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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.

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."

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.

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.

Seeking surgery in 'sunny, beautiful Mexico?' It costs less—but comes with real risks.

October 16, 2018


Severely obese U.S. patients increasingly are seeking out bariatric surgery in Mexico—where the procedure costs much less, but can come with serious, and even fatal, health risks.

More private equity firms are buying orthopedic practices. Here's why.

October 16, 2018


Acquisitions of orthopedic practices by private equity firms are projected to increase over the next five years, which will lead to further consolidation of the hip and knee replacement market, according to a report by investment bank Edgemont Capital.

More US children aren't receiving recommended vaccinations, CDC finds

October 15, 2018


Two CDC reports show vaccinations rates among U.S. children ages 19 to 35 months and those in kindergarten remained high, but both the share of unvaccinated infants and the share of kindergarten-aged children with vaccine exemptions rose slightly.

What nurses are paid—and how salaries vary by location, mapped

October 15, 2018


Registered nurses (RNs) saw slight increases in compensation between 2016 and 2017, while licensed practical nurses' (LPNs) wages remained stagnant—which suggests nurse income might be falling when inflation is factored in, according to Medscape's latest RN/LPN Compensation Report.
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