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A Review of
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Human Life
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Employed Physicians
Now Outnumber
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Judge: FDA Acted
Illegally in Delaying
Required Review of
E-Cigs, Cigars

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Can We Overhaul
Our ‘Broken’
Health Data System?

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How Are
HIPAA Breaches
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CDC Clarifies
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Curry Named Local Governor of National Doctors’ Group

BIRMINGHAM — William A. Curry, M.D., has been named governor of the Alabama Chapter of the American College of Physicians, the national organization of internists. Dr. Curry is a professor of medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and associate dean for Primary Care and Rural Health at the UAB School of Medicine. The Board of […]

STUDY: Risk of Suicide Attempt by Children Doubles if Parent Uses Opioids

The suicide rate among young people in the U.S. has risen dramatically in the past 15 years. Over the same time period, opioid use and abuse in adults also has increased considerably. Researchers from the University of Chicago and the University of Pittsburgh reported on a connection between these two epidemics in a study published this week […]

New Study Inspires Researchers to Hit the Road

A new $21.4 million RURAL study will examine rural, southern U.S. communities to find out why people there have more disease, shorter lives. Traveling in a mobile examination van, researchers will examine 4,000 study participants over the course of six years in 10 rural counties across Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. Vasan Ramachandran, who leads the Framingham […]

How Can You Help Students and Young Physicians in Debt?

For most medical students, residents and even young physicians, debt continues to be a significant burden. According to a recent Analysis in Brief, 76% of students graduate with debt. While that percentage has decreased in the last few years, those who borrow for medical school face enormous loans: the median debt was $200,000 in 2018. [...]

Can We Overhaul Our ‘Broken’ Health Data System?

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Our system for protecting health data in the United States is fundamentally broken, and we need a national effort to rethink how we safeguard this information, according to three experts in data privacy. “Data scandals are occurring on a regular basis, with no end in sight,” said Efthimios Parasidis, a co-author of […]

Federal Judge Rules FDA Acted Illegally in Delaying Required Review of E-Cigarettes, Cigars

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a major victory for America’s kids and public health, a federal judge has ruled that, in August 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration acted illegally by allowing e-cigarettes to remain on the market until 2022 before applying for FDA authorization and by permitting products to remain on the market indefinitely during […]