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ChatGPT Diagnoses Patients ‘Like a Human Doctor,’ Study Finds

A new study suggests ChatGPT performs as well as doctors in diagnosing emergency department patients and may shorten hospital wait times.

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As Days Heat Up, More Seniors Skip Doc Appointments

More folks, especially seniors, are missing doctors’ appointments due to extreme weather, a new study shows.

The rate of missed primary care appointments increases 0.64% for every 1-degree increase in temperatures 90 degrees or hotter, researchers reported recently in the American Journal of Preventive Medic...

Nearly Half of U.S. Counties Lack Cardiologists Despite High Need

Where you live plays a vital role in how easy it is to receive care for heart problems.

Nearly half of U.S. counties don't have a practicing cardiologist, and those are places with the worst heart health, a new study says.

More than 46% of U.S. counties don't have a single heart doctor, even though the rest have an average 24 cardiologists practicing within them, according to findin...

Most Americans Don't Know That Family Doctors Can Prescribe Anti-Opioid Meds

Most people addicted to opioids and their loved ones are unaware that their primary care doctor can prescribe a medication to treat the disorder, a new nationwide survey reveals.

"We've made great strides in making it easier for primary care doctors to prescribe these safe and effective treatments, but our study indicates a critical disconnect between the need for medications for opioid u...

Seeing Your Doctors Via Zoom? What's Behind Them Matters

Telehealth has made it possible for doctors to deliver care from anywhere, but a professional-looking background helps patients feel more confident about their care and advice, a new study finds.

Even if doctors are miles away from the clinic or exam room, they should make it look like they're there, according to results published May 15 in the journal JAMA Network Open.


You Might Fare Better If Your Doctor Is Female, Study Finds

The gender of your doctor may play a part in your prognosis: New research shows that hospitalized patients are less likely to die if they're treated by a female physician.

About 10.15% of men and 8.2% of women died while under the care of a female doctor, versus 10.23% and 8.4% when treated by a male doctor, according to results published April 22 in the Annals of Internal Medicine

Many Older Americans Get Care Outside of Doctor's Office, Poll Finds

Most seniors have embraced "doc-in-a-box"strip mall clinics and urgent care centers as a means of getting prompt medical care, a new poll has found.

About 60% of people ages 50 to 80 have visited an urgent care center or a retail health clinic during the past two years -- even though those sort of options weren't available earlier in their lives.

"The rapid rise in availability of t...

Doctors Still Beat AI in Offering Accurate Medical Advice: Study

It might be too soon to rely solely on machine learning for health advice, a new study finds.

After pitting the latest AI against actual human physicians, the doctors easily won, reports a team led by Dr. Andrei Brateanu, of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

For now anyway, "AI tools should not be seen as subst...

New Federal Rule Means Hospitals Need Written Consent for Pelvic, Prostate Exams

In a letter sent to teaching hospitals and medical schools across the country, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Monday that written consent must be obtained from patients before performing sensitive procedures such as pelvis and prostate exams.

The agency noted that it "is aware of media reports, as well as medical and scientific literature, highlighting instances whe...

Chat GPT Can Produce Medical Records Ten Times Faster Than Doctors

Artificial intelligence programs could be an effective way to relieve the paperwork burden that keeps doctors from seeing more patients, a new study finds.

The AI program Chat GPT can write administrative medical notes up to ten times faster than doctors without compromising the quality of the reports, Swiss researchers report.


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  • March 29, 2024
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  • Most New Doctors Have Faced Sexual Harassment, Study Shows

    The #MeToo movement has done little to blunt sexual harassment among health care professionals, a pair of new studies report.

    More than half of all new doctors are subjected to sexual harassment during their first year on the job, researchers say.

    That includes nearly three-quarters of ...

    Shortage of Primary Care Doctors Could Bring Crowded ERs: Study

    Americans living in areas where primary care doctors and nurse practitioners are in short supply face a greater risk for emergency surgeries and complications, new research shows.

    They're also more likely to wind up back in the hospital after they've left it.

    That's because serious health issues don't get addressed until they become emergencies, said lead study author

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  • March 12, 2024
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  • Staffing Shortages at Nursing Homes Continue: Report

    Although the pandemic has ended, staffing shortages and employee burnout still plague U.S. nursing homes, a new government report finds.

    But the problems didn't end there: The report, issued Thursday by the Inspector General's Office at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...

    Women Working in Health Care Face Burnout at Higher Rates Than Men

    Women working in health care endure significantly more stress and burnout compared to their male co-workers, a new review concludes.

    Gender inequality, a poor balance between work and life and a lack of workplace autonomy all create pressure on female health care professionals, researchers report.

