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Many patients will come to see primary care physicians reporting a range of symptoms, but the real reason for the patient’s visit in many cases is anxiety or depression, according to a presentation at the ACP Internal Meeting.

“Many patients present to primary care with somatic complaints of some sort. So primary care physicians start looking for physical etiologies that explain why they are having the particular complaints that they are making,” Heidi Combs, MD, medical director for Harborview Medical Center Inpatient Psychiatry and associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral science, University of Washington, said. “These patients often have a lot of physical experiences going on in their body, but they do not know that this is a physical manifestation of their psychological distress. People don’t realize how intensely your body can experience what’s going on in your brain.” 

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Earl L. Smith, OD, PhD, professor in vision development at the University of Houston and dean of the College of Optometry, was recently awarded a $1.9 million grant from the National Eye Institute to provide a better understanding of the causes of myopia and to develop treatment strategies.

"Intense educational demands and spending more time inside than outside are things we know contribute to becoming myopic,” Smith said in a press release from the university. “In situations where there are high educational demands, people are very likely to become nearsighted. I'll use our optometry students as an example. About half of them become more myopic during their 4 years of school here."

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Ottobock will host a session with U.S. veterans at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, according to a press release.

The session, “How Wounded Warriors are Transforming Biotech,” is scheduled for March 10, from 11 a.m. to noon at the Austin Convention Center and will feature three veteran speakers. Ottobock will also livestream the hour-long event. Those interested in viewing the livestream can register at http://bit.ly/SXSW2017Vets. 

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The seroprevalence of hepatitis C virus is lower in Iran compared with other countries in the Middle East, according to the results of a systematic review and meta-analysis.

However, investigators found significant heterogeneity across studies, and thus concluded their evidence is limited.

“Our results demonstrate that the overall prevalence of HCV infection among [the] Iranian general population is relatively low compared to other developing countries,” they wrote. “However, the significant heterogeneity among included studies limits this conclusion. Therefore, further high-quality studies are recommended to provide more robust evidence on the prevalence of HCV among [the] general population.”

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The American Cancer Society endorsed the updated recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices that support a two-dose schedule for boys and girls who initiate HPV vaccination from 9 to 14 years of age.

“In the past several years, studies have shown the vaccine is even more effective than expected,” Debbie Saslow, PhD, senior director of HPV–related and women's cancers for ACS. “This new two-dose regimen is easier to follow, and we now know is very effective in preventing HPV, which is linked to a half dozen types of cancer.”

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President Donald J. Trump met today with executives from the nation’s leading pharmaceutical companies to discuss strategies to increase U.S. production while reforming regulations that contribute to higher costs.

Stephen J. Ubl, president and CEO of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), described the session as “a positive, productive meeting.”

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Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee boycotted the executive session that would decide the nominations of Rep. Tom Price, MD, (R-Ga.) as secretary of HHS and Steven Mnuchin as secretary of the treasury.

“I am disappointed that [the Democrats] are boycotting this consideration of Steven Mnuchin to be the secretary of the treasury and Representative Tom Price, one of the members of our Congress, to be secretary of Health and Human Services,” Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, said. “We ought to be proud of [Price] and we ought to be willing to support a man of integrity, which he is.”

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Anthony S. Fauci, MD, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said there is “no doubt” Donald J. Trump will be confronted with a surprise infectious disease outbreak during his presidency.

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I want to emphasize the difference between a medical practice and a medical business, and remind you the business side supports the practice. Three legs support all businesses: administration, operations and marketing. For the most part, physicians live in the world of operations (no pun intended), but the most important part of any business is marketing because without new patients, there is no business. When you are not thinking of your patients, you should be thinking about the marketing of your practice.
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