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Searching for the best physician in the world
By Clint Hubler
Often as I review physician CVs, I see accomplishments and rankings such as "top doctor in the U.S." or "best doctor in state." In conversations I also hear about prestigious awards and recognition. These types of things fall under the general category of "what people say about themselves." In my work as a physician representative, I'm always asking myself, "What makes a physician great?" I listen to what people say about themselves, but that's not my primary focus. I'm looking for something else. How do I find out if a physician is great?
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Millions trapped in health law coverage gap
The Wall Street Journal
Ernest Maiden was dumbfounded to learn that he falls through the cracks of the healthcare law because in a typical week he earns about $200 from the Happiness and Hair Beauty and Barber Salon. Like millions of other Americans caught in a mismatch of state and federal rules, the 57-year-old hair stylist doesn't make enough money to qualify for federal subsidies to buy health insurance.
Majority of physicians use mobile devices, but not mobile EHRs
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Among physicians, mobile devices have become as ubiquitous as lab coats and stethoscopes. Mobile connectivity is becoming increasingly important as physicians find new ways to incorporate the use of mobile devices into their daily lives. One area of medicine that mobile technology hasn't completely infiltrated, however, is electronic health record systems. A recent survey found 78 percent of physicians use smartphones in their professional lives and 51 percent use tablets. But only 8 percent access their EHRs with a smartphone and 17 percent access them with a tablet.
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Hill plan would reward Medicare doctors for quality
Kaiser Health News
After negotiating for months over how to overhaul Medicare's troubled payment system for physicians, the bipartisan leadership of three Senate and House committees has reached a deal on the policy. Their next task could be even harder — finding a way to finance repeal of the "doc fix," the shorthand for the 1997 formula used to set physician payments, the sustainable growth rate.
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FDA reconsiders heart safety of common pain pills
The Associated Press via The Boston Globe
Federal health experts are taking a second look at the heart safety of pain medications used by millions of Americans to treat arthritis and other everyday aches and pains. The Food and Drug Administration holds a two-day meeting to examine the latest research on anti-inflammatory medicines called NSAIDS, which serve as the backbone of U.S. pain treatment.
FDA investigates the safety of testosterone drugs for 'low T'
Drug companies market testosterone pills and creams to ease symptoms such as low libido, a decrease in life satisfaction, or "a recent deterioration in your ability to play sports." But emerging research is showing that testosterone treatments may create problems of their own, including an increased risk of heart attacks.
FDA approves pill-sized camera to let doctors see your insides
Mashable via San Jose Mercury News
A bite-sized camera has been approved for use by the FDA as an alternative for patients who are unable to have a complete colonoscopy.
The pill-shaped capsule has a camera on both ends. It navigates through your intestines over an eight-hour period, taking high-speed images that are sent to a device worn by a patient that are later examined by a doctor.
FDA approves 2 separate generic drug treatments for HIV-1 infection
The FDA granted tentative approval of a generic formulation of atazanavir sulfate capsules and approved a generic fixed-dose formulation of lamivudine and zidovudine tablets, both indicated for use combined with other antiviral agents for the treatment of HIV-1 infection, according to a news release.
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Scientists spot 7 new regions of DNA tied to Type 2 diabetes
The discovery of seven new regions of DNA linked to Type 2 diabetes could lead to new ways of thinking about diabetes and new treatments for the disease, researchers suggest. The findings were among the results of the largest study to date on the genetics of diabetes, which compiled genetic information on people from four different ethnic groups, the study authors said.
Ethics questions arise as genetic testing of embryos increases
The New York Times
Her first thought after she heard the news, after she screamed and made her mother and boyfriend leave the room, was that she would never have children. Amanda Baxley's doctor had just told her, over a speakerphone in her psychiatrist's office, that she had the gene for Gerstmann-Straussler-Scheinker disease, or GSS, which would inevitably lead to her slow and terrible death.
Engineering the human genome 1 letter at a time
Sometimes biology is cruel. Sometimes simply a one-letter change in the human genetic code is the difference between health and a deadly disease. But even though doctors and scientists have long studied disorders caused by these tiny changes, replicating them to study in human stem cells has proven challenging.
Ancient human secrets revealed by new DNA analysis
Two new studies in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences are shaking up commonly held views about where we come from, while also pointing us down the path to future medical research. The first, by scientists in the U.S. and Germany, charts a new model for the early spread of western Eurasian people into southern Africa. This means that genetic mixing occurred long before the period of European colonialism.
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Report: Most US girls remain unvaccinated against HPV
The President's Cancer Panel issued a call to increase the HPV vaccination rate in the United States and worldwide by promoting awareness, acceptance and availability of the vaccine. The panel's report included data from the CDC, which indicated only one-third of girls and less than 7 percent of boys in the United States aged 13 to 17 years had received the three recommended doses of the HPV vaccine in 2012.
Technology creating world of sickly couch potatoes?
HealthDay News via WebMD
The increasing number of people in developing nations who own televisions, computers and cars might explain rising rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in those countries, a new study suggests. The researchers analyzed data from more than 150,000 adults in nearly 110,000 households in 17 countries where people had high, medium and low incomes.
Among kids, soda is out, energy and coffee drinks are all the buzz
Kids are drinking less soda, but more coffee and energy drinks, according to a recent study. In research published in the journal Pediatrics, researchers looked at trends in caffeine intake among people ages 2 to 22 between 1999 to 2010. They found that in 1999, 62 percent of kids and young adults got most of their caffeine from soda. But in 2010, that number dropped significantly to 38 percent.
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Quit smoking to prevent breast cancer?
Smoking has been tied to an elevated risk of a common type of breast cancer among young women, providing a sober reminder that diseases caused by cigarettes go beyond respiratory and pulmonary problems. The study, which is published in the journal Cancer, finds that younger women with a pack-a-day smoking history have a significantly higher incidence of so-called estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, a common tumor characterized by its sensitivity to hormone-blocking therapy.
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Latest advancements in brain cancer R&D
By Rosemary Sparacio
Promising research and development is being accomplished all throughout the oncology field. This includes advances in brain cancer research, which can be seen in areas as diverse as boosting the immune system to innovative surgery. Patients with one of the most aggressive brain cancers — glioblastoma — typically have a survival rate beyond five years of less than 5 percent. But several recent studies have shown advancements in the treatment of this deadly cancer.
FDA OKs 1st 2-drug treatment for melanoma
The Motley Fool
With its new melanoma treatment deemed ready for market, GlaxoSmithKline made advancements into a promising area of cancer research. It involves the use of a combination of agents that target different areas affecting the growth of cancer cells.
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Risk of depression may rise with too much or too little sleep
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Too much or too little sleep can increase the risk of depression, according to two new studies. Inappropriate amounts of sleep may activate depression-related genes, researchers report in the Feb. 1 issue of the journal Sleep. One study included more than 1,700 adult twins. Among those who got normal amounts of sleep, the genetic influence on symptoms of depression was 27 percent versus 53 percent for those who slept only five hours a night, and 49 percent among those who slept 10 hours a night.
More attention to preventing opioid-overdose deaths with Naloxone
David Kroll writes: Having spent most of my career investigating drugs from nature to treat cancer, I've unavoidably been drawn into teaching and discussing drugs that are misused for recreational purposes. The reason is natural, as it were. So many of our "drugs of abuse" — or drugs of proper use that can be misused — are derived from nature: cocaine from the coca plant, morphine and codeine from the opium poppy, mescaline from the peyote cactus.
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