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Should I be taking more "cheat days?"

Study finds intermittent dieting may prevent weight regain.

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Physician describes helping patients end lives

A California primary care physician participates in the state's new law allowing aid in dying.

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Should I throw away my child’s foam dart guns?

Physicians publish case reports of eye injuries caused by the toy guns.

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Data registries tied to MACRA bonuses

Under MACRA, physicians can get incentives to send data to qualified clinical data registries, but the technical side may be tricky.

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Physicians often too busy to sleep or eat well

A survey of primary care physicians finds most are too busy to care for themselves.

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Trauma researcher recounts his own

A psychiatrist who studied how trauma victims recover faces the issue himself after being shot by a former underling.

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Secretive AMA panel on physician fees scrutinized

Does the Relative Value Scale Update Committee have too much influence on Medicare reimbursement rates?

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House panel approves easing penalties for some self-referral violations

The bill is intended to make it easier for physicians to self-disclose technical violations.

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$200m donation for integrative medicine raises concern

The gift to UC Irvine is seen as continuing creep of unproven therapies into mainstream medicine.

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Pediatrician's YouTube video increased appointments

South Carolina physician turned to the Internet to encourage parents to bring their children in for well visits.

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Job market for residents a "feeding frenzy"

Demand is particularly high for primary care, family medicine, internal medicine, and pediatrics.

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Are my microbes making me fat?

Study finds gut microbiome may prevent weight loss, even on proper diet.

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Physician gave office manager 39 drugs

Former employee argues physician deserves more than a 30-d suspension for inappropriate prescribing, sexual relationship with her.

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Insurers targeted for opioid practices

The attorneys general in 35 states asked health insurers to improve coverage of nonopioid pain treatments.

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