Here are some of the items to make the news: (Scandals of Sex,Drugs and Fraud are not highlighted, which unfortunately, were many)

*Doctor Burnout:
A survey of greater than 7000 physicians across our nation reveals that more doctors suffer from burnout than other professions.  Almost 46% are demonstrating at least one symptom based on a high depersonalization score or high emotional exhaustion score.

Dr. Tait Shanafelt of the Mayo Clinic, heading the survey states:
“Policy makers and healthcare organizations must address the problem of physician burnout for the sake of physicians and their patients”. Have you noticed this?
Statin Warnings:
Statins, the darling medications used ubiquitously to lower cholesterol levels have been shown to raise blood sugar and HbA1c levels, as seen in the new labeling, overseen by the FDA.

*Soda Gives a Pop:
Consuming one can of soda daily (or more) is linked to a 20% rise in heart disease and strokes.

*Home Test for HIV:
FDA approved the first nonprescription at-home HIV test, informing thousands of Americans about their status.

*Obesity Drugs Approved:
Lorcaserin and phentemine-topiramate were both approved for treatment of obesity. Lean days ahead?

*Nobel Prizes awarded to a British and Japanese scientist:
Dr. Gurdon and Dr. Yamanaka given Prize for stem cell research showing older specialized cells can be reprogrammed to become immature
stem cells.  These can develop into any kind of cell in the body.

*Red Wine- Bottom’s Up:
Dr. Das, known for citing the benefits of resveratrol in red wine was found to falsify the research.  So, is that wine helping?  (in some aspects it is!)

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