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24: UH Conneaut communicates need to discharge patients more efficiently,” Cleveland Plain-Dealer
A University Hospitals doctor found that reducing the length of stay for patients at UH Conneaut Medical Center was as simple as better communication with other medical professionals about the discharge process.
24: Health Pulse (medical news roundup), Crain’s Chicago Business
New research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association shows that while patients who have taken antidepressants for years should consider coming off their medication, they will likely face difficult and even dangerous withdrawal symptoms due to a physical dependence, according to a statement from the association.
21: “Antidepressants could lead to lifelong dependence, doctors warn, since going off them can trigger agitation, headaches, and flu-like symptoms,” Business Insider
More people than ever before are taking antidepressant medication to manage their depression symptoms, but a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association warns about an overlooked side effect of long-term antidepressant use: something similar to withdrawal symptoms. Story also published in Yahoo! and MSN.
21: “Researchers caution against long-term antidepressant use: ‘Never intended as a permanent solution,” Washington Times
Health researchers are warning against using antidepressants long term, which can lead to physical dependence. They also recommend patients who have taken the medications for years to consider weaning off them, according to a study released this week in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
21: “People taking antidepressants for years should slowly come off the drugs, scientists warn,” The Mirror
Leading US experts have now published a “taper rate” in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association to advise GPs how quickly they can safely reduce patients’ dosages. They say it is vital drugs are withdrawn while other options such as counselling are offered.
5: “What are the health effects of working night shift?,” Medical News Bulletin
New research investigates the health effects of working night shifts, in particular, sleep patterns, hormone levels, and the risk of chronic diseases.
4: “Shift Workers Have Higher Risk for Metabolic Syndrome and Heart Disease,” DocWire
A new study published in the Journal of American Osteopathic Medicine suggests that shift workers are at a significantly higher risk for sleep disorders, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and heart disease.
3: “The Academic Minute: Positive Psychology,” Inside Higher Education
Being positive may be hard, but it can be worth it. In today’s Academic Minute, part of Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Week, Scott Glassman explores feeling good mentally and physically.
31: “Medical Groups Criticize Trump Bid to Limit Federal Medicaid Funding,” Medscape
Physician and consumer organizations criticized a Trump administration proposal they described as an initial step toward limiting Medicaid spending through a block-grant approach.
28: “Survey: Most Americans Think of Themselves as Healthy,” Physician’s Weekly
Seven out of 10 Americans rate their health-related behaviors and attitudes as good or excellent, according to a survey released Jan. 27 by the American Osteopathic Association. This article was also published in Physician’s Briefing and HealthDay.
13: “Burnout in Med Students Tied to Perceived Stress, Phone Behavior,” Physician’s Briefing
Higher levels of perceived stress, poorer sleep quality, and smartphone addiction contribute to burnout in osteopathic medical students, according to a study published in the January issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
10: “Most Osteopathic Medical Students Report Burnout, Study Finds,” Medscape
Many osteopathic medical students in the United States may suffer from burnout, especially feelings of low accomplishment, a study has found.
10: “Medical School Burnout Shows Up as Low Self-Esteem,” Crain’s Chicago Business
Eight in 10 medical students say they’ve got a low sense of personal achievement despite having made it to medical school and the prospect of becoming a physician,according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
7: “From A 2.0 GPA To Medical School—A Student’s Journey,” Forbes
Behind every medical school application is a story. No student will have the same experiences, knowledge, or goals, and that holds especially true for Reuben Horace Jr.
7: “Morning Break,” MedPage Today
In case you wondered: osteopathic medical school students suffer from burnout just like their allopath counterparts. (Journal of the American Osteopathic Association)
7: “Most medical students feel low sense of personal achievement, new study finds,” Medical Economics
Despite their high performance in medical school, 80 percent of medical students have a low sense of personal achievement, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
6: “80% of DO students report low sense of personal achievement,” Becker’s Hospital Review
Most osteopathic medical students — a whopping 80 percent — reported a low sense of personal achievement in a recent study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
18: “Children with HIV Score Below HIV-Negative Peers in Cognitive, Motor Function Tests,” National Institutes of Health
Children who acquired HIV in utero or during birth or breastfeeding did not perform as well as their peers who do not have HIV on tests measuring cognitive ability, motor function and attention, according to researchers at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
12: “Are Your Friends Making You Fat?,” AARP
Along with the contagious aspect of healthy or unhealthy eating, multiple studies have exhorted the benefits of group exercise. A 2017 study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association showed that people who exercised in groups had greater improvements in both physical and emotional health than those who worked out alone.
12: “Opioid Medication Interactions Increase Rise of Misuse, Addiction,” Spectrum News Austin
Patients who take opioid medications and do not disclose all other medications they are taking are at an increased risk for complications and even addiction. That’s according to new research published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
12: “Opioids Can Have Adverse Effects When Taken with Other Common Drugs,” Spectrum News Tampa Bay
Researchers say 30 percent of patients taking opioids experience bad drug interactions, according to a study published by the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Taking common drugs with opioids, can reduce the effect of the opioid, and lead to an overdose.
8: “Adult Bullying,” KIRO-AM Radio Seattle
Dr. Charles Sophie is an osteopathic psychiatrist and medical director of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. A bully is someone who feels powerless and is trying to find more power. They usually push people into a place where they feel more powerful. In fact, 61% of adult bullies are bosses.
7: “What is the Difference Between M.D. and D.O.?” Metro Parent
“Osteopathic medicine has a philosophy,” explains Kari Hortos, D.O., who is the associate dean and chief academic officer for the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. That focus, she says, “is based on what’s called the osteopathic tenets.”
3: “Fighting The Doctor Shortage In Rural Georgia,” WABE, an NPR affiliate
There’s a new med school in one largely rural region. In August, the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine opened its second Georgia campus, in the southwestern city of Moultrie. The first is in the Atlanta suburb of Suwanee.
2: “The AMA’s top 10 must-read news stories of the year,” American Medical Association
As you ponder medical school, you may be wondering, “What is the difference between an MD and a DO?” In the U.S. there are two types of degrees in which physicians can practice medicine: MDs, a doctor of medicine, or a DO, a doctor of osteopathic medicine. Learn what sets them apart and what they share.
2: “Parents, here are 6 signs of teen depression to look out for,” Yahoo! Lifestyle
If your teenager has good friends you like, does well in school and generally doesn’t have a lot of other issues you worry about, some moodiness is likely the normal teenage behavior one can see, Jed Magen, DO, chair of the department of psychiatry in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University, explains.
25: “Poll: Adults Who Vape Often Buy From Unauthorized Sellers,” Physician’s Briefing
Nearly one in 10 Americans who vape purchase their products from an unauthorized seller, according to the results of a survey released Nov. 18 by the American Osteopathic Association. The HealthDay article also posted on Physician’s Weekly and DoctorsLounge.
25: “Kaiser Permanente is redesigning medical school, starting with the cadaver,” Fast Company
Some medical schools are already shifting the curriculum to give doctors a stronger foundation for practicing medicine in this new world. In 2011, the AMA gave 11 schools $1 million to reinvigorate their programs with the larger health system in mind. That has lead to health systems science becoming a core part of the curriculum in at least three schools: the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, and A.T. Still University School of Osteopathic Medicine.
25: “Dairy, plant-based food consumption may impact risk for prostate cancer,” Healio
Consumption of high amounts of dairy products appeared to be associated with increased risk for prostate cancer, according to results of a retrospective study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
21: “How to treat a cold when you’re pregnant,” Insider
You’re told to avoid lots of things while pregnant — drinking that glass of wine, going out for sushi, and, of course, getting sick. But sometimes, despite your best efforts, you feel those tell-tale signs of a cold coming on. “The fatigue, sore throat, dry cough, or runny nose symptoms are likely to be the same,” says Octavia Cannon, DO, an osteopathic obstetrician and gynecologist and co-owner of Arboretum Obstetrics and Gynecology.
20: “Almost half of Florida medical-marijuana users choose smokable pot now that it’s legal,” Miami Herald
More than 1.82 million ounces of smokable medical marijuana were ordered for 128,040 patients over a six-month period, a new state report shows. The report, compiled on behalf of the state Board of Medicine and the Board of Osteopathic Medicine, shows that 44 percent of 291,865 patients certified to use medical marijuana as of Sept. 30 are smoking it.
19: “Residency programs aim for top local service,” CNHI News Oklahoma
The Cherokee Nation is going further in its mission to educate more doctors. In May, the tribe and OSU Center for Health Sciences broke ground on the new OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation and is slated to have its first 50 students in 2020.
18: “How to sleep with a stuffy nose,” Insider
If you’re sick, sleep is an important part of recovery. But upper respiratory infections, like the flu, come with a slew of nasty symptoms including a stuffy nose. “Breathing through your nose comes naturally, and when you have to breathe through your mouth, especially while sleeping, it gets dry,” says Danh Ngo, an osteopathic doctor at the Medical Offices of Manhattan.
16: “Adulthood will be good,” The Week
A diet rich in plant-based food is associated with a reduced risk of prostate cancer, while a high consumption of dairy products is associated with an increased risk of prostate cancer, according to research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
15: “Concerning Findings About Cannabis Use,” PsychCentral
A study reported in Anesthesiology News of findings published in the Journal of the Osteopathic Association cautions that regular cannabis users required more anesthesia during endoscopy than nonusers. Researchers’ findings already have influenced how some of the Colorado study’s doctors screen patients.
15: “Should Medical Schools Test Applicants For Empathy?” Forbes
Based on research recently published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, it is possible to measure empathic orientation toward patient care in medical school applicants. Research showed that medical school applicants with higher empathy scores will not only be higher performers of clinical competence, but will also have better patient outcomes than those with lower empathy scores.
15: “Does stress really cause gray hair?” The List
“The way people are built, our hair is designed to have color for 45 or 50 years,” says Dr. Tyler Cymet, chief of clinical education at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
14: “‘Dream-Maker’ Man Wants to Grant Wishes Through Social Media: ‘I Do My Best for Everyone’,” People
“It is a way to always have someone rooting for you. There is a growing loneliness epidemic — researchers say that 72 percent of Americans experience chronic loneliness,” Charles Ressler says, citing a 2016 Harris Poll for the American Osteopathic Association. “That’s [mifllions of] people seeking some kind of connection, some vessel through which they can be seen and heard.” The article also posted on MSN.com.
14: “JOIN THE CLUB,” Crain’s Chicago Business Health Pulse
A survey conducted by the Chicago-based American Osteopathic Association (AOA) finds 75 percent of American adults feel a sense of loneliness, up from 72 percent in 2016.
13: “75% of Americans are Lonely,” ABC News Springfield
A new survey finds 75 percent of Americans are lonely. The survey, which was commissioned by the American Osteopathic Association and conducted online by The Harris Poll, offers key metrics because loneliness has a significant impact on overall health.
13: “Americans are Lonely,” CBS News Peoria
The American Osteopathic Association surveys were conducted online and offer key metrics linking the impact of loneliness on overall health. According to experts, social can improve social support and lead to real- life connections and community.
7: “The Difference Between D.O. and M.D. Degrees,” US News & World Report
Anyone who dreams of becoming a doctor should understand that there are two types of med schools: allopathic and osteopathic schools. While allopathic schools offer a traditional medical curriculum, osteopathic schools supplement lessons in standard medical sciences and practices with instruction on how to provide touch-based diagnosis and treatment of various health problems, such as circulatory issues and musculoskeletal conditions. This article also posted on Yahoo! News.
7: “6 Ways To Avoid Getting Sick On A Plane, Aka Flying Germ Magnets,” Bustle
Avoid touching your face while you travel at all costs, “especially your eyes, nose and mouth to minimize the chances of getting infected with viruses and bacteria,” Dr. Jennifer Caudle tells Bustle.
6: “Esports pros at risk of back and neck pain according to a new medical report,” The Loadout
A report published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association this month concludes that there is the likelihood that esports players can have cervical, lumbar spine and upper extreme dysfunctions, while dietary and exercise habits might “exacerbate” these problems.
5: “Dietary Patterns May Possibly Be Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk,” HealthDay News
Plant-based diets are associated with a decreased or unchanged risk for prostate cancer, while animal-based diets, especially those containing dairy products, are associated with an increased or unchanged risk, according to a review published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
5: “Esports gamers are getting sore necks, backs and wrists as well as depression ‘because of the hours they spend hunched over in front of screens’,” The Daily Mail
Experts at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine examined the self-reported health quality of collegiate esports competitors during game-play by reviewing a slew of previous studies. They found that 35 percent of gamers experience neck or back pain, 30 percent have hand or wrist pain and more than half suffer eye fatigue. Express Digest also published this piece.
5: “Dairy Disease Danger,” ABC News Cleveland
Eating too many dairy products puts men at a higher risk of prostate cancer. Research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found guys who regularly eat cheese, butter and yogurt, had an increased risk of developing the disease.
1: “4 Cold and Flu Season Dos + Don’ts, According To A Doctor,” Rachael Ray Show
Even if you do get the flu shot, it is still possible to get the flu. But you’re not getting the flu from the shot, Dr. Jen says on the set of the Rachael Ray Show. “It takes two weeks after you get the flu vaccine for your body to become immune to the flu,” the doctor explains. The segment was also shared on Yahoo!
31: “How Much Halloween Candy Should We Really Let Our Kids Eat?” SheKnows
Dr. Tyree Winters, an osteopathic physician and board-certified pediatrician encourages parents to set a predetermined amount of candy that they feel is an appropriate amount prior to going out for trick or treating and discuss the amount with their children beforehand. This will set a realistic expectation for how much candy the children will be allowed after returning home, and hopefully avoid conflict later that evening, he says. Yahoo! Lifestyle also posted the article.
31: “9 Tips to Prevent Eye Problems When You Have Diabetes,” Health Central
Whether you have diabetic eye disease or not, getting your eyes screened once won’t help–you need to go every year at least and more if you have a preexisting eye condition. “Annual dilated eye exams have been shown to reduce blindness by 95% because changes can be caught early before they progress to more sight-threatening DR,” says Leonid Skorin, Jr., D.O., an osteopathic ophthalmologist at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin, MN.
31: “A Big Study on Weed and Mental Health Reveals Just How Little We Know,” VICE
Without more study, we could be missing some of the basic biology around cannabis use. Earlier this year, a small study looked at the medical records of 25 people who used cannabis and found that they needed more anesthesia to remain sedated during certain medical procedures. When the authors tried to look at existing research to see if other clinicians had found the same thing, they discovered that their study was the first on that topic. “We did these huge literature searches and found nothing,” Mark Twardowski, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, told VICE in April.
31: “New Screen Offers Faster, More Accurate Detection of Disordered Eating in Teen Athletes,” Medscape
Investigators at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine found the six-item Disordered Eating Screen for Athletes (DESA-6) screen yielded higher sensitivity and specificity compared to the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) and in a fraction of the time. “In addition to demonstrating the viability of the DESA-6 as a screening tool, our study also showed just how common disordered eating is among high school athletes,” study investigator Samantha Kennedy, DO, told Medscape Medical News.
30: “3 Natural Tips For Soothing Nagging Fall Allergy Symptoms,” First For Women
Allergy sufferers tend to reach for oral antihistamines that don’t target substances that cause symptoms like runny nose, itchy eyes, sneezing, and coughing, explains osteopathic physician Ryan Steele, DO, an allergist and professor at Yale School of Medicine. This often means allergy sufferers are not getting complete relief.
25: “American Osteopathic Foundation Honors Gala Celebrates $1M Donation,” CBS Baltimore
CBS anchor Nicole Baker emceed the AOF Honors Gala at OMED. During the evening newscast, she highlighted a surprise donation of $1 million to the Dr. William G. Anderson scholarship fund for minority osteopathic students.
24: “Should we be testing doctors for empathy?” Quartz
Mohammadreza Hojat, a research professor in psychiatry and human behavior at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, who developed the Jefferson Scale of Empathy (JSE) tool in 2001 reached a new milestone this year, establishing national norms for empathy scores using a sample size of 16,000 osteopathic medical students. These trainees go on to earn a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, or DO degree, which is equivalent to an MD, though osteopathic teachings emphasize treating patients with a more holistic approach.
24: “Eating This Food Exposes You To Greater Risk Of Developing Prostate Cancer,” International Business Times
A recent study has established that lifestyle and eating a popular food type may play a huge role in the development of prostate cancer. The findings of this study took into account 47 other studies that examined the diet of over a million men. The results of this research can be found in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
24: “Prostate cancer: Investigating the impact of diet,” Medical News Today
A recent review searches for links between dietary choices and prostate cancer. The authors conclude that there may be an association between plant based diets and a decreased risk of prostate cancer, as well as a link between dairy intake and increased risk.
23: “Identifying kids at risk for sudden cardiac death presents serious challenges,” Healio
Only 7% of those who experience a sudden cardiac death event outside a hospital setting will survive, Allison G. Yow, DO, a professor of internal medicine at the Lincoln Memorial University-DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee, and colleagues wrote in Sudden Cardiac Death.
22: “Prostate Cancer Risk May Increase When You Eat More Cheese-Filled Pizza,” Medical Daily
A new study, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, found that high consumption of dairy products, including cheese, could increase the risk of prostate cancer. Researchers analyzed data from 47 earlier studies that focused on the diet of more than one million men.
22: “Dairy products linked to higher prostate cancer risk, study says,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution
If you love cheese and milk, beware. Dairy products could up your prostate cancer risk, according to a new report. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic recently conducted a study, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, to explore whether plant and animal-based foods increase prostate cancer risk.
22: “Prostate cancer could be caused by eating too much dairy food,” The London Economic
A study of more than a million men found those who consumed most butter, milk, cheese and yoghurt were more likely to develop the disease. The finding published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association could lead to men being prescribed calcium lowering drugs to reduce the risk.
22: “Eating dairy linked to prostate cancer, but plant-based diets associated with reduced risk,” FOX
Eating dairy is associated with an increased risk of developing prostate cancer, but eating a plant-based diet has been linked to a decreased risk, according to a new comprehensive analysis of past studies from the Mayo Clinic.
21: “Consuming lots of milk, cheese and butter may raise the risk of prostate cancer by up to 76%, reveals review of 47 scientific studies,” Daily Mail
Experts at the Mayo Clinic analysed the results of 47 studies that delved into the link between diet and the disease. They found men who regularly ate dairy were between seven to 76 per cent more likely to get prostate cancer. The review, which analysed studies published since 2006, was published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
21: “Consuming high levels of dairy linked to increased risk of prostate cancer, study finds,” 7 News Australia
Eating high levels of dairy products may be linked to an increased risk of prostate cancer, according to new research. The study is published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
21: “UN-BRIE-LIEVABLE: Eating cheese ‘increases your risk of prostate cancer’,” The Irish Sun
The research, published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, could lead to men being prescribed calcium lowering drugs to reduce the risk.
21: “Eating cheese, butter and yoghurt ‘increases prostate cancer risk’,” Mirror
Researchers reviewed 47 studies published since 2006 including more than a million participants. The findings are published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
21: “Eating Dairy Products Linked To Prostate Cancer, With Plant-Based Diets Reducing Risk,” Newsweek
Past studies have found a link between consuming dairy products—like milk and cheese—and prostate cancer, as the disease is more prevalent in Western countries where they are the biggest source of calcium. In contrast, prostate cancer is less common in Asian countries where such foods are consumed much less, the team explained in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
21: “Increased prostate cancer risk linked to higher dairy consumption,” UPI
Mayo Clinic researchers report in a new study, published Monday in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, that prior research has shown prostate cancer risk is higher in Western countries which rely on dairy as the main source of calcium compared to Asian countries.
21: “One in every 4 middle aged adults has weak bones,” ABC Salt Lake City
Researchers found 25 percent of the people studied already had osteopenia, a precursor to osteoporosis, in which bones begin to weaken. Complete results of the study can be found in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The broadcast clip also aired on WJXT Jacksonville.
21: “Study finds one in four younger people have early warning signs of Osteoporosis,” CBS Cincinnati
A new study from the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association has an important warning about a dangerous trend in bone health. The study found that one in four younger people now have Ostopenia, an early warning sign of Osteoporosis or bone loss.
21: “One in four middle-aged adults has weak bones,” ABC 7 Detroit
A new study that looked at men and women between the ages of 35-50 found roughly 25% of them have osteopenia. It shows how important it is for both sexes to take steps to protect bone loss at a very early age. The study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
17: “When adults bully adults, kids suffer,” Portsmouth Daily Times
Adults are being bullied at levels similar to adolescents, according to a 2017 survey conducted on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association. The online survey of more than 2,000 U.S. adults found that 31 percent of Americans have been bullied as an adult.
16: “Can Dogs Sense Cancer as Well as Technology?” Better Aging
Our pets play an important role in our lives, providing companionship and affection that is not only healthy, but has been shown to help humans age more gracefully. A study published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association suggests that dogs possess a sense of smell capable of identifying cancer.
16: “What to Know Before Undergoing Laser Resurfacing for Better Skin,” Everyday Health
The key certifications to look for are from the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), the American Board of Dermatology (ABD), or the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology (AOBD). Also check the specific board that has given the expert a professional certification, and be sure they are certified to perform the specific procedure being offered.
15: “Why Do I Get a Sore Throat When I Run in Cold Air?” Runner’s World
Cold, dry air hits the mucosal lining, wicking away valuable moisture, explains Naresh Rao, an osteopathic primary care physician and sports medicine specialist at Sports Medicine Chelsea in New York. And that drying effect on the mucosa breaks down the barrier of protection for the cells that line the respiratory tract, which triggers a pain response in the nerves that alerts you to prevent further damage.
15: “Patient, pupil and protégé,” Medium
With Dr. Bowman as a mentor, Greer graduated from UNT Health Science Center in 2016 and this summer became one of the first two graduates of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM) to earn prestigious three-year fellowships in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center/Children’s Health Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. The pediatric cancer patient has become a pediatric cancer physician.
14: “5 Reasons You Should Try Group Workouts,” 5 Best Things
Research shows that you are far more likely to have success in achieving your fitness goals if you buddy-up at the gym. According to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, group workouts improve our emotional, physical, and mental health.
10: “Why Experts Consider Vaping to Be ‘Toxic Inhaling’,” Healthline
“The only conclusive predisposing risk for vaping-associated lung injury is vaping,” Dr. Daniel Parenti, FCCP, FACOI, a professor in the department of internal medicine at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, told Healthline.
10: “5 questions: How doctors’ empathy improves patient care,” Philadelphia Inquirer
A researcher discusses a landmark study of medical students in 41 out of 48 medical colleges of osteopathic medicine in the U.S. The purpose is to find out what the correlates of empathy are among medical students.
9: “MD or DO: Does Your Doctor’s Degree Matter?” BottomLineInc
Since 20% of all medical school enrollment is now at schools that offer the DO degree, you can expect to see a lot more of these professionals treating you in all aspects of medical care in the future, writes David Sherer, MD, an American physician, author and inventor. As an MD who has practiced alongside DOs, he says that patients should rest assured that these doctors have equivalent training and have passed comparable or identical exams that MD’s have completed to practice their arts.
7: “They enrolled in medical school to practice rural medicine. What happened?” Kaiser Health News
Medical students everywhere should be exposed to rural options, according to Dr. Randall Longenecker, who runs Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s rural programs. “If a medical student never ever goes to a rural place, they never find out,” he said. “That’s why students need to meet rural doctors who love what they do.”
7: “What to know about C. auris, the deadly fungus affecting our sickest patients,” KevinMD.com
C. auris is much less likely to affect a healthy person, or even an individual whose stay in the hospital is limited. The concern within the medical community currently is focused on the sickest of the sick, and should include long-term care centers.
3: “WHOA: Catering cart spins out of control near plane at airport, video shows,” CNN
Dr. Kevin Klauer, an osteopathic physician, caught video of the cart’s crazy circular ride on the tarmac while waiting for his flight to Tennessee. “At first it was humorous to see this drive itself and not fall over, but then as it picked up speed it presented danger to people,” Klauer told CNN. The article was syndicated by a number of local news outlets including NBC 2, NBC 3 and Actions News 4.
2: “O’Hare ramp instructor on stopping crazy cart: ‘I was just doing my job’,” Daily Herald
Physician Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, captured the mayhem with his smartphone and shared it in a Twitter post that drew thousands of views.
1: “Watch This Rogue Airport Cart Go Bonkers on the Tarmac,” Popular Mechanics
The video is courtesy of Kevin Klauer, D.O., who was waiting for a flight when he spotted the cart suddenly entering beast mode and grabbed his phone to seize his moment. Being the CEO of the American Osteopathic Association is cool; going viral is cooler. The article also posted on Prevention.com.
1: “Ramp Hero Rams Into an Airport Cart Spinning Out of Control Before It Wreaks Some Real Havoc.” TIME
The scene of the unusual incident captivated passengers sitting in a number of planes at Chicago’s O’Hare International. The video, posted by the chief executive of the American Osteopathic Association, has rocketed up to viral status on social media.
1: “Stop that Catering Truck!” CNN
CNN True Crime Live host Mike Galanos interviews Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, about the viral video he posted to Twitter that shows an airline worker who springs into action to stop an errant food cart.
1: “Catering cart causes chaos at Chicago airport, but American Airlines employee saves the day,” CNN
A catering cart caused utter chaos at Chicago O’Hare International Airport Monday until an American Airlines employee saved the day. Dr. Kevin Klauer, an osteopathic physician, caught video of the cart’s crazy circular ride on the tarmac while waiting for his flight to Tennessee.
Crazy event at ORD. Heads up safety move by a ramp worker! pic.twitter.com/SQi5zB0Ooz
— Kevin Klauer DO, EJD (@Emergidoc) September 30, 2019
1: “Video shows airport cart spinning wildly on the tarmac. Then a hero intervenes,” The Washington Post
The dramatic scene unfolded Monday at Chicago’s O’Hare International, one of the country’s busiest airports, and footage of the episode rocketed across social media. Hours after Kevin Klauer, chief executive of the American Osteopathic Association, posted the video to Twitter, it had racked up more than 7 million views. The worker in the vest was dubbed a savior. Also on MSN.
1: “Watch: Runaway catering trolley threatens passenger jet at Chicago ORD,” New Zealand Herald
A catering trolley at Chicago O’Hare airport has gone berserk. The event was filmed and posted to twitter by Dr. Kevin Klauer, CEO for the American Osteopathic Association who was flying through the airport.
1: “RUNWAY RUNAWAY: Out-of-control American Airlines catering cart causes CHAOS at airport as it spins wildly just yards from jets,” New York Post
US president Donald Trump praised the American Airlines ground staff worker who eventually stepped in, ramming the cart with an airport ramp vehicle. The video was posted to Twitter by Kevin Klauer, CEO of the American Osteopathic Association. This article was also posted by The Sun.
1: “VIDEO: Runaway catering cart spirals out of control and nearly hits airplane at Chicago airport,” Business Insider
Video footage of a runaway catering cart on the tarmac at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport showed airport employees scrambling to subdue the vehicle. The footage was obtained and shared on Twitter by Dr. Kevin Klauer, chief executive of the American Osteopathic Association, on Monday afternoon.
1: “Airport worker hailed as hero by Trump after saving jet from out-of-control cart,” FOX Business
Twitter user Kevin Klauer, the CEO of the American Osteopathic Association, filmed the incident and shared it. His tweet quickly went viral with more than 30,000 retweets and 7 million views.
1: “WATCH: Catering truck goes haywire, nearly strikes plane before quick-thinking employee intervenes,” Cox Media Group
Osteopathic physician Kevin Klauer captured the moment in a now-viral video, which shows stunned workers watching as the cart spins rapidly. After a few moments, one employee races to a nearby truck and purposely crashes into the cart, knocking it over. Syndicated by dozens of local news affiliates including Atlanta Journal Constitution, Boston 25 News and Orlando ABC 9.
30: “Medical students will learn to apply digital health to patient care at Colorado university,” Becker’s Health IT & CIO Report
Parker, Colo.-based Rocky Vista University will pilot a new digital health track to teach future physicians how to best treat patients using digital platforms. The digital health track is the first academic course track to be offered in a U.S. osteopathic medical school, according to the report.
30: “Airport truck spinning in circles is the perfect metaphor for 2019,” Mashable
Dr Kevin Klauer took the video from the departures lounge at O’Hare Airport in Chicago, where he was waiting for a flight when the commotion out the window caught his eye. “A case of water fell off the seat and landed on the accelerator pedal,” he told Mashable. “[A]nd the wheel was turned, so it started to slowly accelerate and taking these wider and wider turns until the point where it wasn’t really funny anymore.” Also on Yahoo!
30: “Unruly Airport Cart Tries to Ram Plane at O’Hare, Is Promptly Sideswiped by Worker Driving Another One,” Gizmodo
An out of control and driverless catering cart that was spinning in wild circles on the tarmac of Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) on Monday was laid to its final rest by a quick-witted worker who prevented it from hitting a plane by slamming into it with another vehicle. American Osteopathic Association chief executive Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, uploaded video of the incident to Twitter (where it has racked up over three million views and counting).
30: “PCPs can improve flu vaccine uptake among pregnant women,” Healio
“Pregnant women — due to changes in their heart, lungs and immune system — are especially at higher risk for getting more severe illness from the flu,” Jennifer Caudle, DO, associate professor of family medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in New Jersey, said in an interview.
30: “CBS Miami Anchor Frances Wang Just Opened Up About Her Painful Face Rash,” Women’s Health
Perioral dermatitis is a facial rash that appears around the mouth and can spread to other areas of the face, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.
30: “If Your Nails Won’t Stop Breaking, Make This One Change,” Well & Good
According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, brittle nails are also commonly caused by a cycle of repeated wetting and drying of the fingernails—something experts say only gets worse in low humidity and in the winter due to the dry heat.
26: “Keeping feelings bottled up could put women at risk of stroke: Study,” ABC News
Self-silencers may suffer from high levels of depression and anxiety, which are known risk factors for cardiovascular disease, writes Danielle Weitzer, DO, a psychiatry physician working with the ABC News Medical Unit. The article was also syndicated by Yahoo!
26: “The Epidemic of Adult Bullies at Work,” Thrive Global
Typically understood to be a problem children face and outgrow, the AOA poll findings show that bullying, and its subsequent impact on mental and physical health, continues long into adulthood—often in the workplace, home and educational setting.
26: “DO vs. MD: How much does the medical school degree type matter?” AMA Wire
In terms of the requirements to apply to MD and DO programs, the criteria is virtually the same, with both osteopathic and allopathic programs weighing grade-point average and Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) scores heavily.
24: “Ely Named AOA President-Elect,” Nashville Medical News
Clarksville physician Thomas Ely, DO, FACOFP, FAAFP, has been named president-elect of the American Osteopathic Association. He will lead the national organization as 2020-21 president.
24: “Physicians of color are far too rare. This Jefferson study highlights one potential reason,” The Philadelphia Inquirer
Tri-State Black Men in Medicine, a mentorship and outreach organization for students, residents, and doctors, is trying to address those barriers at an even earlier stage. “It’s an every level thing,” Flo Da-Silva, 23, a first-year medical student at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and the group’s president said of racial disparities in medicine. “It starts with high school, continues to college, and moves on to the professional level.”
20: “6 Ways to Save Your Knees,” AARP
If you experience a clicking or popping sensation in the joint when you walk, bend or lunge, but there’s no pain or swelling, you don’t need to worry about it, says Dennis Cardone, D.O., an associate professor of orthopedic surgery and sports medicine at NYU Langone Health in New York City. On the other hand, if you have pain or swelling with that clicking or popping, it’s best to schedule a visit to your doctor.
19: “Vaping Dangers,” WYOU CBS Local News
The dangers of vaping are still being discovered and can be difficult to diagnose. Anand Popuri, DO, a pulmonologist at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine says that about one-third of patients who suffer from vaping-induced pneumonitis are being sent home and then come back days later much sicker.
18: “Diabetes Distress Common at Large Midwestern University,” Physicians Weekly
In a large university population, the prevalence of diabetes distress is high, and high diabetes distress levels are associated with lower diabetes quality of life for both type 1 diabetes mellitus and type 2 diabetes mellitus patients, according to a study published in the September issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. This HealthDay News article also posted on DoctorsLounge and Drugs.com.
16: “Repealing Medicaid access rule could vastly lower provider pay, say opponents,” Modern Healthcare
“Multiple data sources show that payment is the primary driver in determining physician participation in the Medicaid program, and the proposed rule could lead to increasingly insufficient Medicaid payment rates, seriously jeopardizing patients’ ability to access health services,” said the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association and the American Psychiatric Association in a joint statement.
15: “California’s homeless crisis all too often is a health crisis,” CalMatters
Coley King, DO, director of homeless services for Venice Family Clinic, is on the front lines of care to people experiencing homelessness. He writes that we are in the midst of a health care crisis.
13: “CBD curious? What to know if you’re in the market for a good night’s sleep,” Los Angeles Times
Last year, the FDA approved the use of CBD to treat debilitating seizures in two rare forms of childhood epilepsy, but so far that’s the only federally approved medical use for CBD. “You’d think that CBD cures anything that moves right now,” said Dr. Junella Chin, an osteopathic physician based in New York. “It’s not regulated well.”
13: “What’s Happening in Health,” CBS Cincinnati
With so many of us trying to reduce the need for prescription painkillers and other medications, many with back and neck pain are turning to a unique therapy available at St. Elizabeth Healthcare in Covington. It is called osteopathic manipulation. CBS Cincinnati reports on how the treatment is helping local patients.
13: “Prior authorization: Physician groups take aim at insurance hassles,” Medical Economics
Physician groups—which include groups that represent primary care physicians such as the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Osteopathic Association and more—are pushing Congress to support the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act of 2019, which has been introduced by a bipartisan group of representatives.
13: “The 15 Best Products to Buy for Hyperpigmentation, According to the Internet,” Yahoo! Lifestyle
As frustrating and stubborn as it may be, hyperpigmentation, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, is exceptionally common.
12: “As deaths add up, many experts say physicians should advise patients to stop vaping,” FierceHealthcare
Both the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) this week warned about the use of e-cigarettes and said doctors should educate their patients about the potential for serious harm.
11: “Hurricane Dorian: As some Bahamians struggle in the storm’s wake, experts suggest how to help now,” The Palm Beach Post
Since Dr. Robert Greer V returned to West Palm Beach from an intense 45 hours relieving exhausted medical professionals in Hope Town in the Hurricane Dorian-ravaged Abaco Islands, he says he hears the same question: How can I help? Greer, a third-generation osteopathic physician, encourages people to donate time or money and stresses that the need for health care will continue long beyond the first couple weeks.
11: “Climate change is hurting Philadelphians’ health, and the worst is yet to come,” The Philadelphia Inquirer
For those whose health already is compromised — such as the old and frail who lack air conditioning, and people with heart or kidney disease — physicians say this hotter future will be dangerous. “You get this kind of multi-factorial bomb that’s going off,” said Gregory McDonald, dean of the school of health sciences at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
10: “23 Surprising Ways You’re Damaging Your Body,” BestLife
“High heels put the foot at an angle and pull muscles and joints out of alignment, so the effects aren’t limited to the feet,” Sajid A. Surve, DO, co-director of the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health, explained in an article for the American Osteopathic Association.
10: “Marijuana and Surgery Don’t Mix,” Newsmax
According to a study out of Colorado published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, pot smokers who go into surgery may require up to three times as much anesthetic to become sedated as someone who isn’t getting high regularly. That’s very risky, according to Dr. Oz and Michael Roizen, MD, who discuss the findings in their syndicated health column.
9: “Hypertension Rates High Among Medical Students,” Medscape
Among medical students, rates of hypertension are more than twice those of members of the general public who are of the same age, according to new findings from a survey and examination of first- and second-year students at DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine of Lincoln Memorial University reported at the American Heart Association’s Hypertension 2019 Scientific Sessions.
5: “6 Ways to Restore Gut Health Naturally,” First for Women
“People have different ideas as to what gut health is, but my idea of gut health is all-encompassing,” says Jennifer Caudle, DO, a board-certified family medicine physician and associate professor at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey. “It’s all aspects of your stomach and your gut, as well as digestion and how you feel from a gut standpoint.”
3: “10 Effective Ways to Find Lower Back Pain Relief, According to Doctors,” Prevention
Find relief through ice and heat. Localized cooling shuts down capillaries and reduces blood flow to the area, which helps ease the swelling, says Lisa DeStefano, DO, an associate professor at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine in East Lansing.
3: “Medical Marijuana: Your Questions Answered and What We Know Today,” AARP
The Cleveland Clinic announced it would not recommend medical marijuana to patients. Says Paul Terpeluk, a doctor of osteopathic medicine and medical director of the Cleveland Clinic’s Employee Health Services, “We’re just beginning to understand the effects of cannabinoids in the body. We do not believe states should be in the business of regulating and promoting medications.”
2: “How to rev up practice productivity,” Medical Economics
A good place to start is with physician societies, some of which offer savings to their members. For example, the American Osteopathic Association provides discounts on medical and office supplies, as well as vaccines, through its group purchasing organization, AOA Purchase Power.
30: College Life Intensifies Diabetes Distress,” Crain’s Chicago Business
Just in time for the annual return to the dorms comes a survey of diabetic college students’ risks of complications, depression and lower quality of life associated with managing the disease amid the chaos of college life. The study in the Chicago-based Journal of the American Osteopathic Association surveyed 173 people with Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes who worked at or attended a university.
30: “Diabetes stress high among college students, study finds,” The Philadelphia Inquirer
A new study suggests that managing diabetes may be especially challenging for college students, who are adjusting to all the changes that come with campus life, plus managing a complicated disease on their own, without help from their parents, for the first time. This article also was picked up by the Chicago Tribune and Newsday.
29: “Study looks at diabetes distress among university students,” DiabetesPro SmartBrief
Participants reported distress related to powerlessness, diabetes and diet management distress and emotional distress for having the condition, according to findings in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
28: “What Are Skin Tags, And Are They Dangerous?” First for Women
Their exact cause is unknown, but there are several theories according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. Some experts think friction to the skin — which often happens in body folds — plays a role in its formation. Others suspect the tendency to develop skin tags is genetic, while others believe they are simply normal a part of the aging process.
27: “Grants will help residents displaced by record hospital closure,” AMA Wire
The American Medical Association, American Osteopathic Association, American Board of Medical Specialties, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Council of Medical Specialty Societies, National Board of Medical Examiners, Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED), Philadelphia County Medical Society (PCMS), and many other organizations have financially committed funds to support Hahnemann medical residents and fellows during this difficult transition, with the goal of raising $150,000 for Hahnemann University Displaced Resident Fund.
27: “40 Health Warnings You Should Never Ignore,” Eat This, Not That
Dizziness can be defined as a spinning sensation, near-fainting experience, or a simple feeling of imbalance, according to the American Osteopathic Association. If you experience dizziness every once in a while when you stand up suddenly, chances are you have low blood pressure or low blood sugar levels, which is something you should keep an eye on.
26: “Back To School: College Students With Diabetes Face Unique Challenges,” Dlife
Going back to school as a college student with diabetes poses unique challenges and risks compared to those without diabetes, according to new findings. “Anyone with diabetes will experience diabetes distress at some point, and it is often triggered by major life events or upheaval,” says Dr. Elizabeth Beverly, associate professor of family medicine at Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and lead researcher on the study.
26: “‘National Dog Day 2019: Why Dogs Are Better Than Cats, According To Science,” Newsweek
On National Dog Day, Newsweek debates whether dogs are better than cats. In favor of dogs, new research from The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association showed dogs could correctly identify lung cancer samples.
23: “‘We accept you’: Pensacola practice specializes in health care for transgender community,” Pensacola News Journal
Pensacola Osteopaths, a medical practice that takes a “holistic approach,” offers care that includes hormone therapy, birth control and general physician care for people who are transitioning from male to female or female to male, those who are non-binary, or people who don’t identify with any gender at all.
21: “How old is too old to see your pediatrician?” Fox News
New reporting suggests some adults are still seeing their pediatricians. Family physician Dr. Jennifer Caudle, associate professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, weighs in.
21: “No eating, no drinking, and now, no marijuana before surgery, doctors say,” Boston Globe
One small study in a Colorado hospital, published in May in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, found that pot consumers needed more of several common types of anesthetics — an average of 14 percent more fentanyl, 20 percent more midazolam, and 220 percent more propofol — during endoscopic procedures than noncannabis users.
16: “14 Fun Facts About Roller Coasters,” Smithsonian
A study from The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association landed at number 5 on this list from Smithsonian Magazine. The researchers rode Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad 20 times to assess its rumored ability to help people pass kidney stones. Using a 3D-printed model kidney with fake stones, they found the ride effective about two-thirds of the time.
16: “Ivins aims to improve health, safety with new outdoor lighting ordinance,” Deseret News
In conjunction with the passage of the new ordinance, Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine has begun a study sponsored by the Ivins Night Sky Initiative to see if the new requirements can be effectively retrofitted into existing lighting and to see if unwanted glare — another problem magnified by LEDs — can be eliminated.
14: “Should USMLE Step 1 be pass-fail?” KevinMD.com
Osteopathic medical student Ryan Okonksi wrote that potential changes to USMLE Step 1, discussed at the Invitational Conference on USMLE Scoring in March, to make it a pass-fail exam could ultimately hurt osteopathic students. He said that in the absence of a “numeric equalizer,” residency programs would likely just place weight on another metric, which could be more subjective. “As an osteopathic medical student, I have seen the challenges we face — greater difficulty landing away rotations at academic medical centers, less access to clinical research opportunities, and a majority of MD program directors, which have all contributed to DO students not matching into competitive specialties and institutions at the same rate as our MD counterparts. Not all of us attend the Best Medical School (BMS). A great equalizer should be in place to give osteopathic students, IMGs and even allopathic students at less-renowned institutions an even playing field,” Okonski wrote.
13: “AAP, AAFP, ACP, urge Trump administration to rescind final ‘public charge’ rule,” Healio
The AOA joined the AAP, American Academy of Family Physicians, ACP and several other medical societies in expressing “deep concern and opposition” to the final public charge regulation issued by the Department of Homeland Security, or DHS. This regulation changes long-standing rules governing “how and whether immigrants can be determined to be a ‘public charge’; widens the scope of programs considered by the government in making such a determination; and serves as a barrier to accessing health care for legal immigrants, as doing so can now serve as a basis for denying individuals green cards or U.S. visas.” Coverage of this joint statement from multiple medical societies also appeared on MDedge.com.
12: “Study Suggests Patients Who Use Cannabis Respond To Anesthesia Differently,” 4 CBS Denver
In ongoing coverage of the JAOA’s study which found that patients who use cannabis respond to anesthesia differently, CBS’ Denver affiliate spoke with Dr. Joy Hawkins, a professor of Anesthesiology at the University Of Colorado School Of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus. She said she has seen similar responses to those discussed in the study, and that funding for further research is needed.
