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  • Burnout Singeing All Levels of MedicineStudy finds 41% overall burnout rate across patient-centered medical home teams at the VA. Staffing levels, turnover, and patient panel size had the largest link with burnout, and those factors affected team members equally.
  • FDA Approves Dupilumab (Dupixent) for EczemaDesignated a breakthrough therapy, dupilumab spares patients with moderate to severe eczema from the need to resort to systemic immunosuppressants and the higher risks they pose.
  • Oxybutynin Use 'Alarmingly High' in Older PatientsDespite well-documented links between antimuscarinic agents and dementia in the elderly, inappropriate prescribing continues, and might be driven by restrictive formularies and a lack of awareness.
  • States Consider Mandatory Treatment for Opioid AbusersSeveral states are drafting legislation to force those who abuse opioids into treatment. Such proposals are a step in the right direction, but are poorly crafted, say addiction experts.
  • Fruit, Veg Consumption May Lower Psychological StressA longitudinal study of more than 60,000 Australians showed an association between vegetable and fruit consumption and reductions in psychological stress primarily in women.

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  • Do Physicians' Beards Endanger Patients' Health?   A bioethicist notes that physicians' choices on attire and personal appearance could have negative consequences for their patients.
  • New Prescribing Regulations Bring Challenges for Doctors Prescribing controlled substances has become more regulated. But stymied patients may not always abide by the new laws, thereby putting practices in jeopardy. Should doctors dismiss these patients?

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