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The EHR-based tool that helped this hospital cut sepsis mortality by 65%

May 9, 2019


With an electronic health record-based surveillance screening tool, Frederick Memorial Hospital in Frederick, Maryland, reduced sepsis mortality by 65%.

Meghan Markle planned a home birth—but things didn't go as planned, report says

May 9, 2019


Duchess Meghan of Sussex Tuesday morning gave birth to a baby boy, and while the duchess initially planned to deliver her baby at home, reports say she was "whisked off" to a hospital at the last minute.

About 60% of pregnancy-related deaths are preventable, CDC finds

May 8, 2019


About three in five pregnancy-related deaths are preventable—a statistic that suggests health care providers could play a key role in reducing pregnancy-related deaths, according to a CDC report released Tuesday.

FDA won't ban breast implants linked with rare cancer—but it might require stricter warnings

May 7, 2019


FDA on Thursday said it will not at this time ban the use of breast implants linked with hundreds of cases of a rare cancer, though the agency said it is considering requiring stricter warnings for breast implants.

Do nurses with substance use disorders need to lose their licenses? New Hampshire is trying a different approach.

May 7, 2019


A law in New Hampshire aims to help nurses with substance use disorders recover and keep their licenses by encouraging them to self-report their conditions.

How Northwestern Memorial doubled its ED capacity without expanding

May 6, 2019


By installing examination cubicles in its emergency department, Northwestern Memorial Hospital has upped its capacity without having to undergo an expansion.

FDA to require black-box warning on Ambien, Sonata, and other sleep aids

May 3, 2019


FDA will require certain prescription sleep aids, including Ambien, Sonata, and Lunesta, to carry black-box warnings that display the drugs' risks, following reports that some patients who have taken the medications have experienced side effects that led to injury or death.

What's behind 'the epidemic of overtreatment'? Blame medical training.

May 3, 2019


Overtreatment is a pervasive problem in U.S. medicine, and some research suggests that the practice roots itself in doctors' habits early in their medical careers, according to Mara Gordon, a family physician.

The risks (and opportunities) of a single-payer health system, according to CBO

May 2, 2019


Transitioning the United States to a single-payer, government-run health care system would be "complicated, challenging, and potentially disruptive," but could lead to universal coverage and a more efficient health system, according to a Congressional Budget Office report released Wednesday.

The lucrative (and potentially dangerous) world of human egg donation

April 29, 2019


In the United States, egg donations offer young women a chance to make lucrative sums of money—but some experts say clinics tend to downplay the risks and complexity of the procedure.

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