9: “To boost workforce, medical schools try to sell rural life,” Star Tribune
Administrators of rural track medical school programs say their graduates go into rural practice at considerably higher rates than other doctors. But many of those students are already inclined to practice in a rural area, so the figures may exaggerate the programs’ success, said Randall Longenecker, MD, associate project director for the Collaborative for Rural Primary care, Research, Education and Practice. “We skim the cream off the top,” said Dr. Longenecker, whose research has documented 39 accredited colleges of medicine and colleges of osteopathic medicine that have clearly delineated rural training tracks — about a fifth of U.S. medical schools.
8: “Does Exercising in Hot Temperatures Burn More Fat?” Livestrong
Dennis Cardone, DO, chief of Primary Care Sports Medicine, NYU Langone Health, tells LIVESTRONG.com that hot weather can result in a higher calorie burn since the cardiovascular system has to work harder to keep the body cool and maintain a steady body temperature. On the downside though, exercising for extended periods of time in hot temperatures can lead to heat-related illnesses, including heatstroke.
6: “UA names Cleveland Clinic Sports Health official medical provider of Akron Esports,” Crain’s Cleveland Business
Dominic King, DO, a sports medicine physician and director of the esports medicine program at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health, will serve as the medical consultant for Akron Esports. He and his team will work with the varsity program to administer baseline neurocognitive evaluations and baseline gaming ergonomic evaluations, and discuss esports nutrition, fitness, training and psychology.
6: “More than half of psychiatry studies spin conclusions,” HealthExec
Authors of clinical studies spin their findings in certain sections of their reports in more than half of psychiatry trials, according to research published in BMJ Evidence-Based Medicine. Authors of studies and reports “are free to choose how to report or interpret study results,” first author Samuel Jellison, of Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, et al. wrote.
5: “El Paso hospital was prepared for a mass shooting, and experts say training is crucial: ‘It’s not a question of if, but when’,” Yahoo
Prioritizing which patients to see first is a difficult decision doctors need to make following a mass causality. The issue was discussed in U.S. News and World Report piece in 2018 by Stephanie Davis, DO, from the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians. “We have to change our mindset, and think: ‘Who can I save? Who can I not save?'” Dr. Davis told the publication.
3: “Medicare proposes range of pay cuts, increases for outpatient services,” Modern Healthcare
The CMS last week proposed a number of Medicare payment changes for physicians and hospital outpatient services that it said would reduce unnecessary spending and improve patient care. On physician payment, the American Medical Association and the American Osteopathic Association were pleased that the CMS proposed to revise documentation and coding for evaluation and office visits in 2020.
1: “Med schools should assess students on empathy, researchers say,” Becker’s Hospital Review
Researchers calculated a baseline measure of empathy among medical students, which could be used to assess future applicants’ capacity for the soft skill, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
1: “It’s not all brain surgery: Future doctors should be tested for empathy, study says,” Chicago Tribune
A study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association looked at more than 16,000 students of all levels in schools of osteopathic medicine across the country to set a norm for their level of empathy, using a questionnaire.
1: “Mostly praise, but some criticism for changes proposed by CMS to Medicare payments, MIPS,” FierceHealthcare
Physician organizations praised CMS for backing away from modifications it proposed last year to overhaul E/M codes that would have paid physicians the same amount for an office visit even when caring for the most complex patients. “Evaluation and management (E/M) visits have been undervalued for many years, which really hurts physicians practicing in primary care. If adopted, this change prevents significant financial harm to physicians who treat Medicare patients and helps ensure they can continue to care for the most vulnerable patients,” said David Pugach, JD, AOA senior vice president for public policy.
31: “Drink bottled water? You ingest microplastic particles,” KXLY.com
A new study published found Americans ingest between 74,000 and 121,000 microplastic particles each year. “It is well known that plastics give off chemicals, outgas chemicals, from what they’re made from, and the plastic does deteriorate over time,” said Alfred Johnson, DO, who has 40 years of experience in practicing environmental medicine and understanding toxic exposures.
30: “Study suggests empathy should be a criteria for medical school admissions,” FierceHealthcare
In addition to academic performance and other traditional competencies, high scores that measure empathy could become part of the criteria for getting into medical school, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
30: “National norms developed for assessing medical school empathy,” Physician’s Briefing
National norms have been developed for assessing empathy among men and women at different levels of medical school education, according to a study published in the August issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. This HealthDay News article was picked up by Drugs.com.
29: “Inclusive healthcare and social justice: Disrupting racial inequalities through narrative medicine,” WOUB-TV (PBS)
In this episode, Tracy Shaub, DO, chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, discusses how the school’s Open Book Project helps foster inclusive healthcare. Medical schools are developing curricular innovations, such as the Open Book Project, to reduce implicit racial bias and other forms of discrimination.
29: “Enrollment rates rise at U.S medical schools, but that’s only half the battle,” Medical Economics
A recent study from the Association of American Medical Colleges found the enrollment rate of medical students in the U.S has grown by 52 percent since 2002. In addition, 29 new medical schools have opened along with 17 schools in osteopathic medicine.
26: “More medical students than ever, but more residency slots needed to solve physician shortage, AAMC says,” FierceHealthcare
Enrollment in U.S. medical schools grew by 31% since 2002. Combined with increases in enrollment at schools of osteopathic medicine, overall medical school enrollment is now 52% higher than it was 17 years ago, the Association of American Medical Colleges reported.
25: “Dangerous decline in empathy found in US medical schools,” Times Higher Education
In a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, researchers compiled 16,149 test results from the 41 osteopathic medical schools to create their first broad table for nationwide comparisons (log-in required).
25: “Med school enrollment expands, concern for residency slots lingers,” Medscape
Since 2002, 29 new accredited medical schools have opened, along with 17 new schools of osteopathic medicine, according to the latest data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
25: “What you need to know about harmless skin growths,” Third Age
Almost half of adults will develop skin tags, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.
25: “Health & wellness trends that industry influencers say will change your everyday routine,” Philadelphia Style
“Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is an approach to eating that’s designed to help lower your sodium intake and prevent or improve high blood pressure. The Mediterranean diet is considered heart-healthy and includes a well-balanced selection of daily fruits/veggies/grains, weekly fish, poultry, beans and eggs, moderate dairy and limited intake of red meat. Both will help your waistline while helping what’s inside as well like your heart, blood pressure and more,” Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, tells Philadelphia Style.
23: “The major biotin side effect you should know about,” Women’s Health
Excess biotin (a.k.a. vitamin B7 or H) isn’t stored in your body. “Side effects from having a high dose or overdose of biotin are rare. Because it is so easily excreted in urine and feces, the body can simply get rid of any excess,” explains Shaemah Khan, DO.
23: “Should you go to med school and become a doctor?,” U.S. News & World Report
Both DOs and MDs attend four years of medical school before entering a residency. Allopathic and osteopathic medical schools offer similar curricula, with a balance of classroom and clinical learning opportunities. However, DO-granting schools teach students osteopathic manipulative medicine that involves the spine, bones and muscles.
23: “5 common pregnancy ailments that can actually be treated, so don’t suffer in silence,” Romper
PUPPS (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) is an itchy rash that is one of the most common dermatological issues affecting pregnant women, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. “Even though the condition is a nuisance, it is not a serious ailment and should resolve soon after delivery,” the organization notes.
19: “1-in-4 early middle aged adults has osteopenia,” Healio
More than 25% of early-middle-aged adults had osteopenia in their neck, according to findings recently published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
18: “Nearly half of adult patients skeptical of vaccines, survey finds,” Managed Healthcare Executive
Forty-five percent of U.S adult patients reported major doubts about vaccine safety, according to a recent AOA survey. The top three reasons given for patient skepticism were online articles, past wrongdoings by pharmaceutical companies and information from medical experts. The article was picked up by Medical Economics.
17: “Four academic health systems pitch in to save Philadelphia hospital,” Modern Healthcare
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and other health systems plan to submit a letter of intent to acquire the 188-bed teaching hospital that was included in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy restructuring by parent company Philadelphia Academic Health System.
16: “10 medical schools with the most applicants,” Yahoo
Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, an osteopathic medical school in Pennsylvania, had the biggest fall 2018 applicant pool at 16,129. In fall 2018, the school enrolled 2,256 full-time students.
15: “Help! Why do I sweat so much?,” Runner’s World
Sweating is the body’s way of naturally cooling itself down. “Think of sweating as your body’s ventilation system,” explains Peter Bidey, DO, a professor at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
15: “If your muscle twitches after working out, you need to read this ASAP,” PopSugar
“A muscle twitch often occurs after a hard workout because the muscle has been overworked and there is hyper-excitability of the nerve on the muscle that has broken down from the exercise, and therefore it acts on its own accord,” explained Naresh Rao, DO, a sports medicine specialist and head physician for the USA Men’s Water Polo Team.
15: “America to face a shortage of primary care physicians within a decade or so,” The Washington Post
The percentage of U.S.-trained osteopathic and foreign-trained physicians matching into primary care roles has increased. In fact, 2019 marks the first year in which the percentage of osteopathic and foreign-trained doctors surpassed the percentage of U.S. trained medical doctors matching into primary care positions.
13: “Minnesota bets fiscal future on osteopathic medical school,” U.S. News & World Report
If all goes well, the Minnesota College of Osteopathic Medicine plans to open in the fall of 2020 with an inaugural class of 75 students. This article also was picked up by the Star Tribune.
10: “A guide to choosing the best holistic doctor for your needs,” Health
DOs get the same schooling as MDs, plus an extra 200 hours of training in osteopathic manipulative medicine (OMM)—hands-on techniques that release tension in the muscles, joints and nerves to promote healing. This Health article also was picked up by Yahoo.
8: “Gaylord sees transformation in proposed osteopathic medical school,” Minn Post
The Minnesota College of Osteopathic Medicine is renovating a former elementary school, developing curriculum and working to win accreditation from the American Osteopathic Association. If all goes well, the school plans to open in the fall of 2020 with an inaugural class of 75 students.
8: “Trying to fix the hyper-competitive residency match,” MedPage Today
Maya Hammoud, MD, proposes an “Early Result Match” under which students would apply early to a maximum of five programs, and the programs would decide early whether or not to take them. The National Resident Matching Program, which starting next year will offer allopathic and osteopathic positions, has not been contacted about the proposal, MedPage Today reports.
8: “Life and leadership lessons I learned in the military,” Authority Magazine
In this article, Darren J. Sommer, DO, shares how his experience in the military influenced his career to become a physician and to earn an MBA from Duke.
8: “45 percent of U.S. adults have some doubts about vaccine safety,” Physician’s Weekly
A recent survey released by the American Osteopathic Association found the top three doubt-causing sources about vaccine safety were online articles (16 percent), past secrets/wrongdoing by the pharmaceutical industry (16 percent), and information from medical experts (12 percent). Coverage of this HealthDay News article also appeared in Physician’s Briefing.
8: “What your walking speed says about your health,” LivesStrong.com
Being able to walk at a quick pace, as opposed to a slow one, indicates that your body is functioning properly, says Naresh Rao, DO. However, Dr. Rao also notes that a slow walking speed doesn’t necessarily mean you’re not fit, but it’s a good idea to take your speed as a signal that you need to amp up your exercise routine.
4: “How to improve the Canadian healthcare system,” Senior Lifestyle Magazine
According to The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, 24% of trainees and 26% of practicing physicians in the U.S. are international medical graduates.
4: “Food safety,” The Weather Channel
According to the American Osteopathic Association, an estimated 48 million – that is one in every six people – will get food poisoning this year. A lot of those incidents occur during the summer.
3: “Amid provider shortage, California doctors oppose expanding nurse practitioner abilities,” U.S. News & World Report
State law prohibits nurse practitioners from practicing medicine without the supervision of a medical doctor or doctor of osteopathic medicine.
2: “Data on why Texans die needs to be more consistent, doctors say,” KUT (NPR)
Many areas of Texas can’t afford to have a medical examiner, who is trained to do autopsies, on staff. Yet an autopsy is the only way to know how a patient died, explains Frank Papa, DO, associate dean for curricular design and faculty development at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth.
2: “9 Signs your digestive issues may indicate larger gut problems,” Bustle
While a small amount of bloating after eating is to be expected, it could be a sign of a problem if you’re downright uncomfortable, Bryan Tran, DO, tells Bustle.
1: “Over a quarter of middle-aged men may be at risk of osteoporosis,” Arthritis Digest
Loss of bone mineral density is occurring at younger ages in men and women, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, so more middle-aged adults should be scanned to understand their risk and establish a baseline for monitoring.
29: “2-year-old dies from E. coli after visiting San Diego County Fair petting zoo,” NBC Nightly News
Jennifer Caudle, DO, appeared on NBC Nightly News discussing preventive measures following the death of a toddler after contracting E. coli at a petting zoo
28: “50 signs of poor health men should never ignore,” Best Life
If you often wake up in the middle of the night soaked in sweat, the AOA says it could be due to various different medical conditions, including different types of cancer, hormone disorders, infections or anxiety.
28: Could your dreams be a health warning?,” Dr. Oz
Family physician Jennifer Caudle, DO, and certified dream analyst Lauri Loewenberg dive into dream theory and share why some may be a health warning.
28: “Surprising survey reveals 45% worry about vaccine safety,” KTRH-AM (iHeart Radio)
Of the nearly half who listed at least one source of doubt over vaccine safety, a survey from the AOA found the most common sources came from online articles (16%), distrust of the pharmaceutical industry (16%), and information from medical experts (12%).
27: “Primary care gap: American medical students less likely to choose to pursue internal, family medicine,” Kaiser Health News
The percentage of U.S.-trained osteopathic doctors surpassed the percentage of U.S.-trained medical doctors matching into primary care positions. The five medical schools with the highest percentage of graduates who chose primary care are all osteopathic institutions, according to the latest U.S. News & World Report survey.
27: “Poll: Nearly half of Americans still doubt safety of vaccines,” WSAZ-TV (NBC)
A new poll from the AOA finds nearly half of Americans still doubt the safety of vaccines. The most common sources of doubt came from online articles, distrust of the pharmaceutical industry, and information from medical experts. This report was syndicated in 68 regional markets, including Memphis, Charleston, Phoenix, Springfield, Utica and Rockford.
26: “Study: Trained dogs can sniff out lung cancer,” KDKA-TV (CBS)
Who would have thought that dogs were the key to battling lung cancer cells? Thomas Quinn, DO, professor at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, said, “Dogs have highly developed olfactory systems and may be able to detect cancer in its primary stages.”
26: “Snoopy smells cancer,” MD Edge
According to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, researchers trained a group of beagles – noted for their superior sense of smell – to sniff out differences in blood samples from healthy patients and those with lung cancer.
26: “Vaccine safety,” Crain’s Chicago Business
A Harris Poll of 2,000 adults conducted on behalf of the Chicago-based American Osteopathic Association reveals 45 percent say something has caused them to doubt vaccine safety (log-in required).
25: “Alzheimer’s Association, others provide tips on how to discuss cognitive function, falls,” Healio
“Patients can avoid falls by making sure they know potential side effects of medications; securing loose rugs or removing them entirely from the home; using nonslip mats in the bath and shower, or considering using of a bath seat; using a cane, walker or other assistive device if they have problems ambulating or staying steady; providing adequate support for going up and down stairs; getting into the tub/shower by installing hand-rails and grab bars; and testing their eyes and hearing regularly,” Jennifer Caudle, DO, tells Healio.
25: “FDA issues new warnings for illegally selling kratom-based products,” Healio
Some kratom supporters take issue with the FDA’s stance in classifying the substance. “The FDA has taken the position that since the compounds in kratom can bind to opioid receptors, kratom is an opioid. [But] Narcan, which is used to treat opioid poisoning binds to opioid receptors, but no one calls Narcan an opioid,” Walter C. Prozialeck, PhD, professor and chair of the department of pharmacology, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University, said in an interview last year.
24: “New poll finds 45 percent of Americans still doubt the safety of vaccines,” Philly Voice
A large percentage of Americans still doubt the safety of vaccines, according to a new survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Osteopathic Association.
24: “101 Easy ways to be a (much) healthier man,” Best Life
A 2017 study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that individuals who worked out in group settings were able to reduce their stress levels by 26 percent.
24: “Study: Dogs can sniff out lung cancer 97% of the time,” KWGN-TV (CW)
Cancer sniffing dogs were able to correctly spot lung cancer 97 percent of the time, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
23: “Beagles detecting cancer?,” WSB-TV (ABC)
Cancer-sniffing dogs hone their accuracy for detecting lung cancer, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
23: “Cancer-sniffing dogs 97% accurate in identifying lung cancer,” The Dogington Post
After eight weeks of training, three beagles were able to distinguish between blood serum samples taken from patients with malignant lung cancer and healthy controls with 97% accuracy. The double-blind study is published in the July edition of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
21: “’I just had to suppress everything:’ What it’s like to be transgender in a male-dominated field,” NBC News
In this article, Christine McGinn, DO, shares what it was like going to medical school as a transgender student.
21: “Fewer than 15% of patients undergo diabetes screening,” Healio
Patricia Happel, DO, an associate professor of family medicine at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, promotes screening for diabetes and treating prediabetes.
21: “5 ways to stay cool at night if you’re a sweaty sleeper,” Elite Daily
Night sweats could be caused by infections or a hormonal imbalance, according to the American Osteopathic Association.
21: “4 ways to observe International Yoga Day 2019,” Bustle
Yoga can help increase stress resilience and may help ease depression and anxiety for some people, says the American Osteopathic Association.
20: “Sniffing out lung cancer,” MedPage Today
Cancer-sniffing dogs hone their accuracy for detecting lung cancer, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
20: “Beagles and other scent hounds could be used to help in early detection of lung cancers, study finds,” WAGA-TV (FOX)
Dogs with a strong sense of smell, such as beagles, could help in early detection of certain lung cancers in humans, a recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association suggests.
20: “Health Pulse,” Crain’s Chicago Business
Beagles that can identify lung cancer (log-in required) by scent may help researchers develop a way to perform mass cancer screening, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
19: “These dogs can sniff out lung cancer with startling accuracy,” Philly Voice
According to a new study published this week in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, dogs are a cheaper and overall more pleasant method for detecting cancer in some patients sans expensive technology.
19: “Are dogs better at detecting cancer ‘than advanced technology?,’” Medical News Today
The research team — led by Thomas Quinn, DO, from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania — worked with three beagles, whom they trained to “sniff out” non-small cell lung cancer in plasma (blood) samples.
19: “Why student-loan forgiveness is making primary care more attractive,” AMA
A recent study of graduating osteopathic medical students indicates that increased educational debt directly influences physician practice choices while student-loan repayment and forgiveness programs can encourage new physicians to choose primary care specialties.
18: “Researchers successfully train dogs to sniff out lung cancer with 97 percent accuracy,” People
In a new study released Monday in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, researchers announced that they were successfully able to train three beagles to detect lung cancer by scent.
18: “New study finds dogs are 97% accurate when sniffing out lung cancer,” MSN
Findings, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, showed that three beagles were able to distinguish between blood serum samples taken from patients with malignant lung cancer and patients who were healthy with 97 percent accuracy.
18: “Cancer-sniffing dogs 97% accurate in lung cancer detection,” Managed Care Magazine
Three beagles have demonstrated that they can identify lung cancer by scent, a first step in finding specific biomarkers for the disease. The double-blind study appears in the July edition of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. This article also was picked up by Reach MD.
18: “Dogs can smell lung cancer biomarkers with 97% accuracy, a new study reveals,” Bustle
A new study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) has shown that dogs might also be able to detect lung cancer in its earliest stages through smell.
18: “How a suit made by Arizona students osteopathic medicine can teach empathy for aging and people with disabilities,” KJZZ-FM
Osteopathic medicine students in Arizona are using new technology to better understand what it feels like to live in an aging body.
18: “New study finds dogs are 97% accurate when sniffing out lung cancer,” Yahoo
Findings published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association showed that three beagles were able to distinguish between blood serum samples taken from patients with malignant lung cancer and patients who were healthy with 97 percent accuracy.
17: “Dogs detecting cancer,” KSWB-TV (FOX)
Man’s best friend may be as good as a medical scan when it comes to diagnosing cancer. A new JAOA study shows a remarkably positive percentage for cancer sniffing dogs.
17: “Study: Cancer-sniffing dogs 97% accurate in identifying lung cancer,” WGN-TV
Cancer sniffing dogs were able to accurately identify lung cancer 97 percent of the time, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Three beagles differentiated between blood samples from healthy controls and those with malignant lung cancer.
17: “Career or the egg? Is it time to put pregnancy first?,” KevinMD
Ellen Wood, DO, an obstetrics-gynecology physician and reproductive endocrinology and infertility specialist, published a personal essay on KevinMD discussing her concern that many people — including physicians — overestimate the effectiveness of today’s fertility treatments.
17: “What premeds should know about types of doctors,” U.S. News & World Report
Dean C. Mitchell, MD, an immunologist who is a clinical assistant professor at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York, says technological progress and scientific discoveries are enabling doctors to save the lives of sick people who might have died otherwise. He explains that one of the miracles of modern medicine is that doctors can now ease the symptoms of potentially fatal health problems where diagnoses were previously regarded as death sentences.
17: “Do you know the difference between a migraine and a headache?,” Patch
Wade Cooper, DO, a headache neurologist at the University of Michigan, discusses what can bring out and cause migraines to occur as well as new emerging treatments.
17: “Why those men in Lycra may be at risk of their bones crumbling,” Daily Mail
A study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association last month found that 28 percent of men and 26 percent of women showed signs of osteopenia, the precursor to osteoporosis, where bone density is reduced.
14: “Heading to college? Here’s help to sort through types of student loans,” The Penny Hoarder
Students who are studying allopathic or osteopathic medicine can apply for Primary Care Loans. These two loan types are need-based and competitive.
14: “Osteopenia rates in early middle age suggest need for more osteoporosis screening,” Rheumatology Advisor
Osteopenia is common in early middle-age adults, suggesting a need for increased osteoporosis screening and prevention programs in this age group, according to study results published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
12: “How practices can keep patients in the age of consumerism,” Medical Economics
The AOA’s Mat Kremke says to look at what conveniences competitors are offering, and leverage technology to help be more efficient and offer a positive experience. This means offering online check-in, easy payment options and increased communication.
12: “5 fun & feel good ways to de-stress in your desk chair,” Thrive Global
In this article, author Michelle Veneziano, DO, writes how sitting can improve stress-tolerance, mood and creativity.
12: “11 diseases that can pass from animals to humans,” Insider
Fish tank granuloma is a rare skin infection that usually afflicts people who have close contact with fish, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.
11: “Ask Mr. Dad: Body image and eating disorders: Not for girls only,” Tribune News Service
A just-published study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that men age 35-50 were slightly more likely than women the same age to suffer from osteopenia, which is a loss of bone density that’s not quite as severe as osteoporosis.
10: “Health pulse,” Crain’s Chicago Business
Nearly 40 percent of women surveyed who were over the age of 35 and did not get pregnant at a young age say they’d have done things differently if knew more about age-related decline in fertility, according to an AOA-funded poll (log-in required).
10: “7 deadly diseases,” Health Journal
Blacks are 2.5 times more likely than whites to develop sarcoidosis. The American Osteopathic Association suggests that the rising incidence of sarcoidosis among blacks might be because they tend to have more granulomas — small areas of inflammation — in their lungs, potentially causing their disease to be more severe. Black women are the most at risk for developing the disease.
7: “Limit screen time to get kids moving this summer,” The Express
In this article, author Mark Odorizzi, DO, shares his tips for limiting screen time over the summer, from parents setting their own screen time limits to ways the whole family can spend more time outdoors.
6: “Working with patients to manage diabetes,” Medical Economics
Marc Price, DO, once used scare tactics with his patients. “That didn’t seem to work,” says Dr. Price, a family practitioner in Malta, New York. Now he uses motivational interviewing, asking patients questions to find out what internal motivators might encourage them to take better care of their diabetes. A patient’s motivation might be improving mobility so they can play more actively with their grandchildren, for example.
6: “Men and osteoporosis,” KDLT-TV (NBC)
Researchers find 28% of 35-50 year old men studied are at-risk for osteoporosis and a loss of bone mineral density is occurring at younger ages in both genders, according to study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
6: “Osteopenia,” BBC
As children get older, their bones become denser and stronger and peak maximum bone density occurs when adults are in their 30s. By the time people reach old age, women in particular are at risk of osteoporosis, where bones become so weak that they can fracture. But new research on the prevalence of osteopenia, a precursor to osteoporosis, has surprised researchers, who have found that men between the ages of 35 and 50 are more at risk than women. Allison Ford-Wade, professor of health, exercise science and recreation management at the University of Mississippi, is lead author of the study, which has recently been published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
6: “Moving care upstream: Appalachian community health workers take on diabetes. And get results,” West Virginia Public Broadcasting
“If you were a drug company and you dropped hemoglobin A1C by .6 percent, you’d have a multibillion dollar drug,” Dino Beckett, DO, the CEO of Williamson Health & Wellness Center, said. The pilot at Williamson focused on 130 high-risk diabetes patients. Within a six-month period, patients reduced their hemoglobin A1C levels by an average of 2.5 percentage points.
6: “Health tip: Headphones and hearing loss,” U.S. News & World Report
About 1 in 5 teens has some degree of hearing loss, says the American Osteopathic Association. Experts think many instances could be linked to headphone use.
5: “Apple will soon tell you to turn the music down,” Philly Voice
According to the American Osteopathic Association, hearing loss is quite common in modern times — about one in five teens will reportedly experience some hearing loss, a rate 30 percent higher than two decades ago.
5: “Hallucinations may point to rare, non-psychotic condition,” Medscape
Pooja Raha Sarkar, a fourth-year medical student at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Middletown, New York, told Medscape Medical News that with the so-called “graying of America,” cases of Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS) may become more prevalent.
5: “Japan minister says high heels are ‘necessary and appropriate’ for women at work,” Market Watch
More than 19,000 people have signed an online petition calling on Japan to enact a law to stop companies from being able to force female employees to wear high heels. An AOA article notes that heels put the foot at an angle that pulls muscles and joints out of alignment, and women who wear heels for extended periods tend to suffer lower back, neck and shoulder pain.
5: “Study shows a higher than expected risk for osteoporosis,” Everyday Health
For most people younger than 70, bone health isn’t high on the list of concerns. But new research published in the JAOA suggests that lack of awareness, even for people in their 30s, may have critical consequences.
4: “How to evaluate medical school licensing exam scores and pass rates,” Yahoo Finance
Licensing exam scores determine whether someone is legally permitted to become a U.S. doctor, experts say. John R. Gimpel, DO, president and CEO of the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, says the purpose behind medical licensing exams is to ensure that everyone who practices medicine is competent to do so. “They’re all about protecting patients and protecting the public,” Dr. Gimpel says.
4: “Japanese women are signing a petition to ban high heel requirements in the workplace,” Independent
An article published by the American Osteopathic Association states long-term wear of high heels can “pull muscles and joints out of alignment” leading to muscle pain.
4: “Younger men and women show similar rates of osteopenia,” MD Edge
Osteopenia was present in more than a quarter of both men and women in early middle age, according to findings from a cross-sectional study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
4: “Consumers: Beware unproven stem cell therapy,” The Herald-News
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is warning consumers about unproven stem cell therapy treatments and those administered by providers who may not be licensed to do so. In particular, the department urges consumers to avoid stem cell therapy treatments administered by chiropractors or others who are not licensed to provide such therapy absent collaboration with a medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy or other authorized health care provider.
3: “Health workforce: What funders are supporting,” Health Affairs
“For the first time in history, osteopathic medical students make up more than 25 percent of the U.S. medical student population,” according to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. This statistic is based on its preliminary fall 2018 enrollment report, which noted that nearly 30,500 students were enrolled in osteopathic medical schools.
3: “Looking to pass a small kidney stone? Have you tried a roller coaster?,” Click on Detroit
In a report, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, researchers suggest that riding a roller coaster may help patients who have kidney stones that are 5 millimeters in diameter or smaller pass a stubborn stone.
3: “How to heal from diastasis recti,” U.S. News & World Report
It’s important to support your body with healthy habits, such as eating a healthy diet with lots of protein and getting as much sleep as possible, during the immediate postpartum period to allow for optimal healing, says Betsy Greenleaf, DO, an urogynecologist at Greenleaf Health and Wellness. “These standard tips will provide your body with the best opportunities to repair itself,” Dr. Greenleaf notes.
31: “7 physical signs you’re more stressed out than you realize,” Real Simple
Excessive sweating could be a sign you’re more stressed than usual. “If you’re a stress sweater, it’s important to get to the root of the problem,” Kathirae Severson, DO, says. “Exercise, meditation, and therapy are all viable options to help minimize the stress in your life.”
31: “Men may need to be tested for thinning bones,” WPIX-TV (CW)
Brittle bones are often seen as a woman’s health issue, but a new study finds that men and women are almost equally likely to have low bone mass in the hip. The study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association focused on people with lower than normal bone density.
31: “The undeniable, unfair advantages of overconfidence, new research shows,” The Startup
When asked if they could counsel patients on nutrition recommendations, more than 55 percent of 257 medical students expressed confidence, but half did not achieve a passing score on a nutrition quiz, researchers reported in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
31: “New diabetes cases slowing; blueberries for MetS; Trina founder sentenced,” MedPage Today
Over 25% of men and women in early middle age had osteopenia, according to a recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. “Primary care physicians should begin educating patients as early as adolescence or young adulthood so the consequences of osteoporosis can be prevented,” suggested the researchers.
31: “Culinary medicine: Treating diabetes, obesity, kidney diseases with food,” International Business Times
Culinary medicine is a practice which aims to treat these diseases by teaching people about proper nutrition. The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine recently added a pilot program that gives doctors in training cooking classes. This pilot program also teaches doctors in training how to talk to patients about nutrition and how to shop for groceries.
30: “Young 35-year-old men at risk of osteoporosis: study,” Men’s Health
A study of 173 adults showed that one-fourth of guys between 18 to 35 years old have osteopenia, or weaker-than-normal bones, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Low bone density increases the risk of fractures, bone damage and osteoporosis in older age.
30: “8 surprising facts about anesthesia,” Everyday Health
People who smoke or ingest marijuana (cannabis) on a daily or weekly basis may need more than twice the usual level of anesthesia for routine procedures, such as endoscopies, a study published in May 2019 in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found.
30: “It’s time to rethink what it means to be a DO,” KevinMD.com
Seger Morris, DO, the New Physician in Practice member of the AOA Board of Trustees, writes what two pathways for AOA board certification will mean for the future of osteopathic medicine.
30: “1 in 4 middle-aged men at risk of osteoporosis: Here are the symptoms of brittle bones,” Tech Times
Osteoporosis are often seen among older adults, but new research in the JAOA shows that more people are experiencing bone weakening at a younger age.
30: “Men as young as 35 could be at risk for a disease that’s typically associated with post-menopausal women, new research shows,” Insider
Men as young as 35 aren’t typically concerned with the robustness of their bones, especially if they hit the gym regularly. But according to new research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, more than a quarter (28%) of 35- to 50-year old men have osteopenia, or weaker-than-normal bones. Coverage also appeared in Business Insider and MSN.
29: “Many middle-aged men may have signs of thinning bones,” HealthDay News
Brittle bones are often seen as a woman’s health issue, but low bone mass may be more common among middle-aged men than generally thought, a small study suggests. The research was published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The HealthDay News article was picked up by Physician’s Briefing, Drugs.com, U.S. News & World Report and WebMD.
29: “More men than women face osteoporosis in early middle age,” Medscape
More than a quarter of men and women in early middle age have osteopenia, placing them at risk of developing osteoporosis, the results of a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association indicates, suggesting that bone health assessments should be more widely available.
29: “Emotional intelligence, essential for doctors’ success, found to decline during medical school,” Six Seconds
Research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found doctors may be losing their emotional intelligence skills during medical school. Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognize and respond appropriately to your own and others’ emotions. It’s the bedrock of our ability to practice empathy, to motivate ourselves and others, and to form meaningful connections.
29: “Men should be running and resistance training to avoid osteoporosis, study proves,” Men’s Health
We all know the benefits running and resistance training can have on our cardiovascular system and our strength, but a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association has suggested these training methods may also be crucial for fighting osteoporosis. The article also ran in Yahoo Style.
29: “Bone density loss appears in younger ages,” Crain’s Chicago Business
Over a quarter of men and women between the ages of 35 and 50 have osteopenia, the precursor to osteoporosis, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. With bone mineral density loss typically associated with postmenopausal women, findings that more men, 28 percent, than women, 26 percent, showed signs of osteopenia surprised researchers (article log-in required).
28: “Bone density loss symptoms appearing in younger patients,” UPI
Symptoms of bone weakening are appearing in younger people, prompting calls for more awareness in the group, new research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association shows.
28: “More than 1 in 4 young men and women are at risk of osteoporosis. Are you?,” Bicycling
Cyclists may be at risk of osteoporosis even if they ride regularly because cycling is not considered a weight-bearing activity, according to new research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The article was picked up by Yahoo.
28: “Almost one in three men have ‘weak bones and are at risk of osteoporosis,’ small study finds,” Daily Mail
Researchers say that nearly one in three men between ages 35 and 50 have osteopenia, a condition that causes weak bones and is a precursor to osteoporosis. For the study, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, the team looked at the bone mineral density of nearly 200 adults between ages 35 and 50.
26: “Problem: Lack of rural health care. Solution: Educating more doctors,” WRAL-TV (NBC)
Campbell University is contributing to a solution to the lack of rural health care with its school of osteopathic medicine, which focuses on training physicians who want to work in rural and underserved areas. It recently graduated its third class, adding a total of 453 doctors who have an interest in serving rural communities.
26: “Are vitamin supplements a waste of money?,” InsideHook
Supplements, or vitamins — the terms are mostly interchangeable — are actually any one of a number of things that about 86 percent of Americans consume daily; or at least on occasion, according to the American Osteopathic Association.
24: “7 reasons you might gain weight during your period,” Woman’s Day
The estrogen and progesterone released from your ovaries are highest just before you start your period, and that increase could make you prone to weight gain. “When the progesterone is high just prior to the menstrual cycle, it stimulates the appetite, so you eat more,” says Octavia Cannon, DO, past president of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
23: “Future doctor of osteopathic medicine beats the odds,” The Tennessee Tribune
Christian Bond, a mother and student at Alabama State University, wants to further her interest in biology by becoming a doctor of osteopathic medicine.
23: “6 easy ways to reduce stress,” Thrive Global
According to the American Osteopathic Association, working out reduces stress by no less than 26 percent.
22: “Health care organizations applaud proposed tobacco legislation,” C-SPAN
Several leading public health groups, including the American Osteopathic Association, applaud Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s efforts to raise the age for buying tobacco to 21.
22: “5 strange reasons women are always colder than men, according to science,” Romper
The reason females keep bumping up the thermostat may have a lot to do with their body’s metabolic rate. “Since women have a lower metabolic rate, they tend to produce less heat than men do, which makes them feel colder,” explains Rob Danoff, DO.
21: “Inside Hollywood’s dangerous anti-aging secret,” Harper’s Bazaar
In this article, Richard Firshein, DO, and Habib Sadeghi, DO, caution against using off-label human growth hormone injections that can reportedly erase years from one’s face and inches from the body.
21: “Where’s the best place for your child’s sports physical exam?,” HealthDay News
Student athletes usually need a sports physical. And the best place for that exam is at their primary care doctor’s office, according to updated guidelines from leading U.S. medical experts including the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.
21: “College researching if dogs can sniff out cancer,” WPXI-TV (NBC)
Researchers at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine are looking at whether dogs can sniff out cancer in people.
21: “Primary care physician groups oppose new state abortion restrictions,” Medical Economics
Groups representing primary care physicians, including the AOA, waded into the conflict over abortion, putting out a statement opposing a recent push in conservative states to restrict access and, in some cases, criminalize physicians who perform abortion services.
21: “You’ll never guess the age group that is drinking too much,” SheKnows.com
A poll conducted for the American Osteopathic Association by The Harris Poll discovered a rise in daily drinking and binge-drinking among 35- to 44-year-old U.S. adults. “As they get older, they don’t think about it as binge drinking if they’re going out sociably and having five or six drinks in the evening,” explains Malissa Barbosa, DO.
17: “The century-old ‘science fiction’ behind Ohio rep’s bill covering nonexistent ectopic pregnancy treatment,” Rewire.News
The American Osteopathic Organization released a joint statement with other leading medical groups opposing “efforts in state legislatures across the United States that inappropriately interfere with the patient-physician relationship, unnecessarily regulate the evidence-based practice of medicine, and, in some cases, even criminalize physicians who deliver safe, legal, and necessary medical care,” in a reference to a number of laws seeking to limit and even criminalize abortion.
16: “Physicians could face life in prison under new Alabama abortion law; doctor groups decry ‘political interference,’” FierceHealthcare
Six groups representing frontline physicians, including the AOA, issued a statement calling on politicians to end what they called political interference in the delivery of evidence-based medicine. “Physicians should never face imprisonment or other penalties for providing necessary care. These laws force physicians to decide between their patients and facing criminal proceedings. Physicians must be able to practice medicine that is informed by their years of medical education, training, experience, and the available evidence, freely and without threat of criminal punishment,” said the statement.
16: “The Latest: Medical groups denounce abortion crackdowns,” Press of Atlantic City
The American Osteopathic Association and other leading U.S. physician groups are denouncing strict anti-abortion measures adopted or proposed in several states, saying they interfere with doctor-patient relationships and would criminalize legal procedures.
15: “Here’s what happens to your body when you drink in the heat,” Huffington Post
“Alcohol can make it hard to perceive the effects of how much you’re exerting yourself and how much fluid you’re losing from the heat,” said Hallie Zwibel, DO, team physician and director of the Center for Sports Medicine at the New York Institute of Technology in Old Westbury, New York.
15: “Why AirPods – earbuds like them – are especially bad for your hearing,” OneZero
According to the American Osteopathic Association, approximately one in five teens today suffer some form of hearing damage, a rate that’s 30 percent higher than it was 20 years ago.
12: “Treating athletic injuries with osteopathy,” Health & Wellness Digest
Athletes realize that the holistic approach DOs offer has the potential of keeping them competitive longer, since many of the treatment approaches actually prevent further injuries from occurring.
12: “20 things ob-gyns want pregnant women to stop doing,” Babygaga
Octavia Cannon, DO, an ob-gyn at Arboretum Obstetrics & Gynecology in Charlotte, North Carolina, told WhatToExpect.com, “Walk away from people who want to tell you pregnancy horror stories.” She stressed to the site that doing so is definitely “not helpful.”
10: “If you’re diagnosed with dementia, should you lose your second amendment rights?,” Pacific Standard
A 72-year-old widower with metastatic prostate cancer and dementia declined hospital treatment because he wanted to go home to care for his cat; two days later, he arrived in the emergency room, where he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, the American Osteopathic Association reported in a 2018 study.
10: “What is the difference between a DO and an MD?,” How Stuff Works
DOs and MDs are similarly educated and certified. MDs alleviate symptoms and treat diseases with tools like medications and surgery when appropriate. And while DOs definitely utilize these tools as well, osteopathic medicine is a system that’s rooted in a whole-person approach, as in they look at how a person’s mental and physical health are interconnected.
8: “9 bathroom habits that can be a sign of a health concern,” Bustle
If anything seems odd or uncomfortable when going to the bathroom, let your doctor know. “[Many of these changes] can be serious if they don’t resolve and are left unaddressed,” Octavia Cannon, DO, a board-certified osteopathic obstetrician and gynecologist, tells Bustle.
8: “Kaia Health’s app-based back pain treatment outperforms standard physiotherapy in clinical trial,” Tech Startups
According to a report from the American Osteopathic Association, patients with musculoskeletal conditions spend approximately $240 billion per year, of which $77 billion is related to musculoskeletal conditions in the United States.
8: “Scooter the cat,” WDAF-TV (FOX)
Sam Tochtrop, OMSIV, shares how he came to adopt Scooter, a cat who is paralyzed from the waist down.
7: “Top 10 up-and-coming industry leaders in healthcare 2019,” Managed Healthcare Executive
Darren J. Sommer, DO, founder and CEO of Innovator Health, was named on Managed Healthcare Executive’s list of up-and-coming healthcare leaders.
6: “5 dangerous health problems your fitness tracker might pick up,” Considerable
A resting heart rate that’s consistently well over your normal rate should prompt a call to your doctor, says Naresh Rao, DO, director of physical therapy at Sports Medicine at Chelsea in New York City.
1: “Ancillary services: A new cost-benefit analysis,” Medical Economics
Naresh Rao, DO, says his practice’s family medicine services are popular among patients of all ages, while sports medicine attracts younger, physically active patients, of which there are many in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighborhood where the practice is located. “Being an osteopathic family practitioner and fellowship-trained in sports medicine opens up a whole bunch of ancillary services we can deliver to our patients,” Dr. Rao says.
1: “7 things you should not keep from your doctor,” Romper
Patients should share any known food and drug allergies, a list of medications they’re taking and a history of substance abuse with their physicians to ensure patients receive adequate health care, explains Octavia Cannon, DO, and Adam Shuster, DO.
1: “People who use marijuana may need more sedation medication for surgery. Here are the risks,” Business Insider
In a small study of 250 people, researchers found that those who reported regular marijuana use either with smoking or edibles needed more medication to remain sedated during medical procedures. The study, published in the May issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, looked at the medical records of 250 people who underwent endoscopic procedures that required sedation medication.
1: “Why do so many gamers get motion sickness?,” MEL Magazine
Hallie Zwibel, DO, director of NYIT’s Center for Sports Medicine and expert in eSports medicine, says the brain can get used to “misalignment” in senses.
30: “Fecal transplants recommended for recurrent C. diff infections,” Lab Roots
The bacterium Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) is relatively common in public spaces, and most healthy people won’t get an infection from it. However, it’s the most common cause of infections acquired in U.S. hospitals. A new report in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association recommends that transplantation of fecal microbiota from a healthy donor may be the best way to treat C. diff infections that antibiotics can’t tackle.
30: “DOs ascending – how the growth of osteopathy might save urgent care from the looming physician shortage,” The Journal of Urgent Care
The American Osteopathic Association asserts that since 2007, there has been an 85% increase in osteopathic students enrolled in osteopathic medical schools nationwide. This rapid growth in the number of DO medical students points to an industrywide recognition of the physician shortage, positioning DOs to play a pivotal role in filling the gap and helping to alleviate the shortfall.
30: “News or noise? How headphones could be damaging your hearing,” WZVN-TV (ABC)
According to the American Osteopathic Association, 30 percent more people have some form of hearing loss than 20 years ago. Experts believe the popularity of headphones and earbuds over the years could be the link.
29: “5 things Selena Gomez’s battle with lupus have taught us about the autoimmune disease,” Everyday Health
The Lupus Foundation of America estimates that 15 to 20 percent of people with lupus nephritis need a kidney transplant or chronic dialysis to stay healthy. This complication is why it’s so important for doctors to routinely screen people with lupus for signs of kidney trouble, such as high blood pressure and swollen legs, explains Mike Katsaros, DO, a rheumatologist and the chair of the department of internal medicine at the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at the Western University of Health Studies in Ponoma, California.
