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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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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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Job market for residents a "feeding frenzy"

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

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Analysis suggests—possibly incorrectly—that physicians may be earning less

One analyst thinks it might be a data glitch.

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Will I stay healthy on a plane with this "one weird trick?"

Physician suggests keeping air vent on can prevent spread of airborne pathogens.

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Physician fails at medical price shopping for daughter's eye surgery

A hospitalist who also researches healthcare price transparency receives inaccurate and incomplete estimates.

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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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Is it safe to get a flu shot if I’m pregnant?

Researchers find link between flu shot and miscarriage.

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Are tattoos dangerous in the long term?

Most patients know about acute tattoo complications, but few data exist on long-term effects.

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Photos, videos of sedated patient's injured genitals lead to discipline of physicians and others

The patient was in the OR for surgery to remove a foreign body.

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