    On the other hand, there are factors that can protect women from stress and burnout: a...

    Stress, Lack of Child Care Driving Many Doctors to Quit

    Doctors are bailing on the profession for a reason that may surprise their patients.

    It's not frustration with government rules or cumbersome insurance requirements, but problems securing suitable childcare for long and ever-changing working hours, a new survey published Feb. 15 in the BMJ finds.

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  • February 15, 2024
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  • Half of U.S. Health Care Workers Say They've Witnessed Racism Against Patients

    Nearly half of health care workers nationwide say they've seen discrimination against patients while on the job, a new report reveals.

    While 47% of health workers said they've witnessed discrimination against patients in their facilities, 52% said racism against patients is a major problem, according to the

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  • February 15, 2024
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  • Doctor 'Alert' Warnings Helped One Health System Reduce Unnecessary Tests

    The doctor tapped at his computer, ordering a routine prostate exam for an 80-year-old man, when a dramatic yellow alert popped up on the patient's electronic health record.

    "You are ordering a test that no guideline recommends," it warned. "Screening with PSA can lead to harms from diagnostic and treatment procedures. If you proceed without a justification, the unnecessary test will be n...

    Americans Have One Trusted Source for Info on COVID Vaccines

    A doctor or nurse might be the only person capable of convincing a vaccine-hesitant person to get the COVID jab, a new study shows.

    Those who trust the medical profession are most likely to get vaccinated against COVID, despite their initial hesitancy or resistance, according to a study published recently in the journal

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  • February 8, 2024
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  • Doctors Are Excited, Concerned About AI's Role in Medicine: Poll

    American physicians have mixed feelings on the advent of artificial intelligence (AI) into mainstream medical practice, a new survey shows.

    The survey of nearly 1,100 doctors, conducted by the American Medical Association (AMA) in August, found 41% of physicians saying they were "equally excited and conc...

    ChatGPT Performs Well as 'Partner' in Diagnosing Patients

    Doctor's brains are great decision-makers, but even the smartest physicians might be well-served with a little diagnostic help from ChatGPT, a new study suggests.

    The main benefit comes from a thinking process known as "probabilistic reasoning" -- knowing the odds that something will (or won't) happen.

    "Humans struggle with probabilistic reasoning, the practice of making decisions b...

    State Abortion Bans Have New Doctors Staying Away

    States that ban abortion could be headed to a brain drain when it comes to up-and-coming medical professionals.

    Three out of four future U.S. doctors say state access to abortion is a key factor in choosing where they'll apply for their residency training, according to a survey published Dec. 5 in the journal Medic...

    Doctors: Want Patients to Lose Weight? Stay Upbeat

    When doctors advise patients to lose weight, an optimistic approach is more likely to get results.

    Researchers found that patients were more likely to participate in the recommended program and shed pounds if doctors presented obesity treatments as an "opportunity."They compared that upbeat approach to emphasizing the negative consequences of obesity or using neutral language.


    Many U.S. Health Care Workers Face Harassment, Burnout

    Health workers are experiencing ever-increasing levels of harassment and burnout in the wake of the pandemic, a new federal survey has found.

    Reports of harassment on the job more than doubled during the pandemic years, and nearly half of health care workers often experience feelings of burnout, according to survey results published Oct. 24 in a new

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  • October 25, 2023
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  • A Doctor's Empathy Can Be Key to Breast Cancer Care

    A breast cancer diagnosis often causes anxiety and depression, but an empathetic doctor can help.

    Supportive communication is key to reducing patient uncertainty and promoting mental well-being, Rutgers University researchers have found.

    "Our findings suggest that provider communication is a key component to reducing uncertainty, and thus providers play a key role in helping to faci...

    Abnormal Result on a Cancer Screen? Your Family Doctor Could Be Key to Follow-Up

    Extra efforts by primary care doctors to reach out to patients who need follow-up after an abnormal cancer test result leads to better results in getting that care, a new clinical trial shows.

    The trial involved nearly 12,000 patients who were receiving care at 44 primary care practices. They had overdue abnormal breast, cervical, colon or lung cancer screening results.

    To study thi...

    AI Gets High Marks From Doctors in Answering Medical Questions

    The ChatGPT artificial intelligence (AI) program could grow into a source of accurate and comprehensive medical information, but it's not quite ready for prime time yet, a new study reports.

    ChatGPT's responses to more than 280 medical questions across diverse specialties averaged between mostly to almost completely correct, according to a report published online Oct. 2 in

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  • October 3, 2023
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  • Stigma, Even Harm Common When Transgender People Meet With Doctors

    Transgender people have a tough time receiving adequate medical care due to issues like voyeurism, being treated as abnormal and even being denied care due to their gender identity, a new study finds.

