Physicians Briefing

  • Salmonella Cases Dip but Food Poisoning Rates Remain High
    While the United States has seen a decline in the number of Salmonella illnesses in recent years, there's been little progress overall in reducing food poisoning outbreaks, according to a report published in the April 18 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
  • AMA Examines Economic Impact of Physicians
    Physicians who mainly engage in patient care contribute a total of $1.6 trillion in economic output, according to the American Medical Association's Economic Impact Study.
  • Autism Tied to Increased Connectivity in Brain Networks
    Adolescents with autism spectrum disorder show atypically increased functional connectivity involving the mentalizing and mirror neuron brain networks, according to a study published online April 16 in JAMA Psychiatry.
  • FDA Approves Ragwitek for Adult Ragweed Allergy
    Ragwitek has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat allergy to short ragweed among adults aged 18 to 65.
  • FDA Warns Against Procedure for Uterine Fibroids
    Laparoscopic power morcellation for treatment of fibroids could increase a woman's risk of cancer, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday.
  • Free Drug Samples Tied to More Branded Prescriptions
    Free drug samples drive the prescribing practices of physicians away from less expensive generic medications, according to a study published online April 16 in JAMA Dermatology.
  • Gravity Does Not Hinder Placental Transfusion at Birth
    Position of the baby before the cord is clamped does not appear to influence the volume of placental transfusion, according to research published online April 17 in The Lancet.
  • Indoor Tanning Tied to Unhealthy Weight Control Behavior
    Adolescents who indoor tan, especially males, are more likely to exhibit unhealthy weight control behaviors, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics.
  • Int'l Medical Education Standards Not Equivalent to U.K. Standards
    International medical graduates passing the Professional and Linguistic Assessments Board of the General Medical Council have lower performance on MRCP(UK) (Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians) and MRCGP (Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners) and on annual review of competence progression examinations, according to two studies published online April 17 in BMJ.
  • Most People Experience Thoughts Associated With OCD
    The vast majority of people experience unwanted, intrusive thoughts and images and/or impulses symptomatic of obsessive-compulsive disorder, according to a study published in the Journal of Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Disorders.
  • PET Imaging Aids Diagnosis of Vegetative State
    Positron emission tomography imaging may be used in conjunction with examinations to assess long-term outcomes in patients in a vegetative state, according to a study published online April 16 in The Lancet.
  • Reduced Salt Intake Likely Dropped BP Levels in England
    The reduction of dietary salt intake between 2003 and 2011 was likely an important contributor to decreases in blood pressure in the population of England, according to research published online April 14 in BMJ Open.

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