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Should physicians have beards? Gravitas vs hygiene

A psychiatry resident notes the greater authority he gains from facial hair and explores what the research says about its harboring bacteria.

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More physicians are getting MBAs to cope with health system changes

Will being trained in business help physicians be part of innovation?

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Physicians continue to offer outdated treatments, article concludes

Ineffective drugs and treatments cost the system money and may harm patients.

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CMS randomized study of payment program could deter physicians

Federal agency wants to study effectiveness of alternate payment model, but some participants would lose incentives.

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Family physician wins NASA space poop design contest

The dilemma: how to manage 6 d in a spacesuit with no access to a bathroom.

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Is testosterone right for me?

Series of studies find it leads to some benefits, some harms.

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Could my excessive and circuitous speech be a sign of declining cognition?

Former US president Ronald Reagan used as an exemplar.

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Physician rating websites too limited to be of use: study

Paucity of reviews, cumbersome search mechanisms offer consumers little assistance.

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Medical residency: Balancing the tension between education and cheap labor

Atlantic article examines the difficulties in curtailing trainee workload in efforts to limit total work hours.

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MACRA help for small practices: CMS funding new hotline

Agency will ultimately spend $100 million to educate physician practices of 15 clinicians or fewer on new quality payment program.

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How do I keep the weight off?

New studies provide evidence-based strategies to keep weight off.

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Should I try this fasting-mimicking diet?

New diet promises benefits of fasting without all the deprivation.

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Caribbean medical schools seek better image

2 schools launch PR campaign to be seen as an important source of primary care physicians for underserved Americans.

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Bundled payment models delayed, but not in immediate danger, HHS says

CMS demonstration projects for cardiac and orthopedic procedures will still start on July 1, the agency says.

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