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Caribbean medical schools seek better image

2 schools launch PR campaign to be seen as an important source of primary care physicians for underserved Americans.

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Court strikes down Florida law barring physicians from discussing firearms

Appeals court panel says the law violates physicians' free speech rights.

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How can I alleviate this postelection stress?

Survey reports that many Americans are quite stressed after the election.

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Surgeons’ rudeness linked to poorer outcomes

Large study finds postsurgery problems more common in patients with many complaints about behavior.

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Bundled payment models delayed, but not in immediate danger, HHS says

CMS demonstration projects for cardiac and orthopedic procedures will still start on July 1, the agency says.

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Is my gluten-free diet poisoning me?

Small study finds high levels of mercury and arsenic in people eating gluten-free diets.

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Do I really have to wait out this back pain?

New guidelines suggest toughing out lower back pain.

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Patients seek long-term relationships with their physicians

In survey, many say they want a physician who is funny, attractive, and a good listener.

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Will my teen’s phone make her depressed?

Study finds uptick in adolescent depression, possible connection with social media.

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Should I get bariatric surgery?

News article sings praises of controversial procedure.

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Compact to ease physician licensing in multiple states

18 states have approved participation in the compact; another 5 are considering it.

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Should I try ibogaine to treat my addiction?

Anti-addictive drug draws a lot of medical tourism.

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Could I have chronic fatigue syndrome?

TED talk shines spotlight on disease.

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4 MACRA specialty payment models proposed

Alternative payment models would be focused on specific conditions such as colorectal cancer, IBD, asthma and COPD, and episodic care.

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