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Retirement delayed

According to InsuranceNews.net, physicians forced to delay retirement because their nest eggs have soured, are pursuing a variety of options to supplement their income, according to a new survey by staffing firm, Jackson & Coker.

Twenty-five percent of respondents find locum tenens, or part-time, assignments most appealing. Some physicians plan to continue their current pace in their current role for longer (21 percent). Others seek a new position in same field (16 percent). While others are considering leaving medicine and trying something new (14 percent).

Twenty-two percent of physicians surveyed reported no changes to their retirement plans.

“This is a tough time to be a physician,” said Sandy Garrett, president of Jackson & Coker, a firm specializing in physician jobs. “Not only are they facing the coming effects of healthcare reform, which is placing considerable challenges on their ability to effectively practice medicine and maintain a viable medical practice. The economy has severely impacted their ability to save and retire.”

 

Clinicians shed light on social and cultural forces impacting the american diabetes epidemic

A new study from QuantiaMD draws upon the input of over 4,000 clinicians with significant diabetes caseloads to explore the social and cultural causes of Type II Diabetes in America. The study exposes leading factors such as family dynamics, social acceptance of obesity and the toxic mix of fast food, sweetened beverages and advertising. Please view a report outlining the first of this six-part landmark “Diabetes and American Life” study at http://www.quantiamd.com/diabetes_american_culture.

According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, 25.8 million Americans (8.3% of the population) have diabetes, draining the country’s healthcare system of a staggering $174 billion a year. The CDC projects that, unless a significant change is made, one in three Americans could develop diabetes by 2050. Compelled by these sobering statistics, and a desire to support its active community of diabetes treaters, QuantiaMD launched a groundbreaking diabetes initiative to shed light on this epidemic and bring the voices of the treating physicians into the national debate.

Clinicians in QuantiaMD’s study acknowledge that individuals’ behaviors, such as a sedentary lifestyle or poor diet, have a strong causational impact on Type II Diabetes. However, physicians put almost as much weight on the key social and cultural forces of family behaviors, local community norms, social acceptance of obesity and the restaurant industry:

  • Over 90% of clinicians believe that fast food and the restaurant industry contribute to diabetes in America.
  • 83% of respondents believe that the growing social acceptance of obesity contributes to the growing prevalence of diabetes.
  • 66% of respondents believe family dynamics/behaviors is the top social factor determining progression of the disease.
  • 52% of clinicians feel local community norms for diet & exercise is a top social factor determining progression of the disease.

 

Spread the word, and the vaccinations

According to the Star Tribune, doctors in the Minneapolis area are reminding parents that along with school supplies, kids should have their vaccinations up to date for school season.

“Notebooks, pencils and erasers are some items no parent forgets when sending their kid to school,” said Dr. Michael Garvis, a pediatrician and a member of Children’s Physician Network in a Head Start classroom in St. Paul. “We’re asking them to also not forget sending your kid to school with their vaccination shots. I strongly encourage Minnesotans to check their vaccination status to prevent future outbreaks.”

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