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He thought he misplaced his dentures during surgery. After 8 days and 2 ED visit, doctors found them—in his throat.

August 15, 2019


When a 72-year-old patient's dentures went missing after a minor abdominal surgery, everyone assumed they were misplacedand it was not until the patient returned to the hospital twice for throat pain, trouble eating, and vomiting blood that providers solved the mystery of the dentures, according to a paper in BMJ Case Reports.

USPSTF for the first time proposes that providers screen all adults for illicit drug use

August 14, 2019


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force on Tuesday issued a draft recommendation that providers screen all adult patients for illicit drug use, marking the first time the task force has proposed such a recommendation.

40% of patients faced 'surprise' out-of-network bills at in-network hospitals

August 14, 2019


The number of U.S. patients who were billed for out-of-network care received at in-network hospitals rose between 2010 and 2016and the costs of those bills increased, as wellaccording to a study published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Where you live could determine how your heart attack is treated

August 14, 2019


A patient's geographic region is strongly correlated with whether he or she receives a high-intensity statin after a heart attack, according to a study recently published in JAMA Cardiology.

How med schools are recruiting providers to rural areas: Whitewater rafting, mayoral visits, and more

August 14, 2019


A handful of medical schools are offering programs that connect their students with rural communities to entice them to practice in these areas.

‘Heroics in the face of violence’: Inside University Medical Center of El Paso after the mass shooting

August 13, 2019


For staff at University Medical Center of El Paso, the hours after the recent mass shooting in their city were a time of "heroics in the face of violence," according to the New York Times, which recounts the team's efforts to save 14 victims who had been gunned down at a Walmart.

Why an iron infusion could cost $412—or $4,316

August 12, 2019


Experts say the common brand-name products used for IV iron infusions in many cases are medically interchangeable—yet providers increasingly are administering the most costly products, leaving patients facing unexpectedly high bills.

DeepMind's new AI system can predict 90% of severe kidney injuries—up to 2 days in advance

August 12, 2019


DeepMind has developed an artificial intelligence tool that can predict the onset of acute kidney injury "with a lead time of up to 48 hours," according to a paper published in Nature.

4 ways for hospitals to implement evidence-based practices (without a huge delay)

August 12, 2019


Margaret Luciano, an assistant professor at the WP Carey School of Business at Arizona State University, and colleagues offer four ways hospitals can integrate evidence-based practices, which sometimes can take over a decade to catch on.

Older adults binge drink, too. Here's what it does to their health.

August 9, 2019


Binge drinking often is associated with college-aged adults, but new data show that drinking in excess also is a habit for almost 11% of seniors, who providers say are at increased risk of alcohol-related harms such as falls.

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