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Doctors Don't Die Differently, New Study

A new study appears to disprove the increasingly popular notion that doctors die differently than everyone else, using fewer interventions that often have little value.

The Happiest Physician Specialties

A physician's specialty could heavily influence their level of happiness at work, according to one Physician Lifestyle Report 2017. Of the more than 14,000 physicians surveyed, some specialties reported notably higher rates of feeling very or extremely happy at work.

Study: 1 in 5 Hospitalized Adults Have Antibiotic Side Effects

Infectious disease experts suggest that almost one-fifth of antibiotic prescriptions written by doctors are unnecessary. The study found 20 percent of patients who received antibiotics had one or more side effects and that each additional 10 days of antibiotics increased the risk of side effects by 3 percent.

Appropriate Texting Between Physicians And Patients

There are no government regulations specific to text communication between patient and provider. As such, the same general rules for privacy and security that apply for any other phone texting exchange hold for texting about a patient or directly with a patient. To address the implications of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), the privacy rule restricts who has access to protected health information (PHI), while the security rules loosely define parameters for preventing breach of PHI.

Apple Looks To Acquire AthenaHealth

Citi analyst Garen Sarafian thinks Athenahealth (NASDAQ: ATHN) can be of a benefit to Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) efforts to break into healthcare. Sarafian says such a possible deal "would accelerate efforts for interoperability", would offer instant access to roughly one-half of US physicians, would be culturally possible and would aid in the centralization of medical data. The discussion comes after activist investor Elliott Management disclosed a 9.2% stake in Athenahealth in May.

Pharmacists May Know More About Penicillin Allergy Than Doctors

Study shows 78 percent of pharmacists knew penicillin allergy can resolve itself over time compared to 55 percent of physicians.

Ohio Attorney General Sues 5 Pharma Companies Over Opioid Epidemic

The Ohio attorney general has filed a lawsuit against five leading prescription opioid manufacturers, alleging that the companies intentionally misled patients regarding the risks and benefits of opioid use with fraudulent marketing.