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Do diet sodas cause dementia?

Study links artificially sweetened beverages with stroke and dementia.

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Strategic use of extenders can boost profit

Practice consultants tell Medical Economics that primary care practices can grow revenue up to 20% with a physician assistant or nurse practitioner.

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Study links cannabis laws to fewer drug prescriptions

Medicaid programs in states with medical cannabis laws purchased fewer drugs in 5 categories than states without such laws.

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AMA supports EHR training for medical students

About a third of medical students have no access to EHRs, the American Medical Association found in 2013.

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Physician doesn't have to treat cannabis-using patient: court

An Arizona appeals court finds the state's medical marijuana law does not bar a physician from dropping a patient using medical cannabis.

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Should I try Botox for my depression?

Toxin inhibits the face from making pained expressions.

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Will birth control affect my quality of life?

New study adds to evidence that hormonal BC may cause distress in some patients.

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Vets can continue using non-VA physicians

President Trump signs bill extending the Veterans Affairs Choice program, with expansion of outside care options expected in the fall.

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Cancer physicians raise alarm on drug restrictions

Carefully designed care pathways are better than restrictive payer strategies, says ASCO policy statement.

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Local training answer to global surgeon shortage

A neurosurgeon who taught local clinicians brain surgery in Tanzania argues that drop-in medical missions aren't enough.

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9 million person gap between statin guidelines

Study finds lack of clarity on advice for statin therapy to prevent heart attack, strokes.

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Is a vegetarian diet healthier?

This Earth Day, some patients may wonder whether an Earth-friendly diet is waist-friendly, too.

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CMS seeks comments on physician-owned hospitals

Federal agency implies it might seek ways to blunt the effect of restrictions on physician-owned hospitals in the ACA, but didn't say how.

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Physicians seek easier documentation from EHRs

Vendors are starting to offer improvements, such as technology that can read narrative notes and copy important information.

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