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The Truth About AI; Why Docs’ Skills Decline

  • Will artificial intelligence really bring about the innovation some experts have promised? Liz Szabo separates the reality from the hype ~ A Reality Check On Artificial Intelligence: Are Health Care Claims Overblown? (Kaiser Health News)
  • Sally A. Santen, MD, PhD, and colleagues highlight why doctors’ competency may decline over time and how to prevent the deterioration ~ The Responsibility of Physicians to Maintain Competency (JAMA)
  • “The opioid epidemic is too complicated to boil down to grim statistics or the stories of one or two patients. But the crisis is real, and treatment gaps remain in rural areas around the country,” writes Bram Sable-Smith who details the efforts of one doctor treating patients with chronic pain in rural Wisconsin ~ In Rural Areas Without Pain Or Addiction Specialists, Family Doctors (NPR)
  • Robert H. Goldstein, MD, PhD, and Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, discuss how drug trials are often skewed in favor of men ~ Where Were the Women? Gender Parity in Clinical Trials (New England Journal of Medicine)
  • With drug prices increasingly rapidly in the U.S. over the past decade, Sydney Lupkin highlights five medications that became much harder for Americans to afford ~ A Decade Marked By Outrage Over Drug Prices (NPR)
  • “Although evidence-based medicine guides medical practice, we find it intriguing that interest in free tuition has grown in the relative absence of data,” write Mark S. Lachs, MD, MPH, and Augustine M.K. Choi, MD, regarding the recent push to do away with medical school tuition ~ Eliminating Medical School Debt: A Dean and Geriatrician’s View From Opposite Ends of the Training Pipeline (Annals of Internal Medicine)
  • Despite the need for new pain therapies, drug companies are largely focusing on reformulated medications, according to a recent analysis from Thomas J. Hwang, AB, and colleagues ~ Prescription Opioid Epidemic and Trends in the Clinical Development of New Pain Medications (Mayo Clinic Proceedings)

Fred N. Pelzman, MD, of Weill Cornell Internal Medicine Associates and weekly blogger for MedPage Today, follows what’s going on in the world of primary care medicine. Pelzman’s Picks is a compilation of links to blogs, articles, tweets, journal studies, opinion pieces, and news briefs related to primary care that caught his eye.

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