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Final Obama budget takes aim at opioid addiction, superbugs

President Barack Obama today submitted a budget for fiscal 2017 that includes funds to address opioid abuse, combat antibiotic resistance and prepare for potential infectious disease outbreaks.

3 reasons doctors veer from evidence-based medicine

Physicians may strive to practice evidence-based medicine, but doing so consistently is easier said than done, according to a commentary by Terry Brenneman, M.D., in  Physicians Practice.

Strengthen doctor-patient relationships by talking wellness, not just sickness

While our media channels, social and otherwise, are oversaturated with "simple tricks" promising to improve our health through better habits, superfoods and the like, a  Washington Post  article suggests many people overlook one of the best sources of information available to help improve their overall health and wellness: their primary care physicians.

More hospitals replace nurseries with "rooming-in" with moms

Around the country, numerous hospitals are phasing out nurseries in maternity wards in favor of the practice of "rooming-in," wherein healthy newborns and their mothers stay in the same room, according to the Boston Globe.

Cigna makes performance-based drug pricing deal with Novartis

Health insurer Cigna has teamed up with Swiss drugmaker Novartis AG to set the price for a new heart medication based on performance, Reuters reports.  

Concierge practice less about money, more about quality of life

There are several reasons physicians are drawn to alternative practice models, such as direct pay and concierge medicine. For Doug Pitman, M.D., the most meaningful benefit of switching to concierge care was the ability to restore balance to his life, according to a commentary in  MD Magazine.

Med dashboard improves adherence, but not outcomes

Use of a clinical dashboard within an electronic health record system helped improve medication adherence among patients with diabetes, but not their overall health outcomes, according to a study published at  JMIR Medical Informatics.

Professor: Patients must 'get over' data-sharing fears

Patients and physicians "need to get over it" when it comes to fears and frustrations surrounding sharing healthcare records, David B. Agus, professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California, writes at the  New York Times.

More urologists stand by PSA testing

The most recent guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommend against routine testing for prostate-specific antigen, but the level to which this advice is followed may vary by physician type, according to a study published in  JAMA Internal Medicine.

St. Louis hospital creates unit to improve outcomes through innovation

Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis has created a 21-bed neurological unit to examine whether new ways of providing care can improve outcomes, the  St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reported.