Doctors Gagging Patients

March 5, 2009   Recent news reports have focused attention on a long-established but little-noticed practice: doctors forcing their patients to sign forms promising not to post an online review of the physician’s performance. The forms are provided by Medical Justice, a company whose website describes it as “relentlessly protecting physicians from frivolous lawsuits.” Medical Justice owner Jeffrey ...

Burns with patches during MRI

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Thursday warned of the risk of skin burns in patients wearing transdermal drug patches who are undergoing MRI scans. Transdermal patches are applied to the skin and can be used to deliver pain medications, hormones and nicotine. Most of the patches are sold by prescription except for nicotine patches, ...

Unhappy marriage harder on women

The cardiovascular damage wrought by an unhappy marriage may be greater for women than men, a new study shows. While both men and women in "strained" unions, those marked by arguing and being angry, were more likely to feel depressed than happier partners, the women in the contentious relationships were more likely to develop high blood ...