Fall prevention: What you need to know

September 22, 2017
Today marks Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Organized by the National Council on Aging, observance of the day on the first day of fall has grown…

Graham-Cassidy proposal: What you need to know

September 21, 2017
The latest Republican legislation attempting to “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act drafted by Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.)…

Major physician groups urge Senate to stabilize health insurance markets

September 21, 2017
A coalition of major physician groups submitted a testimony to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee emphasizing the importance…

More Democrats than Republicans OK with how media covers science

September 20, 2017
More Democrats than Republicans think the news media does a good job of covering science, according to the results of a new study. The Pew Research…

AMA urges Senate to reject Graham-Cassidy proposal

September 20, 2017
The AMA recently sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Minority Leader Charles Schumer strongly opposing the Graham-Cassidy…
Pharmacology Consult

Flu vaccine: The other ‘pneumonia shot’

Infectious Disease News, September 2017
Jeff Brock, PharmD, MBA, BCPS, AQ-ID
Being an infectious disease pharmacist and having children has its advantages. Children contract many different infectious syndromes, which allows me…

Q&A: Treating older adults with HIV

September 18, 2017
One of the most vulnerable populations that is often overlooked when it comes to treating and preventing HIV is older adults. Prior research has…

ACP: Graham-Cassidy proposal would cause ‘unacceptable’ spike in uninsured patients

September 14, 2017
The American College of Physicians recently sent two separate letters, one to Senators Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Bill Cassidy, MD, (R-La.) and the…

ACP offers recommendations to CMS’s 2018 Physician Fee Schedule proposal

September 12, 2017
In a letter to CMS, the American College of Physicians offered several recommendations on its proposed rule for the 2018 Medicare Physician Fee…

Physical activity reduced immobility, disability risks in older adults

September 11, 2017
Forty-eight minutes of moderate exercise per week was associated with improvements in physical function and a decrease in the risk for immobility in…
In the Journals Plus

Physicians: 20% of medical care unneeded, malpractice fears common

September 6, 2017
Physicians taking part in a recent survey said 20.6% of overall medical care and about 22% of prescription medications given in the United States are…

Things to know right now about MACRA

September 6, 2017
More than 2 years since then-President Barack Obama signed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act — or MACRA — into law, many…

Hurricane Harvey offers reminder of disasters’ long-term impact on health care

September 4, 2017
In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana, HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, declared a public health emergency in…

Maryland undergrads win NIH award for early Alzheimer’s diagnosis tool

August 31, 2017
A team of undergraduate students at the University of Maryland won the top prize in the NIH Design by Biomedical Undergraduate Teams challenge for…
In the Journals

Risk for Alzheimer’s does not differ between sexes

August 28, 2017
Men and women with apolipoprotein E 3/4 had similar risk for Alzheimer’s disease from ages 55 to 85 years, whereas women had increased risk at…
In the Journals

Sedentary behavior increases mortality risk for frail, inactive adults

August 25, 2017
The risk of death was heightened by sedentary time for frail adults who were inactive, according to findings published in the Canadian Medical

AMA, ACP urge CMS to revise proposed MACRA rule

August 24, 2017
In separate letters to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, the AMA and ACP submitted comments and recommendations to simplify and improve the…
In the Journals

Poor REM sleep may increase risk for dementia

August 23, 2017
Less time spent in rapid eye movement sleep was associated with increased risk for incident dementia, according to recent findings. “Different…
In the Journals

Lithium in drinking water linked to lower dementia rates

August 23, 2017
Long-term exposure to microlevels of lithium in drinking water may reduce dementia incidence, according to recent findings. “Animal studies…

Healio exclusive: AMA president discusses burnout, opioid epidemic, health care reform

August 22, 2017
Earlier this year, AMA swore in family physician David O. Barbe, MD, as its 172nd president. Previously, he had served in various capacities on…