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How can I get my kid off juice?

Pediatricians recommend no fruit juice in the first year.

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Are my child’s seasonal allergies more insidious than they seem?

Beyond a runny nose and itchy eyes, seasonal allergies may affect test scores, study says.

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Physician gets $5.4 million for whistleblowing

2 Missouri hospitals settle Medicare fraud charges related to paying for referrals.

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Are swimming pools just chlorinated cesspools of filth?

CDC notes an uptick in cryptosporidium infections tied to swimming pools.

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Should I be worried about Chagas disease?

Study finds mortality resulting from the disease is higher than previously thought.

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Alabama internist dies climbing Mount Everest

Details remained unclear about how thrill-seeking physician Roland Yearwood, 50, died on the mountain.

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SC physicians unhappy about new volume-based compensation

Medical University of South Carolina shifting to system that pays according to productivity, rather than income.

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California considers limits on pharma gifts

Bill approved by state Senate would restrict speaking and consulting fees, hold meals to $250 per physician.

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Dr. Google not so bad, survey suggests

Belgian researchers survey patients who search for health information online, find they still respect their physician's advice.

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Lawmakers push back on proposed Medicare cuts

Nursing homes, rehabilitation, and home health would face payment freezes or reductions.

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Staff salaries vary by region

Nurse practitioners new to the job get anywhere from $80k to $89k.

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ACEP disputes insurer's nonurgent diagnosis list

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield lists nearly 2000 diagnoses it won't pay for in the emergency department.

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Do I need to worry about ransomware?

What the recent ransomware attacks mean for patients.

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Should I worry about parasites in my sushi?

Report of parasitic infection from sushi may concern some patients.

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