Author Archives: Daniel Ginsberg, MD, FACP

About Daniel Ginsberg, MD, FACP

I'm an internal medicine physician and have avidly applied computers to medicine since 1986, when I wrote my first medically oriented computer programs. So yes, that means I'm at least 25-years-old!

Up in Arms, Up in Smoke

If you apply for health insurance, you may find you have to pay higher rates if you’re a smoker. Now federal regulators are trying to decide if insurers who participate in the Affordable Care Act (aka ObamaCare) exchanges can add … Continue reading

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Humor Down Under

Bathroom doors at Kawarau Bridge, the first commercial bungee jump in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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Who Are You Calling Old?

A local family medicine residency program sends second year residents to rotate through my internal medicine clinic. Reviewing the note that one of them wrote, I saw that he described my 66-year-old patient as, “Elderly, ” though did note that … Continue reading

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Pierce County Medical Society Website Launch

I’m proud to announce that today the Pierce County Medical Society (PCMS) went live with a newly redone website. I’ve been working on it for over a year. There is a lot to see on the site. I’ve created a … Continue reading

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Tort Reform and Forced Sterilization in North Carolina

In 2011 the North Carolina legislature made major changes to the law governing medical malpractice claims. This tort reform, among other things, capped non-economic damages at $500,000. Such caps on damages do not restrict payments for financial losses, such as … Continue reading

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Prostate Cancer – A Fish Tale

Have you heard that fish oil supplements cause prostate cancer? The news items come from an article published online July 11, 2013 by Brasky et al. in the Journal of the the National Cancer Institute, ‚ÄúPlasma Phospholipid Fatty Acids and … Continue reading

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Medication Small Print

When I give a cortisone injection, I have to document it in our electronic medical records. I’ve always included the dose, how administered (intramuscular), and the lot number. This week my company added the requirement that we include the NDC … Continue reading

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A New Target for Food Companies

Food companies use sophisticated science and psychology to get people to buy their food. Using combinations of salt, sugar, and fat, among other things, they entice us and cause actual addiction. Although many people are rightfully concerned given the levels … Continue reading

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Mystery Photo

I’ve been slow to write because I recently returned from a vacation to France. Above is something I saw there. I’ll leave it to my readers to guess what this is, and where it came from.

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Health in China

The Chinese are less concerned about safety than American. We worry about health risks, perhaps obsessively at times, but from my perspective it’s less of a concern to them. As I wrote, I thoroughly enjoyed a recent trip to China, … Continue reading

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