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The Potential Hazards of Hospital Consolidation Tim Xu, Albert W. Wu, and Martin A. Makary in The Journal of the American Medical Association “At the end of the 20th century, consolidation in the financial services industry created firms that were … Read more ›

Teen E-Cig Users More Likely to Smoke

As e-cigarette usage among high school students continues to climb, a recent study from The Journal of the American Medical Association reveals an unsettling trend: that adolescent e-cigarette users are more likely than their non-vaping peers to initiate use of combustible tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars and hookahs.

Military children display higher rates of substance abuse and violence: study

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Being the child of an active-duty military member may present increased risks for violence, substance abuse and becoming the victim of bullying, a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association Pediatrics finds. The study adds to a growing body of research on the emotional stresses...

Exercise May be Associated with Reduced Disease Activity in Children with Multiple Sclerosis

A new study suggests children with multiple sclerosis (MS) who exercise regularly may have a less active disease. The research is published in the August 12, 2015, online issue of Neurology(r), the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Medical News Today: Depression, bipolar may raise heart disease risk in teens

A scientific statement from the American Heart Association claims major depression and bipolar disorder should be considered risk factors for heart disease among adolescents.

Euthanasia Groups Practice “Doctor Shopping:” If Your Doctor Won’t Kill You, Here’s One Who Will

The Journal of the American Medical Association has conducted a study on euthanasia in the Netherlands and Belgium. It makes for morbid reading. The culture of death is really up and running! For this post, I want to focus on the practice in the Netherlands of what I call “doctor shopping.” By that I mean […]

Dr. Joseph Hill Named Editor-in-Chief of Circulation

Dr. Joseph Hill, Chief of UT Southwestern Medical Center's Division of Cardiology and Director of the Harry S. Moss Heart Center, has been selected as the upcoming editor-in-chief for the American Heart Association's principal scientific journal, Circulation.

AMA Supports Legislative Effort to Revise Meaningful Use 

This week, the American Medical Association (AMA) declared its strong support for new legislation responding to the depths of doctors’ dissatisfaction with the federal government’s Meaningful Use program. The bill introduced by U.S. Rep. Show More Summary

American Society of Anesthesiologists(r) (ASA(r)) Partners in AMA Task Force to Address America's Opioid Crisis

Recognizing the urgency and serious impact of the growing opioid abuse and addiction problem on the health of patients across the country, today as part of the American Medical Association (AMA) Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse, ASA joins the AMA in announcing the first of several national recommendations to address this growing epidemic.

"This is bad for academic medicine"

When the history of the patient safety movement is told, it will be appropriate that the Association of American Medical Colleges will be left out. The recalcitrance of this organization in acknowledging patient safety problems was legendary for the first decade of this century. Show More Summary

Insulin resistance increases risk for Alzheimer's disease, new Iowa State study finds

An Iowa State University study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology, found a strong association between insulin resistance and memory function decline, increasing the risk for Alzheimer's disease.

Among top lobbying spenders, AMA nearly doubles outlays in second quarter

Second quarter lobbying reports are in, showing some big jumps among the top spenders of the period from April 1 through June 30, including the American Medical Association and General Electric. No surpise that the largest spender was the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which laid out $23.1 milliion in the last three months, up from…

Update on Opposition to ABA Hijinks

Last month, we described the proposal by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Medical Professional Liability concerning legislation on “defective medical products” and punitive damages for “patient harm allegedly caused” by them. Show More Summary

AMGA 2015 Medical Group Compensation and Productivity Survey Reports Average Increase in Physician Compensation at 2.8%

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) today announced findings from its 2015 Medical Group Compensation and Productivity Survey, conducted by its consulting arm, AMGA Consulting Services. Findings show that 75 percent of physician specialties experienced increases in compensation. Show More Summary

How medical marijuana could literally save lives

Medical marijuana opponents recently pounced on a big new analysis published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showing that there isn't good evidence that marijuana works for many of the conditions, like glaucoma, anxiety, or Parkinson's disease, that it's often prescribed for. The JAMA study was based on a meta-analysis of the findings […]

Statement from AMGA on the Nomination of Andy Slavitt as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

The American Medical Group Association (AMGA) supports the nomination of Andy Slavitt as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Evidence of Marijuana’s Medical Usefulness Mounts

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The current issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) includes two articles that review studies of marijuana's medical utility and come to similar conclusions about the applications that are best supported by the...Show More Summary

CMS, AMA Partner to Help Providers Get Ready For ICD-10

With less than three months remaining until the ICD-10 transition, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) are announcing efforts to continue to help physicians get ready ahead of the October 1 deadline. In response to requests from the provider community, CMS is releasing additional guidance that will allow... Read More

A Modern Guide to Naming Diseases

In 1932, a trio of New York physicians published a paper in the Journal of the American Medical Association that described a new form of bowel disease. The illness came to be named after only one of them, the paper’s lead author, Burrill B. Show More Summary

Rush University Medical Center Among Four Hospitals Nationwide Honored for Equitable Care

Rush University Medical Center has been named a finalist for the American Hospital Association's Equity of Care Award for its efforts to reduce health care disparities and promote diversity within the organization's leadership and staff. The association announced the award honorees on June 30.

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