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Why does my heart race when I drink?

Study finds connection between alcohol consumption and arrhythmias.

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Female physicians make 27% less than men

Self-reported income from 39,000 US physicians, reported by Doximity, shows variation in wage gap by specialty, region.

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Cancer hype gives false hope to patients, families

Cancer centers, drugmakers, and researchers all tout advances in cancer care, leaving many with the false sense they will beat the disease.

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Chicago trauma physicians, nurses cope with compassion fatigue

Unprecedented gun violence keeps a constant flow of victims in trauma centers and ICUs.

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Practices should maintain policy on abusive behavior by physicians

Angry and abusive behavior may be prohibited in contracts, but practices also need policies to manage problems.

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Is saturated fat that bad?

Controversial commentary casts doubt.

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Physicians will get paid if government shuts down

Experience from 16-d federal shutdown in 2013 suggests Medicare and Medicaid will keep paying bills even if Congress can't approve a spending bill by April 29.

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How health plans identify "high-value" physicians

A number of metrics can be crunched by health systems or insurers that want to rank primary care physicians by quality and cost.

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Cost, convenience valued most by patients

Survey finds patients want a physician who is in their insurance network, is easy to get to, and will result in low out-of-pocket costs.

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Physician advocates hope for relief in upcoming MACRA rule

They hope HHS head Tom Price, a physician, will keep paperwork to a minimum in proposed regulation.

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Small practices targeted by data thieves

Physicians Practice offers some simple ways to protect the practice's, and patients', personal information.

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Interstate licensing now available in 18 states

Physicians in states where interstate compact has been approved can apply in a simplified process.

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Artificial intelligence seen as physician servant

Sophisticated self-teaching systems are likely to begin with relieving physicians of menial data entry tasks, panel says.

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Should I be concerned about malaria?

Study finds immigrants sometimes catch the disease while visiting their home countries.

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