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When is a doctor too old to practice safely? That depends, says Dr. William Norcross, who founded a national doctors' remedial education center and now advocates for regular testing of aging doctors for cognitive problems like dementia.

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Is it really worth it for doctors and nurses to learn to write well? Some medical schools say yes — but their reasons might surprise you.

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Should doctors be checked for competence as they age, as elderly drivers are? A negligence case involving a 75-year-old obstetrician raises some tough questions.

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Today's Daily Briefing features new ideas about health disparities, a personal story about the right to die, and words of wisdom from Tom Brokaw.

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Studying the health of people who live near polluted rail yards, a California medical school in jeopardy, health reform court battle and more in our Daily Briefing.

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Health care reform law will increase demand, but low salaries are discouraging young doctors from entering primary care.

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To encourage more doctors to work in underserved areas, state Assemblyman Henry Perea, D-Fresno, proposed a bill for the Steven M. Thompson Medical School Scholarship Program to help students pay for medical school. The bill, Assembly Bill 589, has a condition: The students contractually commit to work their first three years after residency in an underserved area.

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State medical boards are Ellis Islands for doctors. Doctors licensed in another state or fresh out of medical school have to pass muster with the board before being allowed to see patients in that state. If they have a history of problems in other states, the medical board can tell them to look for work elsewhere. One of the most common reasons states cite for disciplining a doctor, in Antidote’s experience, is discipline by another state.

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