29: “More medical school graduates in Arkansas returning to state,” Associated Press
Fewer than half of area medical school graduates are matching with residencies in Arkansas, but the state still does well in retaining its graduates as physicians, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Association of American Medical Colleges data show.
25: “10 least costly private medical schools,” Becker’s Hospital Review
A few DO schools ranked among the least costly private medical schools, including Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia, Carolinas and Auburn, and University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine.
25: “Feel like your life is a hamster wheel? Here’s how to get off it,” Fast Company
In our world today, over 70% of Americans consider themselves lonely, according to a Harris Poll conducted by the American Osteopathic Association.
24: “The arts dispel medical students’ qualms about dementia,” JAMA Network
TimeSlips and other nonclinical arts-centered programs in medical school curricula can improve students’ attitudes about dementia. Investigators at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey, studied students’ perceptions about dementia after they participated in a poetry workshop with assisted living facility residents.
23: Looking for the right mental health professional for you? Here’s what you need to know,” Popsugar
Psychiatrists are medical doctors, either with an MD or a DO degree, who have specialized training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. They can diagnose mental illnesses and mental health conditions, prescribe medication, and may even administer therapy.
23: 50 rampant cancer myths you need to stop believing,” Reader’s Digest
Despite a common myth that colonoscopies cause cancer, Jennifer Caudle, DO, tells Reader’s Digest, “This is not true, and it is concerning that this is something floating around on the Internet.”
23: Men also contract HPV. So why aren’t they tested like women are?,” Huffington Post
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found testing a man’s mouth or throat was not an effective way to discover HPV.
19: Loan forgiveness, educational debt may affect practice patterns,” HealthDay News
Increased educational debt appears to directly influence physician practice choice, according to a study published in the April issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Outlets that picked up coverage of the HealthDay News article include MedicalXPress and Drugs.com.
18: “Study: middle-aged Americans may be drinking too much,” Spectrum News
Adults in their mid-30s to 40s are drinking too much and too often, according to a poll from the AOA. The poll also found 9% of adults aged 35-44 continue to drink even if it has already negatively affected their career, education and/or relationships.
18: “Norwegian Airlines requires flight attendants to bring a doctor’s note to get out of wearing heels,” Travel & Leisure
Wearing high heels for an extended period of time could impact one’s health. “High heels put the foot at an angle and pull muscles and joints out of alignment, so the effects aren’t limited to the feet. It’s not unusual for people who spend lots of time in high heels to have low back, neck, and shoulder pain because the shoes disrupt the natural form of the body,” explains Sajid A. Surve, DO.
17: “How to drive revenue growth in your medical practice,” Medical Economics
Marc Price, DO, a primary care physician, found whenever he took time away from the office, he was losing money because there was no patient revenue being generated. Adding a non-physician provider has helped with office efficiency and finances, even though those weren’t the only reasons he made the hire. “I hired one not specifically for revenue, but more for lifestyle and service to patients,” Dr. Price tells Medical Economics. “When it comes to income, they make more than what you pay them.”
17: “Pot use hurts sedation?,” Crain’s Chicago Business
Crain’s Chicago Business (log-in required) reports that regular cannabis users may require twice as much sedation when undergoing medical procedures compared to those who don’t use the drug, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
17: “The effects of smoking weed on the body could include its response to anesthesia, a new study says,” Bustle
If you smoke weed regularly, you might want to tell your doctor the next time you have a surgical procedure. According to a new study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, the effects of smoking weed on the body could include how you respond to anesthesia.
17: “Do American adults drink too much? Study says yes,” HealthDay News
A recent poll from the American Osteopathic Association shows 33% of U.S. adults age 35-44 would be flagged for a drinking problem. Outlets that picked up overage of the HealthDay News article include WebMD, U.S. News & World Report, Drugs.com, Physician’s Briefing and UPI.
17: “People who use cannabis products should tell their doctor,” ABC News
“Some of the sedative medications have dose-dependent side effects, meaning the higher the dose, the greater the likelihood for problems. That becomes particularly dangerous when suppressed respiratory function is a known side effect,” said lead researcher Mark Twardowski, DO, an osteopathic internal medicine physician in Grand Junction, Colorado, in regards to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
16: “Regular marijuana users may need more anesthesia for medical procedures,” NBC News
Patients getting surgery may need higher levels of anesthesia if they are regular marijuana users, a new JAOA study suggests.
16: “Regular users of marijuana can require more sedatives during medical procedures,” Discover
The study, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, analyzed the medical records of 250 people who underwent endoscopies. Of the 25 people who reported smoking marijuana or using edible cannabis products on a daily or weekly basis, the researchers say they needed higher doses of drugs and anesthesia to achieve optimal sedation.
16: “Cannabis users may require up to twice as much anesthesia when undergoing medical procedures,” London Free Press
Regular cannabis users may require up to twice as much anesthesia when undergoing medical procedures, according to a new preliminary study from researchers in Colorado published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
16: “Cannabis users may require more anesthesia, preliminary study shows,” The Week
People who regularly use cannabis may need up to twice the amount of sedatives that non-users require for medical procedures, a new study shows. The study, published on Monday in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, tested three common sedation drugs: fentanyl, midazolam, and propofol.
16: “Sedation concerns,” WECT-TV (NBC)
A team of researchers in Colorado found that people who regularly use cannabis require more sedatives and anesthesia before routine medical procedures. Local affiliates for ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX aired a segment highlighting findings from the JAOA study. Larger markets included San Francisco; Las Vegas; Honolulu; Portland, Oregon; Philadelphia, Boston, Pittsburgh, and Orlando, Florida; as well as many other small- to mid-size cities.
16: “6 dreaded tasks that are actually great for managing stress,” Mental Floss
Exercising in a group can help people lower their stress levels by 26 percent, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
16: “Cannabis study,” CBS Radio
Marijuana could have an effect on anesthesia, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
16: “Pot and anesthesia,” The Now
A study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association finds people who regularly use cannabis might need two times the amount of sedation for medical procedures compared to nonusers. This nationally syndicated show appeared in several markets, including West Palm Beach, Florida; Kansas City, Missouri; and Cincinnati.
16: “Why daily cannabis users may need more than double the dosage for sedation,” Healthline
People who use cannabis regularly may need up to two times more sedation if they undergo a medical procedure compared to those who don’t use the drug regularly, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
16: “Study claims cannabis consumers may need up to twice the amount of anesthesia,” Culture Magazine
Regular cannabis consumers may need twice the level of sedation while undergoing medical procedures, according to a new study published The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
15: “Innovation Hero winner: Darren Sommer, Innovator Health,” Arkansas Business
As CEO of Innovator Health, Darren Sommer, DO, has a vision to deploy a telemedicine platform that allows health systems to export their clinical services in the most human method possible.
15: “Cannabis users need more anesthesia,” WGN-TV
According to a new study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, people who regularly smoke or ingest cannabis need higher doses of sedation compared to those who do not use marijuana.
15: “Cannabis users may need more anesthesia for surgery,” Reuters
People who regularly use cannabis may need more than twice the usual dose of anesthesia for surgery, suggests a new study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Outlets that picked up coverage of the Reuters article include Physician’s Weekly and Yahoo.
15: “Small study finds regular cannabis users need more sedation for medical procedures,” High Times
A small study by Colorado researchers has determined that regular cannabis users may need more sedation during medical procedures. The report was published on Monday in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
15: “Regular cannabis use causes a too-chill side effect at the doctor’s office,” Inverse
Even in states where marijuana is legal, some patients may feel reluctant to tell their doctors exactly how much they smoke. But per a report in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, having that honest conversation may be even more important because patients who regularly smoked marijuana required as much as 220 percent more anesthetic chemicals to become fully sedated.
15: “Cannabis users require more sedatives than nonusers when undergoing endoscopic surgery,” Healio
Patients who regularly used cannabis needed higher doses of sedatives before endoscopic-related surgical procedures, according to findings recently published in The Journal of American Osteopathic Association.
15: “If you use cannabis, it could take twice as much anesthesia to sedate you,” Gizmodo
A new study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that Colorado residents who regularly use cannabis needed up to twice as many powerful sedatives before a procedure.
15: “Cannabis users may require up to twice as much anesthesia when undergoing medical procedures,” Daily Mail
Cannabis users need more than triple the anesthetic to undergo surgery, according to a new JAOA study. “This study really marks a small first step. We still don’t understand the mechanism behind the need for higher dosages, which is important to finding better care management solutions,” explains lead researcher Mark Twardowski, DO.
15: “Regular cannabis users need 220 percent more sedatives for medical procedures than nonusers,” Newsweek
Researchers in Colorado found patients who smoked or ingested cannabis on a daily or weekly basis required up to 220% higher dosage for sedation for routine procedures including colonoscopy. Their findings were published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. “Even though cannabis is now legal in many states and some countries, it is still a substance that has real and meaningful effects on the human body that at this point are poorly understood and warrant caution,” lead author Mark Twardowski, DO, tells Newsweek.
15: “Cannabis users needed up to twice the sedation for medical procedures, small study says,” CNN
Patients who regularly use cannabis may require more than two times the usual level of sedation when undergoing medical procedures, according to a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Coverage of the CNN piece was picked up by MSN as well as 40 markets, including La Crosse, Wisconsin; Wilmington, North Carolina; and Amarillo, Texas.
15: “Marijuana users require more sedatives, preliminary study reports,” MD Magazine
After Colorado legalized recreational marijuana, Mark A. Twardowski, DO, noticed his patients who regularly used the substance began needing higher amounts of sedatives for their procedures. Dr. Twardowski’s findings after reviewing patient records were published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
15: “Marijuana users might need more anesthesia in medical procedures,” Tonic
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association finds patients who regularly use cannabis often require higher doses for sedation in medical procedures.
12: “Failing up: How one med student came back from a first-year setback,” WHYY
Percy Takyi, a student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, started a podcast “Behind the White Coat: Failure and Percyverance” to help students better manage their expectations about medical school. In this interview, Takyi shares how his outlook changed after failing his anatomy class during his first year of medical school.
12: “4 ways to surround yourself with people who challenge you,” Success
Taking a group fitness class can help reduce stress levels compared to working out alone, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
10: “How to get the health benefits of cannabis without getting high,” Next Avenue
Dustin Sulak, DO, a Maine-based osteopathic physician who has treated thousands of patients with medical cannabis, is a strong advocate of microdosing – an approach to using medicinal cannabis in very small doses to achieve medicinal benefits without the high. He believes it is especially helpful for older adults.
10: “Five not-so-typical ways to fight your allergies,” USA Today
Staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water or tea can help minimize allergy symptoms, Mia Strazzeri, DO, tells USA Today.
10: “Medical Watch,” WGN-TV
A new survey from the American Osteopathic Association revealed more than one third of adults ages 35 to 44 drink enough that it would lead an addiction specialist to consider intervention.
8: “It’s official: Here’s exactly how long it takes to lose weight,” Women’s Health
Losing weight can be stressful. Working out with a group can help reduce stress levels compared to exercising solo, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
8: “Using chemical sunscreen during pregnancy may cause a rare birth defect,” Parents
A new study finds using sunscreen containing oxybenzone when pregnant could lead to a birth defect that affects an infant’s large intestine. The chemical can be absorbed in the mother’s bloodstream and potentially reach the fetus, Thomas Dardarian, DO, president of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, tells Parents.
5: “Myth-busting: beer,” Furthermore
Drinking a beer after a tough workout might seem like a reward. However, a regular beer has less than half the carbs of a sports drink and carbs help restore glycogen levels after exercising, explains Naresh Rao, DO, a sports medicine physician.
3: “Patients take charge,” Medical Economics
When Rob Danoff, DO, began his career as a family physician decades ago, his patients relied on him to provide information about their health. Today, his patients are taking more ownership by researching all aspects of their care from insurance co-pays to treatment options, Dr. Danoff tells Medical Economics.
3: “First opioid lawsuit settlement raises questions with dozens more cases waiting,” Healio
Health care leaders responded to the news that Purdue Pharma agreed to settle a lawsuit with the state of Oklahoma on allegations the company did not disclose the risks of Oxycontin. The state plans to use the money to fund a national center dedicated to addiction treatment and research. “Our hope is that the [center] delivers evidence to help avert addiction and meaningfully improve treatment for the millions of Americans and their families struggling with substance use disorder,” says Ron Burns, DO, AOA president-elect.
2: “New study suggests autism could be detected at birth with a hearing test,” Popsugar
A noninvasive hearing test at birth could help detect autism in children and begin interventions sooner, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
1: “Loan forgiveness programs help boost primary care workforce,” SmartBrief
Researchers of a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found student loan forgiveness programs help ease the financial burden that might otherwise deter new DOs from pursuing careers in primary care.
29: “Student loan forgiveness programs driving osteopathic physicians to primary care,” Healthcare Finance
More new DOs are practicing primary care, thanks in part to student loan forgiveness programs, finds a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
28: “UPS teams up with drone startup to deliver medical samples at North Carolina hospital,” Healthcare Dive
Researchers at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine developed medical drones that can bring equipment to people following natural disasters while waiting for help to arrive.
28: “Meghan Markle says yoga helps with jet lag, mindfulness, pregnancy woes, and more. Could it for you, too?,” Everyday Health
For Meghan Markle, maintaining a regular yoga practice helps keep her mind in the present moment. “Yoga can really be thought of as a moving meditation. It is not just exercise, as it combines breath, movement, mindfulness, and chanting all together in one practice,” says Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, an osteopathic physician and yoga teacher.
28: “These supplements may lower cholesterol — but they can also damage livers,” Healthline
Some studies have found red yeast rice can be used to lower bad cholesterol. However, the supplement itself is unpredictable and could cause serious side effect, cautions Jay Mohan, DO, an osteopathic cardiologist.
28: What are skin tags (and how do you get rid of them)?,” MSN
About half of adults will experience skin tags, which are tiny growths found in the folds of skin, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.
27: “Mississippi Delta program wants to prevent tobacco usage, illnesses,” Mississippi Public Broadcasting
Students at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine spoke to fourth and fifth grade students about the impact smoking can have on their health.
27: “Health pulse,” Crain’s Chicago Business
Student loan forgiveness programs have sparked growth in graduating osteopathic physicians choosing careers in primary care, according to new research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (log-in required).
27: “Sleep apnea in kids is underdiagnosed, study says,” Metro Parent
About 90% of children who experience sleep apnea often go undiagnosed, according to research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
26: “Access to your health,” WSNS-TV (Telemundo)
A new survey from the American Osteopathic Association finds only 21% of adults who take vitamins or supplements actually have a nutritional deficiency.
26: “Medical school application timeline for DO applicants,” Forbes
This article includes an infographic outlining the steps undergraduates need to take each year of college as they prepare to apply for osteopathic medical school.
25: 2017 Payer Scorecard breakdown,” Medical Economics
Navigating what procedures are covered by insurance can be frustrating for both patients and physicians. Naresh Rao, DO, a primary care physician, finds outsourcing insurance verification gives him more time to focus on treating his patients.
25: “Over 40? Here are 40 health symptoms you need to know about,” Best Life
People over the age of 40 who experience dizziness or fatigue should see their physician to rule out underlying health problems, such as heart disease or anemia, recommends Octavia Cannon, DO.
25: “People on the move,” Crain’s Chicago Business
Kevin Klauer, DO, will serve as the next CEO of the American Osteopathic Association, Crain’s Chicago Business (log-in required) reports.
25: “How to fulfill med school admission requirements,” U.S. News & World Report
When preparing for your residency, Clay Dorenkamp, DO, an orthopedic surgery resident, recommends focusing on your studies. If time permits, then take on extracurricular activities.
22: “American Osteopathic Association names Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, as chief executive officer,” Chicago Tribune
Kevin Klauer, DO, EJD, FACEP, will begin as the AOA’s new chief executive officer on or before May 31. As CEO, Dr. Klauer will have primary responsibility for strategy, operating results, continued organizational growth and advocacy for the osteopathic profession.
22: “This is how team sports may be altering your brain for better mental health,” Mind Body Green
Group exercise participants experience lower stress levels and improved quality of life, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
21: “Why advocates are suing over New Hampshire’s Medicaid work requirements,” Politico
This news roundup mentions the AOA has named Kevin Klauer, DO, as its new CEO.
21: “Doctor ‘Mom’: One of 126 Touro University medical students, soon to be physicians,” KSNV-TV (NBC)
In this segment, Mahdika Underwood, a student at Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine, shares how her own mother’s journey to become a nurse while raising five kids inspired her to enroll in medical school after becoming a mom herself.
21: “Hate to exercise? Do a zero-minute workout instead,” Considerable
The level of intensity people experience when exercising depends on their fitness level. “My maximal effort isn’t going to be anywhere near the maximal effort of LeBron James. He’s going to have a much higher physical fitness capability, but we’re both pushing our bodies to new limits,” says Hallie Zwibel, DO, director of the Center of Sports Medicine at the New York Institute of Technology.
20: “How you can manage your pain without medications with OMT, acupuncture and an anti-inflammatory diet,” Cleveland Clinic
In this article, author William Welches, DO, PhD, discusses how he uses osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) to provide pain relief to his patients. Through OMT, DOs use their hands to diagnose illness and injury and encourage the body’s natural tendency toward self-healing.
19: “Screening for osteoporosis with ultrasound,” The Doctor Will See You Now
Using ultrasound machines to screen for osteoporosis instead of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry could be more affordable and increase the number of patients who come in for screenings. “[Ultrasound] machines could be used to screen large numbers of people at places like health fairs, because the machines are affordable and easy to transport,” says Carolyn Komar, lead author of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association study.
18: “6 ways boot camp classes will change your life,” Livestrong.com
Exercising with a group, such as boot camp classes, can help participants lower their stress levels compared to those who exercise alone, according to The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
18: “Could ultrasound serve as an early bone density screening tool?,” Medscape
This Medscape article (log-in required) reports new research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association finds ultrasound as equivalent to dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry for initial bone density screening.
15: “Match Day results,” HCPro
Primary care specialties continue to dominate the NRMP Match, with a record 986 osteopathic medical students and DO graduates who matched into family medicine residency programs.
15: “Another year, another Match day record,” MedPage Today
More than 7,000 new DOs participated in this year’s NRMP Match, up 17% from last year. The number of programs also increased by 6.5% as more osteopathic medical programs joined the Match this year.
15: “Hot tub folliculitis: Everything you need to know,” Medical News Today
Hot tub folliculitis is an infection caused by bacteria in hot tubs and other warm, wet places such as water slides, lakes and rivers. The condition can be treated by applying apple white vinegar to the infected areas, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.
15: “Residency Match day is largest in history,” Medscape
The number of residency programs participating in the NRMP Match grew 6.5% in part due to osteopathic programs joining this match, reports Medscape (log-in required).
15: “2019 NRMP Match marks decade of growth for family medicine,” AAFP
More than 4,000 medical students and recent grads matched into family medicine residency programs between the NRMP Match this month and the AOA Match in February.
15: “Supplementing your health,” KNSD-TV (NBC)
A recent AOA survey found only 21% of adults who take vitamins or supplements have a confirmed nutritional deficiency. “I advise patients that this industry is highly unregulated, so it’s important to research manufacturers to ensure their products actually contain the nutritional supplements advertised,” says Mike Varshavski, DO.
14: “Tracee Ellis Ross teams up for Time’s Up with her aunt, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee,” WAMU-FM (NPR)
In this segment, actress Tracee Ellis Ross and her aunt, Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, discuss a new initiative Time’s Up Healthcare.
13: “Legitimate opioid use for chronic and acute pain,” Houston Chronicle
This column references a JAOA study that found up to 15% of children from sleep apnea, but they are often underdiagnosed because their symptoms are misattributed to psychological or emotional issues.
13: “Healthcare policy in 2019: A look ahead,” Medical Economics
Earlier this year committees in both the House and Senate held hearings to explore lowering drug prices, but agreeing on legislation to achieve this goal could be a challenge. “Everybody recognizes there is a problem, but the source of the problem is going to be viewed differently and the proposed solutions are going to vary significantly,” says David Pugach, JD, AOA senior vice president for public policy.
12: “5 healthy habits to start your day off right,” Thrive Global
Developing a regular yoga practice can help improve flexibility, muscle strength and energy levels, according to an AOA article.
12: “9 surprising things that lower your breast cancer risk,” Dr. Oz
Taking birth control pills and certain IUDs could increase your risk of getting breast cancer, explains Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician. On the flip side, women who breastfeed their babies can lower their risk of breast cancer due to limited exposure to estrogen, which contributes to breast cancer cell growth, Dr. Caudle adds.
12: “Will I limit my career path by pursuing DO instead of MD?,” Forbes
Both MDs and DOs follow a similar pathway by attending medical school, taking licensing exams and completing residency training. DOs, however, receive extra training in osteopathic manipulative treatment by using their hands to diagnose and treat illness. DOs also take a whole person approach to practicing medicine.
12: “US News: ‘Best Medical Schools 2020’,” Becker’s Hospital Review
Osteopathic medical schools dominated the U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking of med schools with eight schools ranking in top 10 for producing the most primary care residents.
11: “Educated people follow heart-healthy diets, study says,” UPI
Adults with college degrees are more likely to follow the Mediterranean diet than adults whose highest level of education is high school, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
9: “Invisibilia: For some teens with debilitating pain, the treatment is more pain,” NPR
Cara Hoffart, DO, runs a program at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, to help younger patients suffering from pain restore functionality and treat the cause of pain.
6: “15 spring cleaning mistakes that could make you sick,” Reader’s Digest
Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, cautions people to be careful when dusting a neglected bookcase because dust can trigger asthma and allergy symptoms. Dr. Caudle adds it’s also important to wear gloves and goggles for protection from harsh chemicals.
6: “Ultrasound bone assessment could increase osteoporosis screening,” MedImaging.net
Researchers found data from ultrasonography was equal to data gathered using dual–energy X-ray absorptiometry, according to new research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The findings could lead to lower costs and increased screening for people at-risk for bone diseases.
4: “Ultrasound could boost screenings for osteoporosis,” WGN-TV
Dual–energy X-ray absorptiometry are considered the gold standard for assessing bone health, but it can be cost-prohibitive. Research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found ultrasound screenings, which are less expensive, can be used for initial bone density screening as well.
4: “The beginner’s guide to yoga for people 50 and over,” Considerable
Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, recommends people who are nervous about starting a yoga practice could try online yoga videos to learn the basics before transitioning to a yoga class.
4: “Ultrasound scans could boost screenings for osteoporosis,” Medical News Today
New research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found ultrasounds can be more cost effective than dual–energy X-ray absorptiometry when screening for osteoporosis.
4: “Medical students set to start clerkships,” U.S. News & World Report
After watching both of her parents pass away after they waited to seek medical attention for their illnesses, Alyssa Weyer decided to become a physician and promote the importance of preventive care to her patients. Weyer is a member of the class of 2020 at the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University.
2: “Lewisburg is a small town success story in West Virginia,” U.S. News & World Report
The West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Lewisburg, helped address a health care shortage by educating future generations of DOs right in the heart of this growing community.
27: “Sharing patient data,” Medical Economics
Accessing patients’ data can be challenging if their information is housed in a different EHR system. “The ability to find information quickly is just as important as access,” explains Darren Sommer, DO, who works as a hospitalist in multiple facilities.
27: “Should you add apple cider vinegar to your skin-care routine?,” Everyday Health
Apple cider vinegar can be used for more than making vinaigrette. For instance, people can try soaking their foot in apple cider vinegar to kill bacteria in toenail infections, suggests the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.
27: “18 things your doctor wants you to know about thyroid problems,” Reader’s Digest
Fatigue and irritability are common symptoms of hyperthyroidism, explains Erik Polan, DO, in this article. The article was picked up by Reader’s Digest Best Health.
27: “William Anderson inspires local students,” WSLS-TV (NBC)
AOA Past President William Anderson, DO, spoke with students at Virginia Tech as part of the school’s Black History Month activities. Dr. Anderson is the first African American to serve as president of the AOA.
27: “6 health screening tests millennials should know about,” Good Morning America
They might feel healthy now, but millennials should begin taking care of their health by talking to their primary care physician about health tests and screenings they might need as part of their annual exam, stresses Niket Sonpal, MD, adjunct assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.
26: “Ultrasound of calcaneus efficient for screening bone health,” Physician’s Briefing
Performing an ultrasound can be just as effective as an X-ray in assessing bone health when screening for osteoporosis, finds research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. This HealthDay News article was picked up by several outlets including Physician’s Briefing and Drugs.com.
26: “Up to 15% of children have sleep apnea, but 90% go undiagnosed,” Sleep Review
Children suffering from sleeping disorders, such as sleep apnea, often are misdiagnosed with behavior disorders, according to new research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. In actuality the problem could be poor jaw structure, which could be fixed by removing the child’s tonsils or installing an orthodontic maxillary expander if surgery doesn’t work, says study co-author John White, DDS.
26: “Ultrasound may soon be used for cheaper osteoporosis screening,” Medical Daily
Doctors might be able to use ultrasound instead of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry when screening for osteoporosis, which offers a number of benefits to patients. “Because of its low-cost, mobility and safety, ultrasound is a promising tool for assessing more people, across multiple demographics,” says Andrea Nazar, DO, co-author of the study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
25: “Ultrasound can assess bone health, increase early screening for osteoporosis,” Science Daily
Using ultrasound is equivalent to using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry for initial bone density screening, according to research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
24: “Dementia and guns a lethal mix with no legal remedy,” Newsmax
Gun owners who suffer from dementia could pose a risk to themselves and to others if they fire their weapon during a moment of confusion. The authors of a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association stress having conversations with loved ones about their firearms while they can still make decisions. “As physicians and family members, we need to be able to do the hard thing in the interest of public safety,” says co-author Katherine Galluzzi, DO.
22: “One sniff away,” YourObserver.com
Tom Quinn, DO, and the faculty at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine are working with BioScent DX to research what dogs smell when they detect cancer from saliva samples.
21: “Most kids with this sleep disorder go undiagnosed, and it leads to issues later in life,” The Bump
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found children are often underdiagnosed for sleep disordered breathing because their symptoms are misattributed to psychological or emotional issues.
21: “Dr. Ashley Denmark wants black kids to know they can become doctors,” The St. Louis American
Ashley Denmark, DO, wrote “Olivia’s Doctor Adventures” to inspire children who dream of becoming doctors someday. Her book educates youngsters about different types of doctors.
21: “Here’s what to ask at your yearly physical if you always forget what you want to say, according to experts,” Elite Daily
An annual physical is a great time to ask your physician questions about changes in your body, such as new moles, suggests Bernadette Riley, DO.
20: “Family medicine tops the list in osteopathic match,” AAFP
More than 300 participants were placed into a family medicine residency program during the AOA’s Match earlier this month. Next year all new DOs will be participating in the National Resident Matching Program as the transition to a single graduate medical education system concludes. This article also was picked up by SmartBrief.
20: “A hearing test could detect autism in babies,” EverydayFamily
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association recommends administering a noninvasive hearing test on newborns to detect autism spectrum disorders earlier in childhood.
20: “Bleeding risks increase when SSRIs are combined with some common drugs,” U.S. Pharmacist
Patients taking antidepressants are 40 percent more likely to develop severe gastrointestinal bleeding when they also use common over-the-counter pain relievers, according to a review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
18: “Combining SSRIs, anticoagulants, increases risk for gastrointestinal, intracranial bleeding,” Healio
Patients who take selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors to treat their depression could be at a higher risk for gastrointestinal bleeding, according to new research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
17: “Children’s sleep disorders going undiagnosed,” MSN
A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found of those children who suffer from sleep disordered breathing, about 90 percent go undiagnosed often because the symptoms are misdiagnosed as behavior issues.
16: “Feeling the pain: Waits frustrate patients seeking prompt medical care,” Albuquerque Journal
Residents of New Mexico sometimes must wait months until the next available appointment to see a physician. Yet the cap on funding residencies is holding back MDs and DOs from receiving this training they need before treating patients on their own, the Albuquerque Journal reports.
15: “How to rebuild your health after a bad break-up,” Australian Men’s Health
People who work out in a group experience lower levels of stress compared to those who exercise alone, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
14: “Can acupuncture help you lose weight?,” U.S. News & World Report
Research shows that acupuncture releases endorphins, which can help people experience less stress and manage their weight. “If you have lower stress by natural means, then the thought is it will help with stress eating and trying to self-medicate with foods,” Tiffany Lowe-Payne, DO, tells U.S. News & World Report. This article also was picked up by MSN.
14: “Children underdiagnosed for sleep disordered breathing,” Dentistry Today
Children who suffer from restless sleep, snoring or teeth grinding might have an undiagnosed sleeping disorder, according to new research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
14: “’Choose DO’: AACOM launches new recruitment push,” Becker’s Hospital Review
The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine’s new “Choose DO” campaign promotes the benefits of pursuing a DO degree.
14: “Sleep Disorders and Chronic Pain,” U.S. News & World Report
Sheldon C. Yao, DO, recommends people who suffer from chronic pain see their physician to rule out any underlying sleep disorders.
13: “21 sneaky signs you’re stressed — even if you think you aren’t,” Insider
Going back for seconds or thirds at the water cooler could be a sign of stress. Excessive stress causes the adrenal glands to overproduce a hormone that regulates fluid levels, thus triggering dehydration, explains Robert Kominiarek, DO.
13: “Pediatric sleep apnea mostly undiagnosed,” SmartBrief
A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found nearly all children who suffer from sleep apnea are undiagnosed because the symptoms are attributed to other issues, such as behavior problems.
13: “Unvaccinated teens trying to get shots on their own,” Fox Business
Mikhail Varshavski, DO, visits Fox Business to discuss a recent trend of unvaccinated teens taking control of their own health care by seeking vaccinations.
12: “Is your mom showing signs of dementia or just getting older?,” SheKnows
When it comes to forgetfulness, it might be time to see a physician if memory loss begins to interfere with a loved one’s ability to perform daily tasks, says Aaron George, DO.
12: “The 10 most common physical symptoms doctors see in people with anxiety,” Bustle
Asking questions about a patient’s home and work environments can help doctors determine if physical ailments, such as abdominal pain, could be signs of an anxiety disorder, Aaron George, DO, tells Bustle.
12: “This is how long it takes your metabolism to reset once you stop eating sugar,” First for Women
A review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found people’s metabolisms often see a boost after they abstain from sugar for nine days.
12: “Are your patients wasting money on supplements?,” AAFP
In this article, author Mikhail Varshavski, DO, addresses whether taking vitamins or supplements are essential for good health. A recent AOA survey found while 86 percent of participants take vitamins or supplements, only 24 percent actually have a nutrient deficiency.
9: “How drinking actually impacts your sleep,” Bustle
Taking a break from drinking could help improve your quality of sleep and leave you feeling more rested, Jennifer Caudle, DO, tells Bustle.
8: “Genomics researchers say ‘junk’ DNA key to advancing medicine,” R&D Magazine
Researchers at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine are examining non-coding or “junk” DNA for clues about people’s risk of being diagnosed with a disease.
8: “Open up and say ‘ahh’: Trump getting annual medical exam,” Associated Press
Sean Conley, DO, who serves as President Trump’s personal physician, led the president’s annual physical examination. The personal physician oversees the team of doctors who performs this exam, which is used to determine if a president is fit to serve office.
7: “Congress must pony up to improve nation’s health, doc groups say,” MedPage Today
The presidents of six physician organizations, including the AOA, visited members of Congress seeking improved funding for health care priorities, including addressing high prescription drug costs and ensuring people’s access to health care coverage.
7: “Antidepressants such as Prozac can cause intestinal bleeding,” HealthLine
A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found patients who take serotonin reuptake inhibitors to treat depression are more likely to experience gastrointestinal bleeding.
7: “How much toothpaste is just right? CDC says most kids use too much or too little,” Today
Trew Stransky, DO, an osteopathic pediatrician, recommends parents help their younger kids brush their teeth, including making sure kiddos use the right amount of toothpaste. “We treat fluoride like any vitamin, where too much is not a good thing and too little is not a good thing,” Dr. Stransky tells Today.
7: “Democrats prepare end run around prohibition on CDC gun research,” Politico
The AOA joined other health care organizations in calling for Congress to fund $50 million for gun violence research, Politico reports.
6: “What is a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, and should you see one?,” Self
The DO philosophy of medicine takes a whole person approach to treating patients, including factoring in a patient’s emotional and mental health, Octavia Cannon, DO, tells Self. DOs also receive training in osteopathic manipulative medicine to use their hands to diagnose illness and injury as well as address the cause of issues, such as pain. “It is not uncommon to find a patient suffering from back pain originating from tight muscles in the hips,” Mikhail Varshavski, DO, explains.
6: “Is it time to visit the eye doctor?,” Consumer Reports
DOs and MDs serve as ophthalmologists, while ODs serve as optometrists. Both can perform a routine eye exam, but only ophthalmologists are licensed to perform surgery and treat eye diseases.
6: “Last AOA Match places 886 physicians into residency programs,” HCPro
The AOA’s final Match Day saw more than 500 participants placed into primary care residency programs.
5: “DO Match day yields more than 500 primary care residents,” Medscape
The final AOA Match (log-in required) saw more than 500 new DOs matching into primary care residencies. Orthopedic surgery was the next top specialty with more than 100 placements.
5: “Physician practice roundup—more than half of new osteopathic doctors choose primary care,” FierceHealthcare
Continuing the osteopathic medical profession’s legacy of providing primary care, more than half of new DOs placed into primary care specialties in this year’s AOA Match.
5: “The 6 specialties osteopathic physicians opted for on match day,” Becker’s ASC Review
Family medicine, internal medicine, orthopedic surgery, general surgery and emergency medicine comprise the top five specialties where participants in the AOA’s Match placed this year.
5: “Project data establish national norm empathy scores for osteopathic medical students,” Healio
The Project in Osteopathic Medical Education and Empathy established a national norm of empathy scores among first-year osteopathic medical students. The second phase will evaluate factors that affect their empathy levels, Healio reports.
4: “Orthopedic surgery leads specialty placement among osteopathic physicians: 5 things to know,” Becker’s Spine Review
The AOA’s final Match Day saw 56 percent of participants place in primary care residency programs. The next top placement was orthopedic surgery with 12 percent placement.
31: “Should you try whole body cryotherapy?,” MSN
Cryotherapy sessions, which entail stepping into a negative 250 degree chamber, have been touted for health benefits from providing pain relief to boosting people’s mood. “While it seems like there could be some beneficial outcomes from it, this doesn’t seem to be a breakthrough technology innovation that’s going to change medicine,” says Hallie Zwibel, DO.
31: “My type 2 secret weapon? Hip-hop,” Diabetes Health Monitor
Tyree Winters, DO, shares how taking a hip-hop class helped him manage his type 2 diabetes. Today he prescribes these dance moves to his own patients.
30: “Replacing doctors,” Medical Economics
Nurse practitioners and physician assistants bring value to a physician-led team. However, patients should be aware of the difference in training requirements between physicians and non-physicians. “There are highly trained, qualified providers across all professions, but the fact is, given the educational requirements and variations, you don’t know what level of training the provider has if the person you are seeing is not a physician,” David Pugach, JD, senior vice president of public policy for the AOA, tells Medical Economics.
30: “San Antonio medical students offer hands-on lessons to high schoolers,” San Antonio Express-News
Osteopathic medical students from the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine led students at a local high school in basic medical training, such as taking each other’s pulses.
30: “Despite concerns, most older adults use vitamins, supplements ” AARP
A recent poll from the American Osteopathic Association found more than 80 percent of adults age 55 and older take vitamins and supplements but only 23-24 percent actually have a nutritional deficiency.
30: “Which is the best path to medicine: MD Vs. DO,” Forbes
Both MDs and DOs complete medical school followed by residency training. DOs, however, take a whole person approach to health and receive additional training in osteopathic manipulative medicine, Forbes reports.
28: “Idaho prepares for measles after Washington governor declares emergency,” WALA-TV (FOX)
A measles outbreak in Washington has prompted medical professionals in neighboring Idaho to be on alert. Vaccinations are key to helping prevent the spread of measles, says Kevin Wilson, DO, assistant dean at the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine.
28: “Why do I sweat so much at night? 11 unexpected explanations,” Reader’s Digest
Excessive sweating at night could be caused by a hormone disorder or it could be a side effect of hormone-regulating medications, according to the American Osteopathic Association.
28: “Osteopathic medical schools graduated a record number of new physicians in 2018,” Physicians News Digest
The osteopathic medical profession continues to grow. Currently there are more than 145,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students, according to the AOA’s Osteopathic Medical Profession Report. “Currently, 65 percent of practicing DOs are younger than 45 and our numbers have tripled over the past three decades. These rising osteopathic physicians will serve patients in their communities for multiple generations,” AOA President William S. Mayo, DO, tells Physicians News Digest.
28: “Research shows why autism caregivers are stressed,” eParent
In this article, Michael A. Ellis, DO, writes about the stress parents and caregivers face when taking care of loved ones with autism spectrum disorder while touching on his own experience raising a daughter who is autistic.
22: “10 reasons why you might be gaining weight in your stomach,” Business Insider
Not clocking in enough sleep could lead to an increase in abdominal fat because sleep deprivation causes metabolism levels to decrease, Khalid Saeed, DO, tells Business Insider. People who come from families that tend to carry weight around their abdomen also might gain weight in their stomach, Dr. Saeed adds.
21: “Review says children suffer from concussion longer than adults,” CBS
Concussion symptoms tend to last longer for children under age 13 compared to teens and adults, according to a review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Lead researcher Hallie Zwibel, DO, director of sports medicine at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, tells CBS News that treatment options for concussion have shifted from resting at home for a few weeks to going back to school within days and progressively becoming more active. Coverage of the study appeared in more than 200 markets, including Boston, Chicago and Phoenix.
21: “Useful upper body gym machines for women,” U.S. News & World Report
Doing upper body workouts could help alleviate neck and back pain people experience from sitting at a desk all day, Naresh Rao, an osteopathic sports medicine physician, tells U.S. News & World Report.
18: “6 dreaded tasks that are actually great for managing stress,” Mental Floss
Exercising with others could help lower stress levels compared to working out alone, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
18: “Health alert,” WAFB-TV (CBS)
A recent poll from the American Osteopathic Association found 86 percent of adults take a vitamin or supplement yet only 24 percent have a nutritional deficiency.
17: “Beginner’s guide to intermittent fasting: Everything you need to know,” U.S. News & World Report
Fasting for hours at a time can help people reduce their total body fat, Colin Zhu, DO, an osteopathic family physician, tells U.S. News & World Report.
17: “Survey finds most consumers who take vitamins don’t need them,” Consumer Affairs
While most adults take a daily vitamin or supplement, Mikhail Varshavski, DO, says only about a quarter of them have a medical reason for taking them.
17: “Doctors call California’s probe of opioid deaths a ‘witch hunt’,” Los Angeles Times
Many doctors in California refuse patients’ requests for prescription painkillers for fear they might come under scrutiny under the Medical Board of California’s investigation into physicians who prescribed opioids to patients who died from an overdose, the Los Angeles Times reports. The board referred the names of osteopathic physicians to their respective licensing board.
16: “Consuming vitamins, supplements can be extremely dangerous, Dr. Mike warns,” Fox Business Network
Mikhail Varshavski, DO, aka Dr. Mike, explains why most adults do not need to take vitamins and supplements. Dr. Mike discussed in an on-air interview the findings of a recent poll from the American Osteopathic Association about people’s usage of vitamins and supplements.
16: “30 tips that are better than counting calories to lose weight,” MSN
If you’re still working on losing weight in the new year, be sure to incorporate antioxidants into your diet. A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found an increased risk of mortality in those who consume lots of red meat, potentially because they eat fewer plant-based foods.
16: “20% of physicians will be DOs by 2030, report finds,” Becker’s Hospital Review
The AOA’s 2018 Osteopathic Medical Profession Report found 65 percent of practicing DOs are age 45 and younger. The report also projects DOs will represent 20 percent of the physician workforce by 2030.
15: “Physician practice roundup—Odds of dying of opioid overdose now greater than car crash,” FierceHealthcare
This roundup of health news cites the record number of graduates from osteopathic medical schools in 2018, according to the AOA’s annual Osteopathic Medical Profession Report. The report also notes one in four medical students attends osteopathic medical schools.
15: “Yoga and meditation are on the rise in the U.S.,” Nurse.com
Developing a regular yoga practice can help people become more flexible, manage stress and improve their health, according to the AOA.
14: “5 tips to handle common winter running pains,” Fitbit
Winter weather might make running more challenging, but a bit of prep work can help prevent common issues runners face in the winter, says Naresh Rao, DO. For example, runners can ward off getting numb fingers and toes by layering their gloves and socks, he adds.
14: “Training docs just part of job at med school; ASU’s osteopaths aiming to make communities healthier,” Arkansas Democrat Gazette
When interviewing applicants at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine campus in Jonesboro, officials are looking for potential students who demonstrate they can be empathetic when treating patients in underserved areas, dean Shane Speights, DO, tells Arkansas Democrat Gazette.
14: “DMC to add 79 Medicare-funded medical residency slots,” Modern Healthcare
Detroit Medical Center, which works with the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine to provide training for new physicians, secured an additional 79 medical residency slots in its program.
11: “A hearing test could help detect autism at birth,” Parents
New research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association recommends going beyond the simple pass/fail hearing tests babies receive at birth by administering a noninvasive hearing test to uncover auditory dysfunction. Typically children with autism are sensitive to sounds.
11: “4 surprising ways apple cider vinegar can benefit your skin,” Men’s Health
The bottle of apple cider vinegar in your pantry can be used for more than cooking. It also can help treat acne, fight off foot odors, ease the sting of a bug bite and treat infected skin, says Michael Kassardjian, DO, an osteopathic dermatologist. “However, apple cider vinegar must be used with caution on the skin, as it may cause major irritation when applied topically without being diluted, leading to burns or blisters,” Dr. Kassardjian tells Men’s Health.
9: “Doctors should use this hearing test to help detect autism at birth, research says,” The Bump
A new review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found a noninvasive hearing test at birth could help diagnose autism years sooner and allow for optimized early interventions that improve outcomes.
9: “New study suggests autism could be detected at birth with a hearing test,” Popsugar
Researchers found a strong connection between auditory dysfunction and autism, and recommend a non-invasive hearing test at birth. The authors suggest that hearing issues identified at birth can be a clue to monitor the child for autism, according to a new review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
9: “A hearing test at birth aid ‘could aid in early diagnosis of autism’,” Yahoo
Typically children are diagnosed with autism around age 4 when speech delays are evident. However, early interventions could be administered sooner if children receive a non-invasive hearing test after birth, according to research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
8: “Brain tsunami; Alzheimer’s cocktail; 15-minute MRI,” Medpage Today
This roundup of medical news references new research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found auditory testing at birth can identify children for autism screening.
8: “Autism could be diagnosed at birth with a hearing test,” MSN
New research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found administering a non-invasive hearing test at birth could detect signs of autism.
