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Florida physician gets 4y for fraud

Prosecutors said he signed off on fraudulent lab orders.

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Italian surgeon claims first head transplant

Operation was done on corpses; next step is a head swap between brain dead organ donors, he says.

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Some physicians prescribe homeopathy despite doubts

A study of Swiss doctors found many offer homeopathy without really believing it works.

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Making music from microbes

A community biotechnology project collects bacteria from various body parts and makes sounds from it.

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Physicians behaving badly: what are grounds for termination?

Contracts commonly include a termination clause for bad behavior, but they need language to make the process fair.

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AHA president suffers heart attack at AHA meeting

John Warner, MD, has stent placement after falling ill at heart association meeting.

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AMA seeks simpler e-prescribing

American Medical Association delegates find requirements for controlled substance prescribing burdensome.

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Physicians favor research from rich countries

A study of British physicians finds research from low-income countries is discounted unfairly.

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Patients Will Be Asking: Is kratom safe?

FDA warns against using kratom.

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Patients Will Be Asking: Is my heart healthy enough to have sex?

Study suggests cardiac arrest during sex is very unlikely.

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'Academic detailers' school physicians on opioids

Personalized medical educators borrow techniques from pharma.

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How a practice can go green

New AMA guide offers steps to environmental sustainability.

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Large California practice management firm shuts down under fire

SynerMed is under investigation by state officials.

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New ethical guidance for physicians in media

Standards approved by American Medical Association delegates.