    "I would say what I read was not surprising at all, based on things I have heard from trans members,"said

    Helping Undocumented Immigrants Find a Primary Care Doc Lowers ER Costs: Study

    Helping undocumented immigrants in the United States connect with primary care doctors could be a money-saver, substantially reducing emergency department use and lowering health costs, a new study finds.

    The findings are from a New York City program that helped arrange medical appointments from May 2016 to June 2017 for undocumented immigrants with limited incomes.

    The data showed ...

    Few Doctors, Spotty Internet: Finding Mental Health Care Tough for Many Americans

    Nearly one in five counties across the United States lack psychiatrists or internet service, making it difficult for around 10.5 million Americans to find mental health care, a new study shows.

    The counties examined in the study were more likely to be in rural areas, have higher unemployment rates, and have populations that were more likely to be uninsured and lack a bachelor's degree. W...

    Doctors Working With Trans Kids Oppose 'Unsafe' State Bans

    A new survey of U.S. doctors specializing in the care of transgender kids finds they're alarmed by pressure to limit patient care, threats to personal and patient safety, and the possibility of legal action.

    "The increasing number of bans on gender-affirming care in the U.S. and the negative impact on pediatric endocrinologists may lead to areas in the country without access to pedia...

    ADHD Drug Errors Among Kids Have Quadrupled in 20 Years

    Over 3 million American children now take medication for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), but new research shows medication errors have spiked nearly 300% in the past two decades for these kids.

    The increase in ADHD medication errors parallels the increase in ADHD diagnoses, said study co-author

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  • September 18, 2023
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  • Doctors Often Wary of Asking Patients About Guns in the Home

    It's an important health topic, but both adult patients and their primary care doctors shy away from discussing firearms and gun safety, a new survey finds.

    While they may discuss a variety of health risks, firearm safety isn't often one of them, the study from Michigan Medicine found.

    Of more than 500 adult patients who had regular checkups during a one-month period, about 56% bypa...

    Survey Finds Racism Against Asians Common in Medical Field

    Asian-American medical professionals commonly experience racism from both peers and patients, claims a new survey that documented myriad slurs and a lack of support.

    Researcher David Yang, an emergency medicine fellow at Yale School of Medicine, studied the issue because of his own experience.

    Yang, 32, a Chinese American, recalled hearing racist comments linking him to the COVID v...

    Across America, Many Who Need a Neurologist Live Too Far From Care

    Many Medicare patients can't get help close to home for brain and nervous system issues.

    Nearly 1 in 5 Medicare recipients in the United States live at least 50 miles from their neurologist.

    "Our study found a substantial travel burden exists for some people with neurologic conditions, including people living in areas with fewer neurologists and rural areas,"said study author

    Most Folks Who Need Colon Cancer Screening Aren't Reminded by Doctors

    Many Americans are behind on recommended colon cancer screenings -- and their doctors often fail to remind them, a new study suggests.

    The study, by the American Cancer Society, focused on a nationwide sample of more 5,000 Americans who were overdue for colon cancer screening. All had been to a routine checkup in the past year, but only about one-quarter said their provider had advised th...

    Cancer Care Tougher to Access in U.S. If English Second Language

    Much has been made of how a lack of English proficiency can interfere with a patient's ability to interact with their doctor and get the best health care possible.

    But language barriers can prevent cancer patients from even getting in the door for a first visit with a specialist, a new study reports.

    English speakers calling a general information line at U.S. hospitals succeeded nea...

    Female Surgeons Bring Better Outcomes for Patients, Two Studies Show

    The field of surgery has long been dominated by men, and still is today.

    But two new studies show that if patients want safe, effective long-term results, picking a female surgeon might be key.

    In one study involving more than 1 million Canadian surgical patients whose outcomes were followed for a year, "those treated by a female surgeon were less likely to experience death, hospita...

    Eat Your Veggies:  Writing 'Produce Prescriptions' Could Boost Patients' Health

    An apple a day may be just what the doctor ordered.

    New research on "produce prescription"programs finds that when access to free fruits and vegetables is offered, recipients see measurable benefits in health and hunger.

    "To me, this shows that there's a very strong proof of concept behind produce prescriptions and this should, I think, add to the growing momentum to continue to exp...

    1 in 5 U.S. Women Say They've Been Mistreated During Maternity Care

    From receiving no response to cries for help to being verbally abused, 1 in 5 U.S. mothers say they were mistreated by a health care professional during pregnancy and delivery.

    Rates of mistreatment during maternity care were higher among Black, Hispanic and multiracial women, according to a survey of more than 2,400 new moms published in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Preventio...

