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Relieve Overloaded Physicians by Overhauling Health IT Relieve Overloaded Physicians by Overhauling Health IT
Information technology in healthcare has been beneficial overall, but the administrative tasks have swamped many physicians, who need new systems, according to the American College of Physicians.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines)
Source: Medscape Allergy Headlines - March 27, 2017 Category: Allergy & Immunology Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Suvorexant May Benefit Some Older Adults With Insomnia Suvorexant May Benefit Some Older Adults With Insomnia
Suvorexant may improve sleep onset and maintenance in individuals over age 65 with insomnia, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Treat Substance Abuse as Chronic Condition, ACP Says Treat Substance Abuse as Chronic Condition, ACP Says
The American College of Physicians has issued a new policy statement with recommendations for preventing and treating substance abuse, emphasizing that it is a chronic condition.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - March 27, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Malpractice Payment Rates Down for All Specialties Malpractice Payment Rates Down for All Specialties
The overall rate of paid medical malpractice claims made on behalf of US physicians fell by more than half between 1992 and 2014, a new study has shown.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

All About Gout for Primary Care: Treating Chronic Disease
Preventing further acute attacks and decreasing the tophi burden becomes a secondary goal. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 27, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Rebecca E. Sadun, MD, PhD Robert T. Keenan, MD, PhD Ryan C. Jessee, MD Tags: Special Report Gout Rheumatic Diseases Source Type: news

Gout Rounds: 5 New Developments
Primary care can do more to help reduce gout morbidity, says a new review —plus 4 more studies on gout treatment and prevention. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 27, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Leo Robert Tags: Cardiovascular Diseases Special Report Gout Rheumatic Diseases Source Type: news

Update on Hypertension in Pregnancy
Here: at least 5 tips on hypertensive disorders during pregnancy. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 24, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Gregory W. Rutecki, MD Tags: Quiz Hypertension Source Type: news

Gaslighting the Medical Literature Gaslighting the Medical Literature
How predatory publishing can make you doubt the facts (and your sanity), and a potentially revolutionary solution.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

A Family with Flaky Skin
Three siblings share a scaly, lizard-like rash. Neither parent has the condition. What do you think this could be? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 24, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Jonathan A. Schneider, DO Tags: Skin Diseases Source Type: news

Morning Report: Fish Oil and Heart Disease--Science Advisory Morning Report: Fish Oil and Heart Disease--Science Advisory
Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy highlights one of the week ' s important news stories for primary care.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Dr. Jennifer Joe gets social for physicians
Dr. Jennifer Joe Title: CEO of Medstro and editor-in-chief of MedTech Boston, both in Cambridge; urgent care/emergency physician, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury Age: 37 Education: Bachelor’s degree in biological science, Rice University, 2002; M.D., University of Mississippi School of Medicine, 2007; Internal Medicine Residency, Georgetown University Hospital, 2010; Joint Nephrology Fellowship, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - March 24, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robin Washington Source Type: news

The need to reinvent primary care
(Springer) Primary care is 'first-contact, continuous, comprehensive, and coordinated care provided to populations undifferentiated by gender, disease, or organ system.' High-quality primary care has been associated with improved population health, lower costs, and greater equity. Despite this evidence, primary care has been consistently under-resourced, accounting for just six to eight percent of US health care expenditures. A special issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine, just published, takes a look at primary care today. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 24, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Healthcare Reform Will Dominate Internal Medicine Meeting Healthcare Reform Will Dominate Internal Medicine Meeting
Changes to healthcare will be a hot topic at the American College of Physicians meeting, as internists grapple with the best way to deal with patients who might lose insurance.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Grateful Doctor Says Goodbye to His Patients
A young cardiology fellow reveals in a letter to his patients that it was being privy to their vulnerability that allowed him access to his own. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 23, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Chiduzie Madubata MD Tags: Blog Source Type: news

New OSA Testing Guideline, Summarized
Obstructive sleep apnea ups the risk for many other health issues. Click through a 6-slide summary of updated recommendations for diagnosis. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 23, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Leo Robert Tags: Sleep Disorders Source Type: news

Routine Mammography Recommendation for Ages 40-49? Routine Mammography Recommendation for Ages 40-49?
Many clinicians are not following the US Preventive Services Task Force recommendation against screening mammography in women younger than 50 years. What is driving this discrepancy?Southern Medical Journal (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

American College of Physicians Internal Medicine (IM) 2017 American College of Physicians Internal Medicine (IM) 2017
Read clinically focused news coverage of key developments from IM 2017Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Conference Coverage Source Type: news

Drugs That Could Give Your Patients a Dangerous High Drugs That Could Give Your Patients a Dangerous High
What are some of the synthetic drugs that people are using?Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - March 22, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Pediatrics Commentary Source Type: news

ECG Challenge: Mid-Fifties and Feeling Faint ECG Challenge: Mid-Fifties and Feeling Faint
A middle-aged man presents to the ED with lightheadedness and shortness of breath. What does his ECG reveal?Medscape Cardiology (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - March 22, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Cardiology Clinical Case Source Type: news

