The 10 Best Health Stories from December

DECEMBER 28, 2016
Caitlyn Fitzpatrick
primary care, family medicine, internal medicine, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, psychiatry, neurology, ophthalmology, rheumatology, hospital medicine, infectious disease, pain management, OBGYN, women’s health, men’s health, pulmonology

It seemed like every other day in December the US Food and Drug Administration was either approving a new disease treatment or red-flagging potential issues with a doctor's office staple like exam gloves. MD Magazine covered these stories, along with additional condition-specific news. Some other highlights from this month included: phase 3 trial results for a potential irritable bowel syndrome drug, an (unexpected?) problem with extended over-the-counter painkiller use, and the Department of Veterans Affairs made a controversial decision on using advanced practice nurses in place of doctors.

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