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11/20/2017

Patients regularly check online reviews of medical practitioners, according to a study in Software Advice, which makes it important to guard the reputation of your practice. Most bad reviews stem from poor customer service that leaves patients feeling neglected, so training staff to prioritize the patient experience is key to maintaining a positive online presence.

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11/20/2017

Study data presented at the American Heart Association showed 71% of heart patients received a statin prescription after a cardiovascular-related hospitalization, but only 37.4% remained on the medication a year later. Patients who got a clean bill of health were more likely to stop taking the statin medication, while those who had a repeat cardiac event were more likely to continue taking it.

11/20/2017

Research showed almost 80% of primary care clinicians surveyed felt strongly or somewhat prepared to recommend physical activity for patients with disabilities, and there was an association between preparedness and clinician age and number of patients with disabilities seen each week. Overall, the study in Preventing Chronic Disease showed 50.6% of clinicians recommended physical activity to patients with disabilities at most visits, but those who felt more prepared were more likely to make the recommendation.

11/20/2017

One of a group of 10 puppies brought to Vermont and New Hampshire from Puerto Rico tested positive for leptospirosis and was euthanized along with another that was sick, and the others are being treated with antibiotics. Some of the puppies had been taken to a restaurant in New Hampshire, and state epidemiologist Benjamin Chan advises anyone who had direct contact with any of the puppies to speak with a health care provider or veterinarian.

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11/20/2017

Typical police dogs have high tolerance for pain and often do not show symptoms of dental problems, which can affect their ability to detect scents, said veterinary dentist Stephen Juriga, who recently conducted a seminar for police dog handlers. The officers need to teach K-9 officers to tolerate oral examinations and dental cleanings, Dr. Juriga said, and they should serve as a first line of defense to ensure problems are spotted and treated by a veterinarian.

11/20/2017

More than 500 dogs chased three runners in cat costumes in a 5K race in Austin, Texas, to benefit a local pet charity. The event included a tailgate party and an adoption tent.

11/20/2017

President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday night that his administration would announce a decision on whether to finalize a US Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to allow elephant parts to be brought into the US from Zimbabwe and Zambia. News of the USFWS proposal, which the agency said would ultimately benefit elephants by incentivizing sound population management, sparked condemnation.

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CNN
11/20/2017

An hourlong Google Docs outage last week served as an important reminder of the need for businesses to back up important documents and develop alternative ways of accessing information and collaborating if key tools become unavailable.

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11/20/2017

A Canadian study in the journal Diseases of the Colon and Rectum found delays in treating colon cancer did not affect overall survival or cancer-free status. Data on more than 900 people with Stage 1 to Stage 3 colon cancer showed some started treatment within one month of diagnosis, while others delayed care for more than four months.

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11/20/2017

There were no significant primary outcome differences when using endoscopic therapy for Barrett's esophagus with intramucosal carcinoma or BE with high-grade dysplasia, according to research that won the 2017 Category Award for esophagus research at the World Congress of Gastroenterology at ACG2017. There also was no significant difference in BE recurrence rates, after complete eradication of intestinal metaplasia, between the carcinoma and dysplasia groups.

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