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US fertility rates are falling. These 3 charts show how.

October 18, 2018


U.S. fertility rates are falling, and new research suggests hospitals are responding by cutting obstetrician units, particularly those in rural areas.

FDA teams up with hackers, DHS to improve medical device safety

October 18, 2018


In an effort to improve medical device safety, FDA is collaborating with the Department of Homeland Security to better coordinate the agencies' responses to cybersecurity threats, and with ethical hackers to identify medical device vulnerabilities.

6 tips for breaking bad news, according to an oncologist

October 18, 2018


Telling patients that they need further treatment or that their cancer is progressing is a "core function" of an oncologist's job, but that does not make disclosing the unwelcome news any easier, Andrew Neuschatz, a physician and partner with Arizona Oncology, writes for Quartz's "Quartz at Work," but after 15 years on the job, Neuschatz says he has identified six "practical steps" for making bad news "less painful."

PCSK9 drugs can save lives—but a pricing 'battle' is undercutting patient access

October 18, 2018


PCSK9 inhibitors, a new class of drugs that help reduce cholesterol levels, can be life-saving for some patients—but many do not have access to the drugs because of their extremely high prices.

How Johns Hopkins transformed its 'culture of fear' into a 'culture of safety'

October 18, 2018


To encourage frontline staff to report compliance violations, Johns Hopkins University and Health System teamed up with the University of Cambridge to transform a "culture of fear" into a "culture of safety," according to Modern Healthcare.

Can Apple Watch aid knee and hip replacement recovery? Researchers want to find out.

October 17, 2018


Apple is working with orthopedics company Zimmer Biomet to test a new app for the Apple Watch that will allow patients recovering from hip and knee replacement surgeries to monitor and share health data with their doctors.

Many people believe they're healthy enough to skip a flu shot (and that can be deadly)

October 17, 2018


Before nearly dying of influenza in early 2017, Latasha Haynes, then 34, had never received a flu shot—a story that experts say is all too common the United States, where vaccination rates remain low.

Harvard, Brigham and Women's want these 31 papers retracted. Here's why.

October 17, 2018


Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital are recommending 31 papers published in prominent scientific journals be retracted after an investigation revealed the research contains falsified and fabricated data from the laboratory of the prominent cardiologist Piero Anversa.

The 5 fears that keep doctors up at night

October 17, 2018


From politics to financial concerns, Robert Pearl, a surgeon and former CEO of the Permanente Medical Group, in a Forbes article breaks down the "five intense fears" plaguing doctors today.

Leapfrog expands quality ratings to outpatient settings

October 17, 2018


The Leapfrog Group says in 2019 it will begin rating ambulatory surgery centers and hospital outpatient departments on patient safety and treatment outcomes.

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