8: “Bleach isn’t so scary — if you know how to use it correctly,” The Washington Post
People can safely use bleach to sterilize surfaces around the home, Thomas Benzoni, DO, says. However, he cautions not to mix bleach with toilet bowl cleaners or other household cleaners because it could release chlorine gas.
8: “Autism could be diagnosed at birth with a hearing test,” Independent
Typically newborns are tested at birth to see if they can hear, but researchers recommend also performing a noninvasive hearing test which may assist with early detection and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders. Testing at birth could allow for optimized early interventions that improve outcomes, according to a review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
8: “Noninvasive hearing test may help detect and diagnose autism spectrum disorders,” The Hearing Review
The authors of new research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found a strong connection between auditory dysfunction and autism, suggesting that hearing issues identified at birth can be a clue to monitor the child for autism.
7: “The medical tests you should get in your 30s, 40s and 50s,” Today
In this segment, Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, suggests people in their 30s discuss with their doctor if they need to be screened for blood pressure, Pap smear and skin exam during their annual physical.
7: “Autism could be diagnosed with a hearing test at birth, study says,” Daily Mail
Administering acoustic reflex testing on newborns could help diagnose children with autism at birth, according to new research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. This article also was picked up by TLE.
6: “Simulated end-of-life journey delivers emotional insights,” Central Maine
Simulation labs at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine gives students the opportunity to virtually experience the dying process, hearing loss and living with Alzheimer’s in order to better understand their future patients’ needs.
4: “6 horrifying things that can happen to your body when you sit all day,” Prevention
Sitting for long periods of time can take a toll on your health. But when you do need to sit in a chair, be sure you’re sitting properly with your shoulders back and your feet flat on the floor. “Proper alignment helps you place the least amount of strain on your muscles, ligaments, and bones,” says Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO.
4: “How millennials are driving adoption and innovation in virtual care,” Healthcare Business Today
Millennials’ connection to the online world is spilling over into their health care. A poll from the American Osteopathic Association found 54 percent of millennials would use social media to contact their physician and nearly two-thirds are comfortable asking their physician about a health issue via social media.
4: “Forget meeting IRL. Older singles are using dating apps, websites for potential partners,” Chicago Tribune
When older adults are ready to dip their toes into online dating, it helps if their children and grandchildren are on board with this decision, says Stephen Scheinthal, DO, an osteopathic geriatric psychiatrist and chair of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine’s department of psychiatry. “You have to be supportive of your parent, just as you want your parent to be supportive of you,” Dr. Scheinthal adds.
4: “Working out alone vs. in a group is a matter of personal preference, but here are the pros & cons,” Elite Daily
Medical students who took a group fitness class experienced lower stress levels and increased emotional well-being compared to those students who exercised alone, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
3: “Why your doctor should also be a scientist,” Wired
In this opinion piece, author Kurt Amsler, PhD, a professor of biomedical sciences at the New York Institute of Technology’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, shares the important role physician-scientists play in bringing the patient experience into the development of life-saving treatments.
3: “What are rheumatoid nodules? 5 key questions and answers for RA patients,” CreakyJoints
This article references the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology’s explanation of rheumatoid nodules’ appearance.
2: “Common signs you could have a torn meniscus,” Reader’s Digest
A torn meniscus (cartilage in your knee) can decrease your range of motion and in some cases prohibit movement without being in severe pain, Naresh Rao, DO, tells Reader’s Digest
21: “These are the dirtiest things in your home (which you should clean immediately),” Self
One of the biggest havens for germs in the home is the kitchen sink since that is where people wash cutting boards after slicing raw meat and whisks used on raw eggs, explains Meghan May, PhD, an associate professor of microbiology and infectious diseases at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.
18: “Yes, anxiety can be a learned behavior & you’re teaching it to your kids,” SheKnows
Parents who suffer from anxiety should be honest with their children about this medical condition, Charles Sophy, DO, tells SheKnows. “They sense it, they see it, and they’re going to ask. And if you say nothing’s wrong, all you’re really doing is teaching your child to have a confused radar for emotions,” Dr. Sophy adds.
18: “Here are the 8 weirdest studies that were published in 2018,” BuzzFeed
Research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found riding in rollercoasters could help dislodge kidney stones.
18: “Bullying in the moms’ group can be sickening — so here’s what to do,” Romper
A recent poll from the AOA found 31 percent of respondents experienced bullying as an adult.
18: “The ‘perfect storm’ of elderly dementia and guns,” How Stuff Works
In the coming years, doctors and families might see high-rates of gun ownership and dementia risk among baby boomers, according to a new article in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Unfortunately there aren’t laws that enable physicians to intervene if they feel patients pose a threat by owning a gun similar to how they can report elderly patients to the DMV if they are not healthy enough to continue driving, says lead author Katherine Galluzzi, DO.
18: “Tips for coping with a stressful holiday season,” The Inquirer
The holidays can be a stressful time between shopping for gifts, planning for a special meal and attending various social events. To get through this hectic time of the year, Terri A. Erbacher, PhD., recommends making time for self-care, such as taking a 15 minute break to read a book and managing expectations for family gatherings. For those grieving the loss of a loved one, Erbacher suggests attending a grief support group and establishing rituals to honor this person.
16: “14 new workout ideas that will make you love exercise,” Sonima
Looking for ways to amp your workout? Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, suggests standing on one foot for a minute while brushing your teeth to work on balance. She also prescribes belly dancing to help her patients improve their core.
14: “Doctors struggle to help older gun owners,” Reuters
Older adults who suffer from dementia and own guns might be at a higher risk of hurting themselves or others with their guns, according to a recent article in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. However, lead author Katherine Galluzzi, DO, says physicians might be able to intervene and help prevent these incidents because older patients often see their physicians on a regular basis.
11: “Is too much screen time affecting children’s brains?,” Fox News
In response to a recent study about the impact of technology on children’s brains, Jennifer Caudle, DO, cautions children might be displaying cognitive issues now but only time will tell how that will factor into adulthood. To minimize the impact of technology on kids, Dr. Caudle recommends children younger than age 2 avoid digital media to focus more on social and hands-on interaction. For older children, Dr. Caudle suggests parents limit their children’s use to high-quality programming and join in on screen time to promote educational learning.
11: “What is the difference between MD and DO?,” Metro Parent
Kari Hortos, DO, discusses with Metro Parent the osteopathic philosophy of taking a whole person approach to practicing medicine and focusing on prevention. DOs also receive additional training in osteopathic manipulative treatment, which entails DOs using their hands to diagnose illness and injury, and to provide relief for health symptoms including muscle pain, asthma and sinus disorders.
10: “Grandpa’s gun,” The Doctor Will See You Now
An article in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association delves into the challenges family members might face when an older relative with dementia owns a firearm. “Whether it’s a question of taking away a person’s car or gun, these difficult discussions don’t get easier as the patient’s mental state deteriorates,” says lead author Katherine Galluzzi, DO. Dr. Galluzzi recommends having these discussions early while the family member can still participate in the discussion.
7: “Concussion management,” ESPN Radio
In this segment of the Answering the Bell podcast, John Neidecker, DO, explains DOs tend to focus on primary care medicine and the profession’s whole-person approach to treating patients.
7: “Medical specialties Match hits another new high this year,” Medscape
Just under 600 osteopathic medical school graduates participated in the 2018 Medical Specialties Matching Program, which is nearly double the number of active applicants in 2015, Medscape reports (log-in required).
5: “Championing solutions to the opioid crisis in a for-profit health system,” Medical Economics
This blog post, co-authored by Anita Gupta, DO, examines the challenges a hospital faced treating patients with a history of opioid substance abuse. Dr. Gupta assisted the hospital by creating a pain services program and developing initiatives to help staff provide care while mitigating the opioid epidemic.
30: “TouroCOM Harlem makes underrepresented minorities in osteopathic medicine a priority,” Diverse
This article spotlights the efforts made by the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem to improve access to health care in underserved areas. The school also promotes diversity – just under 30% of the student population is comprised of underrepresented minority students.
29: “Do you lie to your therapist?,” U.S. News & World Report
Patients might inadvertently hold back details about their health issues when meeting with a therapist. For example, patients might mention having trouble sleeping but forget to mention they are experiencing stress in another area of their life which could result in poor sleep, Charles Sophy, DO, an osteopathic psychiatrist, tells U.S. News & World Report.
29: “Daily Bulletin: State report adds momentum for using an available tool to catch more shooters,” The Trace
An article in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association calls for extending red flag laws that allow for the removal of firearms from people with mental illness to include patients suffering from dementia.
29: “Pissed about your constant UTIs? Try physical therapy,” Well + Good
When women push to fully empty their bladders it can cause some pee to back up into the bladder, which can increase the risk of future urinary tract infections, Betsy Greenleaf, DO, urogynecologist, tells Well + Good. Pelvic floor physical therapy can help women empty their bladders without pushing, she adds.
28: “Identifying false credentials,” HCPro
The distinction between U.S. trained osteopathic physicians and foreign-trained osteopaths, who are not fully licensed physicians, have led to confusion about practice rights. “While a credential presented by a British graduate can look the same as a credential presented by a U.S. graduate, the credential issued outside of the U.S. is a nonphysician credential,” explains Josh Prober, JD, AOA general counsel.
28: “New exercise guidelines are a balancing act for any age,” Considerable
The U.S. government updated its Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans to emphasis balance training for older adults. Balance training can help prevent fractures and other injuries from a fall as well as strengthen muscles. “If you take an awkward step and you’re not used to engaging the associated muscles, you’re more likely to suffer a fall,” Hallie Zwibel, DO, tells Considerable.
27: “FDA announces new concerns regarding kratom,” Healio
In this article, Walter C. Prozialeck, PhD, professor and chair of the department of pharmacology at the Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, disagrees with the FDA’s findings that kratom is not safe for human consumption.
27: “45 minutes of patient education boosts chronic disease management,” Patient Engagement HIT
Patients with chronic diseases who met with a second year medical student following an appointment with their physician to discuss their diagnosis and treatment plan improved their health outcomes, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
26: “A guide to different types of college degrees,” U.S. News & World Report
This article about higher education notes students interested in becoming a fully licensed physician need to earn a degree either as a doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) or as a doctor of medicine (MD).
26: “Trump’s latest drug pricing plan may offer benefits to patients, but faces obstacles,” Healio
President Trump’s proposed International Pricing Index could lower drug payments based on international pricing. While this move could lead to improved cost transparency, David Hitzeman, DO, chair of the AOA’s Bureau on Socioeconomic Affairs, expresses his concern about the private and public sectors working together to achieve this goal.
26: “U.S. needs tougher gun laws to stop dementia patients killing themselves and others, scientists warn” Newsweek
New research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found older adults are more likely to own a gun. Elderly firearm owners with dementia could accidentally shoot themselves or others, yet researchers found there are few laws to address this growing issue.
25: “Most opioids go unused after surgery… Whose hands do they end up in?,” Healthline
Despite efforts to educate physicians about safe prescribing patterns, sometimes patients end up with more medication than they need to alleviate pain – leaving those unused pills available for possible misuse by others. Anita Gupta, DO, an osteopathic pain specialist, calls for new policies to enforce changes in prescribing habits and looking for other options to treating pain.
25: “Cook: Listening to the message of pain,” Times Free Press
In this column, the author discusses how Matt McClanahan, DO, approaches pain management by treating both the physical and psychological issues behind the pain. “Pain is a call to attention. It functions more as an alarm generated by the nervous system to indicate you may be in danger,” Dr. McClanahan tells the Times Free Press.
22: “Can you actually sweat out alcohol?,” Shape
While you can’t sweat out alcohol, oxidation of toxins the liver can’t process could lead to stinky sweat when working out after a night of drinking, Naresh Rao, DO, tells Shape. “The diacetic acid changes the composition of your bodily fluids and leads to an odor like vinegar or nail polish remover,” Dr. Rao explains.
21: “45 minutes of patient education can improve chronic disease management, study finds,” Becker’s Hospital Review
Research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found patients with chronic diseases who visited a medical student about patient education after an appointment with their physician showed improvement in self-managing their care.
20: “Physician practice roundup: Just 45 minutes of patient education improves chronic disease management,” FierceHealthcare
A study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that 45 minutes of patient education made a difference for patients with chronic diseases. The extra time spent with patients allowed for discussion of diagnoses, prescriptions and other preventive health measures.
20: “Why do MDs get more research dollars than doctors of osteopathy?” Scientific American
Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, DO, president and provost of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, examines possible factors contributing to underrepresentation of DOs as among grant applicants seeking and receiving research funding.
20: “Tar wars: The battle against smoking rises in rural Mississippi,” Clarion Ledger
A program aimed at educating young people about the dangers of tobacco is using William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine students to spread the message in Mississippi, an area plagued by smoking and the use of other forms of tobacco.
20: “Health education produces better results fro chronic disease treatment, study says,” UPI
A study from The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association compared results from 47 patients with hypertension, COPD or diabetes who followed up a doctor’s appointment with 45-minute visits to second-year medical students. For the patients, those sessions decreased their level of emotional distress and increased their ability to self-monitor and navigate the health care system.
20: “Can VR simulations help increase medical workers’ empathy for end-of-life patients?” AirTalk
In this segment, Marilyn Guliucci, PhD, director of geriatric education and research at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, discusses the use of virtual reality to train medical students and hospice workers to provide empathetic end-of-life care.
19: “Your body on a Thanksgiving day binge,” U.S. News & World Report
One day of gorging is OK, but a whole season or year is problematic, says Jennifer Caudle, DO, a family physician and assistant professor at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, New Jersey.
19: “45-minute talks with med students improve patient management of chronic conditions,” Cardiovascular Business
Just 45 minutes of chatting with a second-year medical student could improve disease management among patients with chronic conditions like hypertension, diabetes and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, according to research published in the November issue of the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
19: Study finds 45 minutes of patient education improves chronic disease management,” Modern Healthcare
According to a study published in the November issue of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, just 45 minutes of patient education can improve outcomes for patients with chronic diseases.
16: “Dress rehearsal for death: Using virtual reality to foster empathy for dying patients,” CommonHealth
Marilyn Guliucci, PhD, director of geriatric education and research at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine, says virtual reality may help encourage people to plan for end of life. A simulation lab for families will open as part of Hospice of Southern Maine’s new building in 2020.
15: “Yoga and massage: Easy routines to support your self-care,” Massage Magazine
Benefits of yoga are both physical and mental, according to the American Osteopathic Association. For instance, practicing yoga promotes better physical health via increased muscle strength and tone, improved flexibility and a stronger cardiovascular system. It also helps the body stabilize metabolism and lose weight while improving sports performance and offering protection from exercise-related injuries.
15: “Short-term health plans will bring long-term pain for patients,” AMA Wire
The AOA and other health care organizations join the AMA in seeking a court order to end the implementation of short-term, limited-duration insurance. The final rule could jeopardize access to health care coverage by people with pre-existing conditions and other vulnerable patient groups.
14: “Succeed at population health management,” Medical Economics
One entry point for population health management is to consider becoming a patient-centered medical home, according to Jay Bhatt, DO, MPH, an internist and chief medical officer of the American Hospital Association and president of the Health Research & Educational Trust.
14: “Evidence shows early prediabetes intervention works,” AAFP
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found interventions, such as medication and lifestyle programs, can help delay or prevent the onset of diabetes, but they are underused. “There is very strong evidence that Type 2 diabetes can be largely prevented or at least delayed. The best consistent results came from long-term lifestyle intervention programs such as the Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP),” Jay Shubrook, DO, lead study author, tells AAFP.
14: “Here’s how long experts say you should wait to get pregnant after giving birth,” Brit + Co
Research shows waiting 18- to 24-months after giving birth before getting pregnant again decreases the risk of preterm delivery and complications when the baby is born. While studies can provide helpful information, only parents know when they’re physically and emotionally ready to have another baby, Octavia Cannon, DO, tells Brit + Co.
14: “ClassPass’ 2018 Black Friday sale invites you to try the platform for free for an entire month,” Elite Daily
Working out in a group can help lower stress levels compared to working out alone, according to research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
12: “Conference focuses on social, spiritual side to health disparities,” KUAR-FM (PBS)
Speaking to patients about their spirituality can help physicians connect with their patients as well as acknowledge the role of being connected to a church or synagogue can play in one’s health, Brook Laurent, DO, told future doctors and nurses during her keynote address at the Delta Health Disparities Conference.
12: “Why you need to be thinking about your bone health,” Brit + Co
Although poor bone health is often associated with older people, Clifford Stark, DO, says younger people should prepare now because they can only build bone density until age 30, after which it begins to decline. Weight-bearing exercises, such as hiking or playing soccer, can help optimize bone health, Kinjal Parikh, DO, tells Brit + Co.
9: “What’s it mean if my doctor is a DO?,” U.S. News & World Report
In this article, William Mayo, DO, AOA president, and Stephen C. Shannon, DO, American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine president, delve into the history of osteopathic medicine and how this philosophy of medicine promotes a whole person approach to medicine.
6: “FDA approves powerful new opioid, despite concerns of abuse,” Everyday Health
A newly approved opioid is being met with mixed reviews on its safety and the potential harm it could cause users. The new drug took 15 years to develop, during which time the opioid crisis grew. Anita Gupta, DO, tells Everyday Health more research is needed to find solutions for pain control that don’t jeopardize users’ health.
6: “How millennials are driving interest and usage of virtual care,” Health IT Outcomes
The health care industry needs to be innovative in its approach to caring for the tech savvy millennial generation, Health IT Outcomes reports. An AOA survey found more than half of millennials think it’s fine to follow their health care provider on social media and nearly two-thirds are comfortable contacting them through social media about a health issue.
5: “Salmonella infantis showing up in chicken products across country,” Newsday
Nancy Bono, DO, recommends consumers wear plastic gloves and bring their own plastic bags to keep chicken separate from other items when grocery shopping as a safeguard from a strain of salmonella showing up in chicken products.
5: “Can micro-workouts help me get my lazy ass in shape?,” MEL Magazine
Thinking of contemplating the micro-workout trend? While it’s possible to achieve the same benefits of a regular workout in a shorter amount of time, Naresh Rao, DO, cautions people to check with their doctor before trying it out to rule out any health conditions and to discuss injury prevention.
2: “CMS finalizes 2019 rules,” Medical Economics
CMS listened to physicians’ concerns by delaying a proposed 50 percent pay cut for OMT and removing documentation requirements, Medical Economics reports. “The AOA is grateful that CMS heeded the concerns expressed by practicing physicians about the proposed rule and looks forward to advancing the dialogue on how physician payment policy can be modified for the betterment of both physician practice and the patients we care for,” says AOA President William S. Mayo, DO, in a statement.
1: “Can video games offer pain relief?,” Hamburg Reporter
Low back pain comes with a price tag of more than $100 billion a year, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. New research in Australia found doing active video games, such as the Wii Fit U, can help improve levels of pain and functionality for older adults who suffer from low back pain.
30: “The 9 most serious health problems overlooked by millennials, according to experts,” Bustle
Millennials tend to be more proactive about changes in their health and body partly thanks to growing up in the digital age. “Women are more empowered than ever by knowledge through access to information and to their providers,” Yuliya Malayev, DO, tells Bustle.
29: “Scientists: Interventions to delay and prevent Type 2 diabetes are underused,” R&D
Research shows that Type 2 diabetes can be prevented or delayed through lifestyle interventions, medications or metabolic surgery for as many as 70 percent of patients with prediabetes, says Jay Shubrook, DO, co-author of a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
29: “Nearly 40% of adults do not know shingles vaccine exists,” Healio
An AOA survey found less than two-thirds of adults know a preventive vaccine is available for shingles. “This is an unprecedented opportunity to nearly eliminate shingles among our patient population, as well as the possibility of chronic pain or even blindness that can accompany the condition,” says Judith Lightfoot, DO.
26: “OSU and Cherokee Nation partner to open medical school in Tahlequah,” Tulsa World
Oklahoma State University and the Cherokee Nation are joining forces to open a new osteopathic medical school that would provide access to care across eastern Oklahoma.
26: “Analysis of long-term oxygen use in some COPD patients makes researchers question its benefits,” COPD News Today
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found using long-term oxygen therapy does not decrease the risk for hospitalizations or increase life expectancy for many patients with mild to moderate COPD.
25: “CBD: Natural cure or cause for concern?,” KAIT-TV (ABC/NBC/CW)
Shane Speights, DO, dean of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, remains cautious of patients using cannabidiol for pain management until there is more research showing the outcomes of these medications. “We should feel good that when we prescribe medications they are safe and effective for all patients,” Dr. Speights says.
25: “4 nutrients every cyclist needs more of,” Canadian Cycling Magazine
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found having low magnesium levels makes Vitamin D ineffective.
25: “AOF honors Dr. J. Michael Wieting with Educator of the Year Award: 5 details,” Becker’s Spine Review
J. Michael Wieting, DO, received the 2018 W. Douglas Ward Educator of the Year award from the American Osteopathic Foundation.
24: “To improve your mental health, join a team sport,” Mind Body Green
This blog post references a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found people who exercised with others experienced lower levels of stress compared to those who worked out solo.
24: “Does fear of reporting their own mental illness put doctors at risk of suicide?,” PBS News Hour
Many physicians are reluctant to disclose if they are suffering from mental illness out of fear such an admission could impact their medical license. In response, state medical boards are beginning to change their mental health questions on license applications. “It does have a lot of meaning when the nation’s state medical boards decide to support a particular point of view on anything,” Humayun Chaudhry, DO, president and CEO of the Federation of State Medical boards, tells PBS News Hour.
24: “5 science-backed sleep hacks you should try tonight,” Mandatory
A boost in Vitamin D could help promote a good night’s sleep, according to research. In another study, The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association reports more than 50 percent of people could have a deficiency in Vitamin D.
22: “How you can train to save a life,” U.S. News & World Report
During mass casualty incidents, bystanders can often be the key to provide care such as stopping bleeding until help can arrive, Stephanie Davis, DO, a board member with the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians, tells U.S. News & World Report.
19: “What the doctor ordered: medical schools,” Inside Higher Ed
Partnerships between private institutions and medical schools have led to new opportunities to train physicians. Marian University, for example, created a new college of osteopathic medicine in 2013.
18: “Why fear is good for your health,” U.S. News & World Report
When it comes to health, fear can have a powerful motivating effect, says Robert Danoff, DO, who counsels his patients to embrace feelings of fear if they’re helping create positive change.
18: “Attract millennials to offset the looming physician shortage,” Physicians Practice
In this article, author Colin Zhu, DO, writes organizations can recruit millennial doctors by creating a purposeful workplace culture, encouraging employees’ passions and offering career experiences.
17: “US Army granting more waivers for those with history of cannabis use,” Drugabuse.com
The AOA recently passed a policy supporting a review of the classification of cannabis.
17: “Physicians’ EHR work-arounds,” Medical Economics
CMS Administrator Seema Verma seeks an end to physicians using fax machines to transmit patient data by 2020. In response, Darren Sommer, DO; Linda Delo, DO; and Cole Zanetti, DO, share with Medical Economics how they utilize technology, including in some cases fax machines, to access patient data.
16: “Drone ambulances to the rescue,” Forbes
A Mississippi-based team of physicians led by Italo Subbarao, DO, is working on telemedicine technology that could provide rural areas with faster access to emergency care. The aerial ambulance, a drone named HIRO, is easy enough to operate that people with no medical knowledge can use it, even if in the middle of a crisis situation.
16: “Why am I always cold?,” Woman’s Day
Rob Danoff, DO, program director for family practice residency at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia, helps answer the age old question, “Why am I always cold?” Some of the key factors that can play a role include gender differences, lack of sleep, and medications, according to Dr. Danoff’s interview for Woman’s Day.
15: “Thirdhand smoke: myth or reality; new CDC guidelines for childhood concussions,” RadioMD
This blog post addresses a parent’s question about why her son can go back to school right away but needs to wait a few weeks to play sports after suffering a slight concussion. A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found the recovery time from a concussion is three times longer for kids under age 13 than it is for teens and adults.
15: “3 tips for better facility hygiene,” Buildings
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found putting hand sanitizers near entrances improved usage by more than 50 percent.
14: “MedPAC eyes ‘incident to’ billing,” Oncology Practice
Several health care organizations, including the AOA, oppose a proposal to enable advance practice registered nurses and physician assistants to file claims for care under their own National Provider Identifier instead of through a physician. “Right now, you have the ability for incident billing, which requires the active participation of a physician in the management of patient care. If you end that practice, you are essentially removing the physician from the equation, and that really is an access issue; it’s a safety issue; and it’s a quality issue,” David Pugach, AOA senior vice president of public policy, tells Oncology Practice.
12: “Is loneliness the next employee wellness frontier?,” Benefits Canada
A survey from the American Osteopathic Association found a third of respondents felt lonely at least once a week.
11: “STD therapy faces legal gray area in Kansas,” KMBC-TV (ABC)
Two medical students at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine are advocating for Expedited Partner Therapy, which enables physicians to write prescriptions for the partners of patients diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease. The students wrote about the importance of this law in all states for The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
11: “Should we teach yoga in schools? New evidence shines a light on growing trend,” Buzzworthy
This article about the benefits of teaching children yoga in school references an AOA article about the health benefits of a regular yoga practice, such as increased flexibility and improved posture.
11: “North Texas medical school sees women changing the face of medicine,” WFAA-TV (ABC)
More than half of students enrolled at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine are female, WFAA-TV reports. Kendi Hensel, DO, an associate professor, attributes the growth to more opportunities for women to pursue medical school compared to when she was in school. Coverage of this trend also appeared on KVUE-TV (ABC), WBIR-TV (NBC) and KENS-SAT (CBS).
10: “Here’s how to ask the tough questions your doctor wants you to ask,” Brit & Co
When preparing for an appointment with your doctor, Octavia Cannon, DO, recommends writing down questions you want to ask. She also suggests bringing someone with you to help take notes of what’s discussed during the appointment, including next steps for treatment.
10: “Long-term oxygen therapy: Not so beneficial after all?,” HME News
A recent review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association finds patients with mild to moderate COPD are unlikely to live longer on supplemental oxygen.
8: “How to share your feelings about arthritis with loved ones,” Living With Arthritis
In this blog post from the Arthritis Foundation, J. Michael Finley, DO, an osteopathic rheumatologist, suggests people who have arthritis bring with their family members to doctor’s appointments to help them learn more about this condition.
8: “Colleges arm students against the flu,” KSAU-FM
Officials at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State are preparing for the upcoming flu season by encouraging students to be vaccinated.
7: “‘Ambulance drone’ created in South Mississippi could save lives during a mass shooting,” Sun Herald
Italo Subbarao, DO, shares how his background in emergency medicine and disaster response led to him creating Healthcare Integrated Rescue Operations drones. The medical drones can be used to bring medical supplies to disaster victims while waiting for help to arrive.
5: “What 100-year-olds really eat to live longer,” Delish
Yogurt is among the foods enjoyed by the over age 100 crowd. Steve Bowers, DO, attributes yogurt to fighting bad bacteria.
4: “5 foods runners should consider taking a break from,” Competitor Running
This article references a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found people who gave up sugar for nine days noticed an increased metabolism.
3: “CDC changes guidelines for traumatic brain injuries,” WMTV-TV (NBC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls for changes in testing for concussions, such as ordering CT scans. A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found concussion symptoms can last longer in children under age 13.
2: “Diabetology: An emerging, but stunted, new field,” MultiBriefs
Research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found diabetologists can be highly effective in treating patients with diabetes, however, they face resistance among payers for the sub-specialty of endocrinology. Jay Shubrook, DO, a diabetologist, tells MultiBriefs at some point diabetologists will most likely become its own specialty. Until then, he says payers need to acknowledge physicians who provide advance diabetes management.
1: “Doctors say opioid bill ‘great first step,’ more forward-planning needed,” Healio
In response to proposed legislation to combat the nation’s opioid crisis, William Morrone, DO, finds the inclusion of funds for medication-assisted treatment encouraging. “Congress providing funding to increase medication-assisted therapy and increasing the patient limit from 30 to 100 in qualified practice settings are golden cruxes to finding a solution to the crisis,” Morrone tells Healio.
30: “Video games could be used for lower back pain therapy,” Forbes
This article references a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found lower back pain can costs billions in lost wages and productivity.
28: “NPR doesn’t confer ‘Dr.’ on PhDs. Here’s why,” Public Radio East
Per AP Style, the title “Dr.” is used for medical professionals, such as doctors of medicine and osteopathic medicine. The clarification on when to use the title in this article is in response to NPR listeners’ concerns that Christine Blasey Ford was not referenced as “Dr.” during coverage of her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford holds a PhD in educational psychology.
27: “What happens to your brain and body after a traumatic experience like sexual assault, according to science,” Business Insider
According to research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, memories of incidents that took place during a heightened state of emotion, such as an attack or sexual assault, can be more clear given the stress hormones released that strengthen connections in parts of the brain.
27: “Adequate diversity in healthcare goes beyond the hiring process,” Media Planet
In this article, Teshina Wilson, DO, an osteopathic family physician, discusses the impact cultural competency training can have on physicians and their patients. “When you have an opportunity to be able to impact change to someone that is looking up from a different level at you, these jobs come with a certain level of responsibility,” Dr. Wilson tells Media Planet.
27: “Which natural treatments work for pain, stress and insomnia?,” Consumer Reports
This article notes osteopathic manipulative treatment can provide patients with natural relief for chronic back pain. Coverage also appeared in Yahoo! News.
26: “10Listens: We take your flu questions to the experts,” WBIR-TV (NBC)
With flu season around the corner, Eric Penniman, DO, reiterates the importance of getting the flu shot and debunks a common misconception that the flu shot can cause the flu. “The flu shot will not cause the flu because it’s a dead virus,” Dr. Penniman explains.
25: “First-of-its-kind law requires California doctors to disclose sexual misconduct to patients,” FierceHealthcare
A new law in California requires physicians to notify their patients if the state medical board has placed them on probation.
21: “Happiness classes,” KSLA-TV (CBS)
A happiness class at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine teaches participants to approach happiness as a learned skill rather than an emotion, such as by writing letters of gratitude and making time for meaningful activities. This segment aired in media markets throughout the country, including Chicago, Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia.
20: “WVSOM students work on patient simulators,” WVVA-TV (NBC)
Students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine practiced performing medical procedures using life-like simulators. “Some of them can move, but they’re also able to bleed. It’s making it that much more real,” explains osteopathic medical student Adam Goodcoff in this segment.
20: “Proposed rule would eliminate ASC transfer agreement requirements,” HealthLeaders
A proposed rule eliminating a requirement for ambulatory surgery centers to have a written transfer agreement for hospital privileges includes clarification on the use of MDs, DOs and other health care professionals to document patient progress notes, HealthLeaders reports.
19: “What are the differences between psychology specialties?,” Psychology Today
This article deciphers the alphabet soup of psychology specialties. For example, DOs can be neurologists – doctors who treat disorders that effect the brain, spinal cord and nerves. DOs also can train to become psychiatrists, who treat mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.
19: “Concussion symptoms in young children last three times longer than older teens and adults, study finds,” Consumer Affairs
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found children under the age of 13 may experience prolonged concussion symptoms due to their vulnerability to other conditions, such as ADHD and anxiety.
19: “Meds that mess with your gut,” BottomLine
In this article, Anita Gupta, DO, shares medications known to disrupt bacteria in your stomach, which could lead to other health issues.
18: “CBD-infused Coca-Cola?,” WNYW-TV (FOX)
In this segment, Jennifer Caudle, DO, discusses how CBD can be used to treat inflammation. However, she cautions more research would be needed to see if Coca-Cola’s proposed plan to make CBD-infused beverages would help ease drinkers’ pain.
18: “8 Silent Ways That Horrible Job Is Hurting Your Health,” MSN
Being a “desk potato” could lead to lower back and neck pain, Rob Danoff, DO, cautions in this slideshow. Dr. Danoff also notes that too much sitting can lead to weight gain and deconditioning of muscles.
18: “4 key ways hospitals brace for treating mass shooting victims,” Becker’s Hospital Review
Creating a triage system to quickly assess which patients require immediate attention and teaching bystanders to help stop bleeding are some of the way hospitals can prepare to treat mass shooting victims, suggests Stephanie Davis, DO, an American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians board member.
18: “STDs are on the rise. KC med students have treatment plan, but Kansas law is a hurdle,” The Kansas City Star
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends writing prescriptions to treat STDs for both patients and their sexual partners. However, osteopathic medical student Mianna Armstrong experienced challenges since her patients at a medical clinic in Joplin, Missouri, and their partners live in different states with different laws. Her research prompted the AOA to pass policy advocating doctors use expedited partner therapy when state law allows. “We can advocate for (it), as an organization, but we cannot draft legislation and pass laws,” explains AOA President William Mayo, DO. This story was picked up by the Associated Press, leading to syndicated coverage in regional markets. Placements included the Sacramento Bee, the Lexington Herald Leader, the Idaho Statesman and more.
17: “Concussions are worse for kids than adults,” WGN-TV (Chicago)
Comprehensive research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found changes in treating concussion symptoms for children under age 13, including a shift to active recovery by having kids go back to school a few days after their injury rather than staying home a few weeks as long as their symptoms don’t get worse, WGN reports.
17: “Understanding sickle cell anemia,” WKAR-FM (PBS)
In this segment, Peter Gulick, DO, explains the cause and symptoms of sickle cell anemia.
17: “Joy in the age of loss,” Centre Daily Times
Dealing with the loss of social connections through death or drifting apart can prove challenging for senior citizens. “Being by yourself with the shades drawn and not interacting with other people can be deadly,” Stephen Scheinthal, DO, a geriatric psychiatrist who is chair of psychiatry at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, tells Centre Daily Times.
16: “Riding on some roller-coasters good for removing kidney stones,” Ubergizmo
Riding a moderate-intensity roller coaster could help pass small kidney stones, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Recently the study was awarded the Ig Nobel Prize for medicine.
14: “Ig Nobel Prizes honor self-colonoscopies and kidney stone-dislodging roller coasters,” Mental Floss
A study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found riding roller coasters can help pass kidney stones received the Ig Nobel Prize for medicine. The Ig Nobel Prize recognizes creative advancements in research.
14: “Can roller-coaster rides remove kidney stones? Innovative research wins IG Nobel Prize,” Newsweek
A patient’s experience passing kidney stones on a roller coaster prompted researchers to test the theory. Their work, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, received the Ig Nobel Prize for medicine.
14: “Need help passing a kidney stone? Hop on a roller coaster,” ALT Radio.com (CBS)
After hearing about his patients’ experiences of passing kidney stones on roller coasters, David Wartinger, DO, an osteopathic urologist, made a synthetic 3D model of a hollow kidney to see which size kidney stones would pass on the rides. His research won the Ig Nobel Prize in Medicine.
14: “Most students don’t eat enough fruits, vegetables,” Inside Higher Ed
College students suggested schools should offer affordable fruit and vegetable offerings in vending machines as a way to help them make healthier dietary choices, according to a recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
14: “Ig Nobel win for kidney stone removing roller-coaster,” BBC News
The Ig Nobel Prize, a parody of the Nobel Prize honoring unusual achievements in scientific research, recognized a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found riding roller coasters can help patients dislodge kidney stones.
13: “How hospitals train to treat victims of mass shootings,” U.S. News & World Report
When faced with multiple patients following a mass shooting, the priority for doctors becomes treating the patients with the best chance for survival, explains Stephanie Davis, DO, a board member with the American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians. “It goes completely against everything our training tells us, which is that the sickest or most badly wounded person gets the most attention. I can’t save everybody; I have to prioritize,” Dr. Davis tells U.S. News & World Report.
13: “5 questions that need answers for the future of medical education in the U.S.,” FierceHealthcare
In an editorial, S. Claiborne Johnston, MD, Ph.D, encourages U.S. medical schools to consider the role DOs play in addressing the nation’s shortage of primary care physicians when making plans for the future of medical education.
13: “Ig Nobel prizes honor do-it-yourself colonoscopies, a curious use for postage stamps, and other peculiar research,” Science
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association received the Ig Nobel Prize in medicine for research that found riding a roller coaster can help people pass kidney stones.
13: “Swimming for good health: Just go with the flow,” Fort Hood Sentinel
Unlike other forms of cardio, swimming can be a gentler form of exercise as people age. “Running can have a shelf life, but swimming can be a lifelong endeavor. You don’t necessarily have to give up swimming as you get older,” Air Force Capt. Geoff McLeod, DO, tells the Fort Hood Sentinel.
11: “Physician groups want relief from appropriate use criteria program,” Health Data Management
The AOA joined more than two dozen medical organizations in sending a letter asking Congress to reduce reporting requirements for the Medicare Appropriate Use Criteria Program for Advanced Diagnostic Imagining.
6: “10 ways to beat menopausal belly fat,” Everyday Health
People who exercised in a group saw improved emotional health and lower levels of stress compared to those who worked out alone, according to a recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
6: “Pa. lawmakers should reject proposals to change nurse practitioner requirements,” The Morning Call
In this op-ed, Sally Ann Rex, DO, urges lawmakers in Pennsylvania to vote against bills that would enable nurse practitioners to practice without supervision from a physician. Dr. Rex stresses nurse practitioners are not in a position to diagnosis illness and develop a treatment plan because they do not receive the same level of education and training as physicians.
6: “6 tips for using Anki flashcards: Make med school learning easier,” AMA Wire
In this article, Samuel Roberts, a second-year medical student at the Midwestern University Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, recommends including a source when creating Anki flashcards in case students need to refer back to the original source. Roberts also tells AMA Wire he likes bringing the cards with to study at the gym.
5: “The physical benefits of playing tennis might just help you live longer, a new study shows,” Elite Daily
A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found people who exercise in groups experienced boosts in mental and emotional health compared to those who worked out solo.
5: “Hands on learning at Idaho’s first med school,” KTVB-TV (NBC)
Students attending the new Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine use high tech mannequins to practice the skills they’ll need when treating patients, KTVB-TV reports.
4: “Is it appropriate to share health information on social media?,” Chicago Health
A recent survey from the American Osteopathic Association found 43 percent of adults are comfortable reaching out to their physicians about health concerns via social media. While it might be convenient for patients, Jay Bhatt, DO, cautions social media “can lack the subtle emotions that help give context to information being shared, which can cause the meaning of messages to be misinterpreted.”
4: “Kelly Osbourne’s 10-year Lyme disease battle left her feeling like ‘a vegetable’,” Women’s Health
In this article, actress Kelly Osbourne shares her journey to being diagnosed with Lyme disease after suffering from health issues following a tick bite a decade earlier. Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, tells Women’s Health it is possible to be misdiagnosed as Lyme disease symptoms are similar to other health conditions.
1: “The loneliness epidemic,” American Nurse Today
A survey from the American Osteopathic Association found 72% of adults experience loneliness and nearly a third report feeling lonely at least once a week.
31: “Exercising With Type 1 Diabetes: Should you try these fitness trends?,” Everyday Health
People who work out in a group fitness class experienced less stress compared to those who worked out alone, according to a recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
30: “The shadow of the opioid crisis looms over Oklahoma doctors considering medical marijuana,” KOSU-FM (NPR)
In Oklahoma, only MDs and DOs are authorized to prescribe medical marijuana and neither licensing board offers prescribing guidelines for physicians, KOSU-FM reports.
30: “Yes, you can do self-care ‘wrong’,” U.S. News & World Report
Making time for self-care is an essential component to staying healthy. However, Tiffany Lowe-Payne, DO, cautions trying too many new things at once can lead to stress. Instead, she suggests slowly adding self-care into your routine, such as reciting a daily affirmation.
30: “’Death Certificate Project’ terrifies California doctors,” MedPage Today
The Medical Board of California’s “Death Certificate Project” is a program that reviews death certificates in which prescription opioids are listed as a cause of death and matches them with physicians who prescribed controlled substances to the patient. Of the 522 physicians being investigated, seven cases against DOs were closed for insufficient evidence and five cases against DOs remain open.
29: “Succeed at urgent care,” Medical Economics
When scouting locations for opening an urgent care clinic, physicians should look for a spot with great visibility and easy access for patients, suggests John Kulin, DO, founder and CEO of six Urgent Care Now clinics in the Philadelphia area.
29: “Eating away at inflammation,” WCML-TV (PBS)
In this episode of Food Over 50, Kari Hortos, DO, explains what causes inflammation and how it can lead to health issues, such as cancer and autoimmune diseases.
29: “To Your Health: Backpack awareness,” KRCU-FM (NPR)
As youngsters head back to classrooms, Rob Danoff, DO, an osteopathic family physician, stresses the importance of preventing back pain by limiting how much kids put in their backpacks.
23: “How to have ‘The Talk’ with your queer kid,” Lifehacker
Ideally “The Talk” about sex will be an ongoing conversation between parents and their child. When broaching the subject, Ron Holt, DO, an osteopathic psychiatrist, recommends parents provide a safe environment without judgment. “Using open-ended questions and following their lead is the best way to lead to a healthy and honest discussion about their sexuality,” he tells Lifehacker.
22: “Osteopathic medicine and pain” Pain Free Living
As part of their education, DOs receive special training in the musculoskeletal system, including osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in which DOs use their hands to diagnose illness and injury and to treat muscle pain. In the August/September issue of Pain Free Living, Naresh Rao, DO, Anita Gupta, DO, and Luke Nelligan, DO, share how OMT can be used as part of a treatment plan for chronic pain.
21: “The perfect 10-minute yoga intro for newbies,” Health
In this article, Natalie Nevins, DO, discusses the health benefits of a regular yoga practice, including lessening chronic pain.
20: “5 surprising signs you may have anxiety,” U.S. News & World Report
Research shows dizzy spells could be a sign of an undiagnosed anxiety disorder, Zachary Kelm, DO, tells U.S. News & World Report.
20: “Oxford doctor named president of national medical association,” The Oxford Eagle
In this article, AOA President William S. Mayo, DO, reflects on his career and discusses the AOA’s goals during his presidency.
19: “Chronic pain patients ‘Treated like criminals’,” U.S. News & World Report
Pharmaceutical companies offering “safer opioids that promised less dependency” might have influenced physicians’ opioid prescribing protocols, Jason Sneed, DO, tells U.S. News & World Report.
17: “The doctors without MDs: What makes Osteopathic Medicine different?,” WBUR-FM
Taking a whole person approach to practicing medicine is one of the distinctions of osteopathic medicine. “You don’t just look at the particular illness, you look at the patient behind the illness and approach it that way,” AOA President William S. Mayo, DO, an eye surgeon, tells Common Health. For example, Dr. Mayo says it helps to know if patients heat their homes with a fireplace, which could make their eyes tear up. This clip was syndicated by Kaiser Health News.
14: “19 ideas on how to push yourself to the next level,” Inc.
In this article, author Mitchell Cohn, DO, recommends striving for excellence in all tasks, including the lower priority ones, as a way to achieve continuous improvement in life.
