What We Heard: ‘Like a Fitbit’; Child Abuse Dx; Pig Brains

"It's like a Fitbit, but it's more objective and actually works a lot better. It's the research equivalent of a Fitbit." Katherine Kidwell, describing the use of actigraphy to measure sleep.

"The studies that are done tend to underreport suspected child abuse and it's been fairly broadly published that many of these cases are a little bit murky. Unless they're …

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Healthcare System Makes Physicians Hypocrits by Enabling Addiction

I do a strange thing as a physician almost daily. I go to alcoholics and have them promise me they'll go home and continue drinking. Then I release them back into the wild to do just that.

I'm an emergency physician at an urban hospital, and I see alcoholics every single shift, brought in by the ambulance "found down" -- …

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End of Medicare Bonus Program Will Cut Pay to Primary Care Doctors

Many primary care practitioners will be a little poorer next year because of the expiration of a health law program that has been paying them a 10% bonus for caring for Medicare patients. Some say the loss may trickle down to the patients, who could have a harder time finding a doctor or have to wait longer for appointments. But …

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Tweet of the Week: Have a Laugh on Thanksgiving

Welcome to another edition of the MedPage Today Tweet of the Week! Every Friday, the editorial team highlights its favorite 140-character contribution from the healthcare twittersphere.

This week's winner is ... Katie Couric. When close families gather, the conversation topics can vary, and sometimes, people disagree. But last week's SNL showed us a good way to keep our high …