Sunday, April 22, 2018

Friday, April 20, 2018

"In one of the Alzheimer’s cases, a physician drugged the patient’s coffee without her knowledge and then had the woman physically restrained while delivering the fatal injection."

From the Washington Post: 

"In a rare series of moves, Dutch authorities are investigating whether doctors may have committed crimes in five euthanasia cases, including the deaths of two women with advanced Alzheimer’s disease."

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

“They’re going to squeeze him like a grape. I think in the end he’ll pop unless Trump pardons him.”

From Politico:

"President Donald Trump and his outside advisers are increasingly worried that his longtime personal attorney might be susceptible to cooperating with federal prosecutors."

Sunday, April 15, 2018

"Christian Holmes recruited several of his fraternity brothers from Duke to join Theranos, forming a clique with an outsized status in the corporate hierarchy that other employees called 'the Frat Pack.''”

That's my favorite part of a Stat article about  Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup, about the "once fabulously rich blood-testing company" Theranos.

Think you've heard about every possible medical scam? Think again.

From the New York Times:

Jerri Plummer was at home in Arkansas, watching television with her three children, when a stranger called to warn that her life was in danger.

The caller identified herself only as Yolanda. She told Ms. Plummer that the vaginal mesh implant supporting her bladder was defective and needed to be removed. If Ms. Plummer didn’t act quickly, the caller urged, she might die.

Ms. Plummer, 49, didn’t ask many questions. Her implant was causing her discomfort, and she was impressed by how much Yolanda knew about her medical history. She was scared. “It was like I had a ticking time bomb inside of me,” she said. Yolanda assured Ms. Plummer that all her expenses would be covered and that she would be set up with a lawyer to help her sue the mesh manufacturer, Boston Scientific.

Days later, court records show, Ms. Plummer was lying on an operating table in a medical office in a shopping mall in Orlando, Fla.

Just like that, she had stumbled into a growing industry that makes money by coaxing women into having surgery — sometimes unnecessarily — so that they are more lucrative plaintiffs in lawsuits against medical device manufacturers.

There is even a Minneapolis connection.

A Wall Street billionaire made a donation to the public high school he attended in the 1960s

A few strings were attached to the gift, according to the New York Times.

For starters, the public school should be renamed in his honor. A portrait of him should be displayed prominently in the building. Spaces at the school should be named for his twin brothers. He should have the right to review the project’s contractors and to sign off on a new school logo.

Of course, the school officials said yes. 

That's when the trouble began.