7: “3 tasks to complete as a first-semester premed student,” U.S. News & World Report
From day one, undergraduates can prepare for their applications to osteopathic or allopathic medical school by charting out when they’ll complete their premed courses, pursuing a diverse selection of extracurricular activities and becoming familiar with the medical school application process.
6: “5 health benefits of sleeping naked,” Shape
Sleeping naked can help improve oxygen flow to the skin, Octavia Cannon, DO, president of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, tells Shape. This article was picked up by In Style.
3: “Urgent care clinics come to an antibiotics mea culpa,” Wired
New research from the CDC and Pew Charitable Trusts found 39 percent of visits to urgent care centers resulted in patients leaving with an antibiotic prescription compared to almost 14 percent of emergency department visits and 7 percent of visits to doctors’ offices. “I was surprised by the amount of the difference; the range was pretty striking between the high and low ends,” Lauri Hicks, DO, who directs the CDC’s office of antibiotic stewardship and was an author on the analysis, tells Wired.
1: “Physicians must meet patients where they are, on social media,” Physician’s Weekly
This article references an AOA survey that found patients welcomed the opportunity to connect with their physicians via social media.
1: “Mayos go from high tea to sweet tea,” The Neshoba Democrat
In this article, AOA President William Mayo and his wife, Cherri, discuss a recent trip they took to Ghana to represent the AOA at the Association of Medical Councils of Africa.
1: “Patients with chronic pain feel caught in an opioid-prescribing debate,” The Washington Post
In this article, Pete Wertheim, executive director of the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association, discusses how his organization is working to educate members about Arizona’s new laws and policies that limit opioid prescriptions.
31: “Anxiety, depression may help predict outcome of low back pain treatment,” The Rheumatologist
A new study finds patients who suffer from anxiety or depression may be less satisfied with their treatment options for low back pain. In response to the study, Lisa DeStefano, DO, notes patients with chronic low back pain tend to fear losing the ability to function. “When there are no answers, they quickly become hopeless and feel very vulnerable. This leads to higher rates of depression and anxiety,” she says.
31: “Low-impact yoga, Pilates brings big health benefits at all ages,” KLRT-TV (FOX)
This article references an AOA article about the benefits of a regular yoga practice, such as reducing stress.
31: “Should you get your Vitamin D or use sunscreen?,” Well & Good
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found people’s ability to convert sunlight into Vitamin D decreases as they age.
31: “Doctors’ tips for a great home workout,” House Method
In this article, Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, and Shannon Tosounian, DO, share their recommendations for exercising at home. Their tips include minimizing distractions, using items around the house as equipment and working with an online trainer for accountability.
30: “Female health IT leaders to know,” Becker’s Hospital Review
Anncy Thomas, DO, CIO of Episcopal Health Services in Far Rockaway, New York, is featured in this listing of female leaders in health care technology. In this position, Dr. Thomas oversees the hospital’s IT and services department, among other duties.
30: “AOA & its physician members settle class-action lawsuit,” Philadelphia Business Journal
The AOA has reached a settlement agreement in a class-action lawsuit, Philadelphia Business Journal reports. Board certification will be uncoupled from membership after final approval of the settlement. Also, the four original plaintiffs will receive $15,000 each, payable from legal fees.
30: “American Osteopathic Association installs William S. Mayo, DO, as 122nd president,” Chicago Tribune
William S. Mayo, DO, an ophthalmologist from Oxford, Mississippi, was installed as president of the American Osteopathic Association.
30: “Doctors concerned after HHS-funded website shuts down,” Healio
This month, the National Guideline Clearinghouse website shut down amid federal government budget cuts, a move that concerns physicians about where to find objective clinical guidelines. “As family physicians, we want to make sure we use evidence-based medicine and recommendations that have been tried as much as possible to keep patients safe,” says Jennifer Caudle, DO, in this article.
30: “Why ‘beauty sleep’ is real, according to doctors,” NBC News Better
It might be tempting to stay up later and binge watch one more show, but the lost hour of sleep can take a toll on your appearance. “Sleep is a regenerative process where we heal and where our neurons build strong connections. It’s like a fountain of youth that we dive in to every night,” Mikhail Varshavski, DO, aka Dr. Mike, tells NBC News Better.
30: “Natural remedies for menopause,” AARP
Taking slow, deep breaths can help women seek relief from menopause symptoms, Betsy Greenleaf, DO, tells AARP.
25: “Pharmaceutical industry’s promises to cut drug prices have been heard before,” USA Today
Despite pharmaceutical companies’ assurances to lower prescription drug costs, any curbing of soaring prices does not tend to last long, Donald Light, PhD, a health policy professor at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, is quoted in this article. Coverage also appeared in The Detroit News.
25: “The right (i.e., not bloody) way to remove skin tags,” Women’s Health
More than half of adults have raised, harmless bumps on their bodies known as skin tags, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. Although harmless, people can see their physician to have skin tags removed.
25: “Study shows doctors listen for 11 seconds before interrupting,” MSN
In this article, Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, explains sometimes a physician might interrupt a patient to get more information, such as when a symptom started. To keep the appointment on track, Dr. Caudle recommends patients make a list of items they want to discuss with their physician and provide detailed information when sharing a new or worsening symptom.
25: “From years of infertility struggles to five healthy kids: One mom’s uplifting IVF journey,” USA Today
Hala Sabry-Elnaggar, DO, shares with USA Today the frustration she felt trying to start a family with her husband and how third time was the charm when the last fertility clinic they visited helped them complete their family.
25: “7 ways to boost your energy that are way more effective than coffee,” Huffington Post
You might rely on multiple cups of coffee to help get through the day, but once the caffeine wears off your energy levels could drop again. “Although caffeine prevents your brain from receiving adenosine (which causes fatigue), it doesn’t stop your body from producing it,” says Niket Sonpal, MD, an assistant professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem. Instead, he suggests people drink lower doses of coffee throughout the day to cut down feelings of fatigue.
25: “Rural Texas is struggling to keep doctors. One university wants to change that by opening a medical school,” The Texas Tribune
Sam Houston State University wants to open an osteopathic medical school to train students who live in rural areas in the hope they will stay in those areas to serve patients after graduation. In this article, AOA Past President Boyd Buser, DO, discusses the osteopathic philosophy of practicing medicine. Coverage also appeared on Texas Public Radio.
24: “Gulf War illness breakthrough,” WNDU-TV (NBC)
Nancy Kilmas, MD, a professor at Nova Southeastern University Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine, and her team are researching treatment options for veterans who served in the Gulf War. During their service, the veterans were exposed to pesticides and toxins that caused lingering chronic health issues, including pain, respiratory disorders and dizziness.
23: “How doctor shortages impact med school admissions,” U.S. News & World Report
Medical school applicants interested in working in an underserved area after graduation should highlight that on their admission applications, but only if they genuinely want to relocate. Kenneth Steier, DO, dean of the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem, tells U.S. News & World Report doctors who grew up in cities might not be open to working in a medically underserved area.
23: “5,000 babies and counting — Dr. Byler still enjoys role as country doctor,” Times Reporter
Nolan Byler, DO, recalls the challenges of practicing medicine in the small town of Mount Eaton, Ohio, for the past 40 years. In April, he reached a milestone of delivering the 5,000th child in his medical career.
23: “The Opening Bell 7/23/18: A different approach to combating college binge drinking,” WGN Radio
In a radio segment, Manoj Sharma, MBBS, PhD, discusses the issue of binge drinking on college campuses and how a collaborative approach can help students practice safe drinking practices. His research, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, found college students will drink responsibly if told doing so will improve their health, relationships and grades.
23: “Largest medical schools, 2018,” Modern Healthcare
Modern Healthcare (log-in required) ranked the nation’s 10 largest allopathic and 10 largest osteopathic medical schools based on enrollment figures.
22: “Lane County’s Kids FIRST center plays an important role in helping abused children heal,” The Register-Guard
Providing compassion and a safe space for children who have been abused is the goal of Deanna St. Germain, DO, and the rest of the team at Kids’ FIRST, a children’s advocacy and child abuse intervention center in Eugene, Oregon.
19: “Med student economic footprint felt locally,” WVVA-TV (NBC)
From supporting local businesses to giving back to others through local community groups like the United Way, students at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine have a big impact on the community, WVVA-TV reports.
18: “New approach may help reduce binge drinking in college,” PsychCentral
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found college students are open to curbing binge drinking if they’re told doing so will improve their health, relationships and grades. Researchers also noted students needed a set of comprehensive supports, such as tracking drinks and seeking emotional support from family and friends, to sustain responsible drinking behavior.
17: “The science-backed reasons you’re legitimately happier and healthier in the summer,” Shape
Longer days and warmer weather can definitely help boost your mood during the summer. To keep that vibe going all year, be sure to get enough magnesium. A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found people with low levels of magnesium do not properly metabolize Vitamin D.
16: “Major insurers won’t be impacted negatively by halted ACA risk adjustment payments,” Health Exec
The AOA and other physician groups fear cuts to risk adjustment payments could lead to a loss of affordable health care, especially for vulnerable patients who could be denied coverage for having chronic health issues and pre-existing conditions.
16: “Women’s health groups decry proposed Title X changes,” MedPage Today
Proposed changes to Title X could diminish a physician’s ability to offer patients more effective methods of birth control if grant funding for family planning projects is eliminated. “The abortion rate is down, and the teen pregnancy rate is down; we can directly link these to the increased availability of IUDs. Unfortunately, IUDs are a little more expensive, so by pulling them away from patients who need them the most, we are doing them a huge disservice,” Tom Dardarian, DO, president-elect of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians & Gynecologists, tells MedPage Today.
16: “Researchers say they can reduce college binge drinking, but students aren’t willing to quit,” Newsweek
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found students would be willing to drink responsibly if they were told doing so would help improve their health, relationship and grades. However, sustaining responsible behavior proved challenging for some students, Newsweek reports. The article was picked up by MSN.
16: “Study: Students would curb binge drinking for better grades, health,” UPI
Women and non-white students were more receptive to drinking responsibly and sustaining those habits through changes, such as recruiting family and friends for support, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Researchers surveyed nearly 300 college students who self-reported binge drinking over the course of a month.
15: “Doctors to Trump: Suspending insurer payments hurts our sickest patients,” Forbes
The AOA and other physician groups issued a statement citing the harm suspending risk-adjustment payments could have on patients. “The suspension of risk adjustment payments could lead to significant premium increases across the country – resulting in families, especially those with chronic health conditions and pre-existing conditions, losing their health care coverage due to insurer departures from the market or the inability to afford coverage,” the groups noted in a statement.
13: “6 physician groups urge CMS to reverse $10.4B cut in ACA’s risk-adjustment payments,” Becker’s Hospital Review
Six physician groups, including the AOA, called on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reverse cuts in risk-adjustment payments, citing the move could leave the nation’s most vulnerable patients – those with chronic health issues and pre-existing conditions – without access to health care coverage.
13: “Here’s why you probably don’t need to take vitamins,” Men’s Health
People who follow a vegetarian diet need to be mindful of eating a variety of food sources to help prevent vitamin deficiencies. A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found vegetarians are prone to be deficient in Vitamin D, calcium and omega-3 fatty acids.
12: “Analysis: CMS stopping risk adjustment payments leaves insurance premiums in limbo, jeopardizes Affordable Care Act,” Healio
The American Osteopathic Association joined other medical associations in urging the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to reverse its decision to halt risk adjustment payments. “The funds help protect patients by allowing insurers to compete without cherry-picking healthy consumers over those with chronic illnesses and pre-existing conditions,” the groups said in a joint statement.
12: “Chronic pain afflicts most older Americans,” AARP
A Harris Poll of 2,041 adults, commissioned by the American Osteopathic Association, found 57 percent of those surveyed between the ages of 55 and 64 and half of those 65 or older have experienced protracted chronic pain. “There are always aches and pains that come with aging, but we can help find ways to cope so patients can continue to do what they love to do,” Sheldon C. Yao, DO, chair of osteopathic manipulative medicine at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, tells AARP.
12: “What Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade can teach us about mental health,” U.S. News & World Report
In this article about the recent deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, who both died by suicide last month, Charles Sophy, DO, discusses why no one is immune from mental illness. “Money can’t buy health or happiness. It is an innate state of being that has to be attained through having experienced great parenting and the hard work of getting to know yourself, by identifying and working through your issues,” Dr. Sophy tells U.S. News & World Report.
12: “Snap, Crackle, Pop,” Oprah Magazine
If your joints make a popping noise after sitting for too long, it’s most likely nothing to be concerned about. For instance, a popping hip could just be a sign of a tight tendon, Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, tells Oprah Magazine.
10: “Doctor’s office provides fresh produce to diabetics from meeting-room pantry,” The Columbus Dispatch
Students at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine counsel patients enrolled in the Food is Health program about nutrition and preparing fresh foods. Riverside Family Practice in Columbus, Ohio, started the program to provide free produce and canned goods to patients with diabetes who do not have access to affordable fresh foods.
10: “5 yoga poses you can do from your couch on painful days,” Healthline
In this article, Carrie Janiski, DO, and Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, discuss the health benefits yoga can have for patients who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, including reducing inflammation and improving joint movement.
9: “Health leaders push the state to adopt more restrictive marijuana rules,” StateImpact Oklahoma
The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association joined other health care professionals in calling on state legislators to create stronger regulations for medical marijuana, including limiting the number of dispensaries and requiring a pharmacist to be on-site.
9: “These 10 medical schools have the most students,” Becker’s Hospital Review
Colleges of osteopathic medicine make up half of the top 10 medical schools with the largest student enrollment, according to U.S. News & World Report. DO schools on the list include Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.
9: “Good news: Eating meat probably isn’t going to kill you,” Fitness
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found death rates were higher when people ate red and processed meats daily. Researchers recommend physicians encourage their patients to consume a more plant-based diet and limit their consumption of meats.
8: “Patients with chronic pain feel caught in an opioid prescribing debate,” NPR
Arizona’s new opioid law prompted the Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association to educate its members about the new prescribing guidelines, Pete Wertheim, the association’s executive director, tells NPR. Gerald Harris II, DO, who specializes in treating addiction, has noticed an increase in referrals from patients whose doctors have stopped prescribing opioids.
6: “Low-impact yoga, Pilates brings big health benefits at all ages,” U.S. News & World Report
In this article about the benefits of low-impact exercise, the AOA notes that practicing yoga can help people manage their stress levels.
5: “The highest-paying job in every state,” Reader’s Digest
In response to a report from GoBankingRates.com about high-paying jobs, Reader’s Digest delved into what these positions entail. For people interested in becoming a physician, Readers’ Digest notes they can choose between becoming osteopathic physicians (DOs) or MDs.
3: “Patient portals showing mixed results,” Medical Economics
Betsy Greenleaf, DO, finds patient portals to be an effective way to communicate with her patients, such as sharing lab results. “For tests with normal results, it’s an easy way to send messages because there’s usually not much discussion involved. And it’s great from a business standpoint because you don’t spend as much time tracking people down and dealing with telephone tag,” Dr. Greenleaf tells Medical Economics.
2: “Over-testing in the ICU,” Physician’s Weekly
In this article, Brian K. Yorkgitis, DO, discusses why physicians should take a closer look at what tests are needed to improve patient care in the intensive care unit (ICU). To that end, Dr. Yorkgitis tested having ICU physicians go over a checklist to see if a chest X-ray or lab tests would be necessary for a patient’s treatment the next day. The data, published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, found doctors did not decrease the number of tests ordered after consulting the checklist.
29: “9 Preventive Health Exams You May Not Need,” U.S. News & World Report
Osteopathic manipulative treatment could provide relief for patients suffering from lower back pain, Rob Danoff, DO, an osteopathic family physician, tells U.S. News & World Report.
27: “Can Constantly Using My Headphones Cause Tinnitus?,” Everyday Health
This article references an AOA survey that found one in five teenagers experienced some form of hearing loss.
27: “Expert Discusses Risk Factors, Emerging Treatments, Distinguishing Traits of Migraines,” Healio
In this article, Jennifer Caudle, DO, discusses what causes migraines and how primary care physicians determine the best treatment plan to alleviate a patient’s pain.
26: “Doctors Need Better Training on E-Records to Transform Health,” Bloomberg Law
Having experience beyond entering patients’ background information in electronic health records (EHR) can help medical students better understand the mechanics of an electronic health record system, such as how to proceed if the template doesn’t provide the information they need, Tyler Cymet, DO, chief of clinical education at the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, tells Bloomberg Law.
25: “What You Need to Know About Pelvic Floor Dysfunction,” U.S. News & World Report
In this article, Betsy Greenleaf, DO, discusses common symptoms of pelvic floor dysfunction as well as contributing factors for the disorder, such as poor posture.
24: “Poll: 66% of Voters Oppose Trump DOJ’s Move to Gut Patient Protections,” Forbes
In a statement, the AOA and other physician organizations spoke out that eliminating the ACA requirement to provide health insurance coverage to all individuals would leave those who have pre-existing conditions at risk of being denied health care coverage.
22: “Diaphragm Linked to Chronic Low Back Pain, Study Shows,” MedicalXPress
A recent study in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation found using osteopathic manipulative therapy on the diaphragm helped alleviate lower back pain.
22: “Eight Ways You’re Putting Yourself at Risk of Heat Stroke – Without Realizing It,” Reader’s Digest
If you’re taking beta blockers, diuretics or antibiotics, be careful when outdoors during extreme heat as these medications could increase your risk of heat stroke, Jennifer Caudle, DO, explains in this article.
21: “Why Are Some People Always Hot and Others Always Cold?,” U.S. News & World Report
Certain medical conditions, such as anemia, could contribute to someone always feeling cold, Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, tells U.S. News & World Report.
21: “Parents Raise $1.1 Million to Save Baby Boys from Fatal Genetic Disease: ‘You Would Do Anything for Your Kids’,” People
Paola Leone, director of the Cell and Gene Therapy Center at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine, is developing gene therapy to help cure children born with Canavan disease – a rare and fatal disease.
21: “Five types of diabetes: Will new classification make management easier?,” Medscape
In this video (login required), Jay Shubrook, DO, speaks with Sumera Ahmed, MD, about the various types of diabetes and how phyicians approach caring for patients with each type.
20: “The danger of swallowing pills without water—it’s not choking,” Reader’s Digest
Jennifer Caudle, DO, explains that it’s unwise to swallow pills without water because if a pill gets stuck in your esophagus, it’s likely to result in inflammation and irritation.
20: “Medical school curriculum is revolutionized to keep pace with today’s living,” WOUB (PBS)
Ohio PBS affiliate WOUB explores the interactive, “flipped classroom” approach to learning that will be used at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine starting this fall.
19: “What’s the difference between dry and secondary drowning? Here’s what the experts have to say,” Romper
This article on water safety quotes osteopathic emergency medicine physician Mark Mitchell, DO, who says that if a child inhales a large amount of water while swimming, parents should remain vigilant for symptoms like coughing, fatigue, and difficulty breathing even hours after the event.
18: “Physician groups file amicus brief in case that threatens key provisions of ACA,” Physicians News Network
The AOA joined five other physicians’ groups in opposing a lawsuit, Texas vs. the United States, that would roll back signature elements of the Affordable Care Act.
18: “Immigration fight puts bullseye on HHS,” Politico
The AOA was among six medical groups meeting to discuss opioid use and Medicaid waivers this week, Politico reports.
18: “Shingles vaccine can prevent painful illness,” Courier Post
In this article, infectious disease specialist Judith Lightfoot, DO, explains why she discusses the shingles vaccine with every patient over age 50.
15: “18 questions you’re too embarrassed to ask your gynecologist,” Reader’s Digest
Osteopathic ob/gyn physician Octavia Cannon, DO, shares her expertise in this piece on common reproductive health questions patients may hesitate to bring up with their physicians.
14: “Driving Change in Medicine,” Medical Economics
Patients can play a role in shaping health care policies by sharing with their legislators how changes to health care policies impact their access to care. David Pugach, JD, AOA senior vice president of public policy, recommends physicians educate their patients on ways they can become an advocate.
13: “Here’s exactly what to do if you get stung by a jellyfish,” MSN.com
Ted Szymanski, DO, debunks common myths on how to treat jellyfish stings in this MSN.com piece. Recommended treatment includes washing the affected area with vinegar to help with pain, removing tentacles, and applying hot water to the sting.
13: “15 Surprising Things That Happen During Your Period – Besides Your Period,” Reader’s Digest
Women might experience more pain during that time of the month thanks to a drop in estrogen levels, notes Rob Danoff, DO, an osteopathic family physician.
12: “AMA Delegates Punt on Assisted Suicide Policy,” MedPage Today
During its annual meeting, the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates voted for the AMA to work with the American Osteopathic Association and other groups to create opioid education guidelines for students and residents.
12: “Find Medical Schools Where Grads Get Preferred Residencies,” U.S. News & World Report
This slideshow looks at which medical school grads are most likely to get their first-choice for residency training. Several osteopathic medical schools made the list, including Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine.
12: “Azar Faces Senate Committee on Drug Prices,” Politico
Six physician groups, including the American Osteopathic Association, sent a statement expressing their support of a popular mandate in the Affordable Care Act that provides access to health insurance for patients who have pre-existing conditions.
11: “Doctors Rip Trump DOJ’s Move to Gut Obamacare’s Patient Protections,” Forbes
The AOA joined other health care organizations in urging the Department of Justice to reconsider its brief that could strip away health insurance access from patients who have pre-existing health care conditions.
11: “Health Care Boards to Huddle About Drug Rules,” WLRN-AM
Eight health care boards, including the board of Osteopathic Medicine, will meet in Orlando, Florida, to discuss proposed changes that regulate prescriptions of controlled substances for patients.
11: “The Millennial Wave,” CEO Update
With the majority of DOs under the age of 45, AOA CEO Adrienne White-Faines, stresses the need to create a culture of excellence to meet younger physicians’ needs while being mindful of the profession’s rich history. Often this process begins even before a new hire’s start date by empowering staff members that they can help advance the profession event if they aren’t DOs. “Everyone has to be talking the same language, and (potential hires) have to see it and feel it when they come in,” White-Faines tells CEO Update.
11: “6 Things You Need to Know Before Going Vegan,” Men’s Health
Before swearing off hamburgers to begin a vegan lifestyle, health care experts caution that planning ahead to find protein and vitamin sources is key before flipping the switch. A review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found people on a vegan diet might have deficiencies of iron, calcium and Vitamin D.
10: “The Nonstop Burn of Water Polo,” The Wall Street Journal
In this article, Naresh Rao, DO, head physician for the U.S. men’s water polo team, provides care for a 59-year-old water polo player who is a second generation athlete (his father and his children played the sport as well).
9: “Drones Hold Promise to Save Lives and Improve Rural Healthcare,” Modern Healthcare
Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration approved pilot projects for medical drones, which could provide much-needed supplies in rural areas and provide help to disaster victims while waiting for first responders to arrive. Italo Subbarao, DO, for example, led the team at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Mississippi to create medical drones equipped with a smartphone to connect victims with a physician after noticing the lag in response time following a tornado.
8: “Future Patient/Future Doctor – Larry Smarr, PhD & Michael Kurisu, DO,” UCTV-TV
In this video, Michael Kurisu, DO, and Larry Smarr, PhD, discuss how the data patients collect about their own health, such as info recorded on a FitBit, could be used to help patients take more of a role to partner with their physicians to maintain their health.
8: “20 Workplace Fitness Hacks to Boost Your Health,” MSN
Get to know your co-workers better and score some improved health benefits by organizing a company team. A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found people who worked out in groups saw increases in emotional and physical well-being compared to those who worked out solo.
8: “How a Largo Doctor Became a Tony-Nominated Broadway Producer,” Tampa Bay Times
Jeffrey Grove, DO, shares with the Tampa Bay Times how he became a Broadway producer of several musicals, including Once on This Island.
8: “Is Social Media Changing the Doctor-Patient Relationship?,” AAFP
A recent survey from the American Osteopathic Association found more than half of millennials (ages 18 to 34) and 42 percent of all adults surveyed are comfortable following their physician on social media. The survey also found 65 percent of millennials and 43 percent of all adults would reach out to their doctor on social media to seek info about a health issue.
7: “Diabetic Retinopathy: Can Artificial Intelligence Provide a Better Way to Detect Disease?,” Medscape
The FDA approved the use of artificial intelligence to help diagnose the eye disease diabetic retinopathy. The device could be useful to help doctors see what’s going on behind the eye, but doctors need to ensure these devices do not disrupt patient care, Jay Shubrook, DO, tells Medscape.
5: “Medical Marijuana May Impact Some Doctors’ Approach to Care,” Reno Gazette Journal
Even though the state of Nevada legalized medical and recreational marijuana, Denis G. Patterson, DO, says his pain management center in Nevada has opted not to prescribe medical marijuana. “Since the federal government continues to view marijuana as an illegal substance we are concerned that the Drug Enforcement Agency might revoke our controlled substance licenses, which we need to prescribe pain medications to our patients,” Dr. Patterson tells the Reno Gazette Journal.
1: “Debt, Repayment Options Influence Physicians Practice Plans,” Medscape
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association finds osteopathic medical students who graduate with higher levels of student loan debt tend to practice in medically underserved areas, Medscape reports.
31: “12 Causes of Numbness in Your Fingers and Hands,” Prevention
A pinched or damaged nerve caused by carpal tunnel, a cyst or another health ailment could result in feelings of numbness in your hands, Rob Danoff, DO, an osteopathic family physician, tells Prevention.
31: “Hospitals, Treatment Groups Back Bill to Add Residency Slots at Hospitals,” Inside Health Policy
In this article (log-in required), the American Osteopathic Academy of Addiction Medicine is listed among the supporters of a proposed bill that would increase Medicare-funded graduate medical education residency slots at hospitals with approved residency programs in the areas of addiction medicine, addiction psychiatry or pain management.
30: “Study: Loan Repayment Programs Motivate In-Debt Osteopathic Physicians to Work in Underserved Areas,” Becker’s Hospital Review
State and federal loan repayment programs designed to address physician shortages are driving indebted doctors to medically underserved areas, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
30: “Most Iatrogenic HCV Cases Unidentified Until Symptom Onset,” Healio
A review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found only 37 percent of patients were diagnosed with hepatitis C virus before symptoms were present. “Once a patient is diagnosed with an infection, we can go back, alert, and screen anyone else connected to that facility. But by that time there has usually been opportunity for thousands more to have been infected,” says Charles Defendorf, DO.
29: “Why Do You Get Brain Freeze or an Eye Twitch? 6 Weird Body Quirks, Explained,” Today
Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, clears up the mystery behind common body quirks. For example, a twitching eye could be a sign you are fatigued or stressed, Dr. Caudle tells Today.
29: “13 Things Doctors Want You to Know About the Keto Diet,” Reader’s Digest
People who try the keto diet might see the number on the scale go down right away, but it’s most likely a loss in water weight, Naresh Rao, DO, tells Reader’s Digest. Dr. Rao clarifies it typically takes a few weeks before fat loss occurs.
25: “Missouri Medical Student Pursues Career Path as Rehab Doctor After Suffering Rare Stroke,” Southern Living
Suffering a stroke during her first year at the A. T. Still University Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine prompted Sydney Priest to change career paths from pediatric cardiology to rehabilitation so she can help other patients on their road to recovery.
24: “Exalted Warrior Uses Yoga to Help Veterans Find Their Peace,” Tampa Bay Times
This article references an American Osteopathic Association article lauding the health benefits of a regular yoga practice, including improved flexibility and being more energetic.
23: “14 Bizarre Bodily Functions You Just Cannot Control,” Reader’s Digest
In this article, Jennifer Caudle, DO, explains some bodily functions, such as passing gas or hair falling out, are quite normal. However, she recommends speaking with your physician if you sense there might be an underlying problem.
23: “Medical School Enrollment Up, Concern for Residency Slots High,” Medscape
Medscape (log-in required) reports that enrollment continues to grow in osteopathic medical schools, with an 85 percent increase in osteopathic medical students since 2007, according to the American Osteopathic Association’s annual report.
22: “Why Meghan Markle Follows a Vegan Diet – But Only During the Week,” Prevention
People wishing to try a vegan diet like the new Duchess of Sussex may need to supplement their diets with protein, calcium and Vitamin D to avoid any deficiencies, according to a review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Coverage also appeared in Town & Country.
22: “7 Signs You’re Tired Other Than Yawning,” U.S. News & World Report
You might not be getting enough sleep if you have trouble concentrating at work or being emotionally patient with your loved ones, Jedidiah Ballard, DO, and Camilo A. Ruiz, DO, tell U.S. News & World Report.
22: “10 Least Expensive Private Medical Schools,” Becker’s Hospital Review
Seven out of the 10 medical schools on Becker’s Hospital Review’s listing of least expensive private medical schools are osteopathic medical schools, including Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Lincoln Memorial University DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine.
20: “7 Questions Your Doctor Wishes You Would Ask,” Cheat Sheet
When your doc asks if you have any questions during your annual physical, Rob Danoff, DO, suggests asking if making lifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, could improve a health condition instead of taking medication.
17: “For Physicians, Social Media Can Be Tricky to Navigate,” FierceHealthcare
Patients want to be friends on social media, but should you let them? It’s just one challenge physicians can face when it comes to the world of social media. A new survey by the American Osteopathic Association explored the changing role of the medium within the patient-physician relationship.
16: “Protect the practice,” Medical Economics
John Kulin, DO, an emergency medicine physician, protects his office from online security breaches by investing in hardware and security software as well as blocking Internet access on computers to prevent remote access. “It’s inconvenient, but it helps prevent intrusions from coming through,” he tells Medical Economics.
16: “A 5-Point Plan for Arthritis Pain Relief,” MedShadow
In this article, Lillie Rosenthal, DO, an osteopathic physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, shares alternatives to medication to address pain management for patients with arthritis. Dr. Rosenthal suggests doing non-weight-bearing exercises like swimming, asking your DO about osteopathic manipulative treatment and maintaining a regular sleep schedule.
16: “10 Anxiety Symptoms You Might Now Know About, According to Doctors,” Bustle
If you experience chronic forgetfulness or sleep deprivation, those could be signs of anxiety and something to discuss with your physician if these symptoms are interfering with your daily life, Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, tells Bustle.
16: “More U.S. Medical Schools Are Churning Out More Doctors, but Residency Slots Don’t Keep Pace,” Fierce Healthcare
Since 2002, 14 new osteopathic medical schools have opened their doors and overall medical school enrollment is up by 29 percent, Fierce Healthcare reports.
16: “Why Working Women are Kicking Off Their Heels Like Kristen Stewart,” Moneyish
More women are opting to swap their heels for flats, which could be good news for their health. According to the American Osteopathic Association, the angle of high heels can harm more than just your feet. For example, tension in the Achilles makes calf muscles shorten, resulting in shin splits or cramps. Coverage also appeared in the New York Post.
15: “No More Rumors – This is the Real Story Behind Singer Seal’s Facial Scars,” Simplemost
Discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) is a type of lupus that causes sores, inflammation and scarring. While the cause of this chronic skin condition is unknown, the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology tells Simplemost, “DLE is thought to be autoimmune with the body’s immune system incorrectly attacking normal skin.”
14: “Telemedicine and Social Media Intersect to Advance Population Health,” Healthcare Finance
A new survey from the American Osteopathic Association found most adults are comfortable reaching out to their physician via social media channels. Some physicians, like Jennifer Caudle, DO, welcome the interaction as long as the conversation remains professional. “Please don’t send me a picture of your rash on Facebook Messenger,” Dr. Caudle says in this Healthcare Finance article.
14: “Two Popular Diets Reduce Risk of Hearing Loss, Study Finds,” First for Women
In response to a new study which found a correlation between healthy eating habits and preserving hearing, Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, tells First for Women the data seems promising to pursue additional research about this connection. “We know that a healthy diet can do so many good things for our body. … And we think that it may also help protect against vascular compromise — the blood vessels — which can reduce blood flow to the cochlea of the ears,” Dr. Caudle is quoted in this article.
14: “Should You Stop Wearing Sunscreen to Get More Vitamin D? Here’s What a Doctor Says,” Time
This article references a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found people might be experiencing Vitamin D deficiencies due to inadequate sun exposure related to sunscreen use.
14: “Are You Friends with Your Doctor on Facebook?,” KSL-AM
During this live radio interview, Jennifer Caudle, DO, shares how maintaining separate personal and public Facebook accounts helps her stay connected to her patients on social media in a professional manner.
14: “Fitbit Announces Collaboration with Google to Share Data with Healthcare Providers,” Runner’s World
Naresh Rao, DO, an osteopathic sports medicine physician, finds the prospect of Fitbit users to share their data with their physicians to be encouraging. “Wearable technology can minimize the subjectivity of patient reporting, which can be inaccurate at times,” Dr. Rao tells Runner’s World.
10: “Five things to know about postpartum running,” MapMyRun.com
Octavia Cannon, DO, and Shayna Manusco, DO, offer advice to new moms on returning to running, whether they delivered vaginally or via C-section. In all cases, they recommend checking in with your physician before returning to exercise and taking things slowly at first to allow your body to heal.
9: “The 3-step guide to beating back pain,” Consumer Reports
When weighing treatment options, people with chronic back pain may want to consider finding a DO who performs osteopathic manipulative treatment, notes this piece in Consumer Reports.
8: “Should You Use Heat or Ice?,” Muscle & Performance
Ice can offer relief when pain is accompanied by inflammation, while a heating pad works best to treat stiff muscles and muscle spasms, Naresh Rao, DO, an osteopathic sports medicine physician, explains in this article.
8: “Vitamin C: Everything You Need to Know,” U.S. News & World Report
If you feel a cold coming on, be sure to up your intake of Vitamin C, which can help shorten the length of a cold, Gail Feinberg, DO, tells U.S. News & World Report.
7: “What Science Says About Exercise,” The Yale Tribune
In this article, Natalie Nevins, DO, promotes the health benefits of yoga, from alleviating chronic pain to improving quality of sleep..
7: “Ohio University Med Students Train for Disaster,” WCMH-TV (NBC)
Students at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio, practiced treating patients in the event of a mass casualty via simulated disaster scenarios, such as a mass shooting, during a recent Disaster Day Training, WCMH-TV reports.
2: “Sports injury prevention tips from Jennifer Malcom, DO,” K13XD (CBS)
Jennifer Malcolm, DO, offers suggestions for making the switch from indoor workouts to outdoor exercise in this clip from CBS affiliate K13XD in Fairbanks, Alaska.
2: “15 Everyday Habits That Are Secretly Ruining Your Health,” Reader’s Digest
Putting your purse on the kitchen table might seem harmless, but Jennifer Caudle, DO, warns you could be spreading germs that accumulate on the bottom of your purse. Men aren’t off the hook: carrying your wallet in your back pocket could lead to uneven buttocks which, in turn, can trigger lower body pain, Dr. Caudle tells Reader’s Digest.
1: “6 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Magnesium,” Prevention
This health article cites a JAOA review that found that the enzymes that process Vitamin D almost all need magnesium, which means that magnesium deficiency can result in low levels of Vitamin D as well. Magnesium-rich foods include almonds, cashews, spinach, black and kidney beans, avocado and brown rice.
1: “Morning Break: Kids’ Tackle Football Risk; Bad Blood; Delivering Bad News,” MedPage Today
This roundup of health care news includes a reference to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found psychiatric issues could be the culprit behind chronic dizziness.
1: “Chronic Dizziness May Be Tied to Psychiatric Disorder,” PsychCentral
While most cases of dizziness are caused by a physical disorder, a recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found psychiatric disorders, such as anxiety, could be the culprit.
1: “6 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Magnesium,” Prevention
A recent review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found Vitamin D can’t be metabolized properly unless people maintain sufficient levels of magnesium, Prevention reports.
30: “This is How Much Water to Drink After a Sweat Sesh – According to Doctors,” Well + Good
If you’re feeling lightheaded, experience muscle cramps or have dark yellow pee, it might be time to take a water break and get rehydrated, Rob Danoff, DO, tells Well + Good.
30: “Your Top Skin Cancer Questions Answered,” Parade
If you spot a suspicious mole, Jennifer Caudle, DO, recommends having your physician check it out right away to determine whether or not the lesion requires further treatment.
29: “Getting Off Opioids with Medical Marijuana: Patients Turn to Pot Over Pills,” CNN
Dustin Sulak, DO, shares with CNN the success he has noticed using medical marijuana to treat patients struggling with an opioid addiction.
27 “A ‘Disservice’ to People? U.S. Senate Candidate Mike Gibbons’ Addiction Center Uses Controversial Methods,” The Plain Dealer
Anita Gupta, DO, an osteopathic pain specialist, urges physicians to be “cautiously optimistic” about alternative treatments for addiction until there is research to backup anecdotal claims.
27: “6 Ways to Restore Gut Health Naturally,” First for Women
To keep your digestive system on track, Jennifer Caudle, DO, recommends consuming probiotics, which can be found in fermented foods or taken as a supplement.
26: “Why Birthmark Bullying is a Real Thing … And What One Woman is Doing About It,” Healthline
When children are bullied about their birthmarks, Charles Sophy, DO, suggests parents explain birthmarks to their children in simple terms and reassure their kiddos they are here to help.
25: “Keeping Payers, Other Third Parties from Interfering with Patient Care,” Medical Economics
To keep workflow moving, Nicholas Beechnau, DO, tells Medical Economics he and his father, Timothy Beechnau, DO, try to stay abreast of insurance company requirements when prescribing their patients medications.
25: “Drowning in Paperwork,” Medical Economics
Setting up alerts in an electronic health record system can help doctors stay on top of tasks, suggests Jennifer Caudle, DO, in this article.
25: “Can You Treat Rabies Symptoms with Rabies?,” Healthline
In response to a Canadian practitioner who used dog saliva tainted with rabies to treat a child’s behavioral issues, “Mathematically speaking, these dilutions would be unlikely to contain an intact rabies virus,” says Meghan A. May, PhD, a virologist and associate professor of microbiology and infectious diseases at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine. However, there is a very slim chance the virus could exist because the rabies virus does not break down on a molecular level, she tells Healthline.
24: “What is Dry Drowning?,” Prevention
Although a rare condition, dry drowning can occur after inhaling water during swimming. The AOA recommends parents stay alert when their children are in the water and have youngsters take swim lessons to learn the basics of water safety as measures to help prevent dry drowning. Coverage also appeared in MSN.
24: “Girl Saved After Article about Dry Drowning,” KVUE-TV (ABC)
If your child experiences warning signs of dry drowning, such as trouble breathing, coughing or vomiting, after swallowing water while swimming, the AOA recommends seeking immediate medical attention, KVUE-TV reports.
22: “Doctors Attack Trump’s Short-Term Health Plans Ahead of Comment Deadline,” Forbes
The American Osteopathic Association, along with the American Academy of Family Physicians and other physician groups, have stressed their concern about the impact any efforts to reduce health care coverage could have on consumers, Forbes reports.
18: “This is Actually How to Manage Stress Symptoms so You Don’t Lose Your Stuff at Work,” Women’s Health UK
Taking a group exercise class can help reduce stress levels compared to doing a solo workout, according to a recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
18: “How Do I Find the Best Ophthalmologist?,” U.S. News & World Report
Going to get your eyes examined? An ophthalmologist is a DO or MD who is trained to diagnose and treat medical issues with your eyes. They also perform surgery and prescribe contacts or glasses.
15: “Your Brain on Music During the Workday,” Business Journal
When listening to music on your headphones at work, be sure to keep the volume at 60 percent or less and to take a break after an hour to help prevent hearing damage, the American Osteopathic Association recommends.
16: “21 Sneaky Signs You’re Stressed – Even if You Think You Aren’t,” Insider
If you’re having vivid dreams, it could mean your brain is trying to process stressful situations, Robert S. Rosenberg, DO, tells Insider.
16: “Aging Parents: When to Stop Driving,” WGHP-TV (FOX)
If elderly parents have trouble staying in lanes or remembering how to get home, it may be time to have a discussion with them about retiring from driving, suggests Tiffany Reed, DO, an osteopathic geriatric specialist.
16: “The Good, the Bad, and the Maybe, About Kratom,” Healio
Walter C. Prozialeck, PhD, chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, shares with Healio his concerns regarding the FDA’s process to classify kratom as an opioid.
16: “How to Find the Right Doctor for You,” Dr. Oz
DOs and MDs are the only two types of fully licensed physicians in the United States. Their training and education are very similar, but DOs come at the practice of medicine from a different philosophy and take a whole person approach to treating patients, says Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician.
14: “Does it Have to be a Doctor?,” The Bulletin
While nurse practitioners and physician assistants play a role on the health care team, there could be risks when these providers examine patients without the supervision of a physician. “You run the risk of missing or misdiagnosing a problem or delaying treatment or an early diagnosis,” David Pugach, senior vice president of public policy for the American Osteopathic Association, tells The Bulletin.
13: “Here Are the People Most Likely to Use Marijuana Based on Their Professions, Study Says,” ABC News
A survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found almost 15% of respondents used marijuana at least once in the last 30 days. Scott Krakower, DO, assistant unit chief of psychiatry at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, New York, tells ABC News that as more states legalize marijuana, more people could turn to the drug to cope with mental health issues, such as anxiety, rather than seek medical treatment from their physician.
13: “This is the Busiest Time to Hit the Squat Rack,” Women’s Health
Working out with others could lead to lower stress levels as well as improved mental, physical and emotional quality of life, according to a recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
12: “National Osteopathic Week Recognized,” WDAM-TV (NBC)
In advance of National Osteopathic Medicine Week, William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, hosted a reading of a state proclamation acknowledging the efforts DOs play in the health care landscape.
9: “Medical Monday,” WAGM-TV (CBS)
In this interview, Kristin Guerrette, DO, explains how she uses osteopathic manipulative treatment to help treat her patients’ chronic health issues, such as shoulder pain and migraines.
6: “Here is Why Group Workouts Are Better for Your Health,” Shape
A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found people who worked out in groups reported less stress and improved quality of life compared to those who worked out alone.
5: “Carbs to Avoid and to Keep While Trying to Lose Weight,” Eat This, Not That! (MSN)
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found a slight advantage for low-carb diets when it comes to weight loss compared to a low-fat diet.
5: “How to Help Patients Eat Better? One Philly Med School Says, Teach Their Doctors to Cook,” WHYY-TV (PBS)
A new culinary program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine teaches osteopathic medical students how to cook. The goal is to help students improve their knowledge of nutrition so they can better counsel their patients on developing healthy eating habits.
3: “Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine at Cleveland Receives $299,272 Grant,” Crain’s Cleveland Business
A two-year grant from the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation will help the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine develop training programs that will ultimately help future DOs enhance patient care.
3: “FDA Orders Kratom Product Recall Over Salmonella; First Such Mandatory Move in History,” USA Today
Kratom is “totally unregulated” and there is a “lack of quality control,” Walter Prozialeck, chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, tells USA Today.
31: “What Happens to Your Body When You Wear Heels,” Care2
Frequently wearing high heels can lead to pain in other areas of the body, such as the lower back and shoulders, because the angle of high heels prevents the body from being centered head to toe, Sajid A. Surve, DO, tells Care2.
