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Smartphones: Clinical Communication Pal or Pest?

Sep 03, 2011

A recent analysis in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that the use of smartphones for clinical communication increased efficiency among physicians, nurses, and allied health professiona...

Bacteria Contaminates 60% of Hospital Uniforms

Sep 01, 2011

More than 60% of uniforms worn by hospital nurses and doctors tested positive for potentially dangerous bacteria according to a study published this month in the American Journal of Infection Control....

Drug Profits to Plunge as Top Patents Expire: Mixed Blessing?

Aug 30, 2011

Over the next 14 months, patents for seven of the world’s top-selling brand-name drugs are set to expire – including heavy hitters like Lipitor and Plavix. Revenues the pharma companies earn from ...

11 Best and Worst Paying Jobs for Doctors

Aug 30, 2011

Salary figures recently released by Forbes may discourage medical students who are in debt up to their eyeballs from becoming pediatricians or family practitioners, who typically earn around $180,000 ...

Most Physicians Eventually Sued for Malpractice

Aug 23, 2011

While the risk of being sued for malpractice can range from 2.6% for psychiatrists to almost 20% for neurosurgeons, most physicians can expect to face at least one lawsuit by age 65, according to a re...

Top 10 Drug Markups in the Gray Market

Aug 23, 2011

On average, drugs in short supply are being marked up by 650% on the gray market, according to an analysis released last week by the Premier Healthcare Alliance. Drugs in short supply have led to a cr...

In the LDL World, Size Matters

Aug 11, 2011

At MSN Health, Prevention author Arthur Agatston, MD, is trying to shed some light on what he says is “a paradox that has long puzzled doctors.” Research has shown that roughly half of all people ...

Hospitalist-Provided Care May Inflate Medicare Bills by $1.1 Billion

Aug 09, 2011

The hospitalist specialty is one of the fastest growing specialties in the country, largely because of the perceived association with hospital length of stay and costs. However, until recently, no nat...

Most Americans Using Alternative Therapies: Consumer Reports

Aug 05, 2011

A Consumer Reports survey found that while most Americans would choose prescription drugs to treat 12 common conditions, roughly 75% partake in alternative therapies, such as yoga and acupuncture. ...

Physician Referrals for Genetic Counseling/Testing Contradict Guidelines

Aug 03, 2011

A survey of 1,878 U.S. family physicians, general internists, and obstetricians/gynecologists suggests that these providers would refer many women at average risk of ovarian cancer for genetic counsel...

CDC Taps Pri-Med to Educate Physicians on HIV Screening

Aug 02, 2011

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has chosen Pri-Med, parent company to Physician’s Weekly, to educate and inform thousands of primary care physicians on strategies to employ rout...

Precursors of Sudden Cardiac Death Elusive in Athletes

Jul 28, 2011

According to the findings of a study led by researchers from Stanford University, cardiologists appear to make mistakes frequently when interpreting the results of young athletes’ pre-participation ...

Overweight Teens Often Missed by Preventive Care

Jul 26, 2011

Despite the well-documented rise in pediatric obesity, University of California, San Francisco researchers report in Pediatrics that overweight teenagers do not appear to be receiving the preventive c...

Diagnosis & Treatment Often Delayed in Hypertension Patients

Jul 22, 2011

Results of a national study indicate that 20% of all patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) suffer with the disease for more than 2 years before obtaining an accurate diagnosis and proper...

Hospitals Report Pervasive Drug Shortages

Jul 20, 2011

More than 99% of hospitals polled in June 2011 by the American Hospital Association (AHA) reported that they had experienced a drug shortage within the previous 6 months, and nearly 45% indicated they...

5 Strategies for Changing Anesthesia Providers

Jul 16, 2011

For hospitals grappling with the question of whether it’s time to find a new anesthesia provider, a white paper published July 12 by Somnia Anesthesia highlights the “best practices” for those l...

Why Are Parkinson’s Patients Still Getting Antipsychotics?

Jul 13, 2011

In 2005, the FDA ordered that pharmaceutical companies include “black box” warnings on antipsychotic drug packages regarding the risks posed by the drug class to patients with Parkinson’s diseas...

Rejection of Medicare & Private Coverage "Overstated"

Jul 09, 2011

Several recent news articles from the media have discussed a drop in the number of physicians who accept patients with Medicare. However, recent trends in acceptance of various insurance types have no...

New Affordable Healthcare Act Rule Targets Red Tape

Jul 07, 2011

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released for comment the first in a series of proposed new operating rules aimed at standardizing and improving electronic healthcare transactions...

Supreme Court OKs Prescription Data Mining

Jun 30, 2011

In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that individual states cannot ban drug manufacturers and data-mining companies from using information on the prescriptions most written by individual physici...

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