A study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine revealed that primary care physicians consider patient access or doctor-to-doctor communication when making referrals to another doctor, while specialists rely on their other patients' experiences with the intended doctor. The findings suggest that "interventions to influence referral practices will need to be tailored by specialty," the study authors said.
The Association of American Medical Colleges expressed support for the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2011, which aims to boost Medicare-supported medical residency slots by 15%, create about 15,000 new positions and identify medical specialties that face shortages.
A survey of parents found that the majority perceived the terms "fat," "extremely obese" and "obese" to be the most stigmatizing when referring to children with excess body weight, a study in Pediatrics found. Researchers learned that most parents think that terms such as "unhealthy weight," "weight problem" or "overweight" are more motivational for weight loss.
The U.S. Supreme Court will have the chance to rule on the constitutionality of the federal health care law early next year because the Obama administration chose not to pursue a full appeal in a lower court. The decision enables the administration to ask the Supreme Court to schedule the case during the term that starts next week and ends in June.
A study in Pediatrics found that 15.5% of children with type 1 diabetes who also had asthma had poor blood glucose maintenance, compared to 9% of those without asthma. The researchers said they also found a higher rate of asthma among children with type 2 diabetes, which adds evidence to the idea of an obesity-asthma connection.