Should older doctors be examined, tested or forced to retire?
By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) – At 81, Dr. Frank Stockdale continues to see breast cancer patients and believes he offers them the wisdom and knowledge from his more than 50 years of oncology practice. The report in JAMA Surgery recommends that healthcare organizations develop protocols for testing doctors of a certain – though undetermined – age for health and competence. “This is clearly a discriminatory policy if you pick an age to test,” said Stockdale, a professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine in Stanford, California, who was not involved in the review.
26 June, 2017 Mystery of missing Chinese scholar shakes up Illinois school CHICAGO (AP) â€” Yingying Zhang, the daughter of a working-class factory driver from China, took the same career path as many other young Chinese academics before her: She travelled to a university in the U.S. with dreams of one day landing a professorship and being able […]
15 July, 2017 Maryam Mirzakhani, award-winning mathematician, dies at 40 Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and only woman to receive the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for mathematics, died on Saturday at age 40 after a battle with cancer, said officials at Stanford University, the California school where she taught. The death o...
27 March, 2017 Would legalizing medical marijuana help curb the opioid epidemic? By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - In states that legalized medical marijuana, U.S. hospitals failed to see a predicted influx of pot smokers, but in an unexpected twist, they treated far fewer opioid users, a new study shows. Hospitalization rates f...
18 June, 2017 Coconut oil is not a magical health food after all Coconut oil is an all-natural wonder: It's skin moisturizer, hair conditioner, coffee creamer, butter substitute, and delicious on toast. But it's not a magical health food, a group of doctors said. The oil is 82 percent saturated fat, and studies show it raises "bad" cholesterol levels […]
12 July, 2017 Dark hair dye and chemical relaxers linked to breast cancer By Ronnie Cohen (Reuters Health) - African-American and white women who regularly chemically straightened their hair or dyed it dark brown or black had an elevated risk of breast cancer, recent research suggests. “I would be concerned about darker hair dye and hair […]