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Does equal pay for equal work exist among male and female medical doctors? Here are the facts

Women have been paid less than men ever since incomes were first recorded. In 2016, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report revealed that there is not one country where women are receiving equal pay for equal work. But despite decades of ample evidence, there is still widespread debate surrounding the existence of the gender pay gap.Read More

How environmental changes such as UV radiation and air pollution are impacting our eyes

For all the discussion and debate about climate change, one aspect should concern all of us: its impact on eye health. The link between our eyes and the environment is clear to anyone who suffers from or treats ocular allergies. Environmental factors play a role in dry eye disease, as well.Read More

The annual event showcased innovative patient education and practice workflow solutions

Thousands of cataract and refractive surgeons, students, and health care professionals gathered in Los Angeles May 5 – 9, 2017 at the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS). The annual symposium and congress showcases the latest advancements in surgical research, techniques, and technologies.Read More

Patient education plays a critical role in easing tough medical situations

One of the hardest parts of a doctor’s job is telling patients something they do not want to hear. That could mean informing patients that you will not prescribe the opioids they have requested, or that the reason they are not getting better is because they are not complying with treatment recommendations, or that they are facing permanent vision loss. Delivering bad news is never easy. But there are some things you can do to help make difficult conversations with patients go more smoothly.Read More

Patient education, engagement, and convenience are critical pieces of the health care puzzle for this population

Reducing the burdens of chronic disease is one of the biggest challenges facing the health care industry today. More than half of Americans are currently living with at least one chronic disease—such as diabetes, heart disease, or asthma—while nearly a third of patients are managing two or more of these conditions, according to a report by the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease (PFCD). Chronic diseases are the number one cause of death and disability in America, and take a huge toll on the quality of life of patients and their family members.Read More

Rural patients lack easy access to quality health care—but telemedicine is changing that

Recently we reported on the continuing growth of digital health technologies, which include wearables, remote monitoring, mobile health (mHealth) apps and tools, and telemedicine and telehealth. We noted that despite their promise, though, some technologies had not yet made the leap from enthusiasm to adoption by most medical practices.Read More