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What These Medical Journals Don’t Reveal: Top Doctors’ Ties to Industry

One is dean of Yale’s medical school. Another is the director of a cancer center in Texas. A third is the next president of the most prominent society of cancer doctors.

These leading medical figures are among dozens of doctors who have failed in recent years to report their financial relationships with pharmaceutical and health care companies when their studies are published in medical journals, according to a review by The New York Times and ProPublica and data from other recent research.

Gunman Kills Chicago Emergency Physician, Two Others

CHICAGO -- Physicians were outraged after two hospital employees -- including a physician and a pharmacy resident -- and a police officer were killed Monday in a shooting here at Mercy Hospital, according to news reports.

"The city of Chicago lost a doctor, a pharmaceutical assistant, and a police officer, all going about their day, all doing what they loved," Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in an announcement. "This tears at the soul of our city."

AHA: Late Meals Linked to HTN, Prediabetes

CHICAGO -- Eating a late dinner may contribute to cardiometabolic risk in American Hispanics and Latinos, a population-based study found.

People who consumed at least 30% of their energy after 6 pm had 23% higher odds of hypertension (OR 1.23, 95% CI 1.05-1.44) and 19% higher odds of prediabetes (OR 1.19, 95% CI 1.03-1.37) compared with those who ate less in the evening.

AMA Delegates Back Physician Freedom in Opioid Prescribing

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- The CDC's guidelines on the use of opioids for pain management are well-intentioned, but some insurers and pharmacists have used them to restrict providing and need to be discouraged from doing so, members of the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates said Tuesday.

Fish Oil Against GI Bleeds; Mammogram CV Screens; Weed and the Heart

Taking omega-3 fatty acids was associated with less GI bleeding among left ventricular assist device patients. (Circulation: Heart Failure)

Most women would want to know if their mammogram turned up breast arterial calcification, which can predict cardiovascular disease, according to a survey in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Another 'Brain Dead' Patient Wakes Up Just in Time

Twenty-one-year-old Zack Dunlap from Oklahoma appeared on NBC's Today Show in 2008 to tell an incredible story of hearing a physician telling his parents that a PET scan confirmed that he was brain dead after a catastrophic brain injury. While he was being prepared for organ donation, however, he moved his arm purposely in response to stimuli. Dunlap recovered, went to a rehabilitation hospital, and ultimately went home 48 days later, very much alive.[

Appendix Removal Linked to Lower Future Parkinson's Risk

Two new epidemiologic studies have suggested an important role for the appendix in the origin of Parkinson's disease.

One large study, which involved the whole population of Sweden and had a 50-year follow-up, found that individuals whose appendix had been removed in early life had a 20% lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease later in life.