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Many women don’t believe their breast cancer risk numbers
■ A study’s author says women’s skepticism about risks leads some to put off preventive medicine, while others may undergo unnecessary treatments. Read story
Fresh produce program gains momentum in weight-loss fight
■ Although small gains recently have been reported against the obesity epidemic among U.S. adults and children, obesity rates remain too high, experts say. Read story
DSM-5 guides doctors on suicide risks and prevention
■ Little attention has been paid to the manual’s new focus on this preventable cause of death, which leads to more fatalities than motor vehicle crashes. Read story
Childhood obesity declines in 18 states
■ Obesity in preschoolers had doubled in recent years, but the numbers are stagnating or improving in many states. Health officials are not yet declaring victory. Read story
Doctors sometimes overprescribe strongest antibiotics
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Tool prioritizes guidance from the Preventive Services Task Force
■ The mathematical model helps doctors determine the most appropriate recommendations to use from the expert panel to improve a patient's health. Read story
Health professionals need plans for providing care in a crisis
■ An IOM report encourages emergency planning to enable thoughtful decision-making when facilities face challenges such as evacuation, patient capacity or equipment shortages. Read story
Cardiologists take issue with study on echocardiogram overuse
■ Some physicians reject the implication that the test is over-ordered because the screenings often don’t result in changes in care. Read story
American Medical News ceases publication after 55-year run
■ Unsustainable financial losses forced the move despite the newspaper's editorial quality, the AMA's senior management says. The Association's other news operations will be enhanced.
AMA readies campaign for Medicare SGR repeal
■ Physicians are rallying for the remaining months of the legislative year to overhaul the formula and build a new payment system based more on quality.