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September 2018

Hydrogen sulfide: Yes, it's nasty

This HND piece delves into that familiar "rotten egg smell" compound—hydrogen sulfide (H2S). We cover its toxic properties and regulatory status. It turns out that it's second only to carbon monoxide as the leading cause of fatal gas inhalation exposures in the workplace.

One of the reasons why this stuff is so deadly is that it inflicts olfactory paralysis upon those exposed (at a high enough concentration). Thus, you can smell hydrogen sulfide at low levels, where it is not so harmful. Once you get above a certain point, you cannot smell it at all. Then, it can kill you within seconds. Bad as it is, though, researchers are now talking seriously about therapeutic benefits of hydrogen sulfide.

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The future of private medical practice

This HND piece examines the big decline in medical private practice. In 1972, it was 72 percent. 2016's figure was 33 percent. But, for all the talk of "economies of scale," you may have noticed that your costs have only increased. We cite several sources, and most of the related trends are just as depressing.

The good news is that there are ways to fix this, and even the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is now trying to undo some of the damage it caused to small and solo practices.

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