Daily Rounds: Needless Back MRIs; Campaign Against Co-Sleeping; College Concussion Suit; Affairs Hurt Hearts

Doctor's financial ties may lead to needless MRIs (USA Today) - "CHICAGO – There may be good reason to ask about financial ties if your doctor orders an expensive imaging test for your aching back: Patients whose physicians own the equipment are more likely to get scans they might not need than those whose doctors have no financial interest, a small study suggests." (USA Today)

Does Milwaukee's campaign against sleeping with babies go to far? (NPR) - "The deaths come on the heels of an aggressive and controversial ad campaign designed to get parents to place their babies in cribs to sleep. Ads on bus shelters in the city show startling images of babies sleeping face down in adult beds next to what's best described as a meat cleaver." (NPR)

College athletes move concussion into the courtroom (The New York Times) - "The legal action comes after a five-year flurry of awareness of brain injuries in contact sports and follows lawsuits filed this year by dozens of former N.F.L. players who claim the league was negligent in its handling of brain trauma. The issue has moved from science labs to Congress and now to courtrooms, where the financial exposure of the sport’s governing bodies may be tested." (

An extramarital affair is bad for the heart — literally (LA Times) - "The stereotype of a man dropping dead while in the throes of passion is not without basis, the researchers wrote. Cases of “sudden coital death,” as they described it, are not hard to find in the medical literature, and they “usually” involve “extramarital partners.”  (LA Times)

This program aired on November 30, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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