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Do you sleep with contacts in? This viral post might change your mind.

May 22, 2019


Although many people try to avoid falling sleep while wearing soft contact lenses, the habit of sleeping in contacts is not uncommon—and it sparked Patrick Vollmer, a doctor at the Vita Eye Clinic, to share a now-viral Facebook post that shows up-close photos of an eye infection that developed after a person left their contacts in overnight.

The top hospitals for patient safety and experience, according to Healthgrades

May 22, 2019


Healthgrades last week released its list of the 460 hospitals winning the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award and the 434 hospitals winning the Outstanding Patient Experience Award.

States, localities sue HHS over 'conscience' protections for health care providers

May 22, 2019


A group of nearly two dozen states and localities on Tuesday filed a lawsuit that seeks to block a final rule intended to enforce protections for health care professionals who have moral or religious objections to providing certain medical care, including abortion care and physician-assisted death.

Is it time for doctors to 'hang up their lab coats—for good'?

May 22, 2019


While white coats are viewed as a "defining symbol" of a doctor's profession, research shows the coats often are contaminated with bacteria that could threaten patients' health, according to health care economist Austin Frakt.

SCOTUS declines to hear case on rule barring military medical malpractice suits

May 22, 2019


The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case challenging a longstanding rule that bars active-duty servicemembers from suing the federal government over medical malpractice.

How this health system overcame staff resistance to adopt a surgical checklist

May 22, 2019


When McLeod Regional Health System in South Carolina sought to implement a surgical checklist, it took time and a three-strategy approach to get surgical staff on board and achieve 100% adoption of a protocol that saves them $4 million annually.

The $753M question: What's Amazon got planned for PillPack?

May 21, 2019


Amazon in June 2018 announced that it was purchasing PillPack, a mail-order pharmaceutical supplier, but many questions remain about how Amazon will utilize PillPack going forward.

How doctors can help (and hinder) patients who are trying to lose weight

May 21, 2019


Weight loss management can be frustrating for both patients and clinicians—but a recent study reveals concrete ways that providers can improve their patients' odds of success.

Doctors couldn't save this woman's life. Then, her 19-year-old daughter had an idea.

May 21, 2019


When 19-year-old Aliana Deveza learned that her dying mother's chances of finding a kidney donor were slim, she came up with a risky idea that saved both her mother's and another patient's life—and could change the way transplant centers conduct donations in the future.

What happens when you invite a patient's favorite music into the OR? 'Something magical.'

May 21, 2019


Benjamin Schwartz, a surgeon who specializes in gynecologic cancer, writes that last year he made a "simple yet remarkable adjustment in how [his surgical team] prepare[s] for surgery" that made patients facing scary procedures more comfortable and helped his surgical team better know their patients.

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