American Academy of PediatricsAAP Urges In-Person Learning, Masking in Updated Guidance on Safe Schools

According to the interim guidance, “remote-learning highlighted inequities in education, was detrimental to the educational attainment of students of all ages, and exacerbated the mental health crisis among children and adolescents.” The AAP continues to recommend that all staff and students who are 2 years or older wear face masks unless medical or developmental conditions […]

HealthgradesGender Gaps in Physician Compensation: Best and Worst Medical Specialties

According to a study of 135,000 doctors by Doximity, male physicians made, on average, 28% more than females in 2020, a 3% increase from the 2019 numbers. The survey, along with Medscape’s poll in 2021 that showed male specialist physicians overall making 33% more than females, points to a few other large gender pay gaps, […]

Everyday HealthFDA Takes Key Step Toward Banning Menthol in Cigarettes and Cigars

According to a press release from April 2021, “the FDA is working toward issuing proposed product standards within the next year to ban menthol as a characterizing flavor in cigarettes and ban all characterizing flavors (including menthol) in cigars.” Acting Commissioner Janet Woodcock, MD, said the agency had now “accumulated sufficient evidence establishing the addictiveness […]

American College of PhysiciansEffect of Bedside Compared with Outside the Room Patient Case Presentation on Patients’ Knowledge About Their Medical Care

Medical jargon and the complexity of medical information may cause misunderstandings and patient discomfort when bedside case presentations are taking place. To see if outside-the-room case presentations were more effective, the researchers examined the patients’ average knowledge of three dimensions of their medical care in both settings — understanding their disease, the therapeutic approach being […]

Haymarket MediaCan a Patient Sue for Deceptive Business Practices Based on Prescribing?

An extremely interesting case in New York is examined in this article, which chronicles a female patient suffering from multiple sclerosis and her suit against her neurologist for prescribing a new medication that her attorney feels goes beyond medical malpractice and into fraud under NY’s General Business Law 349: “deceptive acts or practices in the […]

American Society of Clinical OncologyGenomic Classification and Clinical Outcome in Rhabdomyosarcoma: A Report from an International Consortium

Despite aggressive therapy, the 5-year survival rate for patients with metastatic or recurrent rhabdomyosarcoma – the most common soft tissue sarcoma of childhood – remains poor, and beyond PAX-FOX01 fusion status, no genomic markers are available for risk stratification. This international consortium study was designed to determine the incidence of driver mutations and their association […]

Millennium Medical PublishingConsiderations in the Management of Younger Patients With Colorectal Cancer

It is important for young people, caregivers, and healthcare providers to recognize possible symptoms of colorectal cancer (CRC) and arrange a colonoscopy or other tests when necessary. This article presents a thorough review of CRC and its impact on young patients, including a hypothesis for the increase of cases, screening recommendations, demographic features, symptoms, and […]

Everyday HealthDoctors Beware: There’s a $400,000 Target on Your Back

In this article/podcast from KevinMD.com, the author encourages readers to make some adjustments in their life to reduce the professional and personal risks associated with the stakeholders who target physicians, including corporate America, the government, patients, and the financial industry. The commentary is a response to President Biden’s multi-trillion spending plan, which targets rich corporations […]