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…
In the Journals

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…
In the Journals

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…

Purdue Pharma ceases promotion of OxyContin to doctors

February 13, 2018
Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, will stop promoting the drug to doctors,

Health care largely ‘wins’ in latest budget deal, analysts, medical societies say

February 12, 2018
Health care policy analysts and medical societies are applauding the budget agreement signed last week by President Donald Trump, citing financial…

Andy Slavitt unveils ‘United States of Care’ to promote accessible, affordable care

February 7, 2018
Former CMS administrator Andy Slavitt has launched a new bipartisan nonprofit organization called the United States of Care to ensure access to…
In the Journals

Medical scribes do not hinder physician workflow, patient satisfaction

February 5, 2018
Findings published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology revealed that physicians and their patients exhibited positive views of their experiences…
In the Journals

Flu exposure may reduce vaccine effectiveness for some

February 3, 2018
An age cohort’s first influenza A(H1N1) exposure may have greatly dulled the effectiveness of a recent vaccine, according to researchers. …

Fitzgerald resigns as CDC director over ‘complex’ financial conflicts

January 31, 2018
Brenda Fitzgerald, MD, resigned as CDC director after just 7 months over financial conflicts of interest that HHS said were “limiting her…

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase to form new health care company for employees

January 30, 2018
Amazon, along with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase, will form an independent health care company for their employees in the United States, the…
In the JournalsPerspective

Postmenopausal physical functional decline worse among women with RA

January 30, 2018
Women with rheumatoid arthritis experienced a greater decline in physical function following menopause, which also correlated with the worsening…
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What qualifies as a stock market ‘plunge’?

January 29, 2018
I recently heard a financial reporter refer to a 100-point drop in the Dow Jones Industrial Average as “a 100-point plunge,” which made…
In the Journals

More doctors, patients working together to make medical decisions

January 29, 2018
Doctors and patients are more frequently engaged in the shared decision-making process now than they were in the past, according to findings recently…

Nearly half of physicians experience burnout

January 25, 2018
In the United States, 42% of physicians report burnout and many also report depression, according to Medscape’s 2018 National Physician Burnout…
In the Journals

Inactivity leaves greater negative impact on older people

January 25, 2018
Older people experienced a greater and more severe decrease in muscle power of their lower limbs vs. younger people when they were inactive for…