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Insidermedicine In 60 - Dr. Susan Sharma Sums Up the Days Top Stories in Medicine
Insidermedicine In 60 - Dr. Susan Sharma Sums Up the Days Top Stories in Medicine

Insidermedicine in 60 for June 26, 2007 (Insidermedicine)
 
From Chicago

As many as 12%  of users of video games meet the WHO criteria for addiction. But members of the AMA are backing away from a recommendation to make it a formal psychiatric illness. Gaming is known, however, to be associated with aggressive behaviour, epilepsy and repetitive strain injury.

From  Washington

A new survey from the CDC shows that nearly one in five working Americans are not insured for medical services.  Included in those uninsured were nearly 10% of children. Universal health insurance is a key topic in the coming elections. 

From Boston

Omega 3 fatty acids may be useful in preventing eye disease. In a study involving newborn mice, those fed omega 3 fatty acids- which are found in fatty fish, nuts, and vegetables- had healthier blood vessels in the back of the eye. May be good news for those with macular degeneration and diabetes.

And finally from Rochester

Nearly a third of doctor-patient encounters involved the doctor offering personal information that was not relevant to the patient. While this technique has been recommended to build empathy, in many cases it results in doctors talking about themselves and not circling back to address the issue. 

For Insidermedicine in 60, I’m Dr. Susan Sharma. 

 
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