30: “Hints from Heloise: Hearing Loss in Teenagers,” The Washington Post
This column references an AOA statistic that one in five teenagers suffer from some form of hearing loss.
29: “The Major Biotin Side Effect You Should Know About,” MSN
Although the vitamin biotin is usually absorbed by the body, Shaemah Khan, DO, recommends letting your physician know if you take the vitamin as it can show up in lab work and tamper with test results for thyroid or hormonal issues.
29: “MD or DO: Blurring the Lines Between Osteopathic and Allopathic Medicine,” MD Magazine
As the osteopathic medical profession continues to grow, J. Ross Tanner, DO, and Kevin Pantalone, DO, tell MD Magazine of the increased recognition DOs have now compared to when they began their medical careers.
29: “Most People Who Have a Brain Aneurysm Don’t Know It,” Tonic
People who experience a sudden, intense headache accompanied by seizures or tightness in the neck should seek immediate medical attention to check for an aneurysm, stresses Vinodh Doss, DO, an osteopathic neurologist.
29: “U.S. Seniors Matching to Psychiatry Increases for Sixth Straight Year,” Psychiatric News
As the transition toward single accreditation continues, the National Resident Matching Program continues to notice an increase in the number of osteopathic medical students participating in the match.
29: “The 30 Worst Pieces of Advice Allergy Docs Have Ever Heard,” Reader’s Digest
Rob Danoff, DO, an osteopathic family physician, busts common allergy myths in this Reader’s Digest article. For example, some people think seasonal allergies only occur in the spring. However, Dr. Danoff says some types of pollen peak in the summertime leaving people vulnerable to allergies in both seasons.
29: “11 Silent Signs of Mono You Shouldn’t Ignore,” Reader’s Digest
A sore throat, rash or severe fatigue could be signs of infectious mononucleosis, Rob Danoff, DO, tells Reader’s Digest.
28: “Report: Health Care a Growing Economic Engine in Michigan,” Crain’s Detroit Business
Kris Nicholoff, executive director of the Michigan Osteopathic Association, tells Crain’s Detroit Business he is encouraged by the positive impact the health care industry has on Michigan’s economy in this article (log-in required) about a new economic report from the Partnership for Michigan’s Health.
28: “What is a DO?,” Atlantis
This student contribution explains the two types of fully licensed physicians in the U.S. – DOs and MDs – and delves into the history of osteopathic medicine.
26: “Is Food Stress Making You Fat?,” U.S. News & World Report
When stress finds you craving potato chips, Tiffany Lowe-Payne, DO, recommends acknowledging that your body seeks carbs to boost your mood, then mindfully find a healthier food choice to get your carb fix.
25: “Doctors Warn About Bee Sting Acupuncture After Woman Dies from Allergic Reaction,” Today
While some people seek bee sting therapy as a complementary treatment, there is little evidence to demonstrate any health benefits or the number of stings someone can endure before developing an allergic reaction. “It could be your 10th injection or it could be your 50th when you have the severe reaction,” Dean Mitchell, MD, clinical associate professor of the Touro College of Medicine in New York, tells Today.
25: “The Fight Against Paint-By-Number Medicine,” Medical Economics
Richard Bryce, DO, and Peter Bidey, DO, discuss how changes to treatments covered by insurance can impact their patients’ health, especially if a new medication isn’t as effective as the one previously covered by insurance.
23: “Your Health Care Options Explained with This Handy Guide,” SFGATE
This article explains the roles DOs, MDs, physician assistants, nurse practitioners and nurses play in the treatment of patients.
22: “The Reason Why Your Vitamin D Supplements Aren’t Working,” Reader’s Digest
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found Vitamin D cannot be absorbed properly if people have low levels of magnesium. Coverage also appeared on MSN.
21: “Existing a World of Pain,” Orthopedic Design & Technology
This article about the nation’s opioid epidemic notes the challenges of treating chronic pain conditions, such as low back pain and knee pain. More than a third of adults suffer from chronic knee pain, according to the AOA.
20: “Four Ways to Spring into Better Health,” Amaze
Naresh Rao, DO; Tiffany Lowe-Payne, DO; Kim Pfotenhauer, DO; and Vania Manipod, DO; share ways to incorporate new healthy habits this spring from practicing mindfulness techniques to spending more time outdoors to soak up some Vitamin D.
20: “2018 Match Day is One for the Record Books,” FierceHealthcare
More than 37,000 medical students and recent graduates learned where they matched on March 16, according to the National Resident Matching Program. The results of the AOA Match were announced in February.
19: “Music Soothes Burnout, Increases Empathy,” Healio
This article references a review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found empathy levels dropped among third-year medical students compared to when they were surveyed during their first year of medical school.
17: “Match Day Success in Michigan,” Crain’s Detroit Business
Students and recent graduates from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine were among the participants vying for residency positions in Michigan. They learned where they placed following the results of the National Residency Match Program.
16: “Is Screen Time a Serious Threat to Mental Health?,” U.S. News & World Report
In this slideshow, Jennifer Caudle, DO, recommends trying a digital detox, especially before bed, as a way to help improve sleep.
16: “Match Day Celebrates Biggest Numbers Ever,” MedPage Today
In a few years, most DO medical school seniors and recent graduates will begin participating in the National Residency Match Program. The unified match also will enable physicians with an MD degree to pursue training in programs that received osteopathic recognition, the AOA tells MedPage Today.
16: “Residency Match Day Grows Again, Hitting New High,” Medscape
The number of osteopathic medical students and recent graduates participating in the National Residency Match Program continues to grow as DOs and MDs continue to prepare for a transition toward a single accreditation system, Medscape reports (log-in required).
16: “Cell Service Can Mean Life or Death After a Disaster. Could Drones Help?,” USA Today
An article about the life-saving use of drones following a natural disaster features Italo Subbarao, DO, who co-developed the Healthcare Integrated Rescue Operations drone that delivers a medical kit and enables bystanders to provide care until help arrives.
16: “Family Medicine Reaches New High in 2018 NRMP Match,” AAFP
As students celebrate finding out where they will do their residency training, progress moves forward in the transition to a single accreditation system. When the process is completed in 2020, most DO and MD graduates will participate in a unified match, AAFP reports.
15: “Medical Marijuana Education Lagging Behind Clinical Needs,” Clinical Oncology News
A survey of deans at more than 100 allopathic and osteopathic medical schools found less than 10% of schools teach their students about medical marijuana, according to a new study.
14: “You’ll Probably Live Longer if You Stop Eating Meat,” Vice
Eating too much red meat can increase mortality rates, according to a review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, Vice reports.
13: “2019 Best Grad Schools Preview: Top 10 Medical Schools,” U.S. News & World Report
Eight DO schools received a numerical ranking for primary care in U.S. News & World Report’s annual list of the best medical schools for primary care.
13: “Do You Know the Costs of ED Care?,” Physician’s Weekly
In this article, author Kevin Hoffman, DO, cites a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found the majority of emergency department health care providers couldn’t accurately estimate the costs of care.
11: “Healing Quest,” KFBK-AM (San Diego)
A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found Vitamin D can’t be metabolized unless people have sufficient magnesium levels.
10: “God Bless These Doctors in Canada,” CNN
In this article, Jennifer Caudle, DO, analyzes a recent petition from physicians in Quebec who requested to decline a pay increase, and instead reallocate those funds to support health care workers and improve quality of care.
9: “Heck Registers as a Lobbyist,” Politico
Politico reports former U.S. House Rep. Joe Heck, DO, registered as a lobbyist for the American Osteopathic Association and PETA.
9: “11 Subtle Changes OB/GYNs Say You Should Never Ignore,” Bustle
If your vaginal discharge itches or smells, it’s time to see your physician to rule out an infection, Octavia Cannon, DO, tells Bustle.
9: “Body Donors to Medical Science Honored at ACOM,” Dothan Eagle
The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine unveiled a memorial honoring people who donated their bodies to serve as “first patients” for medical students.
8: “7 Reasons You’re in a Bad Mood That Can Actually Be Serious,” U.S. News & World Report
Being in a bad mood could be a symptom of a mental health issue or an underlying symptom of a medical condition, Jennifer Caudle, DO, tells U.S. News & World Report. For example, an out of whack thyroid or poor sleep quality caused by sleep apnea can affect your mood, notes Charles Sophy, DO. This story also was picked up by MSN Health & Fitness.
2: “Girls’ Concussion Symptoms Last Twice as Long as Those in Boys,” Chicago Health
Pre-existing conditions could explain why teen girl athletes experience concussion symptoms longer than teen boy athletes, explains John Neidecker, DO, lead author of a recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
2: “How to Reduce Patient No-Shows,” Medical Economics
Implementing a series of strategies, such as educating patients on how to reschedule an appointment and encouraging office staff to answer all incoming phone calls, helped reduce the number of patient no-shows at a clinic, according to a recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
2: “Facing the Culture of Silence in Medicine,” Clinical Correlations
In light of recent high-profile sexual assault and harassment allegations, it is imperative physicians are equipped to help their patients open up about any incidents of abuse, note the authors of a recent review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
2: “Wisconsin Woman to Stand Trial in 1980s deaths of Three Babies,” The Washington Times
This article references an AOA article about the rare possibility of air being restricted from entering the lungs if someone inhales water through the mouth or nose, The Washington Times reports.
1: “Bike with Your Besties!,” Healthcare Informatics
A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found people who exercised in a group reported less stress compare to those who worked out alone.
1: “Yoga Takes Off at the Airport,” My Statesman
This article about airports adding yoga studios to help travelers reduce their stress references an AOA article about the health benefits of practicing yoga, such as improving flexibility and energy levels.
28: “Researchers Develop New Blood Test for Brain,” WSLS-TV (NBC)
Researchers at the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine have developed a blood test to detect traumatic brain injury. Per Gunnar Brolinson, DO, says the test can help reduce the number of scans currently used to detect concussions.
28: “What’s Better – Working Out Alone, Working Out with a Partner or Working Out with a Class?,” MEL Magazine
While examining the benefits of exercising with others or alone, MEL Magazine references research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that people who worked out with others experienced lowered stress levels.
27: “Physicians’ Knowledge of Marijuana Risks Falls Short,” Medscape
Jeramy Peters, DO, author of a special report in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, stresses the importance of physicians understanding the potential health risks that come with marijuana usage so they can properly counsel their patients.
26: “Vitamin D and Magnesium Work Together,” WGN-TV (Chicago)
Vitamin D gets stored, not used, unless people have sufficient magnesium levels, according to new research from The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. This WGN-TV segment recommends people eat foods high in magnesium, such as bananas and almonds, to improve their magnesium levels.
26: “Why You Can’t Skip Magnesium if You’re Taking Vitamin D,” Live Science
A new review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found vitamin D does not get metabolized in people with low levels of magnesium, Live Science reports.
25: “Trailblazing LI Black Women Doctors Share Dreams, Success,” Newsday
Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, is among the female black physicians featured in this article about prominent black female physicians who broke barriers while improving health care.
23: “8 Kinds of Bumps Every Woman Should Look Out for, According to OB/GYNs,” Bustle
Vaginal bumps are common, but it’s probably best to see your physician if anything new appears, suggests Octavia Cannon, DO, an OB/GYN, in this slideshow.
22: “How Fit Are You? Consider These Measures,” U.S. News & World Report
In this slideshow, Naresh Rao, DO, clarifies body fat percentage can vary among athletes. For instance, when working as a physician for the 2016 U.S. Olympic water polo team, Dr. Rao found those athletes’ body fat ranged from 4-22 percent.
22: “37 ‘Healthy’ Things You Have Permission to Stop Doing Right Now,” Reader’s Digest
In this slideshow, Jennifer Caudle, DO; Ken L. Williams Jr., DO; Rob Danoff, DO; and Naresh C. Rao, DO; give the skinny on health habits people shouldn’t worry about, such as getting the nasal spray flu vaccine instead of a shot.
22: “15 Health Myths That Make Doctors Cringe,” Reader’s Digest
Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, debunks common health myths, such as the need to have a “base tan” to be protected from skin cancer. In contrast, Dr. Caudle tells Reader’s Digest that any tanning increases skin cancer risks.
20: “2018 Nonprofit Awards Finalists Announced by PR News,” PR News
A coalition of physician organizations, which includes the American Osteopathic Association, has been named a finalist for Advocacy Campaign and Lobbying Efforts by PR News for its campaign Advocating for Access to Care: Frontline Physicians Unite.
20: “Chronic Care Management Program Showing Signs of Saving Money, Improving Care,” Modern Healthcare
Access to care-management billing codes provides physicians an opportunity to provide better care to their patients, David Pugach, AOA senior vice president of public policy, tells Modern Healthcare.
17: “Fasting Insulin, Insulin Resistance May Predict Weight Gain over 10 Years,” Healio
Nicholas Pennings, DO, is the author of a study in Endocrine Today, which found a correlation to increases in fasting insulin levels and weight gain, Healio reports.
16: “Why an OHSU Doctor Wants His Colleagues to Know More About Joints, Blunts and Spliffs,” Portland Business Journal
In this article (log-in required), Jeramy Peters, DO, author of a special report in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, aggregates what is known about the role cannabis can play in triggering mental health issues and offers suggestions on how physicians can best counsel their patients on their frequency of use as well as associated risks.
15: “Mass Shootings Trigger Change for Emergency Medicine,” MedPage Today
Programs, such as Stop the Bleed, can enable bystanders to help minimize bleeding for trauma victims until emergency personnel arrive, Matthew Levy, DO, tells MedPage Today.
15: “4 Ways to Cut Down on No-Show Patients at Your Practice,” FierceHealthcare
Making reminder phone calls prior to an appointment can help minimize the number of patients who miss their appointments, explains Peter A. Guiney, DO, author of a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association about the costly problem of no-show appointments.
14: “Osteopathic Match Again Shows Family Medicine on Top,” AAFP
Nearly 1,000 osteopathic medical students and graduates matched into primary care specialties in the AOA Match, AAFP reports.
12: “How Your Smartphone May Be Making You Unhappy,” U.S. News & World Report
Going on a digital detox can help improve people’s moods and motivate them to develop relationships off-screen, Jennifer Caudle, DO, tells U.S. News & World Report.
12: “Side Effects of Weed: Marijuana Could Cause Mental Illness, Fatal Car Crashes,” International Business Times
As more states legalize marijuana, it is imperative physicians are educated about potential medical issues that may be trigged by marijuana use, according to a special report in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
11: “She’s Been in Pain Since a September Car Wreck. This Kennewick Doctor Has the Healing Touch,” Tri-City Herald
Alwin Borgmann, DO, chief resident in family medicine at Trios Health, uses osteopathic manipulative treatment to provide relief to a woman who has experienced chronic pain since a car crash last fall.
11: “Health Watch,” WBBM-AM (CBS)
A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found people who took group fitness classes experienced reduced stress and improved mental health compared to those who worked out alone.
11: “Larry Nassar Doesn’t Define an Entire Profession,” KevinMD
In response to an article in the Los Angeles Time, Brandon Jacobi, an osteopathic medical school, defends the principles of osteopathic medicine and the use of osteopathic manipulative treatment.
9: “AOA Releases 2018 Match Results,” HC Pro
The majority of osteopathic medical students and graduates matched into primary care residencies, HC Pro reports.
8: “The FDA Called Kratom an Opioid, Which is Pretty Misleading,” Tonic
Walter Prozialeck, chairman of the Department of Pharmacology at Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, tells Tonic the FDA should consider labeling requirements for kratom instead of banning the herbal supplement used to treat chronic pain.
8: “27 Best Low-Carb, Packaged Snacks for Weight Loss,” Eat This, Not That!
In its listing of healthy snacks that can help people maintain or lower their weight, Eat This, Not That! shares a review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that people who followed a low-carb diet lost more weight than people who followed a low-fat diet.
8: “Physician Practice Roundup,” FierceHealthcare
The AOA Match saw nearly 1,000 residency slots filled in primary care with 55% of osteopathic medical students and graduates placed in family or internal medicine.
7: “DO Match Day Yields Close to 1,000 Primary Care Residents,” Medscape
More than 1,600 osteopathic medical students and graduates matched into osteopathic residencies with the majority placing in primary care, Medscape reports.
7: “DO Match Day 2018: 4 Things to Know,” Becker’s Hospital Review
Family medicine was the most matched specialty in the AOA Match, followed by internal medicine, emergency medicine, general surgery and orthopedic surgery.
6: “Is It Time for a New Medical Specialty?,” JAMA Journal of Medicine
As telemedicine continues to evolve, the authors of this JAMA study propose creating a new medical virtualist specialty for physicians who spend most of their time treating patients virtually.
6: “Morning Break,” MedPage Today
This roundup of health news reports osteopathic medical students and graduates matched into more than 1,600 residency positions with primary care being the top specialty.
6: “Adult Bullying,” Radio Health Journal
In this weekly radio program, Charles Sophy, DO, explains behavior from adult bullies might be subtle with an end game of gaining power over someone weaker. A recent survey from the AOA found nearly one-third of Americans have been bullied as an adult. The interview aired on over 450 stations nationwide.
6: “Problem Solvers,” KOMO-TV (ABC)
The primary care physician shortage has led to many practices developed a team-based approach to care with MDs and DOs leading the way.
6: “3 Things to Know About the Top HR Standard Challenge from The Joint Commission,” Becker’s ASC Review
Recruiters can use the American Osteopathic Association’s Physician Profiles to verify osteopathic physician credentials, this article reports.
5: “Why Aren’t We Talking More About Women with Concussions?,” U.S. News & World Report
This article references a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found female athletes experienced concussion symptoms twice as long as male athletes.
5: “8 Creative Hobbies to Mix Up Your Routine This Year,” Brit & Co
This Brit & Co article about fun hobbies includes an AOA article about the health benefits of establishing a regular yoga routine.
5: “What Type of Medicine Do You Take When You Have the Flu? Here’s How to Treat the Dreaded Bug,” Bustle
Over-the-counter medications can help provide relief from flu symptoms, Jennifer Caudle, DO, tells Bustle. People who take other medications should check first with the pharmacist on duty to make sure there won’t be any interference, she adds.
5: “How to Encourage Flu Vaccine Uptake Among Patients,” Healio
People might question the effectiveness of this year’s flu vaccine, but both Shane Speights, DO, and Jennifer Caudle, DO, stress getting the vaccine can help with the severity and duration of the flu if someone becomes sick.
4: “Nothing Larry Nassar Did to His Victims was Condoned by Osteopathic Standards,” Los Angeles Times
In this letter to the editor, AOA President Mark A. Baker, DO, clarifies that all physicians follow well-defined protocols for intra-pelvic procedures.
2: “If I Want a Preventive Medicine Doctor, Where Can I Find One?,” U.S. News & World Report
While it might be tempting to only see your doctor when you’re sick, getting an annual physical can help you prevent diseases and improve your quality of life in later years, Tiffany Lowe-Payne, DO, tells U.S. News & World Report.
2: “27 Female Physician Executives to Know in Honor of National Women Physicians Day,” Becker’s Hospital Review
Octavia Cannon, DO, president-elect of the American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists, discusses the advancements she’s seen throughout her 20-year career. The article also references an article in The DO about National Women Physicians Day and mentions Susan Melvin, DO, in its listing of top female physician executives.
2: “11 Unexpected Things that Affect Your Health, According to OB/GYNs,” Bustle
Scented soaps could cause women irritation in their genitals, Octavia Cannon, DO, an osteopathic ob/gyn, tells Bustle.
1: “The Challenging Quest to Improve Rural Health Care,” New England Journal of Medicine
A 2016 survey from the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine found more than 20 percent of DO graduates would be willing to practice in a rural area, the New England Journal of Medicine reports.
1: “Will You See an Actual Doctor the Next Time You Go to the Doctor?,” Consumer Reports
Osteopathic medicine is the fastest growing medical profession with more than half of DOs practicing in primary care, according to this Consumer Reports article.
31: “This Year’s Flu Shot Might Not Stop the Virus, But it Can Fend Off the Worst Symptoms,” AOL.com
Shane Speights, DO, dean of the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, explains getting the flu shot can help the body fight the aggressive flu strain this season. “The vaccine certainly still provides a lot of benefits. It’s still enough for your body to mount a response,” Dr. Speights tells AOL.com.
31: “What You Need to Know About Volume Safe Headphones to Protect Your Child’s Hearing,” Tech Savvy Mama
This article references an AOA report that found 1 in 5 teens suffer from hearing loss.
30: “Patient Education, Scheduling Fixes Shrink Patient No-Show Rates,” Patient Engagement HIT
Developing strategies to address reasons why patients miss medical appointments helped an outpatient clinic achieve a 34 percent decrease in no-shows compared to the same quarter the previous year, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
28: “Grab Your BFF – Group Fitness Classes May Actually Be Better for You Than Solo Workouts,” Popsugar
A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found working out in a group fitness class can reduce stress far more than working out alone, Popsugar reports.
26: “5 Reasons to Hop in a Sauna ASAP,” U.S. News & World Report
A new study found while spending time in a sauna, people’s heart rates elevated to the same rate as if they were jogging. However, Rob Danoff, DO, cautions people still need to spend time on their regular workout routines.
26: “14 DIY Home-Health Tests That Could Save Your Life (and Take Just Seconds),” Reader’s Digest
Having trouble talking or singing while walking up a flight of stairs could be a sign your heart or lungs aren’t functioning properly, Jennifer Caudle, DO, tells Reader’s Digest. Dr. Caudle also recommends other health tests, such as changing positions (lying down to standing up) or grabbing a pencil with your toes to check for issues like dizziness or numbness, which could be an underlying symptom of a bigger health issue.
25: “How to Find the Data You Need for Value-Based Care Reporting,” Medical Economics
Nick Beechnau, DO, and Naresh Rao, DO, share with Medical Economics the challenges they face with obtaining patient data they need in their systems for reporting purposes.
25: “New Medical School Hopes to Help Idaho’s Physician Shortage,” KTVB-TV (NBC)
Officials hope the new Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine, which is interviewing potential students to begin classes this August, will help alleviate the shortage of physicians in Idaho.
23: “How to Avoid the Flu, Besides Getting Vaccinated,” WHYY-FM
Peter Bidey, DO, an assistant professor of family medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, recommends washing your hands frequently and eating extra fruits and vegetables to help stave off the flu this winter, WHYY-FM reports.
23: “How to Tell if You Have the Flu or a Cold and What You Can Do to Feel Better,” Bustle
Colds and the flu tend to cause common symptoms, such as sneezing and coughing, but the flu tends to come on quickly and with more severe symptoms, such as high fever and body aches, explains Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician.
23: “Arizona Plan to Combat Opioids Would Limit Dosages, Amounts,” Associated Press
A proposal in Arizona to address the opioid crisis does not include a measure to slowly decrease high dosages of pain medication, a measure that was opposed by state medical associations for allopathic and osteopathic physicians, the Associated Press reports.
22: “Natural and Home Remedies That Soothe and Get Rid of a Sore Throat,” MedicineNet.com
This article, edited by John P. Cunha, DO, references an AOA article that recommends seeking medical attention for a sore throat if a fever accompanies a sore throat or if you have trouble sleeping because your throat is blocked by swollen tonsils.
19: “Cutting Meat and Sugar Helped a Mom of 3 Drop 100 Pounds and Counting,” Everyday Health
After switching to a vegan diet and incorporating exercise into her daily routine, a 47-year-old woman lost more than 100 pounds, Everyday Health reports. However, the article references a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that cautions vegans should vary their food sources to ensure they receive adequate nutrient intake.
18: “Why is Flu Season so Bad This Year? Family Physician Offers Tips,” Megyn Kelly Today
People should get a flu shot even if they feel healthy to help protect others who might be at a higher risk, such as pregnant women and people with a chronic disease, suggests Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, in this TV segment.
17: “Doctor Shortage,” WAWV-TV (ABC)
This news report references the American Osteopathic Association’s annual report findings that the increase of osteopathic medical schools can help combat a projected physician shortage.
16: “MedPAC Has Long Way to Go on Primary Care Pay Proposals,” Inside Health Policy
There could be a shift in the types of specialties DOs practice in once a single graduate medical education system is in place, speculates Brian DeBusk, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission member, to Inside Health Policy (registration required).
16: “Doctor Shortage: Population Outpacing Physicians,” Medical Health News
The American Osteopathic Association’s annual report finds the number of osteopathic medical students has increased by 85 percent in the last decade. Harold Lausen, DO, notes new medical schools, especially in rural areas, are helping to ease the projected shortage of physicians.
16: “As the Flu Season Gets Worse, is There Anything We Can Do?,” The Inquirer
It’s not too late to get the flu vaccine, Peter Bidey, DO, medical director of family medicine at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, tells The Inquirer. Dr. Bidey also recommends frequent hand washing and eating a healthy diet to boost your and your family’s immune system this winter.
15: “New CBO Report Suggests Reauthorizing CHIP is Less Expensive Than Alternatives,” Healio
A coalition of physician organizations, including the AOA, wrote a letter urging Congress to enact an extension of Children’s Health Insurance Program funding, Healio reports.
15: “Hospitals, Doctors Brace for Loss of Children’s Health Funds,” Forbes
In a letter to Congress, the AOA and other physician organizations stress the need to sustain funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program for the millions of children in low-income families who rely on this program for health care coverage.
14: “Running in the Cold: How to Survive and Thrive,” HealthDay News
This HealthDay News article references an AOA article about ways to stay active in cold weather.
12: “Philip Pumerantz, University Founder Who Helped Resurrect Osteopathic Medicine, Dies at 85,” Los Angeles Times
Philip Pumerantz, who founded what is now the Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, died on Dec. 26, 2017.
11: “DO Student Number Has Grown by 85% in the Past 10 Years,” Medscape
This article (log-in required) references highlights from the American Osteopathic Association’s annual report, including growth among DOs age 45 and younger. The higher percentage of younger physicians counterbalances the ageing physician population, Thomas A. Scandalis, DO, dean of the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine, tells Medscape.
11: “Surge in DO Students Could Help Ease Physician Shortage,” Crain’s Chicago Business
The American Osteopathic Association reports that one in four medical students attends a college of osteopathic medicine, and enrollment has increased an average of 25 percent every five years. “The increasing recognition of the shortage of physicians to deal with aging and related diseases, especially primary care, is leading to the growth in the number of DOs,” Stephen Shannon, DO, CEO of the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, tells Crain’s Chicago Business. Coverage also appeared in Modern Healthcare.
10: “A Year in Review at ACP,” MedPage Today
The American College of Physicians joined the American Osteopathic Association and other physician organizations to form a health care coalition advocating on behalf of more than 560,000 physicians and medical students.
10: “How Dry January, a Month Without Drinking, Affects Your Body,” Bustle
Abstaining from alcohol can help improve your quality of sleep, Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, tells Bustle.
10: “2018 Payment Outlook Shows New Opportunities, Old Challenges,” Medical Economics
The Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program provides physicians with resources to help patients prevent developing diabetes through lifestyle changes. “If you can diagnose a patient as being pre-diabetic or in the early stages of the disease and get them into the system early, the long-term outcomes are much better,” Matthew Kremke, vice president of the American Osteopathic Information Association, explains to Medical Economics.
9: “Osteopathic Profession Sees Increase in Number of Doctors, Medical Students,” FierceHealthcare
FierceHealthcare reports on the growth of the osteopathic medical profession as more than 6,000 medical students graduated to become DOs in 2017.
9: “The Non-Difference Between MDs and DOs,” Huffington Post
Brandon Jacobi, a third-year student at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, writes about the similarities in allopathic and osteopathic medicine and examines the challenges DOs might encounter in medicine.
8: “UNLV Can Play Big Role in Boosting Number of Sports Doctors,” Las Vegas Review-Journal
The American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine notes even though sports medicine residency positions are not available in the U.S., physicians can get additional training in sports medicine through other training programs.
8: “How Often Should You See the Doctor? 6 Important Considerations,” U.S. News & World Report
It might be time to see your doctor if you can’t remember the last time you went in for an annual physical or if anything has changed since your last visit, such as a change in your family medical history, family physician Jennifer Caudle, DO, suggests in this U.S. News & World Report article.
5: “Research-Backed Tips to Help You Get Fit,” The Dallas Weekly
Research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association offers guidance on ways to stay healthy in the new year from feeling healthier after just nine days of avoiding fructose to feeling less stressed after taking a group fitness class.
4: “5 Things to Know About Proposed Rule on Association Health Plans,” Health Exec
This article references the AOA and other health care organizations who fear association health plans could jeopardize patients’ access to care based on health status, age or gender.
4: “Bob Harper and other experts rate top diets on Megyn Kelly TODAY,” TODAY Show
Family physician Jennifer Caudle, DO, was part of this TODAY show round table discussion on how to eat well and lose weight.
4: “What is ‘Kratom,’ and Why Is It Pissing Off the Feds?”, MEL Magazine
This article cites a JAOA study on kratum, which found kratom is “much less harmful than prescription opioids.”
2: “Why thyroid health should matter to all, especially women,” Chicago Sun-Times
Alaleh Mazhari, DO, lent her expertise to this article on thyroid health, explaining how blood tests can measure thyroid function and detect potential issues.
2: “MD or DO: It may not matter who provides the care,” Reno Gazette Journal
The Reno Gazette Journal explains that DOs and MDs undergo similar training in medical school and residency, although DOs receive extra training in the musculoskeletal system.
1: “Working out in a group has extra benefits,” CBS News
CBS Miami reported on a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found increased stress reduction among participants who joined group exercise classes, vs. exercising alone. The network’s Los Angeles affiliate broadcast a clip on the same study.
29: “Medical drones geared for takeoff,” HealthcareDIVE
Italo Subbarao, DO, associate dean at William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, is featured in this piece on medical drones. Dr. Subbarao’s team is testing a drone that can cover 30 miles in 45 minutes carrying a kit that weighs 15 pounds.
27: “The Best Exercises You Can Do If You Have Back Problems,” The Cheat Sheet
In this article, Natalie Nevins, DO, recommends practicing yoga to help alleviate back pain.
26: “Why a Detox Should Address More Than Just Food,” Well and Good
Habib Sadeghi, DO, author of the book The Clarity Cleanse, explains why detoxing negative thoughts from our minds is just as essential as doing a food cleanse to improving our health.
26: “Mindful Meditation Useful to Avoid Burnout, Promote Wellness,” Psychiatric News
Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, recommends health care professionals manage the stress of their work by making time to practice mindful meditation.
24: “HiRO the Drone Will Change Emergency Medical Treatment,” Daily Beast
Italo Subbarao, DO, tells Daily Beast how medical drones can be used to bring medical supplies to disaster victims while waiting for help to arrive.
21: “Reducing Opioid Use with Manipulative Therapy,” WKAR-AM
Lisa DeStefano, DO, chair of the Department of Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, explains how osteopathic manipulative therapy could provide relief to those suffering from pain.
20: “Multiple Sclerosis Treatment Adherence Correlates with Higher Care Costs,” MD Magazine
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found patients with multiple sclerosis who adhered to medication schedules had significantly better physical outcomes than patients who did not, although the total overall costs for their care were higher.
19: “No, Doctors Say It’s Not Safe to Mix Aspirin and Ibuprofen,” Popsugar
Unless your doctor signs off on taking aspirin and ibuprofen together, it’s better to take them separately, cautions Christopher Calapai, DO. “Ibuprofen can interfere with aspirin’s anti-inflammatory properties, potentially making the aspirin less effective,” he explains in this Popsugar article.
18: “8 Tiny Lifestyle Changes That Deliver Huge Health Rewards,” U.S. News & World Report
In this slideshow, Tiffany Lowe-Payne, DO, recommends establishing a daily meditation routine to boost your immune system and lower stress. For another simple health change, Nicholas Pennings, DO, suggests swapping soda with sparkling water.
18: “Des Moines University Project Trying to Help with Shortage of Mental Health Professional,” Radio Iowa
Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine plans to use grant funding to train future primary care physicians on treating patients suffering from mental health issues.
18: “Aging and the Holidays: Gift Ideas for the Elderly,” WGHP-TV (FOX)
Tiffany Reed, DO, an osteopathic geriatric specialist, recommends considering the health status of an aging relative before buying them a present. An active adult in good health, for example, might enjoy a gym membership while a relative in long-term care might prefer blankets and socks, she notes.
17: “Hiccups,” KIRO-AM
In this radio interview, Tyler Cymet, DO, explains what causes hiccups and why common home remedies, like drinking water upside down, can help stop hiccups. The interview was syndicated by several stations, including KIRO-AM in Seattle and WHIO-AM in Dayton, Ohio.
15: “How to Survive the Holidays in Peak Shape,” Men’s Health (Australia)
Citing a JAOA study about the health benefits of working out in a group instead of alone, Men’s Health suggests adding an active component to social gatherings during the holiday season.
15: “The Long Reach of Adult Bullying,” U.S. News & World Report
A recent AOA survey found nearly a third of respondents have been bullied as adults. Charles Sophy, DO, says bullying can result in health complications, such as high blood pressure and anxiety.
13: “Holiday Health,” WDAM-TV (NBC)
Practicing moderation with treats and making time for rest can help people stay healthy during the holiday season, Jonathan Reves, DO, suggests in this interview.
13: “What’s Up Doc? Handling Holiday Stress,” The Inquirer
In this CBS3 interview, Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic physician, shares warning signs, such as stomach issues and headaches, of being stressed and tips on how to reduce stress during the holiday season by not overscheduling ourselves.
13: “Ottawa Morning,” CBOT-TV (CBS)
New research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association recommends physicians ask patients if they’ve suffered from sexual assault as part of their medical history. Disclosing incidents of sexual assault and other forms of abuse can help improve the quality of patients’ care, the review finds.
13: “How to Cope with Loneliness During the Holidays, According to Experts,” Bustle
A survey from the American Osteopathic Association found nearly three-quarters of adults have experienced loneliness. Bustle suggests combatting loneliness over the holidays by volunteering your time to help others and limiting social media time.
12: “One-Third of Adults Say They’ve Been Bullied. What’s Going On?,” Prevention
Just like in childhood bullying, adult bullying issues usually stem on self-esteem issues, Charles Sophy, DO, an osteopathic psychiatrist, tells Prevention.
12: “Six Medical Associations Adopt Principles for Changes to Medicaid,” Life Science Daily
The American Osteopathic Association joined other physician organizations in adopting a set of principles to ensure any changes to Medicaid benefits do not jeopardize recipients’ access to affordable health care.
12: “Sexual Assault Victims Are Traumatized All Over Again at the Doctor’s Office,” Newsweek
Jane Balbo, DO, co-author of a review published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, shares with Newsweek the importance of physicians adjusting their protocols when treating patients who suffered sexual assault, such as giving patients the option to speak up if they become uncomfortable during a physical exam.
12: “The Truth About ‘Stiff’ Backs,” Chicago Tribune
Kurt Heinking, DO, explains what might cause back stiffness and treatment options for alleviating the pain.
11: “Physician Groups Ask HHS Not to Condition Medicaid Coverage on Work,” Inside Health Policy
In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the AOA and other physician groups urges CMS not to use Medicaid waivers to impose work requirements on recipients, Inside Health Policy (log-in required) reports.
11: “5 Outcome-Based Wellness Programs You Can Implement at Your Company,” WWJ-TV (CBS)
This article about healthy initiatives companies can implement references an AOA article about the physical benefits of a regular yoga practice.
11: “Daily on Healthcare,” Washington Examiner
The American Osteopathic Association joined other physician organizations in writing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to ensure Medicaid waivers do not include requirements that people be employed or looking for work to participate in the program.
11: “Holiday Survival Guide: 5 Ways to Reduce Stress,” The Morning Call
Making time to do something for yourself, such as practicing yoga, can help people reduce their stress during the holidays.
11: “Research Offers Guidelines to Improve Patient Care for Sexual Assault Survivors,” MedicalXPress
A new review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found disclosing incidents of sexual assault and other forms of abuse to their primary care physicians can help improve the quality of patients’ care, MedicalXPress reports.
11: “Physicians Must Create Safe, Trusting Environment for Sexual Assault Victims,” Healio
Physicians can support their patients who suffer from sexual assault and other forms of abuse by asking patients directly about such experiences, according to a review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
10: “How Physicians Can Overcome Socioeconomic Obstacles to Improve Adherence,” Medical Economics
Richard Bryce, DO, and Jay Bhatt, DO, share how socioeconomic factors, such as being homeless or lacking access to transportation, can impact a patient’s ability to seek medical treatment in this Medical Economics article.
9: “View of the Epidemic: Medical Needs and Recovery,” Valley News
Ellamarie Russo-DeMara, DO, shares how her training in osteopathic medicine helped her change careers to work with patients who suffer from addiction.
8: “Osteopathic Physicians Start New Physician Organization Managed by MedNet One,” Crain’s Detroit
The Michigan Osteopathic Association created a physician organization, Healthcare Partners of Michigan, to provide administrative support to osteopathic physicians in private practice.
8: “5 Warning Signs Your Appendix Might Burst,” Prevention
Severe stomach pain or stomach pain accompanied by feeling nauseous could be signs that your appendix might burst, Jennifer Caudle, DO, tells Prevention. Dr. Caudle notes people experiencing these symptoms should call their doctor. The article also was picked up by Fox News.
8: “Osteopathy Documentary Wins Regional Emmy Award,” SRQ
The PBS documentary “The Feminine Touch: Women in Osteopathic Medicine,” received the Suncoast Regional Emmy Award in the category of best historical documentary. The documentary is based on a book by LECOM professor Thomas Quinn, DO.
7: “Getting at the Root of Opioid-Induced Constipation with an Osteopathic Approach,” Practical Pain Management
Authors David Shoup, DO, Starr Matsushita, OMS-IV, and Raghu Kanumalla, OMS-IV, explain in this article how the use of osteopathic treatments, such as osteopathic manipulative treatment, could help patients suffering from opioid-induced constipation.
7: “Idaho’s first medical school to begin recruiting for inaugural class,” Becker’s Hospital Review
The Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine has begun accepting applications for its first class, according to Becker’s Hospital Review. The school will be Idaho’s first medical school.
7: “PCOM expanding with new out-of-state campus,” Philadelphia Business Journal
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine has received COCA approval to open a new additional location, PCOM South Georgia, in Moultrie, Georgia, Philadelphia Business Journal reports. PCOM has a branch campus in Suwanee, Georgia.
7: “6 Things You Need to Know About Diabetes Insipidus,” Reader’s Digest
Christopher Calapai, DO, explains to Reader’s Digest the difference between diabetes insipidus and the more common diabetes mellitus (type 1 and 2).
6: “ED Spending Increases 85% as Hospitals Code for More Severe Cases,” RevCycle Intelligence
This article references a study in The Journal of American Osteopathic Association that found only 40 percent of emergency department health care providers could accurately estimate the cost of care for three common conditions seen in the emergency department.
6: “Family Medicine Resident Earns Recognition for Healthy Efforts,” The Business Times
Matthew Nelson, DO, has been named the 2017 Outstanding Resident of the Year in Family Medicine by the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Osteopathic Foundation.
4: “Frontline Physician Groups Alarmed by Potential Impact of Senate Tax Bill,” Healio
The American Osteopathic Association joined other physician groups in expressing concern the impact of the Senate’s tax reform could have on people’s access to affordable health care, Healio reports.
4: “How to Make (and Keep) a New Year’s Resolution,” The New York Times
When setting a resolution, be sure to track your progress to measure your progress or to help you determine behaviors that might be keeping you from your goals, suggests Jeffrey Gardere, a professor at the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine.
4: “Is Stomach Massage the Key to Good Digestion?,” Independent
Visceral osteopathic treatment can be used to improve digestion and other gut issues, Iona Bramati, PhD, tells the Independent in this article.
1: “What is the Difference Between MD and DO?,” Metro Parent
Kari Hortos, DO, explains to Metro Parent the approach DOs take to treating patients, including looking beyond symptoms and getting to know their patients as a whole person.
30: “This Is the Long-Lasting Benefit of Working Out in a Group,” Brit and Co
A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found people who exercised in a group setting noticed improved emotional health and less stress compared to those who worked out alone.
28: “All the Ways Sexual Harassment Can Affect Your Physical and Mental Health,” Health
In this article, Charles Sophy, DO, explains the toll sexual harassment can take on your health, such as feeling depressed or experiencing low self-esteem.
28: “3 Medical Schools That Emphasize Health Systems Sciences,” Becker’s Hospital Review
A.T. Still University, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona is mentioned in this article about medical schools that integrate health science systems, such as ways to improve health care delivery, into their curriculum.
28: “3 Myths About Caffeine You Need to Stop Believing,” Good Housekeeping
Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, tells Good Housekeeping it might be worth taking another look at the impact of caffeine on one’s health in light of recent studies that debunk common myths that caffeine consumption can lead to rapid heartbeat or dehydration.
27: “Positive thinking program,” WHYY-AM (NPR)
A new happiness program at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine explores the health benefits of positive thinking and encourages people to practice gratitude as opposed to focusing on things that are wrong.
26: “Was organ massage the weirdest wellness craze of 2017?,” Vogue
A Vogue writer consults with Lisa Ganjhu, DO, an osteopathic gastroenterologist, about the possible cause of stomach sensations she experienced following an organ massage. The article also cites a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, which found organ massage can help patients recovering from surgery.
26: “Idaho’s First Medical School Is on Track to Open Next Year,” The Washington Times
Construction of the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine will be complete in time to welcome the school’s first class in August 2018, The Washington Times reports.
24: “Medical Support in a Coal Town: Health Care From a Trailer,” Williamson Daily News
Jim Wright, DO, reflects on the impact of providing care in an underserved community at the beginning of his career when he served as clinical director of the Dingess Clinic in rural West Virginia.
24: “3 Morning Habits That Help Reduce Stress Throughout the Day,” Glam
Establishing a regular yoga practice can lead to many health benefits, including reducing stress, explains Natalie Nevins, DO, in this article.
21: “Healthy Holiday Options,” KYW-TV (CBS)
When sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner, opt for healthier food options, such as cranberries, sweet potatoes and Brussels sprouts, suggests Rob Danoff, DO, an osteopathic family physician.
20: “Rest Day is the Most Important Day for Runners,” Tonic
Taking a rest day from training gives runners’ bodies a chance to rehydrate and recover, Becca Rodriguez, DO, an osteopathic sports medicine physician, tells Tonic.
20: “Jobs Report,” Politico
Politico announces the hiring of David Pugach, JD, as the AOA’s senior vice president of public policy. Pugach will oversee advocacy efforts for the physician organization.
18: “William Carey University Researchers Developing Medical Assistance Drone,” WHLT-TV (CBS)
Italo Subbarao, DO, explains how medical drones can be used to provide medical supplies to disaster areas before first responders arrive.
17: “The 7 Worst Things to Do at Night If You Have Anxiety,” Bustle
Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, shares how her patients who suffer from anxiety often report trouble falling or staying asleep.
17: “People Who Exercise in Groups Get More Health Benefits,” Health Line
While any type of exercise can help improve your health, Health Line reports a recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found working out in a group can lead to greater benefits, such as lower stress and improved quality of life, than working out alone.
