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January 10, 2017

Medicine Still a Lucrative Profession

By John Henry Dreyfuss, MDalert.com staff.
  • Medical specialists continue to be relatively highly paid.
  • Male specialists earn significantly more than do women specialists.
  • U.S. Physicians earn considerably more than physicians elsewhere in the developed world.
  • Medicine is not the most highly paid profession per year of required education.
  • Other professionals can earn more, sooner in a career, and with less training.
Medicine Still a Lucrative Profession
December 6, 2016

Health Effects of Loneliness and Social Isolation: A Brief Literature Review

By MDalert.com staff.

Following is a selection of the recent published literature on the relationship between feelings of loneliness, social isolation, and rates of morbidity and mortality.

  • Having social connections improves peoples’ odds of survival by 50% on average.
  • Living alone increased the likelihood of mortality the most, 32%, while social isolation raised the risk by 29% and loneliness by 26%.
  • Simply living with someone else increased survival by nearly 20%.
  • Extensive social integration nearly doubled the odds of survival.

 

Health Effects of Loneliness and Social Isolation: A Brief Literature Review
November 23, 2016

Data from Two Studies Show Routing Pill Mills in Florida Saved Lives

By John Henry Dreyfuss, MDalert.com.

  • State crackdown on high prescribers is associated with more than 1000 fewer deaths.
  • CDC reports that prescription drug-related deaths have continued to rise.
  • Johns Hopkins researchers find the Florida program to be effective.
  • Physicians are being urged to prescribe opioids in fewer cases, to fewer patients, in lower dosages.
  • The epidemic of prescription and non-prescription opioid deaths makes clear the need for drug treatment programs and for the widespread use of naloxone kits.
Data from Two Studies Show Routing Pill Mills in Florida Saved Lives
June 17, 2016

Brief Review of the Literature on Hyponatremia, Death, and Injury in Endurance Athletes

By John Henry Dreyfuss, MDalert staff.

The Myths of Dehydration and Heat Illnesses

  • The primary cause of hyponatremia in athletes is drinking too much water.
  • The incidence of hyponatremia appears to be between 13% and 15% among endurance athletes.
  • Gender and the duration of athletic activity appear to be predictors of the incidence of hyponatremia.
  • Sodium supplementation has no effect on the occurrence of hyponatremia.
  • There seems to not be a single case of death resulting from sports-related dehydration in the medical literature.
Brief Review of the Literature on Hyponatremia, Death, and Injury in Endurance Athletes
May 10, 2016

The ACA Is Hammering State Budgets

By John Henry Dreyfuss, MDalert.com staff.

  • Thirty-one states and the District of Columbia have remained within the ACA.
  • Healthcare enrollment in these states is significantly exceeding forecasts.
  • Medicaid is the largest line item in most state budgets followed by K-12 education.
  • The federal government currently reimburses 100% of the costs for new enrollees through 2016.
  • Federal reimbursement will fall to 90% by 2020.
  • Federal reimbursement to states for existing enrollees is just 50%.
The ACA Is Hammering State Budgets
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