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AMA adopts new strategy for genetic tests, therapeutics

November 15, 2017
AMA recently voted to advance the development of a comprehensive strategy that allows more consistent coverage of genomic and genetic tests and…

Trump nominates former pharmaceutical executive for HHS secretary

November 13, 2017
President Donald J. Trump has nominated Alex Azar II, the head of pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly’s U.S.-based operations until this past…
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Service price biggest driver of health care spending

November 9, 2017
Annual health care spending increased from $1.2 trillion to $2.1 trillion between 1996 and 2013, fueled by a 50% rise in the price of health care…
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Recurrent concussion rates decline following youth traumatic brain injury laws

November 9, 2017
The rate of recurrent concussions significantly decreased among high-school athletes in the 2 years following the enactment of youth sports traumatic…

ACP: Physicians must promote patient safety

November 7, 2017
ACP recently published a new position paper asserting that improvements to patient safety are gravely needed in the outpatient setting while offering…
In the Journals

Severe head impacts more likely among skilled positions in youth football

November 3, 2017
Although all youth football players frequently sustain head impacts during both games and practices, players in skilled positions – including…

CMS finalizes policies it says will lower drug prices, reduce burdens

November 3, 2017
AAFP and ACP are among the medical groups claiming CMS’s recent decisions regarding the final rule for the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule and a…

The expanded access navigator: Helping patients who need potentially life-saving drug treatments

October 31, 2017
by Jonathan P. Jarow, MD You just diagnosed a patient with a serious condition for which there is no FDA-approved drug therapy.

AMA president-elect: Physicians must present ‘unified voice’ when advocating for patients, one another

October 30, 2017
Barbara L. McAneny, MD, will be the first oncologist to lead the AMA when she assumes the association’s presidency next year. AMA members…
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Trump declares opioid epidemic 'public health emergency'

October 26, 2017
Test.docx President Donald J. Trump on Thursday made the long-anticipated declaration that the opioid addiction crisis is a public…

Two senators reach bipartisan deal to save health insurance subsidies

October 17, 2017
Two senators have struck a bipartisan deal to temporarily preserve subsidies for health insurance companies set to be scrapped by President Donald

‘Right to Try’: Expanding access for terminally ill patients

October 16, 2017
As the Right to Try Act of 2017 moves from Senate approval to the House floor, the FDA continues to facilitate expanded access to investigational…

Trump's immigration demands leave DACA recipients, children at risk

October 13, 2017
In an effort to push extensive immigration reform, President Donald J. Trump issued a letter early this week to House of Representatives and Senate

CHIP has expired: What health care providers need to know

October 5, 2017
Congress has allowed the Children’s Health Insurance Program to expire effective Sept. 30, leaving physicians and the nearly 9 million
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World Rugby refutes proposed tackle, scrum ban for school rugby

October 3, 2017
Because of the high rates of injury associated with youth rugby, two experts from Newcastle University in England argue that tackle and other forms…

Graham-Cassidy vote stalls; medical groups urge bipartisan solution

September 27, 2017
With another attempt at repealing the Affordable Care Act on hold, leaders of the AAFP, American College of Physicians and other medical groups are…
In the Journals

Nearly 20% of teens report at least one concussion in their lives

September 26, 2017
Adolescents in grades 8, 10 and 12 who took part in competitive sports were more likely to receive a concussion diagnosis during their lifetime, with…

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…
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Girl soccer players 400% more likely to return to play after concussion

September 18, 2017
CHICAGO — Although concussion guidelines recommend not returning to play the same day an injury is sustained, girl soccer players were 414%…
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No benefit to intracranial pressure monitoring in children with TBI

September 12, 2017
The use of intracranial pressure monitoring to improve functional survival outcomes in children with severe traumatic brain injury does not increase