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Education, care time unaffected by limited work shifts for trainees

March 20, 2018
Limited shifts and workweeks for internal medicine trainees and interns, compared with flexible models that allow first-year residents to work longer…

Music soothes burnout, increases empathy

March 19, 2018
Medical students who temporarily put down a medical instrument and picked up a musical one, say doing so helped alleviate their burnout symptoms and…
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Alzheimer’s patients at no greater risk for hip fracture with long-term PPI use

March 16, 2018
The use of proton pump inhibitors over a long period did not increase the risk for hip fracture in patients with Alzheimer’s disease, according…
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Bisphosphonate holiday may decrease fracture risk in women

March 14, 2018
Women on bisphosphonates for at least 3 years who took a drug holiday for at least 12 months do not appear to have an increased risk for any…
In the Journals

US health care spending double other countries, use rates similar

March 13, 2018
The United States spent almost twice as much as other high-income countries on health care, but the use of health care in the U.S. closely aligned…
FDA News

FDA: PDX Aromatics recalls kratom-containing powder products for risk of Salmonella

March 12, 2018
The FDA has announced that PDX Aromatics of Portland, Oregon, has begun a recall of products containing kratom powder, an unregulated herbal…

Deadline approaching for submitting data to CMS

March 12, 2018
Eligible clinicians have until March 31 to submit their 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System, or MIPS, data to CMS. Clinicians should decide now…
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No increased fracture risk identified with sarcopenia

March 9, 2018
Adults with pre-sarcopenia or sarcopenia are no more likely to sustain a fracture than adults with osteoporosis without sarcopenia, according to…

Cigna acquires Express Scripts, AMA expresses concern

March 8, 2018
Cigna Corporation and Express Scripts Holding Company announced a definitive agreement in which Cigna will acquire Express Scripts for approximately…
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Low vitamin D tied to zoledronic acid reaction in postmenopausal women

March 7, 2018
Postmenopausal women with osteoporosis and 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels less than 30 ng/mL were more likely to experience acute-phase reaction after…
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Medicare patients less likely to have minimally invasive surgery despite benefits

March 6, 2018
Elderly Medicare recipients were less likely to undergo minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery compared with the general population, even though…

ACP urges physicians to discuss firearm safety with patients

March 1, 2018
Physicians often encounter individuals who later commit firearm violence and many of these individuals have “well-recognized” risk…

Tips on picking, discussing apps with patients

February 28, 2018
By some estimates, there are between 50,000 and 200,000 apps intended to serve a medical need. These apps claim to manage symptoms of depression…
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Probenecid linked to decreased CVD risk in patients with gout

February 26, 2018
Patients with gout who were treated with probenecid had a modestly decreased risk for cardiovascular events including myocardial infarction, stroke…

34% of physicians have been sued: How to best minimize your risk

February 23, 2018
The AMA released three new trend reports demonstrating the high frequency and cost burden of medical liability claims. “Information in this…
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Medical cannabis significantly relieves chronic pain in elderly

February 22, 2018
In patients aged 65 years and older, medical cannabis therapy significantly reduced chronic pain and improved quality of life without serious adverse…

Former Aetna director’s admission on decision process could impact millions

February 21, 2018
Authorities in four states are investigating Aetna policy decisions after its former medical director, Jay Ken Iinuma, MD, admitted making decisions…
In the Journals

More than a third of physicians meet burnout criteria

February 21, 2018
Approximately one-third of physicians experience characteristics of burnout, such as emotional exhaustion and depersonalization, which often led to…
In the Journals

Short, light bouts of exercise lower mortality risk in older men

February 20, 2018
Bouts of light-intensity exercise lasting 10 minutes were sufficient to lower the risk for death in most older men, according to findings recently…
In the JournalsPerspective

Information on treatment of dementia may be lacking in primary care

February 15, 2018
Dementia is becoming an increasingly important health problem in the United States, but primary care providers may be lacking understanding of…