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New blood test 94% reliable in detecting childhood concussions

A newly developed blood test is 94% reliable at detecting concussions in children, as confirmed by CT scan.

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Elizabethkingia produces deadly disease outbreak in Wisconsin

Elizabethkingia infection from unknown sources has killed 15 people in Wisconsin.

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Study: Physicians and advanced practice clinicians provide equivalent quality care

For three common conditions, advanced practice clinicians and physicians ordered similar procedures.

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Patients Will Be Asking: Say it ain’t so—is bacon really going to kill me?

It’s not as tragic as it sounds.

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FDA requiring boxed warning about serious risks and death when opioid pain or cough medicines combined with benzodiazepines

FDA is also evaluating whether labeling changes are needed for other CNS depressants

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Physician burnout reaches epidemic proportions in the United States

As many as half of all physicians will experience professional burnout at some point in their careers.

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How do I prevent super lice from invading my home?

Lice in some parts of the U.S. are now resistant to usual treatments

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Despite physician objections, nurse scope of care increases

Many states have passed legislation enabling nurses to practice care with a wider purview than had been allowed previously.

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TIME magazine names five medical devices among the best inventions of 2015

A gluten sensor, a pair of bionic ears, a digital stethoscope, a desktop DNA lab, and a next-gen baby monitor are among TIME’s best inventions for the year.

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Physicians are extremely dissatisfied with EHR software from all major vendors, survey shows

Despite being almost universally unhappy with EHR software, fewer than 10% of physicians say they have any plans to change software vendors.

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CMS to replace “meaningful use” technology incentive program

"Meaningful use" program overhaul to take place in March.

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Sexual misconduct among physicians rarely results in criminal prosecution or medical board sanctions

News feature compares management of physician sexual misconduct to that of the clergy

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Medicare and Medicaid lose money by not taking advantage of unique device identifiers, experts say

Medicare and Medicaid collectively lose millions of dollars each year on medical devices that prove to be unsafe.

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CMS steps back from plan to punish physicians for ordering certain tests for prostate cancer

A CMS plan to penalize physicians for ordering “non-recommended” prostate-specific antigen tests has been withdrawn.

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