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Clinical side of primary care; Oprah, obesity and meds; and you, Brutus? – Morning Medical Update

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Let’s get clinical

Check out the inaugural issue of Patient Care Online’s digital edition. If you’re not familiar, www.PatientCareOnline.com covers the latest clinical developments affecting primary care and is a sister publication to Medical Economics. When you’re done reading that edition, be sure to visit the website frequently for daily coverage by staff editors and guest contributors.

Oprah takes on obesity

Television talk legend Oprah Winfrey will host “An Oprah Special: Shame, Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution,” at 8 p.m. EDT Monday, March 18. The show will gather “the country’s leading medical experts” to discuss obesity, rapidly becoming “one of the biggest health care crises the world has ever known.” They will review the revolutionary new antiobesity medications that could turn the tide for patients, according to the official description by ABC, which will air the special. Hulu has it the next day. By the way, People magazine has Oprah’s comments about decades of public scrutiny of her own weight.

Beware the Ides of March

March 15 was a bad day for Julius Caesar and for the Roman empire, according to William Shakespeare’s famous tragedy. What about the rest of us? USA Today has this explainer about superstitions surrounding this day, and In Good Health has this column with recommendations if you or your patients have mid-month blahs.

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