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Fat Physicians Need Not Apply

Jun 07, 2012

Texas-based Citizens Medical Center recently made the decision to refuse employment to obese healthcare providers. An article posted on Medscape addresses the firestorm of responses by readers on ...

Are You Afraid to Be Wrong?

May 31, 2012

Richard Smith, a former editor of the British Medical Journal, wrote a thoughtful essay offering guidance for new medical students. (Full text here.) Although it was published in 2003, someone just br...

Wide Disparity in Hospital Charges for Appendicitis. Why?

May 23, 2012

If you wonder why hospitals are under fire for outrageous and often baffling accounting practices, look no further than a brief paper published last month in Archives of Internal Medicine. Hospital...

Malpractice Trends: Good & Bad News for Docs

May 21, 2012

Recent data on medical malpractice claims showed both good and bad news for physicians – but even the good news wasn’t too promising. According to a paper published this month in the Archives of I...

New Social Media Guidelines for Doctors

May 15, 2012

If a current or past patient friends you on Facebook, what should you do? If you come across a physician community online where docs are sharing experiences and treatments, should you jump into the di...

Health Reform Reverses Drop in Medical Access, Study Says

May 11, 2012

Most Americans have experienced a decade-long decline in access to medical care that may continue to spiral downward if President Obama’s healthcare law is repealed by Congress or overturned by the ...

Facebook Initiative Matches Patients with Organ Donors

May 07, 2012

Along with your birth date and school, Facebook members will now be able to announce their donor status on their Facebook page. Last week, Facebook launched an initiative that leverages its vast netw...

Top 5 Best & Worst Paid Docs in 2012

May 01, 2012

According to the Medscape Physician Compensation Report: 2012 Results,  physician income declined in general compared to last year's report, although the top-earning specialties remained the same as ...

New Migraine Guidelines Issued

Apr 30, 2012

New guidelines released this week by the American Academy of Neurology focus on the preventive treatment of migraine headache.  In a new study published in Neurology, the author panel addresses the m...

Physician's Weekly is Looking for Healthcare Bloggers

Apr 23, 2012

Do you have any thoughts or opinions you would like to share with your peers? Physician's Weekly is looking for healthcare bloggers. We would especially like to hear from healthcare professionals who ...

Mobile Devices Up Patient Data-Breach Risk

Apr 18, 2012

Data theft and compromise in healthcare are on the rise, and the mobile landscape is further complicating security. A new 2012 HIMSS Analytics Report: Security of Patient Data reassesses the state of ...

Young Docs Pessimistic About the Future

Apr 13, 2012

A new survey by The Physicians Foundation found that 57% of physicians age 40 and younger are pessimistic about the future of the U.S. healthcare system. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was cited as the...

First-Ever Guidelines for Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis

Apr 10, 2012

The first-ever recommendations for the diagnosis and management of acute bacterial rhinosinusitis (ABRS) infections were published by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Posted online at the e...

Criminal Background Checks on Docs Increasing

Apr 03, 2012

Driving under the influence, tax evasion, fraud, battery, and sexual assault—these charges and more have been uncovered by medical boards around the country that are performing criminal background c...

One in 54 Boys Has Autism

Apr 02, 2012

World Autism Awareness Day draws attention to an illness that now affects 1 in every 88 children in the United States. The figure was cited in a study on autism spectrum disorder recently released by ...

Can New Blood Test Predict Heart Attacks?

Mar 29, 2012

A new blood test may predict patients at risk of an imminent heart attack. Researchers have discovered mutated circulating endothelial cells (CECs) that are released into the bloodstream days before ...

Docs in Hot Water for Online Behavior

Mar 26, 2012

The majority of state medical boards across the country have received and acted on complaints about physicians' online behavior, according to a recent poll published in JAMA.  Investigators survey...

Revising the MCAT for 2015

Mar 20, 2012

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), a test that hasn’t been revised in over 20 years, will be getting an overhaul come 2015. Two new sections will be added that will place focus on critical t...

Increased Survival vs. Reduced Mortality: Know the Difference?

Mar 09, 2012

Many doctors don't. A new study published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found that cancer screening statistics are not well understood by most primary care physicians (PCPs) in this...

15% of Surgeons Abuse Alcohol

Feb 24, 2012

Alcohol abuse and dependence appears to be a significant problem among surgeons in the United States, according to a national survey published this month in Archives of Surgery. The online, anonymo...