17: “The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Kratom Lobby,” Medium
This article references a review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association about the use of kratom for pain relief.
16: “What is Kratom? FDA Warns Against Drug Which Users Claim Can Help Treat Opiate Addiction,” International Business Times
Walter Prozialeck, who co-authored a study about kratom in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, expresses concern that classifying kratom as a Schedule 1 substance could hinder research efforts on the herb’s use for pain relief.
15: “Senate Tax Bill to Dump Individual Mandate,” MedPage Today
The AOA joined other health care organizations to speak out against the Senate’s proposed repeal of the individual mandate for health care coverage as part of its tax reform bill, MedPage Today reports.
15: “Senate GOP Tax Reform Bill,” CSPAN
In this clip, Sen. Debbie Stabenow named the AOA and a number of other health care organization who oppose repealing access to health care. The Senate tax reform proposal would repeal requiring individuals to purchase health care coverage, which could cause increased premiums and destabilize the individual and small group markets.
14: “FDA Chief Warns About Kratom to Treat Opioid Addiction; Will Seek More Regulatory Power,” USA Today
Although The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association report on kratom says the herb sometimes used for pain relief is worth studying because it could provide an alternative to opioid painkillers, the Food and Drug Administration warns kratom has its own addictive properties. The article was syndicated by Detroit Free Press and Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.
10: “For-Profit Med School Comes Ashore,” Inside Higher Ed
With a move to Tennessee, Ross University, a for-profit school in Dominica, will temporarily join the ranks of other for-profit medical schools located in the U.S., such as Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine and Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine, Inside Higher Ed reports.
10: “Navigating the rocky financial road ahead,” Medical Economics
AOIA vice president Mat Kremke, MBA, is quoted in this article on how high-deductible health insurance plans affect small physician practices.
9: “Here’s Why You Probably Don’t Need to Take Vitamins,” Men’s Health
A recent review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found vegans could be at risk for nutrient deficits, including vitamin D and calcium. A Spanish version of the article also appeared on the website.
9: “Physicians Ready Practices for 2018 MACRA Rule,” Medical Economics
AOA President Mark A. Baker, DO, touts the benefits of a transitional year in providing solo and small practices additional time to meet MACRA reporting standards, Medical Economics reports.
9: “9 Tips for Better Posture,” WebMD
Information from the AOA is cited in this slideshow on ways people can improve their posture.
8: “Babies Born with Extra Fingers Are Treated with Risky Procedure,” Medical Daily
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found surgery might be a safer, less painful option for babies born with extra fingers than suture ligation. The Medical Daily article was syndicated by MSN.
6: “6 Quick Facts About the Buttocks,” Mental Floss
In this article, Clifford Stark, DO, discusses the role buttocks play in your body’s health and the causes of sciatic nerve pain.
6: “Addressing Sugar Intake to Achieve Weight Loss,” Physician’s Weekly
Michael Clearfield, DO, discusses the role high-fructose corn syrup in U.S. diets played in contributing to the nation’s obesity epidemic.
6: “Helping Children Cope When a Mass Tragedy Strikes,” HealthDay
As mass shootings continue to dominate the news cycle, Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, recommends parents monitor and limit what their children hear about the event to hopefully reduce any anxiety they might feel about the tragedy.
2: “The scientific reason why group exercise is waaaay better for you,” Reader’s Digest
Reader’s Digest was among many news outlets to report on JAOA research that found enhanced benefits for those who work out in a group, as opposed to exercising on their own.
2: “This is the best type of workout to try if you want to beat stress,” WMTW8 (ABC)
Coverage of a JAOA study on the health benefits of group exercise classes vs. exercising alone was picked up by ABC, CBS and NBC online.
2: “Study Finds Major Benefits to Taking Workout Classes vs. Exercising Alone,” Shape
This article examines the health benefits of taking a regular group exercise class vs. going to the gym alone, as reported in a new JAOA study.
1: “It’s Better to Work Out with Other People Than by Yourself – Here’s Why,” People
Less stress and improved physical, emotional and mental health are among the benefits of taking a group exercise class instead of working out alone, according to a new JAOA study, People reports.
1: “Is It Better to Work Out in a Group? 5 Benefits of Exercising with Pals Instead of on Your Own,” Bustle
Bustle outlined the benefits of working out with others based on a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. The study found those who participated in group exercise classes reported lower stress levels.
1: “Study: Group Fitness Could Improve Stress Levels for Med Students,” Becker’s Hospital Review
Becker’s Hospital Review reports on a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association about the benefits of exercising in a group, including lower stress and improved quality of life.
1: “Science Says This Workout Hack Will Make You Happier and Healthier,” Women’s Health
Women’s Health shares a group training workout you and your co-workers can do over lunch in response to a JAOA study that found medical students who exercised in a group reported a 26 percent reduction in stress.
1: “Revealed: The Best Type of Workout for Stress Relief,” Huffington Post
While the type of physical activity might not matter, the Huffington Post notes that researchers found working out in a group instead of alone can lead to higher levels of stress reduction, according to a new study in the JAOA.
1: “Stressed? Taking a Fitness Class is Way Better Than Going to the Gym Alone,” Mic
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found exercising with others can lead to lower levels of stress and improved quality of life, Mic reports.
1: “Group Exercise May Help with Quality of Life and Stress More Than Going Solo,” PsychCentral
Every four weeks, 69 high-stressed medical students reported on their levels of stress and quality of life factors during a 12-week exercise program. PsychCentral reports students who worked out in a group setting reported a 26 percent reduction in stress levels compared to those who exercised individually, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
1: “Stress in America is Gnawing Away at Our Overall Well-Being,” Psychology Today
In this article examining sources of stress, Psychology Today references a new study in The Journal of American Osteopathic Association that found taking a group fitness class lowers stress and improves quality of life compared to working out solo.
31: “See the Scientific Reason You Need Workout Buddies STAT,” BET
Besides having someone to hold you accountable for meeting your fitness goals, BET reports having a workout buddy also can lower stress by 26 percent, according to a new JAOA study.
31: “It’s Official: Group Fitness Classes Are Better for Reducing Stress Than Sweating On Your Own,” Well and Good
Working out in a group could lead to improved mental, physical and emotional health, according to a new JAOA study.
31: “Study: Group Exercise Improves Overall Health More Than Working Out Alone,” Fox News (Houston)
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found group exercise improved mental, physical and emotional health compared to working out alone.
31: “Getting Into Medical School is Becoming Harder,” U.S. News & World Report
Over the past decade, acceptance rates at the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine have fallen from 15.5% to just 8.8%, according to U.S. News & World Report. It’s part of a larger trend among U.S. medical schools, where rising numbers of applicants have driven down acceptance rates.
31: “Mexican wrestling, disco yoga and roller derby – here are 5 unique ways to exercise in a group,” Evening Standard
London-based Evening Standard rounds up five quirky group fitness options, inspired by a JAOA study that found extra gains in emotional well-being from exercising in a group.
31: “Is it better to exercise alone or with a group? Science says working out with others is the way to go,” Elite Daily
This article from Elite Daily details research from The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found increased benefits from group workouts as compared to working out alone and suggests ways to implement the study’s findings, such as joining an intramural or office sports team or trying ClassPass to sample various group fitness options.
31: “Lower stress with half the exercise: Fitness groups vs. working out solo,” Medical Daily
In reporting on a recent JAOA study on group vs. solo workouts, Medical Daily notes that group fitness participants reported higher improvements in fitness and quality of life compared with those who exercised alone, even though the study’s solo exercisers worked out twice as long.
31: “Study suggests group workouts better for mental well-being,” MSN.com
This MSN video piece examines a recent JAOA study that found group workouts may have extra benefits compared with working out alone.
31: “It’s better to work out with other people than by yourself. Here’s why,” Health.com
In addition to providing camaraderie and support, group workout classes’ music and choreography provides some gym-goers with an emotional boost, notes this Health.com piece on a JAOA study comparing the mental, physical and emotional effects of group vs. individual workouts.
31: “Working Out in a Group is Better for Your Mental Wellbeing Than Going At It Along, Suggests Study,” Gizmodo
Reporting on a recent JAOA study, Gizmodo concludes that “group workouts motivate us, give us confidence, hold us accountable, and make the most of our time while working out,” along with the chance to make friends and have fun. Those benefits may be amplified in group workouts compared with solo workouts, according to the JAOA study.
30: “Scientists Say You Should Quit Working Out Solo and Try Group Exercise,” Inverse Mind & Body
Health-focused Inverse Mind & Body advised readers to “grab your crew and head to the gym” based on the findings of a recent JAOA study, which indicated that group exercise reduces stress more than exercising by yourself.
30: “Why fitness classes are better for you than solo workouts, according to a new study,” Daily Mail
The Daily Mail reported on a JAOA study that found increased benefits from group exercise activities vs. exercising alone. “The communal benefits of coming together with friends and colleagues, and doing something difficult, while encouraging one another, pays dividends beyond exercising alone,” said lead author Dayna Yorks, DO.
30: “Exercising in a group is better for mental and physical health,” Yahoo News
Medical students who exercised in a group for 12 weeks reported better mental well-being, improved fitness levels and higher levels of emotional stability compared with med students who exercised on their own, according to a recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that was featured in Yahoo News.
30: “Group Exercise Could Be the Key to a Happier Life,” Australian Men’s Health
This piece from Australian Men’s Health reports on a JAOA study that found working out in a group reduces stress more than working out alone.
30: “Getting Fit with Friends May Boost Life Quality,” Medical News Today
Group exercise can improve quality of life compared to working out alone, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. “The communal benefits of coming together with friends and colleagues, and doing something difficult, while encouraging one another, pays dividends beyond exercising alone,” lead author Dayna Yorks, DO, tells Medical News Today.
30: “How Team Sports Help Beat Stress and Improve Quality of Life More Than Solo Workouts,” Daily Mirror
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found working out in a group lowers stress by 26 percent and significantly improves quality of life compared to those who exercise solo, Daily Mirror reports.
30: “Group Exercise More Effective Than Individual Workouts, Study Says,” UPI
Those who worked out with others experienced improved mental, physical and emotional health, explains Dayna Yorks, DO, lead author of a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
30: “Exercising in a Group is Better for Mental and Physical Health, Study Suggests,” The Telegraph
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found group exercise participants experienced a reduction in stress compared to those who worked out solo.
27: “7 Times You Didn’t Know You Should Avoid Drinking Alcohol,” Bustle
Jennifer Caudle, DO, cautions that alcohol interferes with REM sleep and might not help you stay asleep or feel well rested the next day.
26: “Your Nails Could Be Warning You About Serious Health Problems – Here’s What to Look Out For,” Business Insider
If you work in a damp environment or have a loose nail bed, you could be at risk for a bacterial infection called green nail syndrome, cautions the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. The article was picked up by MSN.
26: “The Best Exercise for You: What Does Science Say?,” Telegraph
In this article, Natalie Nevins, DO, explains the health benefits of yoga, including lowering blood pressure, improving sleep and reducing stress.
26: “Marijuana and Chronic Pain: Q&A with Dr. David Barton,” Health Central
David Barton, DO, discusses the use of cannabis medicine to treat chronic pain.
25: “6 Things You Need to Know Before Going Vegan,” Men’s Health
People who follow a vegan diet could be at an increased risk for nutrient deficiencies, including vitamin D and calcium, according to a review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
25: “Stress Is on the Rise: Take Steps to Manage It,” The Legal Intelligencer
This article (login required) references an AOA article about the health benefits of maintaining a regular yoga practice, such as stress reduction.
25: “Tips on How to Put Patients Before Electronic Paperwork,” Medscape
Johnny Dias, DO, an osteopathic internist, tells Medscape he does prep work, such as reviewing a patient’s medical history, prior to an exam so he spend more time communicating with his patient.
24: “Hurricane Relief Drones Could Put Eyes in the Sky,” NOVA Next (PBS)
Drones, such as the telemedical drone developed at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine, could play a pivotal role in providing disaster relief efforts in a timelier manner.
24: “Mindfulness Reduces Anxiety Among Medical Students,” Medical Economics
A study from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine found practicing mindfulness-based stress reduction activities, such as meditation and yoga, helped medical students reduce their anxiety symptoms.
23: “Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine: A Growing Share of the Physician Workforce,” Health Affairs
This article explores the growth of the osteopathic medical profession and the role DOs play in addressing the nation’s primary care physician shortage. The article was repurposed by Becker’s Hospital Review and FierceHealthcare.
23: “Experts Tackle Myth That Flu Vaccine Causes Influenza,” Healio
Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, shares tips on how physicians can discuss and dispel flu vaccination myths with their patients.
18: “A.T. Still Founders Weekend,” KTVO-TV (ABC)
This segment explores the activities planned at A. T. Still University – Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of osteopathic medicine.
17: “This is the Healthiest Way to Sit at Your Desk,” Well + Good
To avoid putting pressure on your body while sitting at work all day, Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, recommends adjusting your chair height so your knees are level with your hips or swapping your desk chair for bouncy ball seat.
17: “To Better Counsel Patients, Study Finds Doctors Need More Education on Nutrition,” FierceHealthcare
A new study in The Journal of the American Association found future doctors may be overconfident in their ability to counsel patients about nutrition, FierceHealthcare reports.
17: “Idaho’s First Medical School Looks to Fix Doctor Shortage,” Idaho State Journal
The new Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine will feature amenities, such as a spirituality room and smaller classroom sizes, to create a culture of empathy at the state’s first medical school.
17: “What to Know About Trump’s Decision to Halt Obamacare Subsidies,” CBS News
The AOA joins other medical groups in speaking out against President Trump’s executive order to eliminate health insurance subsidies, CBS News reports.
16: “Concussion Confusion,” Healthy Magazine
This article about concussion awareness references a recent study in The Journal of the American Association that found teen girl athletes take twice as long to recover from concussions than teen boy athletes.
16: “U.S. M.D. Graduates Make Up Half of New Family Medicine Residents,” Health Day
Placements in family medicine and primary care specialties continue to grow in the AOA Match, but at a slower rate compared to other specialties.
16: “Study: Medical Students Underprepared on Nutrition Guidelines,” UPI
A new study in The Journal of the American Association found that although more than half of medical students were confident in counseling patients about nutrition, only 12 percent were aware of key nutritional guidelines.
15: “Proposed MACRA Participation Threshold Gets Mixed Reviews,” Family Practice News
The AOA calls for a pathway allowing exempted physicians to opt into a proposed expansion to the Quality Payment Program established by MACRA.
14: “Trump Responds to Critics of Healthcare Order with Claim ‘Millions’ Will Benefit,” The Guardian
In this article, six physicians’ groups, including the AOA, condemn President Trump’s executive order to block subsidies and to expand access to low-cost health insurance plans that are exempt from consumer protections and insurance regulations provided under the current law.
14: “The Latest: Trump Cuts Off Insurers, Rattling Health Market,” Associated Press
This roundup of President Trump’s executive order to revamp the health insurance marketplace includes a joint statement from the AOA and other health care groups to prevent “dramatic, if not catastrophic, increases in premiums across the country.” The story was syndicated by Yahoo and Washington Post.
14: “Rollercoasters Do More Than Give You a Thrill – They Help You Pass Kidney Stones, Study Finds,” Miami Herald
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association finds moderate-intensity roller coasters may help riders pass smaller kidney stones.
13: “Trump Axes ACA Cost-Sharing Subsidy Payments to Insurers,” Medscape
Allowing small employers to purchase low-cost health insurance plans via association health plans may look appealing on the surface, however, the AOA joins other health care associations in cautioning these plans allow for patient discrimination and the destabilization of health insurance marketplaces.
13: “Mixed Reactions to Association Health Plans Order,” Medpage Today
Medpage Today included a joint statement from the AOA and other health care organizations in this article addressing the implications of President Trump’s executive order to broaden the availability of association health plans.
13: “Trump Does More to Undercut Obamacare in One Day than Congress Did All Year,” Politico Pulse
The AOA and other leading health care organizations issued a statement criticizing the short-term and association health plans outlined in President Trump’s executive order to eliminate subsidies in the Affordable Care Act, Politico Pulse reports.
12: “After Concussion, Teen Girls May Take Longer to Heal Than Boys,” Reuters
According to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, concussion symptoms resolved within three weeks for 75 percent of boys, compared to 42 percent of girls. The study also found more than half of girls still reported having concussion symptoms at least 28 days later.
11: “Say What Now? Study Claims Sunscreen Usage Could Cause Vitamin D Deficiency,” Marie Claire
Spending more time indoors and wearing sunscreen when you do go outside could contribute to a vitamin D deficiency, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
10: “USPSTF: Evidence Lacking to Determine Benefits, Harms of Skin Cancer Self-Exams,” Healio
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association finds dermoscopy could improve primary care physicians’ accuracy for diagnosing skin cancer. This could help prevent unwarranted specialist referrals.
9: “Doctors Develop Drones for Aid in Disasters,” ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC
Italo Subbarao, DO, an emergency and disaster specialist, unveiled how a telemedical drone system with holographic technology can put emergency physicians and lifesaving medical supplies in the hands of disaster survivors quickly during a press conference at OMED 17 in Philadelphia. All four major news stations affiliates – ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC – aired comprehensive packages about the drones following interviews at the press conference. Coverage of the press conference also appeared in Philadelphia Inquirer and Philly Voice.
9: “How Drones Could Be ‘Lifesaving’ in an Emergency,” CNN
Italo Subbarao, DO, explains how disaster drones can empower bystanders with resources to treat victims until an ambulance arrives. The latest version of the drone is currently being tested to support the Mississippi Department of Emergency Management, Homeland Security, the National Guard and NATO. Coverage of the CNN article appeared WTKR-TV, WGOW-FM and Fitness Magazine.
9: “What You Need to Know About the Connection Between Cellulite and Weight Loss,” Women’s Health
Genetics, skin thickness and the amount of fat on someone’s body are among the factors that impact how much cellulite a person has, Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, tells Women’s Health.
9: “Someday Soon a Drone Might Save Your Life,” Esquire
In this article, Italo Subbarao, DO, explains how the telemedical drone system he developed with Guy Paul Cooper Jr., DO, can put emergency physicians and lifesaving medical supplies into the hands of disaster survivors quickly.
9: “Telemedicine: Drone Integrates Holographic Technology to Connect Doctors, Lifesaving Drugs to Survivors,” sUAS News
The Telemedical Drone Project, known as HiRO (Heath Integrated Rescue Operations), can bridge the delay in getting life-saving treatment to disaster victims when first responders might not get there quickly on the ground, Italo Subbarao, DO, explains in this article.
9: “Digital Health News Briefs,” MobiHealthNews
A telemedical drone system that can get medical supplies into the hands to disaster survivors quickly was presented during OMED 17 in Philadelphia, MobiHealthNews reports.
6: “American Osteopathic Association Taps Veteran Attorney to Lead Accreditation of Osteopathic Medical Schools,” Chicago Tribune
This article in the Chicago Tribune’s The Ladder section announces the promotion of Brian G. Kim, JD, to AOA vice president and secretary of the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA). Prior to this position, Kim served as associate general counsel of the AOA providing legal counsel to COCA on accreditation issues and decisions.
6: “Physicians Decry Trump’s Rollback of Contraceptive Mandate,” Medscape
In this Medscape article (login required), the AOA and other leading health care organizations urged the Trump Administration to withdraw its rules that would result in women losing their access to contraceptive coverage based on their employers’ religious or moral beliefs.
5: “20 Habits That Make You Age Faster,” MSN
An analysis of more than 1.5 million people found death rates were higher when people ate red and processed meats daily, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
4: “Sports Concussions May Last Longer in Girls,” Consumer Reports
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found teen female athletes often suffer concussion symptoms, such as headaches, twice as long as their male counterparts. Coverage also appeared in Yahoo.
3: “Why Your Loneliness is Really Killing You,” Nylon
This article cites a survey from the American Osteopathic Association that found nearly 75 percent of Americans feel lonely.
3: “Girls Take Longer to Heal From Brain Injuries, New Study Shows,” WGN-TV
Concussion symptoms tend to last twice as long for teen girl athletes, according to a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
2: “Concussion Symptoms May Last Longer for Girls Than Boys, Study Says,” CBS News
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found adolescent female athletes suffer concussion symptoms twice as long as their male counterparts, CBS News Wire reports. Coverage of the study appeared on CBS television and radio stations throughout the country, including New York, Los Angeles and Dallas.
2: “Symptoms Following First-Time, Sports-Related Concussions Lingered Longer in Female Athletes,” Healio
John Neidecker, DO, lead author of a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, calls for taking a whole person approach to managing concussions. The study found an overlap of concussion symptoms and pre-existing conditions, including headaches and stress, may complicate the recovery time from concussion for adolescent girls.
2: “Concussions Last Twice as Long in Teenage Girls Than Boys – Because Stress and Anxiety Affect the Brain’s Recovery, Study Finds,” Daily Mail
New research in the JAOA indicates that recovery time from concussions may be twice as long for adolescent girls because concussions exacerbate some pre-existing conditions, including migraines and depression, that are more prevalent in girls.
2: “Concussion Recovery is Slower in Girls, Mounting Evidence Suggests,” Scientific American
John Neidecker, DO, lead author of a new study in the JAOA, found pre-existing conditions, such as migraines and anxiety, could be the reason why adolescent girls experience a longer recovery time from concussion compared to adolescent boys.
2: “Concussions May Hit Girls Harder Than Boys,” Live Science
An analysis of medical records showed a median duration of concussion symptoms was 11 days for adolescent boys and 28 days for adolescent girls, according to new research published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
2: “Girls’ Sports-Related Concussions May Last Twice as Long,” Health Day
Getting a complete patient history can help doctors diagnose conditions, such as migraines and anxiety, that could be unrelated to a concussion, John Neidecker, DO, tells Health Day. Coverage of the new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association also appeared in WebMD, U.S. News & World Report and Health.
29: “Proposed MACRA Participation Threshold Gets Mixed Reviews,” MD Edge/ObGyn News
A proposed expansion to the Quality Payment Program established by MACRA could result in “wasted resources” for practices that prepared for MIPS, but will not be able to participate, and could divide practices into those that are incentivized to provide value-based care and those not eligible to provide such incentives, the AOA tells MD Edge/ObGyn News. Instead, the AOA proposes a way for exempted physicians to opt into the program.
28: “Move Over, PT,” Huffington Post
This article references an AOA article about the benefits of yoga, such as preventing injury and working different muscle groups.
28: “Gauge Your Fitness with These 6 Measures,” U.S. News & World Report
In this slideshow, Naresh Rao, DO, recommends ways people can measure their level of fitness. His suggestions include doing as many pushups or crunches to test your endurance strength and seeing how many inches past your toes you can reach while sitting to test flexibility.
27: “This Silly Trick My Mom Taught Me is the Only Hiccup Cure That’s Ever Worked for Me,” Business Insider
Tyler Cymet, DO, explains what causes “singultus,” more commonly known as hiccups, to occur.
27: “Healthcare Groups Tell Congress to Move on ‘For Good’ from ACA Repeal,” HealthExec
After the Senate opted to table the Graham-Cassidy bill, the AOA joined other health care organizations in reiterating its call for Congress to pursue bipartisan cooperation in its efforts to stabilize and improve the U.S. health care system.
27: “Graham-Cassidy Vote Stalls; Medical Groups Urge Bipartisan Solution,” Healio
The AOA and other leading health care organizations issued a statement urging Congress to abandon efforts to roll back patient coverage and collaborate to reach a bipartisan agreement following the proper process, Healio reports.
26: “MSU Doctor Warns of Opioid-STD Link,” WKAR-AM
In this interview, Peter Gulick, DO, an infectious disease specialist, shares his concern the opioid epidemic could lead to an uptick in sexually transmitted diseases as people trade sex for drugs.
26: “Could Piriformis Syndrome Be the Cause of Your Pain in the Butt?,” Shape
Clifford Stark, DO, explains that piriformis syndrome may be the source of pain, tingling or numbness people experience in the backside and down the leg.
26: “Make Bylaws Inclusive of Board Certification Options,” HealthLeaders
This article examines the importance of being inclusive of all board certification boards in medical staff bylaws rather than restrict board certification to ABMS.
25: “Senate Republican Health Care Proposal,” C-SPAN2
During his testimony before the Senate, Sen. Christopher Murphy read a list of organizations opposed to the Graham-Cassidy bill, including the American Osteopathic Association.
24: “What’s more important: A campaign promise or the health of millions of children?”, Huffington Post
In this op-ed, pediatrician Claire McCarthy, MD, notes that the AOA is one of the six major health care groups who’ve voiced opposition to the proposed Graham-Cassidy bill.
23: “How Osteopathic Manipulative Treatment Can Compliment Your Treatment Plan,” KXAN-TV (NBC)
In this interview, Samuel Deliberato, DO, explains how osteopathic manipulative treatment can be used to treat pain and provide relief for patients with fibromyalgia, asthma, sinus disorders and carpal tunnel syndrome.
22: “Here’s a List of Medical Groups Opposing the Cassidy-Graham Health Care Bill,” The Washington Post
The AOA is among the health care organizations listed in this article who oppose Republicans’ latest attempt to reform health care at the expense of patients’ access to care.
22: “How Many Americans Would Support Teenager’s Transgender Transition?,” PsychiatryAdvisor
A recent AOA survey found more than half of American adults would support their teenage child’s request to transition to another gender.
21: “Major Physician Groups Urge Senate to Stabilize Health Insurance Markets,” Healio
The AOA joined other health care organizations in encouraging the Senate to stabilize the health insurance market by making “a long-term commitment to funding cost-sharing reduction payments to ensure that vulnerable patients have access to affordable coverage,” Healio reports.
21: “Unless Congress Acts, NQF Funding Will Expire,” FierceHealthcare
This article references a joint blog post from AOA CEO Adrienne White-Faines and other health care leaders stressing the importance of continued funding for the National Quality Forum, which oversees quality measurement in patient care.
21: “What Can Physicians Do to Help Curb the Opioid Crisis?,” Medical Economics
Marla Kushner, DO, tells Medical Economics she treats addiction as a chronic disease by partnering with her patients to figure out what causes their relapse in treatment. The Medical Economics piece appeared online and in print.
21: “Federal Training, Reducing Physician Burnout Keys to Tackling the Primary Care Doctor Shortage, NCHC Panel Says,” FierceHealthcare
John Sealey, DO, president of the Michigan Osteopathic Association, spoke at a National Coalition on Health Care panel discussion about ways to address a pending primary care physician shortage.
21: “6 People You Need to Stop Following on Instagram,” U.S. News & World Report
In this slideshow, Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, recommends limiting digital consumption before bed if late-night social media habits interfere with your sleep.
20: “The Health 202: Everything You Need to Know About Who Stands Where on Graham-Cassidy,” The Washington Post
This roundup features an excerpt from a letter sent by the American Osteopathic Association and five other physician groups in opposition to the Graham-Cassidy proposal to overhaul the Affordable Care Act.
20: “Weekend Workout Warrior,” WTMJ-TV (NBC)
A new study finds packing in a week’s worth of recommended exercise into one or two days still can lower one’s risk of premature death. However, the American Osteopathic Association cautions that people are more likely to be injured if they exercise in short bursts, WTMJ-TV reports.
20: “Basically the Entire Health Care System Hates the New Obamacare Repeal Bill,” Huffington Post
This Huffington Post article features excerpts from letters sent by health care organizations opposing the GOP’s latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, including a joint letter from the American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Physicians, American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Osteopathic Association, and the American Psychiatric Association.
19: “Sen. Murphy: ‘Graham-Cassidy Is the Meanest Version of TrumpCare Yet’,” Pharmacy Choice
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy – a member of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee – expresses his dismay at potentially voting on a health care bill opposed by the American Osteopathic Association and other physician groups.
19: “Those Who Know Health Care the Best Say the Latest Effort to Repeal Health Care Is the Worst,” Medium
This roundup references a letter sent jointly by six physician groups, including the American Osteopathic Association, opposing the Senate’s latest effort to reform health care.
18: “With a Deadline Approaching, Republicans’ Last Push to Roll Back Obamacare Gains Strength,” Los Angeles Times
Six leading physician groups, including the American Osteopathic Association, sent a letter to congressional leaders stating the Republicans’ new health care reform proposal “fails to protect the health care coverage and consumer protections available under current law,” the Los Angeles Times reports.
18: “Should You See a Doctor? Common Illnesses That Can Be Dangerous,” CheatSheet
This article references content from the American Osteopathic Association that advises patients to seek treatment for a sore throat if it’s accompanied by a fever or swollen tonsils.
18: “Doctors Testify on Health Insurance Stabilization,” Frontline Medical News
Physicians’ organizations, including the AOA, called upon the Senate Help, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to continue funding for teaching health centers, which provide primary care services in underserved areas.
18: “The Graham-Cassidy Bill: A Last-Ditch GOP Effort to Deprive Millions of Health Care,” Forbes
The AOA joined other leading physician groups in speaking out against the Republicans’ latest attempt to reform health care that could leave millions without health care coverage, Forbes reports.
18: “8 Wildly Unconventional Tricks for Staying Awake When Sleep Isn’t an Option,” U.S. News & World Report
Jedidiah Ballard, DO, shares tips for staying awake when getting a good night’s sleep isn’t an option.
14: “5 Modern Stressors and How to Handle Them,” U.S. News & World Report
Tiffany Lowe-Payne, DO, shares how information overload on social media and striving for career success could lead to chronic stress which, in turn, can develop into health problems.
14: “Nevada Law Says Chief Medical Officer Must Advise on Executions Despite Ethical Clash,” Reno Gazette-Journal
This article examines the ethical ramifications of a chief medical officer who is required by law to consult on inmate executions.
13: “GOP Senators Introduce New ACA Repeal-and-Replace Bill,” MedPage Today
The American Osteopathic Association joined other health care leaders opposing a new Senate health care reform proposal that could cause a significant increase in uninsured patients if approved.
13: “Providers Find Success in CMS’ Multipayer Model,” Modern Healthcare
Katherine Clark, DO, shares with Modern Healthcare (log-in required) how switching to the CMS’ Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative led to an improvement in the quality of care she provided patients.
11: “So You Want to be a Part-Time Physician?,” Physicians Practice
Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, shares how switching to an administrative role at Touro University shaves off up to 20 hours of work per week and gives her more time to focus on student engagement as well as personal care, such as taking a yoga class.
11: “Alternatives to Drugs for Treating Pain,” The New York Times
The American College of Physicians recommends osteopathic manipulation as a remedy to treat back pain.
11: “What Are Signs Your Anxiety is Getting Worse? 7 Behaviors to Look Out for, According to Experts,” Bustle
In this article, Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, shares warning signs that a patient’s anxiety might be getting worse.
8: “5 ways your career might be secretly hurting your health,” MSN
Jennifer Caudle, DO, is quoted in this piece on cultivating healthy habits in the workplace, such as taking short breaks to walk, standing up for phone calls and parking further from your office.
7: “Exercise injury prevention and recovery,” Fox31 Denver
This Fox story notes that the AOA recommends that athletes train regularly to avoid the injury risks of being a “weekend warrior.”
4: “Easy strategies to pick the right malpractice protection,” Medical Economics
The AOA’s Mat Kremke, MBA, is quoted in this article on what physicians need to know about choosing and reviewing their malpractice insurance coverage.
4: “What Australia’s bad flu season means for Europe, North America,” CNN
This CNN piece notes that family medicine physician Jennifer Caudle, DO, advises everyone to get a flu shot this season.
3: “Philly Med Student Creates Introductory Program for New Students, CBS Philly
Katherine Ackert, a second-year student at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, has created a two-week program that shows first-year medical students how to balance academic demands with socializing, adjusting to a new city, and handling tasks like cooking and paying bills, CBS Philly reports.
1: “12 Reasons You Have Shoulder Pain – and What to Do About It,” Health
In this slideshow, Clifford Stark, DO, and Robert Gotlin, DO, share common culprits of shoulder pain.
1: “ENTs and the Changing Face of Sleep Medicine,” Sleep Review Magazine
In this cover feature, Brett Scotch, DO, an osteopathic otolaryngologist-sleep specialist, discusses how his background in ear, nose and throat translates to practicing sleep medicine.
31: “Live in Hawaii, and Odds Are You’ll Need Fewer Prescription Meds,” NPR
In this article, Lauri Hicks, DO, director of the CDC’s Office of Antibiotic Stewardship, explains it isn’t clear why some states, like Hawaii, have lower rates of prescription medications compared to other states.
30: “Lobbying by Hospitals, Doctors, Slows GOP Health Care Drive,” Associated Press
Lobbying efforts by the AOA and other health care organizations have shaped the health care landscape by opposing Republican alternatives to health care reform, the Associated Press reports.
30: “5 Considerations Before Purchasing a Physician Practice,” FierceHealthcare
An AOA article about selling or closing a practice is cited in this FierceHealthcare article about purchasing a physician practice.
24: “Teaching Doctors to Fight Fat Bias Could Address Obesity Epidemic,” Medical Daily
A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association examines how an educational initiative is reducing medical students’ negative attitudes toward people with obesity, Medical Daily reports.
21: “The Supply of Health-Care Providers Isn’t the Problem,” The Washington Post
In this letter to the editor, Lynn H. Deutsch, DO, an osteopathic physician, clarifies that five new osteopathic medical schools were accredited between 1993 and 2003. The writer of an essay in The Washington Post had inaccurately stated no new medical schools were accredited during that timeframe.
21: “Majority of U.S. Parents Would Support Teen Switching Gender: Survey,” HealthDay
A new AOA survey found more than half of parents would support their teenage child’s request to transition to another gender. Several media outlets picked up HealthDay’s coverage of the survey, including WebMD, U.S. News & World Report and UPI.
19: “The Danger of Swallowing Pills Without Water – It’s Not Choking,” MSN
Jennifer Caudle, DO, explains that it’s important to swallow pills with water not only to ward off choking, but to prevent the pill from becoming stuck in your esophagus, which can cause inflammation and irritation, among other harmful symptoms.
18: “Over Half of American Parents Would Support a Trans Teen’s Transition, Study Says,” The Daily Dot
In this article, Laura Arrowsmith, DO, an osteopathic physician who practices at a transgender clinic, urges parents to seek help with a mental health counselor who works with transgender people if they notice their transgender child suffering health issues, such as eating disorders or suicidal tendencies.
17: “6 Strategies for Helping a Teen Who’s Being Bullied About His or Her Weight,” U.S. News & World Report
Tyree Winters, DO, an osteopathic physician, cautions parents to avoid using nicknames focusing on weight (i.e. “Little Chubby”) as those words may be harmful to children.
17: “Should Antipsychotics Be Used for People with Dementia?,” U.S. News & World Report
A review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found the use of off-label antipsychotics to help manage the behavioral and psychologic symptoms of dementia can drive mortality rates in elderly people with dementia. The review also advocated for non-drug interventions.
16: “More Than Half of Parents Say They’d Support a Transgender Kid,” Refinery29
A new survey from the American Osteopathic Association found 53% of respondents would support their teenager’s request to transition to another gender.
14: “‘They gave my life back to me’: MSU police officer recovering from brain injury,” Lansing State Journal
Rebecca Wyatt, DO, is among the medical staff working to treat Lansing (Michigan) police officer Maureen Kennedy, who has been dealing with the after-effects of a brain injury she suffered in a car accident early this year, the Lansing State Journal reports. Dr. Wyatt recently received a $150,000 grant from the AOA and the A. T. Still Foundation for her research on treating patients who’ve suffered mild to moderate brain injury.
11: “Quick Benefits to Cutting Sugar,” KFSM-TV (CBS)
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found improved measures of health can be seen in fewer than two weeks after people reduced their sugar intake. Coverage of the study has appeared on FOX and CBS affiliates, including KFSM-TV.
10: “Fighting back: Top tips for physicians to take on value-based care,” Medical Economics
Joseph Schlecht, DO, is featured in this Medical Economics piece on how to be successful amid the transition to value-based, rather than fee-for-service, care.
10: “Program May Reduce Physician Bias Towards Obesity,” Healio
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found the obesity curriculum at the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine helped improve medical students’ attitudes toward people with obesity.
8: “How Many Days Do You Have to Cut Back on Sugar to See Results?,” First for Women
Research in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association suggests cutting back on sugar can improve metabolic function in less than two weeks.
8: “You Can Improve Your Health in Two Weeks by Cutting Back on Sugar,” Yahoo Beauty
A review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found people who cut high-fructose corn syrup from their diet can lower their risk of obesity, diabetes and fatty liver disease, Yahoo Beauty reports.
7: “Here’s How Long You Have to Cut Back on Sugar to Actually See Results,” Well and Good
In less than two weeks, people can begin noticing an improvement in their metabolism after cutting ties with sugar, according to a review in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.
7: “Why Loneliness Could Be a Bigger Public Health Threat Than Obesity,” U.S. News & World Report
Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, explains that feeling lonely could lead to health problems, including depression and chronic pain. Coverage also appeared in MSN.
7: “How to Get a Healthy Dose of Vitamin D from the Sun – Without Worrying About Skin Cancer,” Rodale’s Organic Life
A study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found that using too much sunscreen could be contributing to people absorbing less vitamin D.
4: “5 Ways to Keep Your Kids Active,” U.S. News & World Report
“Healthy living is a lifestyle that’s developed and ingrained. To encourage your children to grow into healthy adults, you have to prioritize activity early on,” says Rob Danoff, DO, an osteopathic family physician, in this U.S. News & World Report article.
4: “Top 15 ‘Wellthiest’ Cities in the U.S. 2017,” BlackDoctor.org
Traits of a healthy city include outdoor spaces to walk or ride bikes, good air quality, and access to health care, Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, tells BlackDoctor.org.
3: “8 Secrets of People Who Don’t Get Sick,” U.S. News & World Report
In this slideshow, Tiffany Lowe-Payne, DO, an osteopathic family physician and stress expert, explains how managing stress can help people stay well.
3: “Moderate Drinking in Your Golden Years Might Reduce the Risk of Dementia,” Yahoo Beauty
Although a study finds regular moderate drinking could reduce the risk of dementia, Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, cautions that people still need to consider the impact alcohol can have when mixed with certain medications.
3: “Sizeism is Harming Too Many of Us: Fat Shaming Must Stop,” Psychology Today
This article about fat shaming in doctor’s offices references a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association as an example of addressing weight bias. The study explored the success of the obesity curriculum at the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in improving students’ attitudes toward obesity.
3: “New Data Shows Florida Children Drowning in Swimming Pools at Alarming Rate,” WTXL-TV (ABC)
Mark A. Mitchell, DO, an osteopathic emergency medicine physician, caution parents to watch for signs of dry drowning, including coughing, trouble breathing or vomiting, if their child had a near-drowning experience or inhaled a large of amount of water.
2: “To Fight Obesity, End Physician Fat-Shaming Bias,” FierceHealthcare
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association found educating medical students about obesity issues reduced medical students’ negative attitudes toward people with obesity.
2: “Education for Medical Students is Key to Reducing Obesity Bias,” Medscape
Offering an obesity curriculum has helped educators at the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine improve students’ attitudes toward obesity, according to a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. Educators hope this will translate into better outcomes for people struggling with weight.
1: “Morning Break: Surgeon General Hearing; Airplane Seat Risk; EpiPen Rehab,” MedPage Today
MedPage Today included a study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association in a roundup of health news. The study examines the success of a program at the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine addressing physician bias when treating obesity.
1: “With Tom Price in Charge, Doctors Are Winning Again in Washington,” Stat
While efforts to improve Medicare might be on hold as Congress addresses health care reform, Nick Schilligo, AOA vice president of public policy, finds it encouraging that Tom Price, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, is accepting feedback now to be prepared once those discussions resume. Coverage also appeared in MedPage Today.
1: “9 Reasons the C-Section Delivery Controversy is Absolutely Ridiculous,” Parents
Octavia Cannon, DO, shares insights in this article challenging the notion of a C-section as “the easy way out.” The article notes that undergoing a C-section, like giving birth naturally, is gruellng and requires significant recovery time.
31: “Osteopathic Educators Move to Address Physician Bias as Tactic to Curb Obesity,” UPI
As obesity rates continue to soar, educators at the Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine are working to reduce medical students’ negative attitudes toward people with obesity, UPI reports. Coverage of The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association study also appeared in MedicalXPress and Scienmag.
31: “Reducing Medical Students’ Negative Attitudes Toward the Obese,” Bariatric News
A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association examines an educational initiative at Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine addressing obesity and physician bias, which hopefully will translate into better outcomes for patients struggling with weight.
27: “Parkinson’s Study Uses ‘Avatar’ Technology to Prevent Falls,” WFAA-TV (ABC)
Using 3D technology, researchers at the University of North Texas Health Science Center hope to reduce falls in people with Parkinson’s disease by studying how those patients move, WFAA-TV reports. Coverage of the research also appeared in KERA News, and Now, and Next.
25: “Antioxidant Supplements, Heavy Lifting and 5 Other ‘Healthy’ Habits That May Be Causing You Harm,” Men’s Health
Rinsing minor wounds with water or using mild soap is a better way to prevent infections than using hydrogen peroxide, which kills healthy tissue, explains Clifford Stark, DO, an osteopathic sports medicine physician, in this Men’s Health article.
25: “The Benefits of Physician Volunteering,” Medical Economics
Vania Manipod, DO, an osteopathic psychiatrist, suggests physicians select volunteer opportunities that align with areas they want to devote more time, such as volunteering at their children’s school if they would like to spend more time with their kids.
25: “Senate Votes to Debate, Redo ACA Repeal,” Medscape
The American Osteopathic Association joined other health care organizations in pleading with the Senate to vote against the Motion to Proceed on repealing, and/or repealing and replacing, the Affordable Care Act with any alternative that will roll back coverage and patient protections.
25: “Here’s How You Can Tell the Difference Between a DO and an MD,” Reader’s Digest
Although MDs and DOs are both fully licensed physicians who can practice in any medical specialty, DOs’ training to take a “whole person” approach to medicine often leads them to pursue primary care specialties, Mikhail “Doctor Mike” Varshavski, DO, an osteopathic family physician, explains in this Reader’s Digest article.
24: “American Osteopathic Association Installs Mark A. Baker, DO, as 121st President,” Chicago Tribune
Mark A. Baker, DO, a diagnostic radiologist from Fort Worth, Texas, was installed as president of the American Osteopathic Association.
20: “Spotting the Symptoms of Heart Trouble,” Community Health
Hormonal differences and men being reluctant to see a doctor if they are not feeling well are reasons why men are more prone to heart disease than women, explains Richard Bryce, DO. The article appeared online and in print.
20: “Which is Worse? Experts Choose the Lesser of Eight Pairs of Health Evils,” U.S. News and World Report
In this slideshow, Tiffany Lowe-Payne, DO, an osteopathic family physician and stress expert, discusses whether it is better to suppress stress or relieve stress with an occasional extra glass of wine.
