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Docs Rate 18% of Patients as “Difficult”

Feb 03, 2011

Almost 18% of patients are considered difficult by physicians, according to a new study — which also found that this group is more likely to experience worse short-term outcomes than other patients....

Hospital-Based Physicians Could See 2.3% Pay Hike in 2011

Jan 18, 2011

Hospital-based physicians are predicted to receive a 2.3% increase in base salary in 2011, according to a new healthcare salary survey by the Hay Group management consulting firm. This increase is jus...

Infamous Study Linking Autism to Vaccines Called a “Fraud”

Jan 06, 2011

The study that triggered worldwide controversy over childhood vaccinations linked to autism was found to be based on widely discredited research, according to a new report published in the Britis...

Could New Blood Test Detect Cancer?

Jan 04, 2011

A blood test that could revolutionize the way doctors detect and treat cancer is one step closer to becoming available. Johnson & Johnson has teamed up with Massachusetts General Hospital to de...

Electronic Health Records Present Potential Malpractice Threat

Dec 15, 2010

One of the highly touted benefits of electronic health records (EHRs) is reducing malpractice incidents and medical errors by providing improved documentation, an automatic safeguard against medicatio...

Medicare Payment Cut to MDs Delayed — For Now

Nov 29, 2010

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to delay a 23% Medicare payment cut to physicians that was scheduled for Wednesday, December 1, according to the Associated Press. The one-month delay will prov...

Eat Your Sweet Potatoes This Thanksgiving and Live Longer!

Nov 24, 2010

A large study just released by the CDC found that consumption of high levels of alpha carotene appears to reduce the risk of dying of all causes by up to 39%. The 14-year study assessed the direct ...

Light Technology Zaps Hospital Superbugs

Nov 18, 2010

A lighting system appears to be able to kill hospital superbugs—including MRSA and C. Difficile—by decontaminating the air and exposed surfaces in a narrow spectrum of visible-light wavelengths, k...

Diabetics Shown to Benefit from Lifestyle Intervention

Nov 04, 2010

Lifestyle interventions have thus far more than doubled the percentage of diabetic participants achieving optimal care goals in The Look AHEAD (Action for Health and Diabetes) study, an ongoing Nation...

Diabetes Predicted to Strike 30% of Americans by 2050

Nov 03, 2010

As many as 1 in 3 Americans could have diabetes in 40 years if current trends continue, according to a new analysis from the CDC. The incidence of diabetes is expected to rise from 8 newly diagnosed c...

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Oct 22, 2010

Physician's Weekly is giving away two iPads to qualified Medical Professionals. You could be a lucky winner! Click on the image at right to enter.  The giveaway runs through March 7, 2011; one entry ...

House Passes 9/11 Healthcare Bill

Sep 29, 2010

In a 268 to 160 vote, the House of Representatives approved a $7 billion health bill for first responders and residents of New York City who fell ill due to breathing toxic fumes, dust, and smoke at g...

Joint Pain Unresolved with Glucosamine and Chondroitin

Sep 24, 2010

Over the past 10 years, general practitioners and rheumatologists have commonly prescribed glucosamine and chondroitin supplements to relieve joint pain in patients. Many patients buy the supplements ...

Doctors Rationalize Accepting Industry Gifts

Sep 17, 2010

Have you ever accepted a free pen, dinner, or trip from a pharmaceutical company in “reward” for prescribing their drugs? Despite expanding institutional conflict-of-interest policies and s...

New Superbug Surfaces in Three States

Sep 15, 2010

An alarming new adaptable gene that can turn several common germs and types of bacteria into superbugs, resistant to almost all antibiotics, has infected people in the United States — California, Ma...

Salmonella Outbreak Persists

Sep 03, 2010

The current salmonella scare is the largest outbreak of this strain since the CDC  started surveillance of outbreaks in the 1970s. And according to the CDC, for every case of salmonella reported, the...

Experimental Paint Kills MRSA Bacteria

Aug 24, 2010

Researchers at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have created nanoscale coating for surgical equipment, hospital walls, and other surfaces that safely and effectively kills methicillin resistant Staphy...

Risk of Dying from Coronary Heart Disease Drops 50%

Aug 13, 2010

When it comes to the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), Americans seem to be heading in the right direction.  An article to be published in the September issue of the American Journal of Preventiv...

"Microneedle" Flu Vaccine May Replace Conventional Injections

Aug 12, 2010

A new dissolving microneedle patch may help improve vaccination efforts against influenza compared with traditional needles. This method of vaccination may also allow people without medical traini...

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