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January 2019


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Preparing for your board examination is tough. That is why The Osler Institute has designed its review courses to cut out the “fluff ” and offer you only those pearls which are guaranteed to help you ace your exams. There is never a better time than NOW to begin your preparations for your board exam.

Anonymous patient data may not be as private as previously thought

For years, researchers have been studying medical conditions using huge swaths of patient data with identifying information removed to protect people’s privacy.

HHS Issues Draft Strategy to Reduce Health IT Burden
The department is seeking public comment on its recommendations to reduce IT burden.

Telemedicine sees a dramatic rise in Minnesota, with urban-rural contrast
More Minnesotans are connecting with their doctors electronically.

Report: Visits to primary care doctors decline, but more patients with employer plans are seeing NPs, PAs | DAS Health
Fewer patients with employer-sponsored insurance are visiting their primary care doctors, but more are seeing other advanced practice providers (APPs), according to a new study.

Health law’s fines are not the big stick everybody thought
There was one thing that supporters and detractors of former President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul agreed on for years: unpopular fines on Americans forgoing coverage were essential for the plan to work because they nudged healthy people to get insured

Ethical leaders: use science to advance gender equity in medicine – STAT
Female physicians tend to get lower pay and less recognition than their male colleagues. That’s an ethical issue that leaders in medicine must change

YouTube’s prostate cancer advice may be dangerous, misleading, study finds
77% of the 150 most-viewed YouTube videos on prostate cancer contained factual errors or biased content, according to the report

Early puberty in girls linked to beauty product chemicals: study
As if being a pre-teen girl isn’t hard enough. A new study says some common soaps, shampoos, and other personal care products may be putting adolescent girls at a higher risk of certain cancers and other developmental issues.

Machine Learning, EHR Data Predict High-Risk Surgical Patients
Using machine learning tools powered by EHR data from a single institution can help predict patients at high risk of surgical complications with more accuracy than traditional methods.

Sanofi’s pediatric hexavalent vaccine approved by U.S. FDA
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Sanofi’s new pediatric vaccine immunizing children against six diseases.


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February 2019

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Preparing for your board examination is tough. That is why The Osler Institute has designed its review courses to cut out the “fluff ” and offer you only those pearls which are guaranteed to help you ace your exams. There is never a better time than NOW to begin your preparations for your board exam.

Pew Issues Comments on ONC’s HIT Burden Reduction Strategy
The research and policy group attests that more can be done to address poor EHR system usability and ineffective health data exchange

Hospitals’ solution to surprise out-of-network bills: Make physicians go in-network
Some hospitals have turned to a bold strategy to prevent patients from receiving surprise medical bills: requiring in-hospital physicians to contract with the same insurers as the hospital.

Shorter waits for new patients at VA than in private sector, U.S. study finds
In many cases, veterans get a first appointment at VA hospitals quicker than the general public gets first appointments with health care providers, government researchers report.

Growing Up Digital-Smartphone Psychiatry story
Detecting depression: Smartphone apps could monitor teen angst, identify kids at risk of mental health crisis

Most Physicians Not Aware of CMS’s Expanded Virtual Care Provisions, Survey Finds
Two-thirds of physicians are not aware of recent changes by CMS to expand reimbursement for virtual care, but 63 percent said the increased telemedicine reimbursement would speed up implementation, adoption and use of telemedicine.

Public spaces should stock bleeding-control kits for mass casualties, experts say
As mass-casualty events and violent attacks in the U.S. continue to increase, military and emergency medicine experts are recommending that public venues install bleeding-control kits for at least 20 victims.

Arsenic and Lead Are in Your Fruit Juice: What You Need to Know
Consumer Reports’ testing has discovered concerning amounts of toxic heavy metals including arsenic and lead in fruit juice, and many of those juices marketed to children.

Public health emergency declared over measles in anti-vax hotspot near Portland, Oregon

A public health emergency has been declared in Clark County, Washington, as a result of an ongoing measles outbreak.

Big Pharma’s Marketing to Docs Helped Trigger Opioid Crisis: Study
Aggressive direct marketing to doctors by pharmaceutical companies is tied to spurring the ongoing epidemic of opioid abuse in the United States, a new study claims.

A Pea-Sized Device Is Approved to Close Holes in Hearts of Tiny Infants
A pea-sized device used to seal tiny but potentially deadly holes in the hearts of premature infants has been approved by U.S. regulators

Leafy green neighborhoods tied to better heart health
People who live in neighborhoods with more green spaces may have less stress, healthier blood vessels and a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes than residents of communities without many outdoor recreation areas


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March 2019

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Researchers Develop First Smartphone App to Detect Opioid Overdose
The technology can sense the critical moment a drug user’s breaths drop to life-threatening levels.