Sweetened Research, Sugared Recommendations
Health problems stemming from carbohydrates, especially sugar over-consumption are correlated to growing overweight, obesity and non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, throughout the world. Credit: IPSBy Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Tan Zhai GenKUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Mar 22 2017 (IPS)In 2015, Coca Cola’s chief scientist was forced to resign after revelations that the company had funded researchers to present academic papers recommending exercise to address obesity and ill health, while marginalizing the role of dietary consumption. Coca-Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, had provided millions of ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - March 22, 2017 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Jomo Kwame Sundaram and Tan Zhai Gen Tags: Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Global Headlines Health Women's Health Source Type: news

All About Gout for Primary Care: Treating Acute Gout
The faster the attack is recognized and treated with medications, the easier it is to control. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 21, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Rebecca E. Sadun, MD, PhD Robert T. Keenan, MD, MPH Ryan C. Jessee, MD Tags: Special Report Gout Rheumatic Diseases Source Type: news

Surprise Hospital Inspections Are Linked To Lower Death Rates
This study highlights that there is potential for us to learn what is going on during those weeks that is associated with better patient outcomes,” Arora added. “The question is whether it is due to a concerted effort on the part of the hospitals to follow safe practices or whether there is something else going on.”   SOURCE: http://bit.ly/2mIpxx2 JAMA Internal Medicine, online March 20, 2017. function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

All About Gout for Primary Care: The Diagnosis
Clinical presentation, history, and laboratory evaluation can make a diagnosis of gout, but crystal examination is the “gold standard.” (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 21, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Rebecca E. Sadun, MD, PhD Robert T. Keenan, MD, MPH Ryan C. Jessee, MD Tags: Special Report Gout Rheumatic Diseases Source Type: news

All FDA-Approved, Oral Direct-Acting Antivirals for Hepatitis C Safe and Effective for Genotype 1 (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD The FDA-approved interferon-free regimens for treating hepatitis C appear to be safe and effective, suggests an Annals of Internal Medicine review.Researchers examined 42 randomized trials of oral hepatitis C … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - March 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Intradiscal Steroid Injection of " Questionable " Benefit for Low Back Pain with Discopathy (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD A single glucocorticoid injection offers short-term relief of chronic back pain associated with discopathy, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. But the benefits are … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - March 20, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Medicaid expansion boosts access, reduces costs for poor
States that participated in Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, or ACA, saw increased numbers of insured, better access to care and less worry about paying medical bills, but also longer wait times among low-income residents, according to new research.In a  study published this month in the New England Journal of Medicine, Laura Wherry, assistant professor of medicine in the division of general internal medicine and health services research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Sarah Miller, assistant professor of business economics and public policy at the University of Michigan, analyzed s...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - March 20, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Calls to Boycott US Meetings Over Travel Ban May Hurt, Not Help Calls to Boycott US Meetings Over Travel Ban May Hurt, Not Help
Stronger international ties, not boycotts of US meetings or journals are needed in the face of travel ban, argues editorial.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Pulmonary Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pulmonary Medicine Headlines - March 20, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

All About Gout for Primary Care
How to regulate “the king of diseases and the disease of kings” is this Patient Care Special Report ' s domain. (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 20, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Rebecca E. Sadun, MD, PhD Robert T. Keenan, MD, MPH Ryan C. Jessee, MD Tags: Special Report Gout Rheumatic Diseases Source Type: news

Patient Mortality Lower During Surprise Accreditation Visits Patient Mortality Lower During Surprise Accreditation Visits
A study found a nearly 6% mortality drop in teaching hospitals during intensive Joint Commission unannounced inspections. Pinpointing how behavior changes could enhance overall quality of care.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines)
Source: Medscape Transplantation Headlines - March 20, 2017 Category: Transplant Surgery Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

Pathological Impulsivity: Is a Drug the Reason? Pathological Impulsivity: Is a Drug the Reason?
A patient racks up credit card and gambling debt. Could a drug be the underlying cause?Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Clinical Case Source Type: news

4 milestones to get your medical device idea from prototype to commercialization: Interview with Eric Stone, CEO of Velano Vascular
Welcome to the Medsider interview series, a regular feature at MassDevice. All interviews are conducted by Scott Nelson, Founder of Medsider and Group Director for WCG. We hope you enjoy them! Eric Stone cofounded Velano Vascular with Dr. Pitou Devgon, an internal medicine physician. Velano’s first device, PIVO, enables needle-free blood draws directly from peripheral IV catheters. Velano Vascular is backed by a series of well-respected investment firms, leading U.S. health systems, and dozens of health industry veterans. Before starting Velano Vascular, Stone most recently served as VP of Sales and Marketing for ...
Source: Mass Device - March 17, 2017 Category: Medical Equipment Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog medsider Source Type: news

Breathe Easy: Nose Shape Was Influenced by Local Climate Breathe Easy: Nose Shape Was Influenced by Local Climate
The human nose, in all its glorious forms, is one of our most distinctive characteristics, whether big, little, broad, narrow or somewhere in between. Scientists are now sniffing out some of the factors that drove the evolution of the human proboscis.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

