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'Medical mementos': What happens when patients want to keep their body parts after surgery?

June 7, 2019

It is not uncommon for patients to take home their organs and medical devices as keepsakes or souvenirs after a surgery, and there are safeguards in place to protect patients when they do so.

How bots could change health care

June 7, 2019

"It seems nearly everyone believes U.S. health care needs some transformative change to improve quality, expand access, or lower costs," but efforts to bolster access to primary care doctors is "the wrong path," David Asch and colleagues write for the Harvard Business Review, arguing that the right answer is bots.

State health officials to investigate UNC Children's Hospital following NYT report

June 6, 2019

North Carolina health officials on Friday announced they would investigate events between 2016 and 2017 at UNC Children's Hospital, following a New York Times report on the hospital's pediatric heart surgery program.

Does being highly educated increase your longevity?

June 5, 2019

Pinpointing the causal effects of education on mortality is "tricky," but a few studies have "teased out" its impact, according to health economist Austin Frakt.

Sens. release 'secret' list of US nursing homes with substandard care

June 5, 2019

Sens. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) on Monday released a previously undisclosed list from CMS of nearly 400 U.S. nursing facilities that inspectors have flagged for having persistent records of substandard care, including health, safety, and sanitary issues.

In the hospital, sleep is scarce. Here's how that affects patients' and providers' health.

June 5, 2019

"[S]leep disruption isn't just inconvenient"—it can have serious effects on patients and doctors alike, so it is time for hospitals to consider proper sleep as part of patients' and health workers' daily routine, Amita Kalaichandran, a resident physician, contends.

Inside the special government program that might be fueling vaccine skeptics

June 4, 2019

Unlike other drug-related injuries, where the drugmaker can be held liable, when it comes to vaccine-related injuries, the government addresses complaints via a special program—which some say might unintentionally give legitimacy to misinformation that fuels the "'vaccine-hesitant' community."

This doctor spoke up in favor of vaccines. Then, critics slammed her with 100+ fake negative reviews.

June 3, 2019

When Monique Tello, an internist at Massachusetts General Hospital, Googled her name last fall, she was shocked to find more than 100 negative and one-star reviews on physician rating websites—apparently posted by anti-vaccine groups in retaliation for Tello's pro-vaccine advocacy.

Are video games ruining surgeons' skills?

June 3, 2019

Medical students today not only have less time to practice surgical procedures than their predecessors, but many are entering school with less of the manual dexterity that is critical to performing surgical procedures—and medical school instructors say their childhood hobbies might be to blame.

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