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Doctor’s View: Keep Your Guns Out Of My Practice

08/21/2014 – 1:42 PM | One Comment

“Physicians who genuinely wish to offer safety information can simply hand out firearms safety and safe storage brochures to all patients.” That was the advice of …

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Pennsylvania Doctors Are Ready For Medical Marijuana

08/22/2014 – 8:11 AM | 2 Comments
medical marijuanaBy Lucy J. Cairns, MD
Several factors have recently converged to make passage of a medical marijuana law in Pennsylvania a distinct possibility.  First, public opinion in the state is now overwhelmingly in favor of legalizing marijuana (cannabis sativa) for medical use.  Results of a Franklin and Marshall College poll in February 2013, indicated that 82 percent of Pennsylvanians favored allowing adults to use marijuana for medical purposes if recommended by a doctor.   On March 3, 2014, a Quinnipiac University poll showed support in Pennsylvania at 85 percent.  When analyzed by age, gender, and political orientation groups, a minimum of 78 percent in each group supported medical marijuana.  Editorials urging the passage of a medical marijuana law recently appeared in major news outlets throughout the state. Read the full story »

Middle School Female Soccer Players At Greatest Risk For Concussions

08/19/2014 – 4:01 PM |
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By Alan Lyndon
Concussions have become synonymous with sports.  Most of the research has focused on adults, particularly college football players.  But it appears that a …

Does a Blood Test Cost $10 or $10,000?

08/18/2014 – 8:27 AM |
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By Roni Caryn Rabin

One California hospital charged $10 for a blood cholesterol test, while another hospital that ran the same test charged $10,169 — over …

Technology to Improve Treatment of Diabetic Complications

08/18/2014 – 8:06 AM |
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By Shai N. Gozani, M.D., Ph.D.
Neuropathy, or nerve disease, is one of the most common complications of diabetes affecting about half of the diabetic population. …

Are Physician Assistants Qualified To Do In-Office Surgeries?

08/18/2014 – 7:50 AM | One Comment
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By Shefali Luthra

One of the hopes embedded in the health law was to expand the role of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in addressing the nation’s …

Medicare May Cover New, At-Home Colon Cancer Test

08/15/2014 – 11:20 AM |
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By Michelle Andrews

Medicare beneficiaries may get speedier coverage for a newly approved screening test for colorectal cancer under a pilot project in which two federal agencies reviewed …

Pete Frates: ALS Patient And Man Behind The Ice Bucket Challenge

08/14/2014 – 2:33 PM |
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By Brad Broker
In just the past two weeks, the Ice Bucket Challenge has raised more than $4 million, as well as priceless awareness, for amyotrophic lateral …