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On January 22, 2018, The New York Times published an article outlining a recent study published in PLOS Medicine. The study found the following:

“Women who have had gestational diabetes have an increased risk not only for Type 2 diabetes later in life, but for heart disease and hypertension as well.

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A recent article by Doris Iarovicic, a psychiatrist at Hardvard University's Counseling and Mental Health Services, details her experience with patients who prefer the "expertise" of the digital world to the expertise of in-person physicians.

Read the full article at the New York Times (soft paywall).

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"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will publish the Open Payments Program Year 2016 data and updates to the 2013, 2014, and 2015 program years on June 30, 2017.

Review and dispute for the Program Year 2016 Open Payments data publication began on Saturday, April 1, 2017 and will last until May 15, 2017. Physicians and teaching hospitals must initiate their disputes during this 45-day review period in order for any disputes to be addressed before the June 30th publication.

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"The progressive nature of ADPKD means that kidney function gets worse over time, eventually leading to end-stage renal disease. This progression happens more rapidly for some patients than others.” said Michal Mrug, M.D., Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and investigator on the REPRISE trial. “Today’s approval is great news for adults at risk of rapidly progressing ADPKD because by slowing the decline in kidney function, this therapy may give them more time before kidney transplant or dialysis.”

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Professor Patrick Dunleavy at the London School of Economics writes about “four principles for improving how you display tables, graphs, charts and diagrams” in academic or scientific research.

The four principles include:

Please read the full article for more in-depth tips and explanations on how best to present your findings and research in academic publications or presentations.

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Female nephrologists are working to create a separate women’s charter within the Indian Society of Nephrology (ISN). They hope to serve the underrepresented number of female nephrologists throughout India.

"’There are nearly 1500 nephrologists in the society, among them 400 are women, nephrology is [a] very tough stream for women to practice in and they need to update themselves constantly, and as women we have separate challenges, a separate charter for us within [Indian Society of Nephrology] will be [a] good idea, we have already informed this to our society' said Dr. G Swarnalatha, senior nephrologist with Nizams Institute of Medical Sciences (NIMS). 'We are hoping that this will roll out soon and we can start our activities,' she added.

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Nigeria, on March 8, joined the rest of the world to celebrate the World Kidney Day (WKD). A day set aside to raise awareness on the plight of people living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and how to better prevent, treat and manage 'the disease'".

Please read the full article from The Guardian Nigeria for more information.

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This piece published by Becker’s Hospital Review addresses the topic of physician burnout and suggests hospitals are incorrectly engaging with the issue.

“…[H]ospital administrators tend to favor administering engagement surveys over burnout surveys because the results are less explicitly negative; mediocre engagement scores don't seem as bad as high burnout scores. However, if health system leaders truly want to help solve the problem, both engagement and burnout surveys should be used.”

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“The American Medical Informatics Association [AMIA] has suggested now is the time to update the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) to make sure the legislation fits today’s connected world”.

“The Department of Health and Human Services produced video guides last year to help patients understand their right to access their healthcare data under HIPAA; however, AMIA suggests more should be done to clarify the HIPAA right to access”.