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Electronic Patient Records 'Serious Threat' To Patient Confidentiality

Electronic patient records

Doctors in this week's BMJ have their say on whether patients should have to opt in or out of electronic patient records.

The medical profession is concerned that, in the proposed summary care record, data will be accessed with no further input from the patient, and this is not being made sufficiently clear to the public, write Drs Paul Cundy and Alan Hassey in a letter to this week's journal.

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Tips for Heartburn Relief

Chances are you have experienced heartburn - that uncomfortable burning sensation in your chest and throat.

It's a common digestive response to overindulging in a big meal or eating spicy food. It's also a symptom of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which digestive acid flows back (refluxes) into the tube (esophagus) that connects your mouth and stomach.

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