& quot;Knarley & quot; Knuckles in a 12-year-old Boy
This 12-year-old boy has had asymptomatic swellings over multiple knuckles all his life. How would you explain the condition to him? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 17, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Jonathan A. Schneider, DO Source Type: news

Morning Report: Vitamin D: When Is Enough? Morning Report: Vitamin D: When Is Enough?
Dr Arefa Cassoobhoy highlights one of the week ' s important news stories for primary care.Medscape Internal Medicine (Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines)
Source: Medscape Internal Medicine Headlines - March 17, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Internal Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Vaccine Education Websites: Which Ones Offer Truth?
Not all vaccine information websites were created with evidence-based medicine in mind. Which of these would you recommend to patients? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 17, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Terry Brenneman, MD Tags: Vaccines Source Type: news

Sudan: Medical Specialists Call Strike in Sudan Capital
[Radio Dabanga] Khartoum -The deputy internal medicine specialists in the hospitals of Khartoum state that they will down-tools on Thursday in protest against the decision of the state Ministry of Health to task training to the therapeutic medical administration instead of the board of medical specialties. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - March 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Elderly Adults Management of Atrial Fibrillation in Elderly Adults
This report examines current AF treatment strategies in elderly adults, including both novel oral anticoagulants and interventions for reduction of stroke risk and control of symptoms.Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

Trump Proposes Huge Budget Cuts for NIH, Other HHS Agencies Trump Proposes Huge Budget Cuts for NIH, Other HHS Agencies
The White House said the cuts were needed to offset a $54 billion increase in military spending. Medical leaders warned that they would cripple biomedical research.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

U.S. Military Doctors Don't Feel Prepared To Care For Transgender Patients
(Reuters Health) - While the majority of U.S. military doctors surveyed at a meeting last year felt they could provide “nonjudgmental” care to people who are transgender, most said they have received little or no training on transgender care.  Nearly 90 percent of the doctors said they had not received enough training to prescribe hormones to help patients prepare for a gender transition. The prevalence of gender dysphoria in the military “seems to come as a surprise to people,” said lead author Dr. Natasha Schvey, of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Marylan...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - March 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Severe Ocular Symptoms Caused by Succulent Sap
What is the plant most likely responsible for these symptoms and how would you treat? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 15, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: Brady Pregerson, MD Tags: What ' s Your Diagnosis Source Type: news

Nearly Half A Million U.S. Doctors Warn That Climate Change Is Making Us Sick
One morning in July 2011, Samantha Ahdoot’s 9-year-old son, Isaac, grabbed his clarinet, trekked up the hilly road to the bus stop and set off for another day at the band camp near his home in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. Within an hour, Ahdoot’s phone rang: Isaac had collapsed and was en route to the emergency room on a stretcher. Her otherwise healthy son suffered heat exhaustion and dehydration from the blistering heat of a summer that regularly broke temperature records. July alone shattered two daytime high temperature records in just the D.C. area. Concerned, Ahdoot, a pediatrician, volunteered t...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 15, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Unseen Vector, Visible Rash
On a tropical vacation, a 60-year-old woman develops a severe pruritic rash after being bitten on the hand by an insect. Can you name the bug? (Source: ConsultantLive)
Source: ConsultantLive - March 15, 2017 Category: Internal Medicine Authors: John Riefler, MD Tags: Skin Diseases Source Type: news

Testosterone therapy improves skeletal health and anemia
An editorial, published inJAMA Internal Medicine, discusses the findings of three 2017 studies on the beneficial effects of testosterone therapy in older men, which includes improved skeletal health.Medical News Bulletin (Source: Society for Endocrinology)
Source: Society for Endocrinology - March 15, 2017 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

What Hospitals Waste What Hospitals Waste
The nation ’ s health care tab is sky-high. We ’ re tracking down the reasons. First stop: A look at all the perfectly good stuff hospitals throw away.ProPublica (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news

‘ No One Dies Alone ’ Program Offers Comfort at Life ’ s End
For patients without loved ones, volunteers fill in when death approaches (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - March 14, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: webmaster at doctorslounge.com Tags: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Nursing, Psychiatry, News, Source Type: news

Canadians with Cystic Fibrosis Live Roughly 10 Years Longer Than Americans (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Jaye Elizabeth Hefner, MD Canadian patients with cystic fibrosis have a survival advantage over their U.S. counterparts, according to a study in the Annals of Internal Medicine. … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - March 13, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

CF patients survive 10 years longer in Canada than in US
Canadians with cystic fibrosis live, on average, 10 years longer than their counterparts in the United States, according to a study published Monday in Annals of Internal Medicine. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - March 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

More Hospitalist Spending Does Not Mean Better Outcomes More Hospitalist Spending Does Not Mean Better Outcomes
Researchers also found spending varied more among hospitalists in a given hospital than between hospitals. Targeting individual physicians with waste-cutting messages may help, authors said.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - March 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine News Source Type: news