Risk factors for painkiller addiction; Docs challenge noncompete in court;

> A new study by Geisinger's Center for Health Research has revealed that pain patients with four common risk factors have a significantly higher risk of addiction. The study also suggests that the same risk factors, often noted in a patient's medical record, may influence drug addiction in patients without a history of chronic pain. Article

> Five physicians who recently resigned from Sadler Clinic in Texas filed suit against the healthcare system last week, challenging the noncompete clause in their employment contracts. The doctors' attorney, Chris Hanslik, said their departure was based on management changes within the clinic. Article

> In an opinion piece for the Washington Post, infectious disease specialist Manoj Jain admits that after being informed a physician intended to sue for malpractice, "the fear of a lawsuit trumped all other thinking." Article

> Impatience--on the part of providers as well as patients--could help explain the rising U.S. cesarean section rate, given that a high percentage of such deliveries probably are performed before women are in active labor, according to new National Institutes of Health-sponsored study. Article

> George Washington University emergency physician Dr. Neal Sikka has been using camera phones to help diagnose minor wounds for friends and family pretty much since he became a physician in 1999. Now, Sikka is in the midst of what he calls the largest mobile health study of acute wound care to date. FierceMobileHealthcare

And Finally... Real-life Frankenstein goes on rampage in Ohio. Article