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February 8, 2013
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  • Experts find higher stroke risk with Southern diet
    People who reported eating Southern fare -- such as fried, salty and processed foods -- almost daily were up to 30% more likely than those who consumed less of such foods to have a stroke, a study showed. Researchers also found that those who ate the most fruits and vegetables had a 15% to 26% lower risk of stroke than those who ate them only once a week. The findings were presented at the American Stroke Association meeting. HealthDay News (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 3 cancer screenings get Consumers Union's recommendation
    The Consumers Union recommended just three of 11 cancer screenings, for colon, breast and cervical cancers, in the March edition of Consumer Reports. Researchers, who based recommendations on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force data and other evidence, said most people do not need to be tested for bladder, lung, oral, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, skin or testicular cancers and that screening can lead to unnecessary additional testing or treatment. Medscape (free registration) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sun exposure may lower rheumatoid arthritis risk, study finds
    An analysis of data from the Nurses' Health Study involving about 235,000 participants found that older women with the highest estimated levels of solar ultraviolet B exposure had a 21% lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than those with the least levels. Sunlight's beneficial effect, however, was not evident in younger women. The study appeared online in the journal Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. WebMD/HealthDay News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Management 
  • Low cost, high satisfaction seen with online consults
    A study in Health Affairs found online consultation for routine health issues showed similar efficacy to that of standard care while leading to lower costs and high patient satisfaction. At $40 per episode, the service costs less than care provided by convenience clinics, physician offices or urgent care centers, and episode resolution rates were high. InformationWeek (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy & Legislation 
  • AAFP declares its support for bipartisan bill to eliminate SGR
    The AAFP supports the Medicare Physician Payment Innovation Act, a bill introduced in the House to eliminate the sustainable growth rate formula and temporarily replace it with yearly updates while new payment models are tested. "For more than 10 years, some of the most vulnerable folks in America -- folks who are elderly, disabled and veterans have had their health care at risk because of what we know is a flawed and broken SGR system," AAFP President Jeff Cain, M.D., told a congressional briefing. AAFP News Now (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CBO scales back ACA health coverage estimates
    The Congressional Budget Office now predicts 27 million people will gain health insurance by 2017, compared with earlier CBO estimates of up to 34 million people. Additionally, the CBO estimates that up to 8 million people could lose the employer-sponsored health insurance they now have, compared with a previous estimate of 3 million. Fewer people than initially thought will be covered through Medicaid as some governors refuse to expand eligibility under the Affordable Care Act, but some people who lose their insurance will obtain a new policy via public exchanges, the CBO said. Bloomberg (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Professional Issues & Trends 
  • N.Y. helps family physicians provide more mental health care
    Primary care physicians are providing more mental health care services to patients, and the New York State Office of Mental Health is supporting the efforts through physician training programs, such as Project TEACH. Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown is using grant money to integrate mental health and primary care at its facilities and to develop screening tools that help identify patients with mental health problems. Observer-Dispatch (Utica, N.Y.) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Register for the 2013 Family Medicine Congressional Conference
    There's power in your story. Share it with confidence in Washington at the Family Medicine Congressional Conference, May 14 and 15. FMCC is an exceptional opportunity to understand federal advocacy, learn about current priorities for family medicine and get practical, hands-on experience with the legislative process -- all in two days. Learn about the issues and then address Congress on workforce issues, payment reform and public/community health, among other topics. Make a difference and advance family medicine. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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