published 8:20 AM EST Nov 30, 2018 In Louisiana, Larry Mitchell Isaacs gave up his medical license in the face of discipline after he removed an allegedly healthy kidney during what was supposed to be colon surgery. In California, he mistakenly removed a woman’s fallopian tube. According to medical board records, he thought it was her appendix — which already was gone. More surgeries on the woman followed, including one in which he allegedly left her intestine unconnected. Facing state sanctions, he surrendered his license there, too. In New York, where regulators were moving to take action based on his California problems, he also agreed to give up his license. But in Ohio, he has found a home. There, his medical license remains unblemished, allowing Isaacs to work at an urgent care clinic in the Cincinnati area. Surrendering a license is often done in the face of overwhelming evidence of unprofessional … [Read more...] about Medical board license failures: Doctors can easily move among states
opinion Dr. Joe Childs Guest columnist Published 4:00 PM EDT Sep 6, 2018 If I told you a stone touched to your baby’s skin could remove pain, or getting your child around lots of sick kids could boost his immunity, would you believe me? Would you rush to try whatever solution I’m offering? These are disproven remedies currently circulating on social media. Trying unproven remedies for health problems is risky. It can be dangerous and often keeps people from getting medical care they truly need. "Fake news" is a term Americans are becoming more familiar with. It can be tough to distinguish what’s real and what’s sensationalized in a world of social media, viral videos and click-bait advertising. The health care industry is not immune to this phenomenon. Fake, incorrect or incomplete medical information is sweeping social media feeds as I type, and most people don’t consider the risks of believing what they read online. As chief … [Read more...] about Fake medical news online puts your child’s health at risk: Joe Childs
John Fauber and Matt Wynn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and USA TODAY NETWORK Published 11:07 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 In the fight against cancer, you won’t find a mixture known as Allesgen on the long list of drugs approved as safe and effective by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. But a doctor in California has been peddling his own $1,800-a-month “cure” to desperate patients for years. Despite four years of warnings from the FDA, a patient lawsuit, scathing online reviews and a raid by federal agents, the California medical board has not taken action. Benedict Liao is one of 73 doctors around the country with active medical licenses who got FDA warning letters over a five-year period alleging serious problems. Only one was disciplined by his state medical board, an investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and MedPage Today found. The warning letters, which get scant public attention, are sent after FDA officials conduct … [Read more...] about FDA warning letters to doctors flag serious problems, but state medical boards do nothing