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Crohn’s Disease Not Exempt From Racial Disparities

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A study published recently in the IBD Journal found significant differences in hospital readmissions, medication usage, and both medical and surgical complications of children with Crohn’s disease related to race. In the study, black children had a 1.5 times higher frequency of hospital readmissions because of Crohn’s disease compared to white children.

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Study Examines Physician-Industry Conflict of Interest Issue from MS Patient Perspective

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A new study explores what multiple sclerosis patients know, or want to know, about their physician’s financial relationship with the pharmaceutical company sponsoring clinical trials.

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Curb Overuse of Antibiotics to Reduce Drug-Resistant Superbug

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An aggressive campaign to reduce the unnecessary use of antibiotics has helped cut the rate of infection with a dangerous drug-resistant bacteria at The Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ, by nearly 40 percent.

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Competition Among Physicians and Retail Clinics Drive Higher Antiobiotic Prescribing Rate, Particularly in Wealthy Zip Codes

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Competition among doctors’ offices, urgent care centers and retail medical clinics in wealthy areas of the U.S. often leads to an increase in the number of antibiotic prescriptions written per person, a team led by Johns Hopkins researchers has found.

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Cancer Patients Rarely Demand Unnecessary Tests and Treatments

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Physicians often blame patient demands for contributing to high medical costs, however, a new Penn Medicine study involving more than 5,000 patient-clinician visits indicates that cancer patients rarely push for unnecessary tests and treatments from their health care providers.

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Study: New Surgical Care Approach Reduces Recovery Time, Costs

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A UVA Health System study found that a new approach to caring for colorectal surgery patients led to faster recovery times while reducing complications, improving patient satisfaction and lowering medical costs.

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New Technology Could Help Patients Make Better Decisions on Care

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Traditional decision aids to help patient-doctor discussions have drawbacks, but a new electronic model developed by McMaster University researchers holds promise of revolutionizing shared decision-making in the doctor’s office with the touch of an electronic tablet.

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Rate of Latino Physicians Shrinks, Even as Latino Population Swells

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Latinos are one of the fastest growing ethnic groups in the United States, with their numbers having risen 243 percent since 1980. Yet the number of Latino physicians per 100,000 Latinos has declined by 22 percent during that period.

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Statement from AMGA Regarding Its Comments on the Medicare Shared Savings Program Proposed Rule

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On Friday, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) drafted and submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the proposed rule on refinements to the current framework of the Medicare Shared Savings Program.