Retail clinics get high marks in cost savings study; Nurses, parents attempt to fight drug resistant 'super lice;

> New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reinforces the fact that low primary care pay is linked to family physician shortage. Family medicine had the lowest average salary ($185,740) and the lowest percentage of filled residency positions among U.S. graduates (42 percent). Radiologists and orthopedic surgeons, who had an average salary of more than $400,000, had the highest percentage of filled residency positions among U.S. graduates (88.7 percent and 93.8 percent, respectively). Article

> New research from the Employee Benefit Research Institute reports that while the percentage of employees covered by employers has been down in recent years, it is not expected to drop significantly in the next few years. In 2007, 62.2 percent of the "non-elderly population" had employment-based health benefits, unchanged from 2006, according to EBRI. Report

> MSNBC reports that researchers have been warning for years that head lice in the U.S. and around the world are developing immunity to the strong insecticides used in over-the-counter and prescription shampoos. It takes just three to five years for the bugs to adapt to a new product, despite claims to the contrary by the manufacturers, noted Shirley C. Gordon, an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University who studies persistent head lice. Article

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