Doctor texts help patients stay active; Parents of teens may interfere too much with doctors' appointments;

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> A texting intervention in which doctors sent encouraging notes to patients at risk for heart disease led the patients to increase their physical activity, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Study abstract

> Some Iowa healthcare providers have warned patients that the state's new privatized Medicaid management plans may prevent them from keeping their doctors, according to the Des Moines Register. Article

> Parents of teens may exercise too much control over their children's health checkups, with barely 1 in 3 saying their child discussed health concerns privately with their doctor, according to a new report from the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health at the University of Michigan. Announcement

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> Clostridium difficile is one of the most common hospital-acquired infections and new research shows it is also one of the most complicated and costly to treat. Article

> Despite some improvements, racial disparities affecting black and Hispanic patients persist in U.S. surgical outcomes, even at hospitals participating in a national program aimed at quality improvement, according to a study published in the Annals of Surgery. Article

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