MAY 31, 2018
Colon cancer screening should start at 45, cancer society says
NBC News
People should start getting screened for colon cancer at age 45 instead of at 50, the American Cancer Society said Wednesday.
Congressional bill would add 1,000 doctors to fight opioid addiction
A bipartisan health bill in Congress is using the opioid crisis as a way to pay for doctor training and medical residency slots, an area of federal funding that hasn’t expanded in two decades.
Students from Douglas County win anti-opioid [abuse] video contest (notes MAG Foundation’s ‘Think About It’ initiative)
Georgia Health News
Students from the Douglas County College and Career Institute are the winners of the “We’re Not Gonna Take It” video contest.
Effect of cannabidiol on drop seizures in the Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome
The New England Journal of Medicine
Cannabidiol has been used for treatment-resistant seizures in patients with severe early-onset epilepsy. We investigated the efficacy and safety of cannabidiol added to a regimen of conventional antiepileptic medication to treat drop seizures in patients with the Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe developmental epileptic encephalopathy.
Cannabis oil helped his seizures. But now he can't play football at his dream school.
The Telegraph
Warner Robins football player CJ Harris hoped to fulfill a dream that had been threatened by seizures when Auburn gave him a preferred walk-on opportunity in February. But three months later, the medication that brought Harris’ life back to normal will now keep him from playing for the Tigers.
Study: Few physicians prepared for value-based care
Becker's Hospital Review
Physician organizations are increasingly demanding help from consultant firms to prepare for the shift from fee-for-service to value-based care, according to a Black Book study.
Doctor pay tops $257K for primary care, $425K for specialists
Primary care physician compensation has surpassed $257,000 a year, rising much faster than specialist pay that isn’t even keeping up with inflation at $425,000 as doctor pay shifts to value-based models that emphasize outpatient care.
ER docs report drug shortages, lack of disaster prep
Medpage Today
The vast majority of emergency medicine physicians face shortages of key medications, and doubt whether their organizations are "fully prepared" for a disaster, polling data showed.
Physician assistant growing wave in health care
Albany Herald
Lauren McShane already had a master’s degree in public health but wanted to branch out into the clinical side of health care.
Alzheimer's: Rethinking the 'one-size-fits-all' approach
Medpage Today
Precision medicine in Alzheimer's disease – tailoring prevention and treatment to a patient's unique risk profile – surfaced as a key theme at the NIH National Institute on Aging (NIA) 2018 Alzheimer's Disease Research Summit.
FDA looking at ways to include price info in drug ads, Gottlieb says, as questions loom
The commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, Scott Gottlieb, said a proposal to have pharmaceutical companies include drug prices in advertisements has prompted a series of questions, including exactly how consumers would benefit and whether the government can legally require the disclosures.
Funding effort underway to put Good News Clinics on hospital’s electronic records system
The Times
A fundraiser is underway to include Good News Clinics, a Gainesville free health care center, as part of Epic, Northeast Georgia Health System’s new electronic health records system.
Newton Health Department unable to pinpoint source of Salmonella
The Citizens
An investigation into a Salmonella outbreak in Newton County did not pinpoint the source of the Salmonella, according to the Gwinnett, Newton and Rockdale County Health Departments.
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