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Opinion: Does Religion Have a Place in Medicine?


Benjamin Frush MD, a resident in internal medicine-pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, argues in favor of a role that physicians can play in integrating religion into their clinical practice. Rob Poole MB, FRCPsych, contends that physicians should never incorporate a religious element into clinical practice.

The relative risk for healthcare-associated infections has decreased in the last 15 years due to improvements in awareness of risk associated with devices, infection control, and evidence-based practice regarding use of devices.

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Pregnant women are considered a "vulnerable" population in the eyes of clinical researchers.

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Patient Education Can Improve Chronic Disease Management

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With the proliferation of online medical information, educators and students alike struggle to discern the legitimacy of "e-health" sources.

AMA Survey Collects Advice for Physicians Approaching Retirement

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The transition from the workforce into retirement is always challenging, but for physicians accustomed to working long or odd hours, it can be especially difficult.

Many Patients Withhold Information From Clinicians

Many patients intentionally withhold information from clinicians.

Popularity of NPs and PAs Associated With Decrease in Primary Care Visits

Among patients with employer-sponsored insurance, there was a decline in visits to primary care physicians from 2012 to 2016.

Can Examining Marginalization Identify Gaps in Medical or Nutritional Care?


Healthcare interventions should assess the multiple layers of a person's life, rather than simply classifying marginalized groups as vulnerable.

How Does Accepting Blame Affect Future Medical Errors?


Assuming blame for a medical error may help patients and families heal.

The Future Of Robot Physicians: Is Artificial Intelligence Poised to Take Over Medicine?


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Should Physicians Offer Treatments Contrary to Published Guidelines?


When deviating from published guidelines, physicians must ensure their recommendations are based on justified belief, not personal bias.

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Millions of workers gained insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without adverse effects on labor markets.

#MeToo Movement: Public Health Challenges, Benefits Examined


Researchers are concerned that the increased focus on sexual harassment resulting from the #MeToo campaign may cause negative health outcomes.

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Better Work Environment Tied to Better Patient Safety

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CDC: 8.8 Percent Uninsured in U.S. in First Half of 2018

In the first six months of 2018, 8.8 percent of U.S. individuals of all ages were uninsured, which was not significantly different from 2017.

Name-Brand Medications Driving Spike in U.S. Drug Spending

Rising drug spending in the United States is being fueled by expensive name-brand prescription medicines.

AMA to Collect Data on Suicide Among Doctors-in-Training

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