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Live Meetings Sway MDs to Screen for HSDD

Jun 28, 2011

After a series of live continuing medical education (CME) activities on female hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD), primary care clinicians who previously did not screen for the disorder indicate...

Coffee-Cardiovascular Disease Link Discounted in Women

Jun 25, 2011

For years, physicians have recommended that patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) avoid certain foods and beverages, especially those that are high in cholesterol, salt, fat, and caffeine. But th...

Payment as Motivation for Reaching Health Goals Seen as Unfair

Jun 22, 2011

Citizens of the United States and United Kingdom do not appear to approve of the idea of payment as motivation for changing health behaviors, according to study results published in the June 13, 2011 ...

Massachusetts Healthcare Reform Law Gains Support

Jun 18, 2011

The Massachusetts health reform law—the principal piece of which is the requirement for all state residents to have health insurance—has acted as a guinea pig for the rest of country, but a new re...

Physicians' Salaries a Drop in the Healthcare Bucket

Jun 16, 2011

Based on a compilation of data from the AMA, CMS, and Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), Jackson Healthcare—a healthcare staffing and technology company—has found that physician compensa...

Malpractice Payments at All-Time Low?

Jun 09, 2011

A report from Public Citizen, a self-touted advocacy group, finds that both the frequency and value of medical malpractice payment appeared to drop for the seventh straight year in 2010. The report no...

Migrants' Health Needs at Odds with National Policies

Jun 08, 2011

According to the first article in a six-part series from PLoS Medicine, attention to migrants’ health remains limited. Even in places where migration health policies exist, “they operate primarily...

Nation "Drowning" in Swimmer's Ear Costs

Jun 06, 2011

According to the CDC’s May 20, 2011 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, nonhospitalized acute otitis externa (AOE) visits cost the United States healthcare system as much as $500 million each yea...

Surgeons Don’t Need Sleep, Do They?

Jun 02, 2011

A 6-year prospective study from a team of Canadian researchers has found no evidence that the length of sleep for consultant surgeons during the night before performing a surgery has an effect on post...

Statin Adherence a Major Issue in Most At-Risk Patients

May 26, 2011

First, the good news: Patients with high adherence to statin therapy can increase their expected quality-adjusted life years (QALYs) by as many as 1.5 compared with patients with low adherence, and by...

Fears About Discussing Patients’ Suicidal Thoughts Unfounded, Study Says

May 25, 2011

Despite some physicians' reluctance to discuss suicide with depressed patients for fear it could foster feelings of completing or thinking about the act, a study published in the May issue of the Brit...

Obesity “Master” Regulator Gene Found?

May 20, 2011

Researchers from London claim to have identified a master regulator gene that causes obesity, is linked to diabetes and cholesterol, and controls the behavior of distant genes existing inside fat cell...

Suicidal Thoughts Plague 1 in 16 U.S. Surgeons

May 17, 2011

One in 16 surgeons had suicidal thoughts in the past year, according to a survey of nearly 8,000 U.S. surgeons published in a recent issue of Archives of Surgery. The prevalence among surgeons was sim...

Doctors Unwilling to Pay for Unbiased CME

May 12, 2011

Although most doctors feel that funding from the healthcare industry may bias continuing medical education (CME), a report published this week found that they don't appear to be willing to pay for imp...

An Upside to Depression?

May 10, 2011

A new study has found that depressed individuals appear to perform better in sequential decision tasks, part of our problem-solving cognitive functioning abilities, than non-depressed individuals. ...

Top 10 Prescribed Drugs in the U.S.

May 05, 2011

Our medicine cabinets provide an interesting peek at our country’s health, and it appears that we as a country are an aching, aging, obese community. Ten of the most prescribed drugs in 2010 were re...

Autism Checklist at 12-Months May Facilitate Treatment

Apr 28, 2011

A simple 24-item checklist may help physicians identify children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) as early as 1-year old, triggering earlier and potentially more effective treatment. The checklis...

Physician Turnover Rates Increase As Economy & Housing Market Improve

Apr 27, 2011

Physician turnover rates appear to track with conditions in the economy and housing markets, according to the 6th annual Physician Retention Survey from the American Medical Group Association and Cejk...

Tonight's Cocktails Shake Up Tomorrow's Surgical Skills

Apr 25, 2011

No matter how experienced the surgeon, a study found that after a night of drinking, surgeons’ skills were subpar well into the following day. In the April issue of Archives of Surgery, a small stud...

Key Points From New Alzheimer’s Guidelines

Apr 21, 2011

For the first time in nearly 30 years, the diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) have been updated in the April 19 online issue of Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheim...

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