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AMA Wire - 11/08/2013

In life-saving move, FDA proposes ban on trans fat

Citing premature deaths and a significant toll on Americans’ health, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Thursday announced a plan to cut trans fatty acids from the American diet. The FDA’s recommendation to ban this fat aligns with the AMA’s Improving Health Outcomes initiative, which aims to prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

AMA Wire - 11/08/2013

10 states top list of health insurer market domination—new report

An annual list released by the AMA Thursday identifies 10 states with the lowest levels of competition among commercial health insurers, highlighting areas where the absence of competition may hurt patients, physicians and employers. Those states are among 15 in which a single company had a majority share of the market.

AMA Wire - 11/08/2013

Med schools outline changes, ideas to innovate education

At a recent AMA conference, key leaders in medical education shared ideas and innovations to bring education of tomorrow’s physicians fully into the 21st century. Participants included representatives of the 11 medical schools selected to receive $1 million AMA grants for projects to accelerate change in medical education.

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AMA Wire - 11/08/2013

JAMA highlights: This week’s top articles from The JAMA Network

Studies include: Testosterone therapy may increase risk for heart attack; no association between sleep deficient surgeons and surgical complications; no major complications in most teens undergoing weight-loss bariatric surgery.

AMA Wire - 11/07/2013

FDA unveils expanded strategy to tackle drug shortages

An hourlong webinar at noon Eastern time Nov. 19 will examine how physicians can use frank conversations to motivate patients with chronic conditions to adhere to their medication regimen.

AMA Wire - 11/07/2013

Resources show how to cut administrative hassles, free time for patients

An hourlong webinar at noon Eastern time Nov. 19 will examine how physicians can use frank conversations to motivate patients with chronic conditions to adhere to their medication regimen.

AMA Wire - 11/06/2013

Boost medication adherence: Free webinar explains how

An hourlong webinar at noon Eastern time Nov. 19 will examine how physicians can use frank conversations to motivate patients with chronic conditions to adhere to their medication regimen.

Ardis Dee Hoven, MD

AMA Viewpoints - 11/06/2013

World Medical Association paves path toward improved global health

The World Medical Association (WMA) has proved to be a leader for change globally, writes AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD. At the WMA General Assembly last month in Fortaleza, Brazil, national medical association physician leaders from around the globe took action to help improve health internationally, especially among vulnerable populations.