20: “The Health 202: Conservatives Furious and Plotting Revenge for Health Care Fail,” The Washington Post
The American Osteopathic Association is among the health care organizations speaking out that repealing the Affordable Care Act without a replacement could prove detrimental to patients.
19: “David Ollier Weber: Now is the Time for Osteopathic Medicine,” Hospitals and Health Networks
“Our philosophy of mind, body and spirit means we think of you as someone not just complaining of back pain but as a whole person,” says William Burke, DO, dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s (OU-HCOM) Central Ohio campus in Dublin in this Hospitals and Health Networks article. Other DOs featured in this article about the growth of osteopathic medicine are Roozehra Khan, DO; Naresh Rao, DO; Richard Scheuring, DO; and Jay Bhatt, DO.
19: “Health Care-Provider Groups Call for Bipartisan Health Care Deal,” HealthLeaders
Nicholas Schilligo, AOA vice president of public policy, warns of the devastating impact the collapse of insurance exchanges could have on patients receiving their health care needs. The article was syndicated by Kaiser Health News.
16: “Trump’s No ‘Dying in the Streets’ Pledge Faces Reality Check,” Associated Press
In this Associated Press article, Octavia Cannon, DO, an osteopathic ob/gyn, illustrates the importance of providing coverage for preventative care through the story of a patient who lost Medicaid coverage and died of advanced cervical cancer because she waited to seek medical attention. Coverage also appeared in several media outlets, including ABC News, National Post, The Salt Lake Tribune, The Seattle Times, Star Tribune and Yahoo.
14: “American Medical Association and Other Health Groups Still Oppose the Republicans’ Health Care Bill,” Mic
The American Osteopathic Association is among the health care organizations speaking up against proposed health care reform legislation, Mic reports.
13: “The Health 202: Doctors Make Last-Ditch Effort to Sink GOP Health Care Bill,” The Washington Post
The AOA sent its members template letters they could send to Congress stressing their opposition to proposed health care reform legislation, AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO, tells The Washington Post.
12: “From Hospitals, Doctors and Patients, a Last Gasp of Opposition to the Senate Health Care Bill,” The Washington Post
The American Osteopathic Association joined other health care leaders on Capitol Hill urging them to vote against the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Coverage also appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Morning Call (PA), Houston Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, Baltimore Sun, Daily Press and MSN.
5: “Addressing the Doctor Shortage: More Than 1,500 Medical Residents Complete Training in Michigan,” Modern Healthcare
In this Modern Healthcare piece, John Sealey, DO, discusses Authority Health’s teaching health center residency program. “This program has done exactly what it was supposed to do: place doctors in underserved areas,” said Dr. Sealey, who also is associate professor with Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and oversees Authority Health’s 71 residents at four Southeast Michigan hospitals, two federally qualified health centers and several private physician practices.
5: “6 Things You Never Knew About Muscles – But Totally Should,” Health
Naresh C. Rao, DO, an osteopathic sports medicine physician, explains how muscles work and the risk of pushing yourself too hard during workouts.
5: “Michigan Health Care Organizations Increase Efforts to Address Opioid Addictions Among Pregnant Women and Children,” Greater Lansing Business Journal
“The opioid epidemic is tearing families apart with a heartbreaking impact on the most innocent victims, who are children,” says Kris Nicholoff, CEO and executive director of the Michigan Osteopathic Association, in this Greater Lansing Business Journal article.
3: “Osteopathic Medical Schools Target Rural Healthcare Shortage,” NPR
Officials at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine hope the school’s new campus in Joplin, Missouri, will help alleviate the state’s physician shortage, especially in rural areas.
3: “A Conundrum – An Impending Shortage of Care and a Surplus of Talent,” The Washington Times
The American Osteopathic Association is among the health care organizations concerned that granting new physicians provisional medical licenses in lieu of graduate medical training could jeopardize patient safety.
2: “Doctor’s Killing at Bronx Hospital Called a ‘Monumental Loss’,” The New York Times
Colleagues recall Tracy Sin-Yee Tam, DO, as a selfless, hardworking and dedicated physician. Dr. Tam was fatally shot and killed while covering a colleague’s shift at the Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York, The New York Times reports.
2: “Addressing the Doctor Shortage: More than 1,500 Medical Residents Complete Training in Michigan,” Crain’s Detroit
In this article, John Sealey, DO, director of medical education at Authority Health, discusses how Authority Health contributes to training physicians who go on to accept jobs in Michigan. Nashwa Khogali-Jakary, DO, and Tony Abood, DO, who are also quoted, share why they choose to stay in Michigan after completing their training.
1: “Drones Are on the Horizon, Perhaps an Answer to Medical Care Amid Disasters,” The Washington Post
Italo Subbarao, DO, tells The Washington Post how the aftermath of a tornado in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, prompted him to create drones that could bring medical supplies to disaster victims.
1: “Physician-designed EHRs Work Better for Doctors,” Medical Economics
Mark Leeds, DO, shares the process of writing his own EHR software.
29: “Physician Groups to Senators: Reject Flawed Bill to Replace ACA,” Medscape
AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO, joined other health care leaders on Capitol Hill to speak out against the Better Care Reconciliation Act. The Senate’s proposed health care reform bill cuts access to preventive care services “that can drive down expenses while improving outcomes,” Dr. Buser tells Medscape.
29: “Opioid Epidemic Takes Toll on Those with Chronic Pain,” UAB News
Mark Bailey, DO, who served on the Federation of State Medical Boards panel to update opioid use guidelines, discusses the challenges patients and physicians face in determining the best treatment plan for chronic pain given the nation’s opioid epidemic.
29: “6 Bad Habits That Give You Back Pain,” International Business Times
Wearing high heels on a regular basis could lead to back pain, according to Sajid Surve, DO, co-director of the Texas Center for Performing Arts Health and an associate professor at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.
27: “10 Things Your Ob-Gyn Wants to Tell You When You’re Pregnant – But Won’t,” What to Expect
Octavia Canon, DO, an osteopathic ob-gyn, offers pregnant women tips from the timing of their pregnancy announcement to finding a pediatrician before the baby arrives.
27: “Daily on Healthcare: Leadership Charges Ahead; GOP Lacks Votes; Is McConnell Bluffing?,” Washington Examiner
The American Osteopathic Association is among the medical groups who oppose the Senate’s proposed Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, Medical Examiner reports.
27: “Study Warns of Antipsychotic Risks for Dementia Patients Not in Nursing Homes,” PsychCentral
A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association finds while the off-label use of antipsychotic medications to treat patients with dementia has reduced, the warnings to nursing homes about the increased risk of death are not extended to community-based physicians.
27: “6 Signs Your Body Odor is Abnormal and You Should See a Doctor,” Bustle
Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, recommends people make an appointment with their doctor if they experience foul-smelling urine or a fishy vaginal odor, which could be symptoms of an infection.
26: “People Living at Home with Dementia at Risk of Potentially Dangerous Antipsychotic Usage,” MedicalXPress
A recent study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association finds some community-based physicians are still prescribing off-label antipsychotics to patients with dementia, unaware of the warnings given to nursing home staff about the potentially fatal side effects of these medications.
24: “Just About Every Major Medical Group Hates the GOP Health Care Plans,” NBC News
The American Osteopathic Association joins other medical groups in expressing disappointment that the Senate did not hold public hearings or consult stakeholders while crafting legislation to reform health care.
23: “The Future of Residencies: Single MD/DO Accreditation System,” Medscape
John Potts, MD, senior vice president of ACGME, discusses what the future holds once all MD and DO residency slots are housed in a single accreditation system by 2020.
23: “Physician, Nurse Groups Unhappy with Senate’s Health Bill,” MedPage Today
AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO, tells MedPage Today the Senate bill to reform health care could lead to rising health care costs by not prioritizing disease prevention.
23: “Medical Community Says ‘Back to the Drawing Board’ with Senate GOP Version of Reform Bill,” FierceHealthcare
Allowing states to opt out of coverage requirements could lower the value of insurance coverage in individual markets, leaving those covered through their employer at risk of seeing lifetime or annual coverage limits, AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO, warns in this article about the Senate’s latest version of a health care reform bill.
23: “Exactly What to Do If You Suspect Thyroid Problems,” U.S. News and World Report
In this article, Naresh C. Rao, DO, explains what triggers thyroid problems.
22: “Tropical Storm Cindy Could Bring Masses of Deadly Fire Ants to Alabama,” New York Daily News
The American Osteopathic College of Dermatology explains the dangers of being stung by fire ants.
20: “Physician Moms Continue to Struggle in a Male-Dominated Culture,” Chicago Tribune
Hala Sabry, DO, an emergency room physician and mother of three, shares the challenges she faces while juggling her career and motherhood.
20: “What is adrenal fatigue and why is it controversial?,” U.S. News and World Report
Robert Danoff, DO, shares his expertise in this article on adrenal fatigue, a condition thought to be related to chronic stress but which isn’t medically recognized.
20: “Planned Clovis Medical School Has a Fresno Rival – And Both Could Open in 2019,” Valley Public Radio (NPR)
AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO, spoke with NPR’s central California station about two local universities that plan to open colleges of osteopathic medicine near Fresno in 2019.
16: “The Drones Are Coming, and They’re Here to Help with Medical Emergencies,” FierceHealthcare
Italo Subbarao, DO, an associate dean at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, built medical drones that can be used to deliver emergency medical supplies following a disaster when roads might be blocked by debris, FierceHealthcare reports.
16: “Interactive Medical Drones: No Longer Science Fiction,” Stateline
Italo Subbarao, DO, an associate dean and disaster medicine specialist at the William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, developed a drone to deliver medical supplies in an emergency after learning fallen debris had delayed disaster relief efforts following a tornado in Hattiesburg, Stateline reports. Additional coverage appeared in Huffington Post and Government Technology.
15: “Docs to Senate: Abandon Your Secret Efforts on ACA Repeal/Replace,” Family Practice News
The AOA and five other major health care organizations urged Senate leaders to oppose the American Health Care Act and to find another approach for health care reform, Family Practice News reports.
15: “The Real Facts Behind Dry Drowning,” MSN
In this article, Mark A. Mitchell, DO, an osteopathic emergency medicine physician, suggests parents can help prevent dry or secondary drowning by teaching their children basic water safety measures and being vigilant if youngsters display signs of distress after swimming.
14: “Do the Shoes You Wear While Not Running Matter?,” Running Competitor
Wearing high heels can not only harm your feet, but also can cause strain in your lower back and shorten your calf muscles, according to an AOA article cited in this Running Competitor article.
14: “9 Ways to Fight Loneliness,” U.S. News & World Report
Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, explains in this slideshow how loneliness can impact one’s health. Coverage also appeared in Business Insider.
13: “Proposal to Take Back EHR Bonuses Galls Med Societies,” Medscape
The AOA’s Laura Wooster, senior vice president of public policy, shares with Medscape her fears of the burdens physicians could face if the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services opts to launch a full-scale audit of meaningful use payments. The Medscape article was referenced in Fierce Healthcare’s report of the HHS Office of Inspector General’s audit, which found a number of physicians may have been paid EHR bonuses without meeting the requirements.
13: “Condom Drops and Airborne Meds: 6 Ways Drones Could Change Health Care,” Stat
The William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, is developing a drone that could be used to deliver medical supplies to disaster victims, Stat reports. Coverage also appeared in Scientific American.
9: “Dry Drowning Is Real & This Is How it Happens,” Yahoo!
This article references an AOA article about dry drowning, a rare condition that can occur hours or days after a child inhales water through the nose or mouth. The water causes a spasm in the airway, causing it to close up and impact breathing.
9: “What Parents Need to Know About ‘Dry Drowning,'” Popular Science
Popular Science reports trouble breathing, coughing and sleepiness are among the symptoms parents should watch for if their child has recently had a near-drowning experience or inhaled a large amount of water, according to an AOA article about dry drowning.
7: “Medicare Advantage Groups Request Earlier APM Bonuses,” Medscape
The AOA joined other health care organizations in requesting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services allow eligible physicians to include patients covered by Medicare Advantage in the advanced alternate payment model, Medscape reports. Coverage also appeared in WebMD.
7: “Black Women Far More Likely than Other Americans to Develop Sarcoidosis, AOA Reports,” Sarcoidosis News
In this article, Daniel Culver, DO, director of the Sarcoidosis and Interstitial Lung Disease Program at the Cleveland Clinic; and Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician; discuss the challenges of diagnosing sarcoidosis, a once-rare fibrotic disease that now afflicts more than 200,000 patients.
2: “The push for clinicians to talk more about health costs,” Modern Healthcare
This Modern Healthcare piece (login required) cites a recent study from The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA), which surveyed emergency room clinicians and found only 4 in 10 were able to accurately estimate costs for three common ER procedures.
2: “More providers urge the government to count Medicare Advantage under MACRA,” Fierce Healthcare
The AOA is among the health care organizations that have asked for MACRA to include advanced alternative payment models (APMs) that are part of Medicare Advantage plans, Fierce Healthcare reports.
2: “Women’s health advocates concerned as Trump administration considers eliminating birth control coverage,” Healio
This article from Healio cites the AOA’s joint statement with other health care groups earlier this year that urged lawmakers to stand with the nation’s women by protecting access to preventive care and care for expectant and new mothers and their babies.
1: “‘Alien Yoga’: The Truth About the Wacky Trend You’re Seeing on Instagram,” Fox News
“Could Nauli promote health in the GI tract by engaging the musculoskeletal system? We don’t know, but it’s an interesting consideration,” Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, tells Fox News in this article about the “alien yoga” trend.
1: “The Path to Good Posture,” Martha Stewart Living
Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, offers tips on how sleep position can help promote health body alignment in this online piece and print piece from Martha Stewart Living.
31: “Most Health Care Providers Don’t Know How Much an ER Visit Costs,” Forbes
Forbes reported on a recent JAOA study that found only 38% of emergency room health clinicians were able to predict the costs for three common ER scenarios.
30: “Can You Guess the Hospital Bill for 3 Common ER Scenarios? Most Doctors Can’t,” Health.com
Would you be better at estimating emergency room bills than the 400 ER clinicians surveyed in a recent JAOA study? The study found only 4 in 10 health professionals could estimate costs accurately, Health.com reports. To see how you fare, the article notes, you can head to The DO to take the survey yourself.
30: “Study: Emergency room costs misjudged,” The Washington Post
The Washington Post included a JAOA study on emergency medicine clinicians’ ability to estimate the costs of care in its roundup of the day’s business news. The JAOA study found that only 4 in 10 ER health professionals could accurately estimate costs for three common procedures.
30: “Costs of ER treatments a mystery to many docs,” Health.com
Only 4 in 10 emergency room clinicians could accurately predict the costs of care for three common medical situations, according to a JAOA study covered in Health.com’s HealthDay news section
30: “62% of ER Clinicians Can’t Accurately Estimate Costs of Care,” Becker’s Hospital Review
Becker’s Hospital Review reported on a JAOA study that surveyed more than 400 emergency room clinicians on the cost of care for three common scenarios and found that only 38% of respondents were able to estimate costs accurately. Lead researcher Kevin Hoffman, DO, says the study sprang from his own experiences as an ER resident: “Early in my residency, I realized I had no idea how much money I was spending with all the tests and medications I ordered—mostly because it’s just not discussed,” he says.
30: “Most doctors and nurses don’t know what ER care costs,” Reuters and Business Insider
Emergency medicine resident Kevin Hoffman, DO, is quoted in this Reuters article on his research, which found that less than half of emergency medicine clinicians could estimate costs of care accurately. Dr. Hoffman’s research, co-authored by Michelino Mancini, DO, appeared in The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAOA). Reuters’ coverage of the research also ran in Business Insider and Medscape (login required).
30: “Costs of ER Treatments a Mystery to Many Docs,” WebMD
WebMD reported on a JAOA study that found only four in ten emergency room health care professionals could accurately estimate the costs of care for three common scenarios. The study included physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners who practice in the ER.
30: “MACRA: Easing Physician-Practice Pain Points,” Health Leaders
The AOA’s Laura Wooster, senior vice president of public policy, offers tips on what physicians can do to be successful in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), part of the CMS Quality Payment Program created by MACRA. “A lot of practice improvement strategies are not just about excelling in MIPS—they are ways to improve efficiency, have better care for patients, and have happier employees,” she says. The article also appeared in MedPage Today on June 4.
27: “The surprising cause of some vitamin D deficiencies: Too much sunscreen,” Modern Healthcare
Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine assistant professor Kim Pfotenhauer, DO, is quoted in this piece reporting on a recent JAOA clinical review, which found that nearly 1 billion people around the world may have insufficient levels of vitamin D because of sunscreen use. Dr. Pfotenhauer co-authored the clinical review with Jay Shubrook, DO.
26: “Health reform action shifts to Senate, exacerbated by poor AHCA CBO Score,” Family Practice News
AOA President Boyd R. Buser, DO, is quoted in this piece on the American Health Care Act, which features reporting on the AOA’s stance on the legislation. The AOA supports expanding or maintaining access to comprehensive, affordable health care coverage. AOA Senior Vice President for Public Policy Laura Wooster is also quoted in the article.
26: “Osteopathic medical schools take the lead over allopathic for enrollment jump – 5 observations,” Becker’s Spine Review
Enrollment at osteopathic medical schools jumped 148% between 2002-2003 and 2016-17, compared with a 28% increase among allopathic medical schools, according to Medscape. This article in Becker’s Spine Review explores the implications of the data.
26: “Why Sunburns are Dangerous, No Matter the Color of Your Skin,” Healthline News
Sergey Arutyunyan, MS, OMS IV, who co-authored a recent JAOA study on sunburn among people of color, is quoted on the study’s findings in this Healthline News article. “It will require a longer sun exposure for a dark-skinned individual to get severe and painful sunburn, but the consequences of severe sunburn are the same,” Arutyunyan said, noting that skin cancer mortality rates are worse for dark-skinned patients than for those with lighter skin.
25: “Losing Weight as a Millennial: It’s Complicated,” U.S. News & World Report
Health apps that track exercise and food consumption can be an aid for younger patients who are more at ease with technology, Tyree Winters, DO, an associate professor of pediatrics at the Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine who specializes in weight loss and maintenance among young patients, tells U.S. News & World Report.
25: “Med School Enrollment Still Roaring, More So at DO Schools,” Medscape
This Medscape piece explores the consequences of the fact that osteopathic medical school enrollment has grown 148% since the 2002-2003 academic year, as compared with a 28% increase for allopathic medical school enrollment over the same time period.
25: “Feeling Lonely? 9 Things You Can Do to Help Yourself,” USA Today
Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, suggests people take a break from checking their phones and build human connections to combat loneliness. Dr. Caudle also stresses in this USA Today article the importance of seeking professional help if people become overwhelmed by feelings of loneliness.
24: “There’s No Proof Epsom Salt Baths Actually Do Anything,” Vice
Sports medicine physician Naresh Rao, DO, weighs in on whether epsom salt baths can help alleviate pain in this article from Vice.
24: “7 Healthcare Groups React to CBO Score,” Becker’s Hospital Review
The AOA and other health care organizations responded to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on the House revisions to the American Health Care Act in this Becker’s Hospital Review article. “Not only does the CBO score again confirm that millions will lose coverage, it confirms that many states would opt out of essential health benefits including mental health, substance abuse services and maternity care. This means that many plans in those states will no longer offer coverage for those services, and even if they do, enrollees will now be subject to lifetime and annual limits that previously had been banned under the ACA,” Laura Wooster, AOA senior vice president of public policy, is quoted.
22: “9 Surprising Things That Happen When You Go on a Digital Detox,” U.S. News & World Report
Taking a break from digital devices and social media can help improve people’s moods, Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, explains in this U.S. News & World Report slideshow.
19: “Seek Testimonials from Current Members,” Membership Management Report
In this article, Amy Snyder, associate vice president of brand marketing, discusses how organizations can seek and manage member testimonials.
17: “Medicare Adds Four Areas to Large Primary Care Project,” Bloomberg BNA
Laura Wooster, AOA senior vice president of public policy, expresses her disappointment to Bloomberg BNA that round two of Medicare’s Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) will be limited to four regions because the program is one of the few ways physicians can participate in the alternative payment model. The article also appeared in Daily Report for Executives and Health Care Daily Report.
15: “Tips to Control Practice Cash Flow,” Medical Economics
John Kulin, DO; and Mat Kremke, vice president of business development for the American Osteopathic Information Association; provide advice on how practices can manage cash flow better, such as offering patients payment method options and evaluating staffing levels. The Medical Economics article appeared online and in print.
11: “FDA Revisits Mandatory Opioid Prescriber Training,” MedPage Today
As the FDA strives to better educate health care providers about prescribing opioids, Laura Wooster, AOA senior vice president of public policy, cautions that the efforts should not burden prescribers. “Doctors are already facing significant EMR burdens,” she tells MedPage Today.
5: “American Osteopathic Association Names Sally Szumlas Chief Operating Officer,” Chicago Tribune
The Chicago Tribune reports on the hiring of Sally Szumlas as chief operating officer for the AOA. Coverage of Szumlas’ new position also appeared in Chicago Business Journal.
5: “Prestigious Medical Groups Denounce Health Care Vote,” CBS News
Following the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote to pass the American Health Care Act, the AOA and other health care organizations sent a joint letter urging the U.S. Senate to find a new way forward, CBS News reports.
4: “UNECOM Students Perform OMT,” WCSH-TV (NBC)
Jane Carreiro, DO, dean of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM) in Biddeford, Maine, discusses the benefits of osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT) in treating pain and improving a patient’s quality of life. The segment also features UNECOM students practicing OMT in a class.
2: “Skip the Sunscreen: Nearly 1 Billion People Need More Vitamin D,” WCVB-TV (ABC)
A new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association finds nearly 1 billion people worldwide may have insufficient levels of vitamin D due to chronic disease and inadequate sun exposure. The study was picked up by 15 NBC and ABC broadcast affiliates, including in Boston and Baltimore.
2: “Nearly 1 Billion Have a Vitamin D Deficiency Says New Research,” Yahoo!
In this article, Kim Pfotenhauer, DO, lead author of a new study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, discusses why skipping sunscreen during shorter trips outside could help increase people’s vitamin D levels.
2: “Too Much Sunscreen ‘Could Cause Vitamin D Deficiency’,” MSN
A new study from The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association finds nearly 1 billion people may be deficient in vitamin D due to overuse of sunscreen, MSN reports.
2: “Too Much Sunscreen is Making Us Vitamin D Deficient by Blocking the Good Side of Sunshine, Controversial Study Claims,” Daily Mail
The Daily Mail reports on the findings of a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, which found wearing too much sunscreen could be contributing to people being deficient in vitamin D.
2: “Cure for Vitamin D deficiency? More sun, less block: study,” New York Daily News
“While we want people to protect themselves against skin cancer, there are healthy, moderate levels of unprotected sun exposure that can be very helpful in boosting vitamin D,” says Kim Pfotenhauer, DO, in this article about a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that cautions against the overuse of sunscreen. Dr. Pfotenhauer is the study’s lead author.
1: “Lobbying by Hospitals, Doctors, Slows GOP Health Care Drive,” The Associated Press
The Associated Press reports how health care organizations are driving the health care reform process, including a joint letter to Congress sent by the AOA and five other physicians’ groups expressing concerns about the latest revisions to the American Health Care Act. The article was picked up by The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNBC and Business Insider.
1: “Rural Health Programs Face September Deadline,” The Gazette
This article reviews the AOA’s advocacy efforts for continued federal funding of teaching health centers, which train primary care physicians in clinical settings.
30: “Why Do We Feel So Lonely?,” USA Today
In this article, Jennifer Caudle, DO, shares why loneliness can strike even if people spend all day connected to others online.
26: “The Latest: GOP Offers Stopgap Bill to Fund Government,” The Associated Press
As part of a timeline of the latest efforts in Congress to repeal the health care law and agree on a spending bill to keep the government open, the Associated Press reports on the joint letter to Congress sent by the AOA and five other physicians’ groups expressing concerns about the latest revisions to the American Health Care Act. The piece was picked up by more than 30 media outlets, including MSN News and McClatchy Washington Bureau.
26: “Physician groups oppose new AHCA proposal,” Modern Healthcare
The AOA and five other physicians’ groups wrote to Congress expressing concerns about the most recent iteration of the American Health Care Act, Modern Healthcare reports. The letter states that the proposed legislation, which would allow states to reduce Essential Health Benefits like maternity coverage, would increase costs and cause millions of Americans to lose health care coverage.
25: “88th Annual Physician Report,” Medical Economics
Christopher Unrein, DO; Ann Brotzman, DO; Vania Manipod, DO; and Richard Bryce, DO; are among the physicians interviewed by Medical Economics to discuss the challenges primary care physicians face and how they overcome them.
25: “88th Annual Physician Report: Ambivalence wreaking havoc in primary care,” Modern Medicine
Four DOs shared their thoughts on the challenges and rewards of practicing primary care after the 88th annual Medical Economics Physician report found that 36% of primary care doctors would not recommend their field to their children or a friend’s child. Twenty-five percent said they were unsure and 39% said they would recommend a career in primary care.
24: “Can Anything Be Done to Solve the PCP Shortage Crisis?,” Medical Economics
Boyd R. Buser, DO, is quoted in this article about the osteopathic medical profession’s commitment to primary care and the value of teaching health centers in training future physicians.
24: “Rural Doctors’ Training May Be in Jeopardy,” Stateline
John Sealey, DO, and Eleni O’Donovan, MD, discuss the importance of keeping open teaching health centers, which produce new physicians and provide care in underserved areas, Stateline reports.
20: “The Protocol for Sports Concussion Info Dissemination: Trust and Respect,” MedPage Today
This article about sports concussion trends references an AOA survey, which found one out of six parents do not allow their children to play a sport because of concussion risks.
13: “How many parents hold their kids back from sports due to concussion risk?,” CBS News
CBS News reported on an AOA survey that found that some parents are limiting their children’s sports participation due to concerns about head injuries. The story was also broadcast by CBS radio station affiliates nationwide, including in Chicago, Los Angeles and Washington, DC.
12: “Physician Burnout,” WHYY-FM (Philadelphia)
Spending many years focusing on their patients’ health while not paying attention to their own health is one factor John Becher, DO, attributes to the increase of physicians experiencing burnout. Dr. Becher served on a task force that wrote a paper on physician burnout, which was published in the National Academy of Medicine’s journal, Perspectives, and discussed in this radio interview.
11: “Bipartisan Dear-Colleague Letter Seeks Support for Funding Health Center GME,” Inside Health Policy
This article highlights efforts to reauthorize funding for teaching health centers. The AOA continues to advocate for continued funding for the program, which trains primary care physicians in clinical settings.
11: “How to Tell if Your Liver is Screwed,” VICE
Partnering with their physicians to make healthy lifestyle choices can help people prevent further damage to their liver after indulging in heavy drinking, Tyree Winters, DO, tells VICE.
11: “Concussion concerns shouldn’t keep parents from allowing their kids to play sports, experts say,” Consumer Affairs
After an AOA survey found that 16% of parents bar their children from playing sports out of concern about head injuries, David Baron, DO, and Joelle Rehberg, DO, explain that playing sports offers socio-emotional benefits and it’s possible to find sports programs that follow recommended safety precautions.
9: “Disaster Training at OU-HCOM,” WCMH-TV (NBC)
In this interview, William J. Burke, DO, dean of the Ohio University (OU-HCOM) Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Central Ohio campus in Dublin, explains how the school’s disaster day offered OU-HCOM students an opportunity to practice dealing with mass casualties through various scenarios.
7: “DOs Want to Extend and Expand Teaching Health Centers,” MedPage Today
Carolyn Parks, OMS IV, and Rosa Joseph, OMS IV, spent part of the AOA’s DO Day on Capitol Hill sharing with MedPage Today the benefits they gained while training in a teaching health center. More than 1,000 DOs and medical students marched to Capitol Hill on April 5 to advocate for continued federal funding of teaching health centers, which train primary care physicians in clinical settings.
7: “The 7 Biggest Eating Mistakes You Make After a Run,” Runner’s World
Most people do not need to refuel after a light or moderate workout, says Rob Danoff, DO, an osteopathic family physician, in this article about post-exercise eating mistakes.
7: “7 Things Your Night Sweats Are Trying to Tell You,” Prevention
While menopause often is the culprit for night sweats, Rob Danoff, DO, an osteopathic family physician, tells Prevention the condition also could be caused by other health issues, such as your body fighting off an infection, an overactive thyroid or an autoimmune disorder.
6: “Osteopathic Physicians March on Washington, Demand Funding for Teaching Health Centers,” Healthcare Finance News
During the AOA’s DO Day on Capitol Hill, more than 1,000 osteopathic physicians and medical students educated members of Congress about the importance of federal funding for teaching health centers, which produce new physicians and provide care in underserved areas, Healthcare Finance News reports.
2: “What Do Doctors Want from Health Reform?,” Family Practice News
In this article, William Burke, DO, dean of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine’s Central Ohio campus in Dublin, stresses the need for maintaining stable premium costs as Congress works on health care reform efforts.
31: “Foot and Ankle Injuries Are Often Misdiagnosed, New Research Suggests,” CBS News
CBS News reports on a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found a misdiagnosis of foot and ankle injuries could lead to more persistent health issues. Nearly 90 CBS affiliates across the country, including Los Angeles and Philadelphia, have aired the interview featuring Naresh Rao, DO.
29: “How Yoga Helps Survivors of Trauma,” U.S. News & World Report
In this article, Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, discusses the role of trauma-sensitive yoga in helping survivors of trauma practice being mindful while moving past their fear.
25: “2017 Payer Scorecard Breakdown,” Modern Medicine
Naresh Rao, DO, tells Modern Medicine he strives to reduce the frustration of claim denials by outsourcing insurance verification of services covered prior to a patient’s visit.
21: “10 Reasons Your Hands Are Going Numb,” Prevention
Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common causes of hand numbness, explains Rob Danoff, DO, in this Prevention article.
20: “Merseyside Late Night with Linda McDermot,” BBC Radio
In this BBC Radio interview, Dr. James Kingsland discusses his findings about health care in America during his recent trip to the United States. Dr. Kingsland also shares what he learned about the role osteopathic physicians play in the health care landscape during his visit with the American Osteopathic Association.
16: “Study: Dermascope Use in Primary Care is Low, but the Device is Beneficial,” Healio
This article reports on a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found that although using a dermascope can help primary care physicians identify cancerous skin lesions, many doctors are not aware of the device.
15: “How Are Physician Groups Responding to Health Reform?,” MedPage Today
In this exclusive MedPage Today video, Laura Wooster, MPH, AOA senior vice president of public policy, outlines the AOA’s policy priorities as they relate to health care reform.
14: “More Pushback from Docs After CBO Scores GOP Health Care Plan,” Frontline Medical News
The AOA’s statement voicing its objections of the proposed American Health Care Act was reported by Frontline Medical News. Coverage also appeared in ID Practitioner.
14: “Providers: CBO Score Flunks House Repeal-and-Replace Plan,” HealthLeaders
The AOA and other health care organizations spoke out against the Congressional Budget Office report on the proposed American Health Care Act in this HealthLeaders article. “The Congressional Budget Office scoring confirms that the American Health Care Act neither increases access to care nor addresses the foundational issues plaguing our health care system. The American Osteopathic Association has long supported federal and state efforts to increase access to affordable health care and cannot support this legislation,” AOA President Boyd Buser, DO, said in a statement.
9: “Insulin: The Systemic Effects,” Medscape
In this Medscape video, Jay Shubrook, DO, an osteopathic family physician and diabetologist, talks to James LaSalle, DO, an osteopathic family physician and diabetes expert, about the safety of insulin to treat patients with diabetes.
9: “7 Things Your Back Pain is Trying to Tell You,” Prevention
Sitting poorly at your desk could lead to back pain, warns Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, in this slideshow about back pain prevention. “Poor posture can cause low back pain by increasing the amount of pressure or tension put on bones, joints, ligaments and intervertebral discs,” she says.
8: “ACA Repeal-Replace Bill Troubles Organized Medicine,” Medscape
Medscape reports the AOA and other major medical societies fear proposed legislation that seeks to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act could result in fewer people having access to care.
7: “Organized Medicine Blasts ACA Replacement Proposal,” MedPage Today
The AOA is among the medical organizations cited in this article about changes to health care reform. The AOA statement says: “Taking a step back, we are concerned the legislation does not include any changes needed to bend the cost curve, which is a more fundamental cause of our current difficulties in ensuring access to affordable, high-quality care to all Americans.” Coverage also appeared in NBC News.
6: “Meet the Weirdest Wellness Craze of the Moment: Organ Massage,” Vogue
Lisa Ganjhu, DO, an osteopathic gastroenterologist, discusses in this article possible causes for the side effects the author experienced after receiving an organ massage.
3: “Yoga and Deep Breathing May Be the New Prescription for Depression, Study Reveals,” Medical Daily
An article about the benefits of yoga from the American Osteopathic Association is cited in this Medical Daily article about the use of yoga to ease depression symptoms, according to new research.
1: “Taking Kidney Stones for a Ride” Reader’s Digest
Reader’s Digest reports on a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found riding roller coasters may help people pass kidney stones. Researchers tested the theory after patients reported passing kidney stones on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Walt Disney World.
28: “Young Adults with Melanin-Rich Skin Are More Likely to Sunburn,” Yahoo!
Yahoo! reports on a study from The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found an urgent need for sunburn prevention among young adults, particularly those who have skin with a higher melanin count. Coverage of the study also appeared in Men’s Health, UPI, Medical Daily, Healthline and KRIV-TV.
27: “Consider a Career in Rural Medicine” U.S. News & World Report
Medical students considering practicing in an underserved area should seek clinical experience in rural areas first, suggests William Burke, DO, in this article about things to consider when contemplating a rural medicine career path.
23: “Osteopathic Med Schools like Kansas City University Answer the Call for More Doctors” NPR
AOA President Boyd Buser, DO, tells NPR about the unique philosophy of osteopathic medicine. The article discusses how the profession is helping to address the physician shortage, such as the opening later this year of the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine’s new location in Joplin, Missouri.
21: “Study Finds Osteopathic Technique Can Locate Ectopic Pregnancy,” UPI
A study from The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association that found the location of an ectopic pregnancy can be determined using a noninvasive physical examination technique was reported by UPI.
14: “Osteopathy: The Hands-On Therapy Treats Heart Disease, Headache, Respiratory Problems and More,” Bottom Line Health
In this article, Naresh C. Rao, DO, explains what osteopathic medicine entails and how DOs partner with their patients to provide care.
12: “Staying Healthy in Winter Weather,” The Weather Channel
As upstate New York and New England brace for a heavy snow storm, Rob Danoff, DO, explains in this interview how people can prevent injuries while shoveling snow and being exposed to cold temperatures during the storm.
9: “Obamacare Provisions Gain Unexpected Backers as GOP Moves to Rewrite Law,” Wall Street Journal
William Burke, DO, is quoted in this article on conversations between key physician groups and lawmakers in Washington, D.C. last week. The groups, including the AOA, voiced support for the preservation of critical portions of the Affordable Care Act.
8: “People on the move,” Washington Business Journal
This column announces the promotion of Laura Wooster as AOA senior vice president of public policy.
7: “Is a Doctor with an MD Better Than One with a DO?,” VICE
VICE, a culture magazine, spoke with William Burke, DO, about the DO philosophy to practicing medicine and the growth of osteopathic medical profession.
7: “Osteopathic Match Day 2017: 10 statistics,” Becker’s Hospital Review
Becker’s Hospital Review reports on the highlights of the DO Match, including primary care residences accounting for more than half of residency program placements. Coverage about DO Match Day also appeared in AAFP News.
6: “In visit to Capitol Hill, docs outline 5 priorities for next version of healthcare reform,” Fierce Healthcare
Five physician groups, including the AOA, met with lawmakers last week, urging them to maintain key patient benefit benefits and not increase the number of uninsured patients as part of the reform of the Affordable Care Act.
6: “For ED, the Doctor is In But the Men Are Staying Away,” Managed Care
Kenneth Fox, DO, an osteopathic family medicine physician, emphasizes the importance of taking a holistic approach when treating patients who have erectile dysfunction.
6: “Why your nose fills with snot during winter runs and 8 ways to deal with it,” Runner’s World
Osteopathic sports medicine physician Cliff Stark, DO, shared his expertise on avoiding a runny nose during cold-weather runs. His advice includes using a humidifier, covering your nose while running and checking in with your doctor if you suspect an underlying issue could be to blame.
3: “There is still gender bias in medicine,” The Hill
In this op-ed, Samya Mohammad, DO, reflects on the challenges female physicians face in the workforce and offers potential solutions to help women succeed in medicine. The piece was written in conjunction with National Women Physicians Day on Feb. 3.
3: “Here’s the story and physician behind the first annual National Women Physicians Day,” Becker’s Hospital Review
This article profiles Hala Sabry, DO, who petitioned to establish National Women Physicians Day on Feb. 3. “I hope every woman physician will have the opportunity to broadcast her story to show how much love we have for the community,” Dr. Sabry says.
3: “On National Women Physicians Day, a reminder that women save more lives for less pay,” Forbes
The AOA’s commitment to support National Women Physicians Day and the accomplishments of female physicians in the field of medicine were highlighted in this Forbes article.
3: “Honoring women doctors, 170 years after medical school ‘joke’,” Chicago Tribune
Hala Sabry, DO, explains to the Chicago Tribune the challenges she faces practicing medicine as a women. Dr. Sabry, with help from her peers, founded National Women Physicians Day, which is observed on Feb. 3.
2: “Repeal of Health Law Could Mean Women Pay More for Less,” Associated Press
The AOA is among five physician groups to call for continued coverage for women’s health benefits if the Affordable Care Act is repealed, the AP reports.
2: “Doctors make the case for Obamacare or something like it,” NBC News
“We are hopeful that lawmakers will continue or improve their constituents’ access to health care as they evolve the system in place today,” AOA Trustee William Burke, DO, is quoted in this NBC News article. The AOA joined four other medical organizations to urge U.S. senators to maintain affordable and meaningful coverage and access to health care for millions of Americans who are now covered under current law and benefit from other consumer protections.
2: “Trump’s immigration order ‘causing havoc’ for medical students awaiting Match Day,” Stat
This article highlights the AOA’s commitment to helping osteopathic medical students and DOs affected by the immigration executive order find legal assistance as needed.
31: “Daily Health Roundup,” Men’s Health
A study on misdiagnosed foot and ankle injuries from The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association was featured in the Men’s Health daily health roundup. The study was also featured in UPI, MDMag and Medical News Today.
28: “Ways to Stay Active in Winter,” U.S. News & World Report
This piece from U.S. News & World Report includes ideas from the AOA on how to stay physically active in cold weather.
26: “I tried to be Paleo while pregnant and the experiment totally changed me,” Romper
While women can continue following a Paleo diet during pregnancy, Octavia Cannon, DO, tells Romper readers they will need to make some modifications and be aware of potential risks including low blood sugar and constipation.
25: “HHS Nominee Confirmation Hearings Elicit Few Details,” HealthLeaders
Laura Wooster, MPH, AOA interim senior vice president of public policy, noted that more information is needed on how Tom Price, MD, would ensure affordable access to health care if he is confirmed as the Department of Health and Human Services secretary.
24: “14 healthcare thought leaders on President Trump’s executive order on the ACA,” Becker’s ASC Review
Laura Wooster, MPH, AOA interim senior vice president of public policy, tells Becker’s ASC Review the impact President Trump’s executive order regarding the Affordable Care Act could have on physicians and patients.
24: “Blighted ovum: What you need to know,” Parents
In this article, Octavia Cannon, DO, explains what causes a blighted ovum and how women can heal following a miscarriage.
12: “One of these drones could save your life,” NBC News
Italo Subbarao, DO, explains to NBC News the role drones could play in providing telemedicine packages in disaster situations.
10: “Delirium and Nursing Homes,” KEYC (CBS/FOX affiliate)
Research from The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association was featured in this broadcast from KEYC News 12 in Manketo, Minnesota. The JAOA study found that delirium affects nearly 18% of nursing home residents and has a 40% one-year mortality rate.
10: “How doctors can overcome payment obstacles in 2017,” Medical Economics
Laura Wooster, MPH, AOA interim senior vice president of public policy, and Joseph Schlecht, DO, offer tips on maximizing reimbursement given MACRA’s emphasis on value-based care.
10: “Where is the future of primary care headed?,” Medical Economics
Linda Delo, DO, discusses the challenges of running an independent primary care practice amid the current health care landscape (p. 3) in this article from Medical Economics.
9: “Maybe that workout can wait till the weekend?,” CNN
This CNN article reports on recent research that found that exercisers who confine their workouts to Saturdays and Sundays reap similar benefits to those who exercise more frequently. However, the piece notes that according to the AOA, this routine isn’t ideal, as it could result in sports injuries.
9: “Could virtual groups be Medicare’s new reality for smaller doctor practices?,” Bloomberg BNA
Laura Wooster, MPH, AOA interim senior vice president of public policy, is featured in this piece on how virtual groups could reduce reporting burdens for small group practices under MACRA.
9: “Delirium a deadly threat to nursing home patients: Study,” UPI
This article reports on a study in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, which found that delirium affects almost 18% of nursing home residents. The one-year mortality rate for these patients is 40%, the researchers found.
9: “Maybe that workout can wait till the weekend?,” CNN
This CNN article includes a link to an AOA article cautioning people against being weekend warriors to help prevent sports injuries.
6: “Intraperitoneal instillation of lidocaine cuts post-cesarean pain,” Reuters Health
Anita Gupta, DO, and Octavia Cannon, DO, are quoted in this piece on management of postoperative pain following cesarean delivery. The article also was picked up by Medscape (log in required).
5: “Doctors, nurses still divided over Tom Price,” MedPage Today
In this MedPage Today article, Laura Wooster, MPH, AOA interim senior vice president of public policy, offered a reaction of cautious optimism to Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga)’s selection as HHS secretary. Dr. Price has named reducing administrative burdens for doctors as a major priority.
5: “AOA to Trump: Make Access to Affordable Care a Top Priority,” HealthLeaders Media
HealthLeaders Media reported on AOA President Boyd Buser, DO’s letter to U.S. President-Elect Donald Trump, which urges lawmakers to increase access to affordable health care.
4: “Osteopathic group says wintertime sickness isn’t inevitable,” Associations Now
A recent AOA survey found 42 percent of adults think getting sick during cold and flu season is unavoidable. In this article, Rob Danoff, DO, an osteopathic family physician, demonstrates DOs’ approach to treating the whole person by suggesting people take walks in the sunshine and stay social during the winter. Charlie Simpson, the AOA’s senior vice president and chief communications officer, explains these surveys help focus on timely issues while building awareness about osteopathic physicians.
4: “Fox Business Segment,” Fox Business Network
Jennifer Caudle, DO, an osteopathic family physician, joins a panel discussion on Fox Business Network about the future of the Affordable Care Act.
4: “8 little changes you can make to sleep better in just one day,” Reader’s Digest
Looking to get more sleep? Rob Danoff, DO, an osteopathic family physician, suggests people skip snacking in bed.