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Database Reveals $3.5 Billion in Payments to Doctors
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Thursday, October 02, 2014 03:26 PM

Nearly $3.5 billion in industry payments and gifts to doctors were made public Tuesday in a new government database intended to highlight conflicts of interest.  The first round of "Sunshine Act" data includes payments that were made by drug and device manufacturers to clinicians and teaching hospitals.  The data available Tuesday includes 4.4 million payments made during the last five months of 2013.

Risky Choices
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Thursday, October 02, 2014 02:41 PM

A new study suggests that people may put their health in danger by misjudging the risks of medical treatments. Patients see a catastrophic outcome as less likely when its risk is listed alongside more benign afflictions.

“Consumers may unwittingly expose themselves to substantial danger,” write the authors. “Patients may be more likely to take medical drugs with potentially harmful side effects if they learn about the drug’s relatively minor side effects along with the drug’s more serious ones.”

Feds Seek Alternative for Opioids
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Thursday, October 02, 2014 02:34 PM

The National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs this week announced that they will launch a five-year, $21.7 million initiative to study the effectiveness of alternative therapies to opioids.  Nearly half of all troops returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq are suffering from chronic pain, more than double the civilian population, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Many of those veterans have been prescribed opioids.  

The joint research program includes studies on the use of morning light treatments, managing chronic lower-back pain, the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, and the use of chiropractors, self-hypnosis and meditation to reduce pain, said Josephine P. Briggs, director of the National Center of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at NIH.

Nurses Sue Hospital Over Mandatory Flu Shots
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Thursday, October 02, 2014 02:17 PM

The Massachusetts Nurses Association sued Brigham and Women’s Hospital this week, seeking to block a policy not yet in effect that would require nurses to get flu shots if they want to keep working there.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association, the union representing 3,200 nurses at the Brigham, said in its lawsuit that the hospital’s mandate, which could lead to the firing of employees who refuse vaccination, violates a state regulation that explicitly bars hospitals from requiring employees to the receive vaccine if they don’t want it, regardless of the reason.  The spokesman for the nurses’ union, called the regulation “crystal clear:  Every employee has a right to decline,” he said. “All they have to do is sign a form. They don’t have to give a reason.”

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