One-Quarter of all US Health Care Spending is a Waste of Money, says JAMA study

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Though the US spends more on health care than any other country, a new JAMA study estimates about one-quarter of total health care spending in the United States is wasted. The wasteful spending price tag is hefty, from $760 billion to $935 billion. Worse yet, one-quarter of this wasteful spendingRead …

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New 15-minute Lyme Disease Test

As many as 300,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Lyme disease every year. The disease, caused by Borrelia burgdorferi and transmitted by the bite of infected Ixodes ticks, can cause serious neurologic, cardiac, and/or rheumatologic complications if left untreated. Current diagnosis methods are complex and sometimes unreliable. ARead …

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Dr. Josh Mansour: Vaping Deaths makes FDA 3-year Plan for Youth Restrictions Feel like a Millennium

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How Much More Damage will be Done before the Fix Is In? In recent weeks the death toll from vaping has risen to 12. States, cities and some countries have banned flavored e-cigarettes. In an effort to lower teen use, cities are banning e-cigarette sales for those under 18. InRead …

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Plant-Based Food Trend May Lead to Choline Deficiencies

A recent study suggests that the push toward only plant-based diets, without professional nutritional counseling, guidance, and supplementation, may lead to choline deficiencies beyond what is already present. The warning comes from a recent article in the British journal BMJ Nutrition, Prevention & Health, by Dr. Emma Derbyshire, of NutritionalRead …

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Commentary from Lisa C. Andrews, MEd, RD, LD on “Physicians Call for Peers to Get Nutrition Education”

Nutrition Education Lisa C. Andrews, MEd, RD, LD

Dear Today’s Practitioner, I am writing in response to the article titled Dr. Neal Barnard and other Physicians Call for Peers to Get Nutrition Education in the July issue of Today’s Practitioner. I was very pleased to read such a pro-nutrition post written by MDs but want to offer a fewRead …

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Glenn Sabin: Joe Biden’s So-Far Missed Opportunity to Impact Cancer

[Disclosure: My explorations of politics on this blog are limited to how political courage and well-expended political capital can have a sustainable impact on reducing our current cancer burden. ~ Glenn Sabin]  Given former vice president Joe Biden is currently atop the polls of democratic hopefuls in the hunt forRead …

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The Lancet Journals Announce Diversity Pledge and No “Manel” Policy

As part of the Lancet Group’s commitment to increasing gender equity, diversity, and inclusion in research and publishing, all of the publishing group’s 18 medical journals have adopted a new Diversity Pledge and No All-Male Panel Policy. At the same time, the Group reports progress on improving the representation ofRead …

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FDA Announces Early Fall Cannabidiol Hearings and Clarifies Commitment to Enforcement

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The FDA announced that it will host further cannabidiol hearing on the regulatory structure of CBD products in the early fall. The news was embedded in a press release regarding a warning issued to a CBD maker CuraLeaf for making unfounded claims to treat cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, opioid withdrawal, painRead …

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Today’s Practitioner Congratulates Joshua Mansour, MD in “40 Under 40” Cancer Award

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We are honored to congratulate Today’s Practitioner contributor Joshua Mansour, M.D., who was named one of forty of the nation’s most promising young oncology professionals and recognized during the 2nd annual ‘40 Under 40 in Cancer’ awards event June 1 in Chicago, supported by The Lynx Group™, McGivney Global Advisors,Read …

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