    Nurses, Other Health Care Workers at High Risk of Drug Overdose

    As the United States wrestles with soaring drug overdose deaths, new research finds that nurses, social and behavioral health care workers and health care support workers are at particularly high risk.

    Compared with employed adults who are not health care workers, social workers and other behavioral health care workers are more than twice as likely to die of overdose, said study co-...

    Are These Pricey New Alzheimer's Drugs Worth It?

    Breakthrough new drugs that clear amyloid beta plaques from the brain are shaking up the field of Alzheimer's disease research.

    The fact that patients' mental deterioration slows when they're on anti-amyloid drugs is solid proof that abnormal amyloid proteins are one of the culprits behind Alzheimer's, essentially ending decades of debate over the so-called "amyloid hypothesis."


    Black Patients More Likely to Trust Medical Videos When Black Doctor, Patient Is in It

    The need to increase racial diversity among U.S. health care providers is important for many reasons. Among them, Black patients are more likely to believe Black physicians or patients than sources who are white, new research finds.

    The race of the presenter in videos about prostate cancer did not appear to make a difference to white patients, the study noted. But Black Americans were 1.6...

    AI Came Close to Residents, Medical Students With Clinical Reasoning in Studies

    ChatGPT may have some of the reasoning skills doctors need to diagnose and treat health problems, a pair of studies suggests -- though no one is predicting that chatbots will replace humans in lab coats.

    In one study, researchers found that -- with the rig...

    Quality Care for People With Parkinson's Is Lacking Across the U.S.

    People with Parkinson's disease often aren't getting the care they need for the debilitating movement disorder, a new study reports.

    Three in 10 are relying on primary care doctors to treat their disorder, and 1 in 10 aren't seeing a doc at all, analysis of Medicare data reveals.

    And fewer than 1 in 10 are seeing a neurologist specifically trained in treating Parkinson's, researcher...

    'Like She Was Not Even There': Children With Disabilities Face Discrimination in Health Care

    Children with disabilities are discriminated against in health care settings -- to the detriment of their health, according to their parents.

    Thirty in-depth interviews with parents of children with disabilities revealed a disturbingly common thread.

    "They mistreated her and treated her like a robot. Every single time a nurse walked in the room, they treated her like she was not ev...

    Why Your Family History Is So Important to Your Doctor

    Your family medical history may reveal some important details about your health, making it vital information to share with your medical provider.

    It's helpful to gather what you can before your next visit with your primary care physician.

    "Knowing your family history can be helpful in identifying if you're at higher risk for certain chronic diseases, mental health conditions or canc...

    Two-Thirds of Doctors, Researchers Say They've Faced Harassment Since Start of Pandemic

    Physicians and scientists are experiencing alarming levels of harassment on social media, according to a new survey.

    About two-thirds of respondents said they had been harassed on social media since the COVID-19 pandemic began -- up from 23.3% of physicians surveyed in 2020.

    About 64% reported harassment related to comments made about the pandemic, while 64% of those harassed said t...

    Ukraine: The War on Cancer, Fought in a War Zone

    Dr. Olena Postuypalenko was caring for patients at Kyiv City Clinical Oncology Center on Feb. 24, 2022, when her mother called to ask what seemed like an odd question: Has Russia invaded Ukraine?

    "My mom called me and said, 'There are explosions. Has the war begun?' And honestly, at that time, I didn't believe it. I didn't understand what had happened,"said Postuypalenko, who specializes ...

    An 'AI' Doctor Is Helping Hospitals Predict Readmissions

    New York University doctors and hospital executives are using an artificial intelligence (AI) computer program to predict whether a newly discharged patient will soon fall sick enough to be readmitted.

    The AI program "NYUTron"reads physicians' notes to estimate a patient's risk of dying, the potential length of their hospital stay, and other factors important to their care.

    Testing ...

    How Good Is ChatGPT at Answering Tough Health Questions?

    Artificial intelligence (AI) technologies like ChatGPT someday may make a big difference for people seeking answers to questions such as "How can I stop smoking?" They may even offer resources to someone who was sexually assaulted.

    But they're not quite there yet, a new study reveals.

    Researchers wanted to see how well ChatGPT performed for people seeking information and resources ...

    Are ERs Safe? Patients, Nurses and Doctors Say No in New Survey

    Emergency departments aren't perceived as safe for professionals or their patients, according to an international survey from the European Society of Emergency Medicine (EUSEM).

    More than 90% of emergency professionals surveyed said they felt at times the number of patients exceeded the capacity the emergency department (ED) had to provide safe care. Overcrowding was a problem, they said...

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