San Diego, California - Mercy Physicians Medical Group and Scripps Mercy Physician Partners have formed Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups (Scripps AMG), a joint technology and data-sharing venture with Scripps Health.

Rochester, Minnesota - It might sound like a riddle: What do you get when you combine one online contest, two patients, five dogs and 654 data scientists?

Sacramento, California - With summer fast approaching, California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Public Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith reminds Californians to avoid mosquito bites during travel to Latin American countries and the Caribbean. There have been increased reports of mosquito-borne diseases, including Zika, chikungunya, and dengue, in those locations. Dr. Smith also reminded pregnant women to consider postponing travel to destinations affected by Zika virus.

Dallas, Texas - Wearing an ambulatory blood pressure monitoring device that measures blood pressure around-the-clock may help identify African Americans who have masked or undetected high blood pressure outside of the doctor’s office, a tricky condition that can signal high blood pressure in the clinic down the road, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension.

Washington, DC - Interventions designed to reduce alcohol use among fraternity members are no more effective than no intervention at all, according to an analysis of 25 years of research involving over 6,000 university students published by the American Psychological Association.

San Diego, California - Sonya Christianson, MD, who is director of inpatient palliative care at Scripps Health, has earned fellow designation from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

San Diego, California - A congenital condition called pectus excavatum, in which a child’s breastbone is sunken into the chest, can be corrected through minimally invasive surgery, but pain control after the operation can be a challenge. A Mayo Clinic study has found an effective way to control pain and reduce opioid painkiller use after surgery: sending children home with catheters that infuse a non-narcotic nerve-blocking drug called a paravertebral blockade. Use of the blocks shortens hospital stays and reduces opioid use after surgery, the researchers discovered.