More Maine doctors give OK for medical marijuana; Six steps are better than three when it comes to handwashing;

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> More Maine doctors certify patients to use medical marijuana. State health officials say more than 300 medical providers participate in the program that started in 1999, according to the Portland Press Herald. Article

> A scientific study published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology has found the World Health Organization's six-step technique for handwashing is better at reducing bacteria than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended three-step method. Study

> Legislation being proposed in California would require doctors to notify their patents when the medical board puts them on probation for a serious offense, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Article

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> Prevention and treatment of diabetes is growing in importance in the healthcare community, and according to panelists at an event late last week, technology may have a big role to play in helping in the effort. Article

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> Millions of New Yorkers use the emergency room for conditions that could be treated in less expensive settings, according to a new study conducted by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. But a professional association of emergency physicians disputes the findings, calling the statistics flawed and misleading. Article

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