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The Opioid Crisis Changed How Doctors Think About Pain

The Opioid Crisis Changed How Doctors Think About Pain (0)

This town on the eastern border of Kentucky has 3,150 residents, one hotel, one gas station, one fire station — and about 50 opiate overdoses each month, Vox writes.  On

What To Ask When Your Doctor Leaves Private Practice For A Hospital-Owned Group

What To Ask When Your Doctor Leaves Private Practice For A Hospital-Owned Group (0)

Consumer Reports’ medical director, Orly Avitzur, found that her gastroenterologist of seven years recently had begun working at a new practice, one owned by a large medical center. When Avitzur

Sleep Apnea Killed Carrie Fisher. Could It Kill You Too?

Sleep Apnea Killed Carrie Fisher. Could It Kill You Too? (0)

Carrie Fisher didn’t die from just one cause, but sleep apnea was a major contributor, the coroner’s office stated this week. Other contributing factors included atherosclerosis, a build-up of plaque —

Doctors Fight GOP Senate’s Medicaid Proposal

Doctors Fight GOP Senate’s Medicaid Proposal (1)

The nation’s physicians are mobilizing once again to battle attempts to end health insurance coverage millions of Americans have gained over the last four years under the Affordable Care Act,

The Health Care Industry Doesn’t Love Obamacare Enough To Save It

The Health Care Industry Doesn’t Love Obamacare Enough To Save It (0)

The health care industry killed Hillarycare in the 1990s and cut deals to shape Obamacare more to its liking in 2009. But now, as Republicans push a sweeping and widely

Medical Device Makers Are Delighted At New FDA Plan

Medical Device Makers Are Delighted At New FDA Plan (0)

Medicine is going digital and regulators are under pressure to keep pace, CNBC writes. The U.S. FDA  announced a few months ago that it will create a new unit dedicated to

Can Doctors Keep Track Of What Matters To You?

Can Doctors Keep Track Of What Matters To You? (0)

Kathy Anderson, 72, of Takoma Park, Md., is a fan of electronic health records. “I really like having the computer in the [exam] room, Forbes writes. The doctor can look

Trump’s Obamacare Crisis

Trump’s Obamacare Crisis (0)

Like too much else in Washington, the slow-motion collapse of Obamacare was an eminently avoidable crisis. The question, now that it is happening, is whether President Trump and Congress want

The Senate Is Finalizing a Health Care Bill But You’re Not Allowed to See It

The Senate Is Finalizing a Health Care Bill But You’re Not Allowed to See It (2)

Republican Senate leaders may strike an initial deal on health care legislation to dismantle Obamacare in the coming days. But don’t expect to see what the bill would actually contain,

Federal Task Force: Here’s How To Fix Healthcare Cybersecurity

Federal Task Force: Here’s How To Fix Healthcare Cybersecurity (0)

A federal task force released its long-awaited cybersecurity recommendations report, The Hill writes.  The far-reaching report from the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity Task Force was mandated by the Cybersecurity Act

Pfizer Defeats Appeals Over Zoloft Birth Defects

Pfizer Defeats Appeals Over Zoloft Birth Defects (0)

Pfizer defeated an effort to revive more than 300 lawsuits alleging that its antidepressant Zoloft causes cardiac birth defects in children when taken by women during early pregnancy, Fortune writes. A

Why Healthcare Policy Matters

Why Healthcare Policy Matters (0)

I read two long documents this week. Both were well worth the investment of time, Fortune writes. The first was the current cover story of Bloomberg Businessweek. And this story, entitled

New York Doctor Arrested For ‘Unneeded Drug Prescriptions’

New York Doctor Arrested For ‘Unneeded Drug Prescriptions’ (0)

A New York physician was busted for prescribing more than 14,000 unnecessary prescriptions for oxycodone and other pain killers during a five-year period, police say, Daily Mail writes. Dr. Martin

‘Sewing Machine’ Surgery Helps Weight Loss Without Cutting

‘Sewing Machine’ Surgery Helps Weight Loss Without Cutting (0)

A promising new weight-loss procedure may be a safe and effective way to help people who want to lose 40 pounds or more, but want to avoid drastic obesity surgery,

Does telling patients of possible side effects make them more likely?

Does telling patients of possible side effects make them more likely? (0)

Patients who are told their medication can have certain side effects may report these symptoms more often than patients who aren’t aware their treatment carries these risks, a study of

“Doctor Who” slams Donald Trump

“Doctor Who” slams Donald Trump (0)

The 2016 U.S. presidential election had the same results in the “Doctor Who” universe, apparently, with Donald Trump sitting in the oval office both on TV and in reality, CBS

U.S. Falls Behind In Advancing Healthcare With A.I.

U.S. Falls Behind In Advancing Healthcare With A.I. (0)

The U.S. leads the world in artificial intelligence, but lags behind other countries in applying technical innovations to the field of healthcare. Globally, machine learning is used to increase efficiency, lower

Why Doctors Should Have More Of A Say In The U.S. Healthcare Industry

Why Doctors Should Have More Of A Say In The U.S. Healthcare Industry (0)

The U.S. healthcare industry is in search of a way to deliver high-quality care at a lower cost, Forbes writes. Unfortunately, the pace of change in the industry has slowed

New map tracks germs’ travels around hospitals

New map tracks germs’ travels around hospitals (0)

In the first study of its kind, researchers have conducted a yearlong survey of the bacteria in a newly constructed hospital, starting two months before the facility opened and continuing

Whoa, Tiger! Early Thoughts About Tiger Woods’ DUI

Whoa, Tiger! Early Thoughts About Tiger Woods’ DUI (0)

While details are still forthcoming, Tiger Woods has been arrested on the charge of DUI, Forbes writes. It’s hard to think of another public health problem that has gotten so