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Suicide And The Young Physician

The medical community can help the young doctor to continue saving lives, instead of taking his own.

Cuba Has a Lung Cancer Vaccine. And The U.S. Wants It

Cuba has for several years had a promising therapeutic vaccine against lung cancer. The 55-year trade embargo led by the US made sure that Cuba was mostly where it stayed. Until—maybe—now.

Americans, Mostly Women, Spent 12 Billion on Plastic Surgery Last Year

Americans last year spent the largest amount on plastic surgery since the the Great Recession of 2008, according to one report.

The Rise Of The Employed Physician, What Getting Bought Means To You

Health care consolidation doesn't just mean giant national hospital chains buying each other. It also means physicians and their practices turning to hospital owners who can take care of the increased logistical, administrative demands of health care today.

Healthcare Doctor Pay For Performance, No Standards Yet For Quality And Efficiency

Until recently, the U.S. government and insurance companies paid doctors for volume of services provided, rewarding them for needless treatments. Economists and policymakers have long called for flipping those incentives so physicians are paid for the quality, not quantity, of care they deliver.

Fingerprint Test Could Determine Cocaine Use

A sophisticated new type of drug test can tell whether a person has taken cocaine by analyzing chemical traces left behind in their fingerprint, scientists say.

Private Practice Physicians Struggling

Recently I attended a joint meeting of the St. Clair and Madison County medical societies. The speaker was U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, newly elected Republican from Southern Illinois. My reason for attending was to hear if Congress was aware of our plight as small independent private practices struggling to survive in a sea of burdensome, meaningless regulation and reduced reimbursement.

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