Celiac disease may be caused by a gastrointestinal infection in childhood
A new study has found that a childhood stomach bug may be the cause of celiac disease later in life. The findings could pave the way for a vaccine to protect against the disease.

As the use of 3D printing in healthcare grows, hospitals turn to proving a case for reimbursement
The global healthcare market for 3D-printing is expected to be $2.3 billion in 2020.

When Is the Surgeon Too Old to Operate?
A handful of hospitals have instituted mandatory screening procedures for medical professionals over 70. Many have been unenthusiastic about the idea.

Marketing for Short-Term Health Plans May Mislead Consumers
Brokers and websites selling short-term health plans may not provide all the information necessary to inform consumer purchases.

Smartphones Can Now Diagnose These Health Problems
That iPhone or Android could soon act as a health care assistant.

AMA survey: 28% of physicians say prior authorizations led to serious adverse events
Prior authorizations are hazardous to patients’ health, according to more than one-quarter of physicians.

Hackers are stealing millions of medical records – and selling them on the dark web

How easy is it for criminals to get hold of these patient files? It only took a few seconds

Harvard Study Finds Older Insulins Are Safe as Well as Cheaper
A private Medicare delivery system owned by insurer Anthem Inc. moved thousands of elderly patients with diabetes from costly new insulin drugs such as Sanofi’s Lantus to older and cheaper insulin products.

Xcertia Releases New mHealth App Guidelines, Adding 3 Categories
Xcertia has updated its proposed guidelines for mHealth apps, adding standards for usability, operability, and content to the previously unveiled guidelines for privacy and security.


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April 2019

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Preparing for your board examination is tough. That is why The Osler Institute has designed its review courses to cut out the “fluff ” and offer you only those pearls which are guaranteed to help you ace your exams. There is never a better time than NOW to begin your preparations for your board exam.

Should Doctors Buy Google Reviews for Their Medical Practice?
Buying fake Google reviews for your medical practice? Read the post to know why it is a terrible idea to buy fake reviews to boost your presence online.

Medicare Trims Payments To 800 Hospitals, Citing Patient Safety Incidents
The penalties are part of a program set up by the Affordable Care Act to prompt hospitals to pay more attention to safety issues that can lead to injuries.

FDA Chief Calls For Stricter Scrutiny Of Electronic Health Records
In an interview, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb reacts to a KHN/Fortune investigation of the drawbacks and risks of electronic health records.

Key doctors group presses tech to crack down on anti-vaccine misinformation

The largest association of doctors in the U.S. on Wednesday pressed the country’s leading tech companies to crack down on anti-vaccine misinformation spread on their platforms.

Cutbacks by some doctors halved new opioid prescriptions over 5 years
The rate of first-time opioid prescriptions declined 54 percent between 2012 and 2017 in the U.S.

FDA Announces Sweeping Plan To Review Safety Of Surgical Staplers
The FDA said it might reclassify the widely used devices featured in a recent Kaiser Health News investigation.

Your smartphone is probably dirtier than your toilet

Experts say your smartphone screen is filthy. It’s covered in poop. Here’s how to sanitize iPhones, Google Pixels, and others.

Aspiring Doctors Seek Advanced Training In Addiction Medicine
Now numbering more than 60, these fellowship programs offer physicians a year or two of postgraduate training in clinics and hospitals where they learn evidence-based approaches for treating addiction.

Even with measles outbreaks across the US, at least 20 states have proposed anti-vaccination bills
Why is this happening? Especially when the record shows that no state has successfully passed legislation expanding non-medical exemptions for vaccinations since 2003?

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May 2019

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Meet the physician battling the government’s Title X gag rule
Family physician Tom Ewing, MD, is the face of the lawsuit fighting a new regulation that limits what doctors can and cannot say to patients about reproductive health care options.

AMA Backs United Health’s Billing Codes For Social Determinants Of Health
The American Medical Association and United Health Group have developed uniform billing codes for social determinants of health

First-year trainee doctors spend little time on patient care
Over a typical 24-hour shift, first-year residents training in internal medicine spend just three hours on direct patient care and only 1.8 hours on education, a U.S. study suggests.

