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Hospital-Employed Physicians Drive Up Costs
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014 01:36 PM

The attorneys general (AGs) of 16 states warn that hospital employment of physicians, which is considered in many quarters to be the inevitable fate of medical practice, is driving up healthcare costs without necessarily improving the quality of care.

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Quality of U.S. Diet Improves, Slightly
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014 01:22 PM

The quality of Americans' diets has improved somewhat but remains poor overall, and dietary disparity between the rich and poor is growing, a new study shows.  "The study provides the most direct evidence to date that the extensive efforts by many groups and individuals to improve U.S. dietary quality are having some payoff, but it also indicates that these efforts need to be expanded.

The new information came from data on more than 29,000 adults -- aged 20 to 85 -- who took part in the 1999 to 2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. The quality of their diets was rated from 0 to 110, with a higher score indicating a healthier diet.

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Why Did Scrubs Start as Green or Blue
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014 01:16 PM

When "scrubs" started out it seems that green or blue was the color of choice rather than the rainbow of colors we see today.  Why were scrubs green or blue?  Scrubs used to be white—the color of cleanliness.

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Low Carb Beats Low Fat for Weight Loss, CV Risk
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:49 PM

For weight loss and for reducing cardiovascular risk, cutting down on carbs was a more effective strategy than limiting fat intake in a randomized trial, researchers found.  They also had significantly greater increases in HDL cholesterol.  

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HHS Mulls Lifting Gay Blood Donor Ban
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Wednesday, September 03, 2014 12:21 PM

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is now evaluating data that could determine whether to continue a ban that prohibits men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood.  The American Medical Association (AMA) and other groups say the ban is no longer necessary given advancements in testing technology, and they have called on the FDA to end the ban.

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