Medicine

Utilizing "Sham Surgery" for the Placebo Effect

Utilizing "Sham Surgery" for the Placebo Effect

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Sham surgeries result in positive outcomes for the patient more often than expected.

30-Day Mortality Lower Among Patients Treated by Female Surgeons

30-Day Mortality Lower Among Patients Treated by Female Surgeons

Patients treated by female surgeons were less likely to die within 30 days than patients treated by male surgeons.

AAFP and ABFM Release New System to Streamline CME Credit Approval Process

AAFP and ABFM Release New System to Streamline CME Credit Approval Process

The American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Board of Family Medicine have launched a single credit system to streamline CME credit approvals.

Direct Flat-Fee Primary Care May Address Needs of Uninsured

Direct Flat-Fee Primary Care May Address Needs of Uninsured

Patients are charged a monthly fee for basic, office-based medical care as well as telephone and after-hours physician access.

Effects of Medicare Opioid Formulary Coverage Restrictions for 2006 to 2015

Effects of Medicare Opioid Formulary Coverage Restrictions for 2006 to 2015

Medicare Part D formularies increasingly used quantity limits and prior authorization to restrict daily allowable prescribed dosing of opioids.

Tobacco Smoke Legislation Linked to Pediatric Public Health Benefits

Tobacco Smoke Legislation Linked to Pediatric Public Health Benefits

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Public health policies related to tobacco smoke legislation are associated with benefits to child health.

Approaching Marijuana Use Counseling in States With Legalization

Approaching Marijuana Use Counseling in States With Legalization

Physicians should provide counseling on the side effects of marijuana to adolescents.

Is It Time to Redefine Statistical Significance in Clinical Research?

Is It Time to Redefine Statistical Significance in Clinical Research?

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There has been talk on redefining the statistical significance of the P-Value.

"Teach-to-Goal" Improves Comprehension of Research Participation in Incarcerated Individuals

"Teach-to-Goal" Improves Comprehension of Research Participation in Incarcerated Individuals

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Conducting clinical and behavioral health research among incarcerated populations carries significant ethical challenges.

Training Intervention Fails to Increase Utilization of an Evidence-based Fall Prevention Program

Training Intervention Fails to Increase Utilization of an Evidence-based Fall Prevention Program

An intervention targeting gaps in staff communication and coordination does not improve the impact of an evidence-based falls quality improvement program.

Clinician Predictors of Low-Value Medical Imaging Identified

Clinician Predictors of Low-Value Medical Imaging Identified

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Several strong clinician predictors of low-value imaging, such as ordering low-value imaging on a prior patient, high rates of low-value imaging in another clinical scenario, and ownership of imaging equipment, can help guide intervention targets to improve the value of care for patients.

Are Clinicians Adequately Trained to Identify and Help Trafficked Persons?

Are Clinicians Adequately Trained to Identify and Help Trafficked Persons?

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Physicians need to be able to recognize the risk factors, clinical indicators, and appropriate response strategies.

Precise Printing of Drugs May Accelerate Drug Screening, Enable Continuous Manufacturing

Precise Printing of Drugs May Accelerate Drug Screening, Enable Continuous Manufacturing

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Researchers at the University of Michigan are working on a new technology that could potentially allow clinicians the ability to print multiple drugs onto a dissolvable strip, a microneedle patch, or another type of dosing device.

Ethically Navigating Organ Donation Through Social Media

Ethically Navigating Organ Donation Through Social Media

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Ethical regulations regarding the use of social media for communication about organ transplantation address increased concerns about the autonomy and quality of care for transplant candidates and potential donors.

Practical Tips for Teaching and Mentoring Your Medical Students

Practical Tips for Teaching and Mentoring Your Medical Students

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Clinician instructors are tasked with helping medical students refine their critical thinking, empowering them to ask relevant questions, and encouraging further inquiries.

A Closer Look Into the Importance of the Physician-Patient Relationship

A Closer Look Into the Importance of the Physician-Patient Relationship

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The key to a successful physician-patient relationship, in my opinion, is to recognize that the patient is not the disease being treated.

FDA Approves Mavyret for Treatment of Hepatitis C

FDA Approves Mavyret for Treatment of Hepatitis C

Mavyret has been approved by the FDA to treat adults with certain types of chronic hepatitis C virus.

Physicians Are Still Prescribing Too Many Opioids in the US

Physicians Are Still Prescribing Too Many Opioids in the US

More than 1 out of 3 average Americans used a prescription opioid in 2015, despite growing concerns these medications are promoting addiction and overdose deaths.

Comprehensive Initiative Has Positive Impact on Opioid Prescribing

Comprehensive Initiative Has Positive Impact on Opioid Prescribing

A comprehensive initiative, including creation of prescribing and dispensing policies, can have a positive impact on opioid prescribing.

Change in Generic Drug Prices Linked to Market Competition

Change in Generic Drug Prices Linked to Market Competition

The study noted a price change of -31.7% for quadropoly and 47.4% for monopoly.

A Closer Look Into the Drugged-Driving Epidemic

A Closer Look Into the Drugged-Driving Epidemic

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There's no doubt that drugged driving is a growing problem, and one that, coincidentally or not, dovetails with expanding decriminalization of marijuana around the country.

Transplant Surgery: Are We Doing Enough (Of It)?

Transplant Surgery: Are We Doing Enough (Of It)?

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Informed decisions that would allow safe, controlled and efficient organ donations in the absence of a declaration of brain or cardiac death remains a complete nonstarter.

Serious Physician Shortage Is Anticipated in the Absence of Broad Intervention Measures

Serious Physician Shortage Is Anticipated in the Absence of Broad Intervention Measures

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Acute physician shortages are expected, irrespective of the type of provider setting or geographic location.

Multilevel Approach Needed to Reduce Overdiagnosis, Argues Epidemiologist

Multilevel Approach Needed to Reduce Overdiagnosis, Argues Epidemiologist

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Dr Elmore suggests several strategies to tackle the problem of overdiagnosis.

Achieving Diversity Is the Responsibility of the Entire Medical Community

Achieving Diversity Is the Responsibility of the Entire Medical Community

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"One does not have to be black, lower class, gay or disabled to help foster diversity, inclusion and equity."

About 1 in 5 Patients Received Different Diagnoses After Second Opinions

About 1 in 5 Patients Received Different Diagnoses After Second Opinions

In this study, 21% of cases received final diagnoses that were distinctly different than their referral diagnoses.

Female Doctors Underrepresented Among Grand Rounds Speakers

Female Doctors Underrepresented Among Grand Rounds Speakers

Women presented a median of 28.3% of the total sessions.

Home Births: Responding to a Cultural Shift in Medicine

Home Births: Responding to a Cultural Shift in Medicine

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We can no longer dismiss the dissatisfaction many women feel with the medicalization of the birthing experience.

Automatic Refill or Automatic Profit?

Automatic Refill or Automatic Profit?

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A few years ago several of the large pharmaceutical chains started offering automatic refills for convenience. On the surface this seems like a great idea for patients, as they no longer need to call the pharmacy for refills.

The New James: Ohio State Creates a Model for Cancer Hospitals to Come

The New James: Ohio State Creates a Model for Cancer Hospitals to Come

Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC-James) dedicates its new 1.1-million-square-foot, 21-floor freestanding cancer hospital on November 7, it will be the third-largest cancer hospital in the country, and the most innovative cancer hospital to date.

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