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Will walnuts help me lose weight?

Small study suggests it may act as "mind control" for weight loss.

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Racism in ED, says Oregon physician

Esther Choo, MD, an emergency physician in Portland, gets a big response to her tweets about patients refusing to be treated by an Asian clinician.

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Questions about drug fast-tracking

Physicians are raising concerns about the safety of drugs and devices granted accelerated approval by the FDA.

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Physician moms work fewer hours

Research looks at 2-physician couples and finds women working less while children are young, but fathers' work hours remaining the same.

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States getting creative for rural care

States are using assistant physician programs and rural hospital residencies to draw physicians.

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Aid-in-dying drugs harder to come by

Physicians who help patients end their lives are looking for alternative drugs as Seconol's price rises.

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Should I expose my allergic child to peanuts?

New study adds evidence that very small doses of peanuts can cure the allergy.

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Illinois pediatrician fires anti-vax parents

Jean Wagner, MD, gets local media attention for her longtime policy.

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Connecticut physicians launch their own health information exchange

The state's medical society got tired of waiting for a state electronic health information exchange, so they set up their own.

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What's playing in the OR: patient song requests

Survey finds surgeons prefer rock music in the OR, but what if the patient has an opinion?

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Is shaving my pubic hair dangerous?

Study suggests high incidence of injuries related to trimming the hair down there.

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Active shooter in the hospital: how to react?

A survey of medical professionals and members of the public finds most agree that healthcare workers have a duty to protect patients.

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Is binge watching TV bad for me?

Study suggests it may affect sleep.

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Most physicians OK with single payer

Online survey finds a change since 2008, when a minority supported it.

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