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Double-Booked: When surgeons operate on two patients at once

Double-Booked: When surgeons operate on two patients at once

The controversial practice of ‘double booking’ has been standard in many teaching hospitals for decades, its safety and ethics largely unquestioned and its existence unknown to those most affected: people undergoing surgery.

July 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Widespread hype gives false hope to many cancer patients

Widespread hype gives false hope to many cancer patients

Patients and families are bombarded with the news that the country is winning the war against cancer. The news media hypes research results to attract readers. Drug companies promise “a chance to live longer” to boost sales. Hospitals woo paying customers with ads that appeal to patients’ fears and hopes.

April 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Report: Fired US attorney was probing Tom Price’s stock trades

Report: Fired US attorney was probing Tom Price’s stock trades

Fired U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara Said to Have Been Investigating HHS Secretary Tom Price By Robert Faturechi ProPublica Kaiser Health News Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who was removed from his post by the Trump administration last week, was overseeing an investigation into stock trades made by the president’s health secretary, according to a person […]

March 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Where you live may determine how you die. Oregon leads the way

Where you live may determine how you die. Oregon leads the way

By JoNel Aleccia Kaiser Health News Americans who want to ensure they have a say in how they die should examine the lessons of Oregon, a new analysis suggests. Seriously ill people in that state are more likely to have their end-of-life wishes honored — including fewer intensive-care hospitalizations and more home hospice enrollments — […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Experimental stem cell treatment blinds three women

Experimental stem cell treatment blinds three women

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News An experimental treatment — which blinded three women after stem cells from abdominal fat were injected into their eyes — was advertised on a government-run clinical trial website but lacked proper safeguards, researchers reported Wednesday. The report in the New England Journal of Medicine notes that the procedures were […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Two words can soothe patients who have been harmed: We’re sorry

Two words can soothe patients who have been harmed: We’re sorry

By Sandra G. Boodman Kaiser Health News When Donna Helen Crisp, a 59-year-old nursing professor, entered a North Carolina teaching hospital for a routine hysterectomy in 2007, she expected to come home the next day. Instead, Crisp spent weeks in a coma and underwent five surgeries to correct a near-fatal cascade of medical errors that […]

March 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Right-to-try’ laws expose dying patients to exploitation, ethicists warn

‘Right-to-try’ laws expose dying patients to exploitation, ethicists warn

By Carrie Feibel, KQED Kaiser Health News In the past three years, 33 U.S. states have passed laws aimed at helping dying people get easier access to experimental treatments. Supporters say these patients are just looking for the “right to try” these treatments. Such laws may sound compassionate, but medical ethicists warn they pose worrisome […]

March 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
In places where it’s legal, how many people are ending their lives using euthanasia?

In places where it’s legal, how many people are ending their lives using euthanasia?

  By Andrew McGee, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia In Australia, the Victorian Parliament will consider a bill to legalise euthanasia in the second half of 2017. That follows the South Australian Parliament’s decision to knock back a voluntary euthanasia bill late last year, and the issue has also cropped up […]

March 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Patient advocacy groups rake in donations from pharma

Patient advocacy groups rake in donations from pharma

By Emily Kopp Kaiser Health News High-profile advocacy groups for patients with cancer, Alzheimer’s, HIV and other diseases almost always accept funding from pharmaceutical firms, and many fail to report any contributions, new research shows. At least 83 percent of the nation’s 104 largest patient advocacy groups take contributions from the drug, medical device and […]

March 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Big pharma quietly enlists leading professors to justify $1,000 per day drugs

Big pharma quietly enlists leading professors to justify $1,000 per day drugs

By Annie Waldman ProPublica Over the last three years, pharmaceutical companies have mounted a public relations blitz to tout new cures for the hepatitis C virus and persuade insurers, including government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, to cover the costs. That isn’t an easy sell, because the price of the treatments ranges from $40,000 […]

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More