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New Medicare payment models: 359,000 clinicians are now participating

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services touts growing participation as evidence of value-based care's influence.

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FDA releases draft guidance on how drugmakers can share off-label information with physicians

Document offers examples of ways to communicate about approved labeling language.

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Maybe I don't have asthma?

Study finds 1 in 3 adults misdiagnosed.

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Cleveland Clinic doctor apologizes, faces sanctions for writing antivaccine blog post

Incident raises questions about mainstream healthcare organizations incorporating integrated health offerings.

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Should I worry about my teething child's favorite chew toy?

Sophie the Giraffe reportedly prone to mold.

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Physicians in some specialties, regions charge much more than Medicare rates

On average, physicians charge 2.5 times Medicare rates, the analysis found.

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Will running relieve my joint pain?

Evidence in favor of running’s benefits for joints is mounting.

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Can I get tested for HPV?

Study finds 1 in 4 men have high-risk HPV.

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Financial incentives increase small practices' health IT use

Significant gains were found between 2010 and 2013 in small medical practices' use of many aspects of health IT.

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Is it okay to give peanuts to my baby?

New guidelines suggest exposing infants to peanuts as early as 4-6 mo.

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Online reviews of providers are here to stay

Yelp has set an expectation among consumers that they can find reviews online, even if doctors find the free-for-all format unsettling.

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US needs more black physicians: commentary

For both medical and cultural reasons, black patients should be able to choose a black physician if they want one, authors say.

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Will Nutella give me cancer?

News outlets report the popular hazelnut spread may be a silent killer.

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Will the salmon sushi give me tapeworm?

CDC warns that salmon caught along the US Pacific coast may be contaminated with tapeworms.

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