Bringing empathy back into the doctor’s office

General Health
CNN reports that instilling empathy among doctors pays off for patient care. "Oncotalk," which was developed by medical faculty at Duke, the University of Pittsburgh, and several other medical schools, is part of a burgeoning effort to teach doctors an essential but often overlooked skill: clinical empathy. (more…)
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Should TV drug ads skip scary side effects?

General Health
I’m not sure that reducing the number of risks mentioned in drug ads will actually serve the public well. I hope the FDA doesn’t make such drugs seem safer than they really are. And, in my opinion, the best solution of all would be to eliminate direct-to-consumer advertising completely. (more…)
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FDA should have authority to regulate supplements

General Health
In an editorial, the New York Times says that an agreement announced by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and GNC “should provide protection against fraudulent herbal products that don’t contain the ingredients listed on their labels or contain unlisted ingredients that are potentially dangerous.” (more…)
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Global campaign to protect disabled infants—especially before birth

General Health
LifeSiteNews reports that Irish families have joined with international medical experts and disability advocacy groups to launch the Geneva Declaration on Perinatal Care at the United Nations. The Declaration, which is the centerpiece to a global campaign to end disability discrimination caused by the “incompatible with life” label, has already been signed by more than 200 medical practitioners and researchers and 27 disability and advocacy NGOs. It aims to improve care for mother and baby where a life-limiting condition has been diagnosed before or after birth. (more…)
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AMA concerned a substantial proportion of health information on the Internet may be inaccurate, misleading

General Health
In a statement to Medscape Medical News, AMA President Robert M. Wah, MD, said, “While immediate access to online information has been of great benefit to patients and health care professionals, the American Medical Association is greatly concerned that a substantial proportion of health information on the Internet might be inaccurate, erroneous, outdated, misleading, or fraudulent, and thereby pose a threat to patients and public health.” (more…)
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