Information technologyNew system lets some civilian doctors see military health records | Military Times
A new health records sharing program gives doctors in 10 civilian U.S. health systems access to Defense Department medical records, with more systems expected to join later this year.
Medical devices and equipmentFTC requests additional info before approving Abbott Labs, St. Jude tie-up | Nasdaq.com
The Federal Trade Commission has requested additional information from Abbott Laboratories and St. Jude Medical, which are attempting to close a $25 billion deal combining two of the leading makers of heart-related devices.
PharmaceuticalsSage shares jump on postpartum depression drug trial results | The Wall Street Journal
Sage Therapeutics Inc.'s shares jumped 40% Tuesday after the pharmaceutical firm announced positive mid-stage trial data for its treatment for postpartum depression—a condition without any approved drugs on the market.
Why pharma companies are fighting legal marijuana | The Washington Post
In medical-marijuana states, the average doctor prescribed 265 fewer doses of antidepressants each year, 486 fewer doses of seizure medication, 541 fewer anti-nausea doses and 562 fewer doses of anti-anxiety medication, according to a new study release in the journal Health Affairs.
A former surgical technician who is HIV-positive pleaded guilty on Tuesday to tampering with narcotics at a Colorado hospital, potentially exposing thousands of patients to blood-borne diseases, including the AIDS virus, federal prosecutors said.
PhysiciansFew young doctors are training to care for U.S. elderly | Kaiser Health News
The United States has 130 geriatric fellowship programs, with 383 positions. In 2016, only 192 of them were filled. The deficit of properly trained physicians is expected to get worse. By 2030, one in five Americans will be eligible for Medicare, the government health insurance for those 65 and older.
Dr. Paid Less: An old title still fits female physicians | The New York Times
Female physicians at some of the nation's most prominent public medical schools earn nearly $20,000 less a year on average than their male colleagues, according to an analysis published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Safety, quality and clinical practiceVaccines are not just for kids | Kaiser Health News
California's doctors are turning their attention to adults, who haven't been as diligent about getting their own shots. The California Medical Association Foundation, the charitable arm of the Sacramento-based physicians' organization, published a vaccine schedule last year to inform doctors and patients about recommended vaccines for adults.