Breast Cancer and Weight Loss Study Announced

Breast Cancer and Weight Loss

Researchers at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, are joining forces with the San Francisco-based wearable-tech company Fitbit to tackle the question of whether weight loss can reduce the risk of breast-cancer recurrence in women who are overweight. The groundbreaking study, cosponsored by the National Cancer Institute and …

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Avoid Malpractice Claims With Better Patient Communication

Avoid malpractice claims

Physicians in America spend an inordinate amount of time and money trying to avoid malpractice claims. What’s more, the practice of “defensive medicine” — ingrained in most physicians from the time they are in medical school — may actually lead to a lower incidence of malpractice lawsuits. But practicing defensive medicine …

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Meldonium: The Latest Performance Enhancing Drug

Meldonium - Performance Enhancing Drug

The World Anti-Doping Agency has a new drug in its sights — meldonium. Also known as  Mildronāts, Quaterine, MET-88, THP and trimethylhydrazinium propionate, meldonium is manufactured by the Latvian pharmaceutical company Grindeks and sold under the brand name Midronate. It is widely used in Eastern Europe and Central Asia for …

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Clemastine Fumarate Partially Reverses Vision Loss From MS

Clemastine Fumarate

A new study from the University of California San Francisco shows that the antihistamine clemastine fumarate (Tavist) partially reverses vision loss associated with relapsing–remitting MS. Led by Dr. Ari Green of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at UCSF, the study compared the effects of clemastine fumarate to placebo in 50 participants …

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Defensive Medicine May Limit Medical Malpractice Risk

Medical Malpractice Risk Photo

A recent study published in the British Journal of Medicine shows that doctors in the United States who spend more money on patient care have a lower risk of being sued for medical malpractice. The observational study compared data on over 18 million hospital discharges in the state of Florida …

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Medical Board Investigations Are Increasing, Attorneys Claim

Medical board investigations

Malpractice lawsuits are a major concern for most physicians, but medical board investigations are more common and more dangerous, says a recent Medscape report. Medical boards are required by law to investigate every complaint against a physician, no matter how frivolous they appear. These investigations can lead to new allegations, …

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American Academy of Pediatrics Issues Statement on Controversial HB2

American Academy of Pediatrics Issues Statement on Controversial HB2

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued a statement calling for the repeal of North Carolina’s controversial “bathroom bill,” otherwise known as the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, or HB2. Signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory on March 23, the law nullifies a Charlotte, North Carolina, ordinance that …

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Wisconsin Medical Malpractice Fund Has Surplus of Nearly $800 Million

Wisconsin Medical Malpractice Fund Has Surplus of Nearly $800 Million

Wisconsin’s state-run medical malpractice fund has a surplus of $783 million, nearly double the $403 million recommended by the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance, the Wisconsin State Journal reports. The surplus was revealed after state regulators audited the fund last month. The Injured Patients and Families Compensation Fund  is …

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Another Link Between Vitamin D Levels and Cardiovascular Health

Vitamin D Levels

Researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah, have found a link between total and bioavailable vitamin D levels and cardiovascular health. A team led by Dr. Heidi May, a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the Institute, found that patients in whom both  total vitamin D and …

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