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Nurses Harsh on Overweight Patients
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 07:53 AM

Nurse practitioners responding to a survey indicated a critical attitude when dealing with overweight and obese patients, researchers reported.  In the medical literature, studies show that obese women report experiencing stigma in healthcare and from their healthcare provider. In fact, other research indicated that about one in five overweight patients who experience weight stigma avoid future medical appointments and would seek to find a new provider.

In this study more than 50% of the clinicians surveyed agreed with statements that:

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Lack of Training Hampers Domestic Abuse Screening
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 07:47 AM

Since 2013, the United States Preventive Services Task Force has recommended that women, ages 14-46, be screened for intimate partner violence at every encounter with a healthcare personnel, even if there are no outward signs of physical abuse. It's estimated that one in four women will be victims of intimate partner violence and one in men will also be victims.

At a family medicine clinic at Oregon Health & Science University in Richmond, 25% of the respondents -- nurse practitioners, physician assistants, doctors, and others -- said they'd never undergone training for domestic violence screening, while 80% said they had not received such training in the last 6 months.  The lack of training is "one of the biggest barriers to getting treatment for [victims of intimate partner violence]."   "There is no standard guide available at this time."

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Ms. Obama, School Lunches, and Science
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014 07:27 AM

The White House round table this week included not only Michelle Obama, but also the president of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and President Obama's Senior Adviser for Nutrition, all against the background of a congressional push to repeal updated public school nutrition standards.

"We're not even thinking about the possibility of rolling back because we can't afford for that to happen," Mrs. Obama stated.

Mrs. Obama pressed urgency. "There were 100 pediatricians on the Hill recently trying to make sure our Congress understands what's at stake ... that they know what the science is."

"We want to make sure that decisions about our kids' school lunches are based on science, not on politics," she said.

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SP Adds Staff
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 04:53 PM

As Standard Process Inc. celebrates 85 years in business, the company continues to expand its staff. Recent new hires include: Fred Hunt; Daniel Krause; Sarah Moore, D.C.; Courtney Nelson; and Jerry Strojny. They join the company’s engineering, health and wellness, information technologies, and marketing departments.

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Physicians Regulate Guns in N.C.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014 06:49 AM

Physicians in North Carolina have de facto gun regulators, as applicants for concealed carry permits must obtain physician-signed waivers even though physicians have never been trained in assessing this type of competency.  The interesting thing is in North Carolina physicians were neither consulted, nor warned, about this new requirement.

A survey they sent out to physicians living in North Carolina  targeted three specialties: family medicine, general internal medicine, and psychiatrists, but it is possible for physicians in any specialty to be asked to sign the form.

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