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After a yearslong epidemic where men were treated for a cancer that might never have caused them a problem, providers are decreasing their use of the prostate-specific antigen screening test. The number of diagnosed cases has gone down during the same period, according to two studies published Tuesday in JAMA.
The American Medical Association House of Delegates decided Monday that proposed recommendations for ethical practices in telemedicine did not clearly address medical liability concerns and sent them back to the authors for more work. A previous iteration of the proposed policies received the same treatment from delegates back in June.
Along with exercise and diet, another necessary element in the fight against obesity is education. This element also illustrates how the role of hospitals is changing from treating patients' illness to keeping people well. Some institutions' wellness strategies include building teaching kitchens under the same roof as operating and exam rooms.
Concerns over how the 12-nation Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement could affect tobacco packaging, drug pricing and licensing of medical professionals led the American Public Health Association to adopt a policy statement arguing that free trade can be a public health issue. The nation's largest nurses union has weighed in as well.
One researcher is looking at why poor U.S. counties also tend to have higher prevalence of risky sexual behavior and alcohol consumption. Another is studying abuse of children with birth defects. Those are just some of the findings being discussed at a public health conference taking place in Chicago this week.