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Florida physician gets 4y for fraud

Prosecutors said he signed off on fraudulent lab orders.

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Patients Will Be Asking: Will an IUD protect me from cancer?

Study finds lower risk for cervical cancer in patients using intrauterine devices.

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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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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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Patients Will Be Asking: How do the new BP recommendations affect my risk for stroke?

Helping patients understand the new guidelines.

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Patients Will Be Asking: What should I do now that I’m technically hypertensive?

Lower threshold for hypertension means many new patients will need treatment.

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More online reviews may be better

Physicians may want to embrace the online review trend rather than barring the doors against it.

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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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Neurologist accused of purposely misdiagnosing hundreds of kids

Detroit-area pediatric neurologist Yasser Awaad has left the country, the latest drama in a 10-y conflict.

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Patients Will Be Asking: Does alcohol really cause cancer?

Alarm bells grow louder as American Society of Clinical Oncology takes an official stance.