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Letter From the Editor: Dr. Cindy Haines - December Edition

Letter From the Editor: Dr. Cindy Haines - December Edition

MONDAY, Dec. 2, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- This fall brought another exciting announcement from all of us at HealthDay, this one of particular interest to the specific audience of Physician's Briefing, our news service for health care professionals. In addition to now offering the opportunity to earn free AMA PRA Category 1 credit™ on select Physician's Briefing articles, HealthDay is now offering Physician's Briefing Essentials, a managed and hosted turnkey physician communications program.

Physician's Briefing Essentials is a communications package sent to physicians to relay key updates, improve relationships, and provide physicians and other medical professionals with useful and timely information.

Physician's Briefing Essentials combines value-added clinical news, free CME credits, and a vehicle to inform physicians about new hospital programs and services into one user-friendly online experience.

To learn more about Physician's Briefing Essentials visit

Adding free CME credits to Physician's Briefing articles is a result of the joint sponsorship of Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC and HealthDay. Paradigm Medical Communications, LLC is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing education credit to physicians. After reading articles that are accredited for CME, physicians can create their own online account, track their learning activity, and easily print certificates.

Physician's Briefing articles with AMA PRA Category 1 credit™ are available via five daily articles in the five featured specialties of: Cardiology, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Hematology & Oncology, and OBGYN & Women's Health. Additional CME specialties are planned for 2014.

To learn more about our CME offerings, please find a sample CME article here:

Nut Consumption May Impact Mortality Risk

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 20, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Those who consume nuts have a lower risk of total and cause-specific mortality, according to research published in the Nov. 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Ying Bao, M.D., Sc.D., of Harvard Medical School in Boston, and colleagues examined data from 3,038,853 person-years of follow-up for women in the Nurses' Health Study and men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study to assess the association between nut consumption and mortality.

The researchers found an inverse association between nut consumption and total mortality for women and men. Pooled multivariate hazard ratios showed significantly reduced risk of death for participants who ate nuts less than once per week (0.93), once per week (0.89), two to four times per week (0.87), five or six times per week (0.85), and seven or more times per week (0.80), compared with those who did not eat nuts. Those who ate nuts also had significantly reduced risk of death due to cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease.

"In two large prospective U.S. cohorts, we found a significant, dose-dependent inverse association between nut consumption and total mortality, after adjusting for potential confounders," the authors write.

A grant from the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation partly funded the study.

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Other news this month (of course!) centered around the evolving roll-out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). How is this affecting you and your practice? News swirls around how the ACA and other insurance changes will affect the physician-patient relationship. One recent Physician's Briefing headline:

American Medical Groups Protesting Physician Cuts

MONDAY, Nov. 25, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Medical societies are taking action against the mass cancellations of physicians in Medicare Advantage plans in many states, according to an article published online Nov. 22 in Medical Economics.

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At the same time, we've always known (and research continues to support) the importance of the provider-patient relationship, with optimal communication and continuity paramount. Another recent Physician's Briefing headline:

Continuity of Care Impacts Patient-Doc Communication

FRIDAY, Nov. 22, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- For Veterans Administration (VA) outpatients, low continuity of primary care correlates with reduced quality of patient-provider communication, according to a study published online Sept. 26 in the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

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In continuing to bridge this all back to the intention of our service to you, the health care provider: We select clinical news of relevance and importance to you, and provide the opportunity to earn CME credit on many of these. We will also continue our coverage of non-clinical news of interest to health care professionals. Please let me know how we are doing! You can reach me at


Dr. Cindy Haines

Physician's Briefing


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