Tuesday, September 30, 2008

2008 Exclusive Survey—Earnings: Good news for primary care income

Supply and demand lead to higher reimbursement, but for how long?

"The 2008 Medical Economics Exclusive Survey is your chance to find out. Conducted in March and April, the survey asked more than 175,000 physicians about their compensation, productivity, practice size and setting, expenditures, and third-party payer arrangements, as well as basic demographic data."

Key Points:
~ Demographics affect income
~ Earnings rose in every region and nearly every type of community
~ Capitated contracts are up, but revenue down

Click on the title for an analysis of the results, broken down into three major categories: earnings, productivity, and malpractice premiums.
[from Modern Medicine Aug 1, 2008, by Ken Terry.]

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Monday, September 29, 2008

Researching Medical Literature on the Internet - 2008

This recently released article by Gloria Miccioli [LLRX], provides a good annotated guide to key, reliable internet sources for researchers of the medical literature.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Mark your Calendars!

Tuesday, October 7th
You are all invited [students & faculty ; medicine & nursing] to attend a training seminar on searching our online journal & point-of-care databases.
Eric Block, our EBSCO Rep., will be conducting 2 sessions, demonstrating the various features of DynaMed, CINAHL, Medline, the Nursing Reference Center,etc.
You are welcome to attend one or both sessions.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

For Some Doctors, Empathy Is in Short Supply

Study finds they miss patients' cues about fears of well-being,
even death
-- Sept. 22 (HealthDay News) --

"Physicians only responded to 10 percent of empathic opportunities and, when patients raised 'existential' concerns, physicians tended to shift more to biomedical responses," said study author Dr. Diane Morse, an assistant professor of medicine and psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center, in New York.

"Empathy -- identifying with and understanding another person's situation and feelings -- has been linked with improved patient satisfaction, including less anxiety and better compliance with treatment. Physicians, residents and medical students also show evidence of more satisfaction and less burnout if they provide empathy, Morse said."

Research published in latest issue of Archives of Internal Medicine.

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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Noninvasive Device Could Control Diabetes

HealthDay News ~ Sept 17, 2008
"Early trials of a new implantable, and removeable, intestinal liner have shown promise as a noninvasive means to promote blood sugar control and weight loss."

Click on the title to read the full report on the HealthDay News site...

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

The iPod Touch is winning over in Healthcare

This week on Dr. John Halamka's award-winning blog, he outlines 5 arguments in favor of the iPod Touch for healthcare applications, labelling it "the mobile clinical data viewing and educational device of the future".

Click on the title to read how Dr. Halamka backs up this claim...

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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

WHO Multi-country Study on Women's Health and Domestic Violence against Women

Initial results on prevalence, health outcomes and women's responses

"This report presents initial results based on interviews with 24 000 women,.. the study was implemented by WHO, in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) [and others], covering 15 sites and 10 countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Ethiopia, Japan, Peru, Namibia, Samoa, Serbia and Montenegro, Thailand and the United Republic of Tanzania. Data from the report show that violence against women is widespread and demands a public health response."
Full .pdf download and Summary available on the WHO website.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

New Research Shows Effectiveness of Internet-based Instruction

Mayo Clinic Research Review Shows Internet-based Instruction Effective for Teaching Health Care Professionals
Thursday, September 11, 2008
ROCHESTER, Minn. — A study led by a team of education researchers from Mayo Clinic and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) concludes that Internet-based education generally is effective...
Click on title to read more from the Mayo Clinic [JAMA 2008 Sep 10; Vol.300(10), pp.1181-96.]

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Know your Copyrights

"This site looks at copyright from the perspectives of all key academic stakeholders and suggests what each group can do to enhance their copyright practices and advance academic interests."

[See FAQ's for Teaching Faculty and Assistants.]

Know Your Copy Rights—What You Can Do is a brochure also available on the website in .pdf, and aimed at faculty and teaching assistants.

"Among the topics covered in the brochure are: fair use, the advantage of linking to instead of copying works, and special provisions for displaying or performing works in classes. The brochure also includes a one-page chart that highlights 24 situations when various categories of works can be used."

The Know Your Copy Rights educational initiative is a project of the Association of Research Libraries.


Friday, September 12, 2008

More Accolades for the Mediterranean Diet

Researchers Say Mediterranean Diet May Lower Risk of Cancer, Other Major Diseases
By Kelley Colihan
WebMD Health News

Sept. 11, 2008 -- More accolades are being heaped on the Mediterranean diet. This time, researchers say the diet may actually help prevent certain chronic diseases...

Our Healthy Women, Healthy Nation Project here in St. Kitts is promoting the right formula!

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Thursday, September 11, 2008

Critical shortage of internal medicine MDs foreseen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - "Only 23 percent of U.S. medical students plan to practice internal medicine and just 2 percent intend to become general practitioners, leading to a possible healthcare crisis, researchers reported on Tuesday."
Click on the link to Reuters to read full article...

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Seminar on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Attention: Faculty & Students ~ Medical Research Seminar
Friday, September 12, 2008 ~ 12:30 in the Auditorium

"Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview of Diagnosis and Treatment"

with Judith S. Miller, PhD, University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute , Salt Lake City, Utah

Stephen C. Wood, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair,
Department of Physiology,

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