Telemedicine tied to more antibiotics for kids, study finds

Telemedicine may be leading to the overprescribing of antibiotics to sniffling children, a new study suggests

Cannabis users may need more anesthesia for surgery
 People who regularly use cannabis may need more than twice the usual dose of anesthesia for surgery, a U.S. study suggests.

Americans getting more inactive, computers partly to blame
Americans are becoming increasingly sedentary, spending almost a third of their waking hours sitting down, and computer use is partly to blame, a new study found.

Facing Escalating Workplace Violence, Hospital Employees Have Had Enough

U.S. hospitals are under mounting pressure to address violence against health care staff by patients and visitors

Exemptions Surge As Parents And Doctors Do ‘Hail Mary’ Around Vaccine Laws
In California, medical exemptions to skip childhood vaccinations are on the rise

Is it Time for Your Organization to Hit the HIPAA Breach Panic Button?
Indeed, it is. According to the latest statics from the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR), 43% of all reported breaches are now caused by hacking or other related information network discrepancies

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June 2019

The Osler Newsletter returns to provide you with up-to-date information to assist you in staying current with the latest news and trends in medicine and continuing medical education.

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Preparing for your board examination is tough. That is why The Osler Institute has designed its review courses to cut out the “fluff ” and offer you only those pearls which are guaranteed to help you ace your exams. There is never a better time than NOW to begin your preparations for your board exam.

Are prior authorization insurance requirements killing patients?
As a medical oncologist with a full-time practice, I deal with treatment delays and other consequences of prior authorization every day. And physicians across the nation believe the problem is getting worse.

Shots Heard ‘Round The World
a vetted, rapid response, private, pro-Vaccine, social media rescue network created to come to the aid of healthcare providers/practices experiencing a large-scale anti-vaccine social media attack.

Finding the next generation of antibiotics: Fighting one germ with another
At least 23,000 Americans die every year as a direct result of an antibiotic-resistant infection, and many more die from related complications.

Patients value convenience of telemedicine

Patients who have real-time video visits with their primary care providers instead of in-person exams are generally satisfied with the convenience and quality of their checkups, a new study suggests.

Hospitals look to computers to predict patient emergencies – STAT
The Cleveland Clinic’s goal is to give front-line clinicians notice of serious cardiac events an hour or more before they happen.

Until broadband access improves, telemedicine won’t help rural communities
Telemedicine has been touted as a solution to the dearth of doctors in rural America.

FDA To End Program That Hid Millions Of Reports On Faulty Medical Devices

In the wake of a KHN investigation, the agency will no longer let device makers file reports of harm outside a widely used public database.

When It’s Time For A Mammogram, Should You Ask For 3D?
Evidence is growing that 3D mammography provides more precise images and is better at detecting breast cancer — but the jury is still out on whether it saves lives.

‘Post-antibiotics’ world is here, experts say
Experts fear a “post-antibiotics” era has already begun as new product development lags while overuse of current treatments continues despite the growing threat of drug-resistant diseases.

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July 2019

The Osler Newsletter returns to provide you with up-to-date information to assist you in staying current with the latest news and trends in medicine and continuing medical education.

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Preparing for your board examination is tough. That is why The Osler Institute has designed its review courses to cut out the “fluff ” and offer you only those pearls which are guaranteed to help you ace your exams. There is never a better time than NOW to begin your preparations for your board exam.

Apple Watch alerts woman to a heart condition, saves her life
Researchers say that Alexa, some iPhones, and Androids could be used to detect if you’re having a heart attack by listening to your breathing patterns

Coffee could be the secret to burning fat and fighting obesity
A new study from the University of Nottingham has found that coffee can stimulate fat fighters in the body.

Millions with Neurological Diseases Could Have a New Option
Implantable neurostimulation devices are a common way to treat some of these diseases. One of the most commonly used elements in these devices is platinum microelectrodes

Cheerios, Nature Valley cereals contain Roundup ingredient

An environmental group says its test results show many glyphosate levels above what it considers safe for children

Poll: 1 in 4 Americans say cost led to skipping medical care
More than 1 in 4 Americans say they or a family member went without needed health care in the past two years because they felt they could not afford it, according to a new poll.

These are the 5 biggest data breaches in history
Having medical data stolen makes the nearly 12 million consumers affected by the breach especially vulnerable targets for identity theft.

Cannabis ingredient CBD could one day become an antibiotic

Scientists tested the drug against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, with promising results.

At stores and online, health care moves closer to customers
Health care is moving closer to patients. Drugstores are expanding the care and support they offer, and telemedicine is bringing doctors and therapists to the family room couch as the system…

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