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In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

In bid to control opioid epidemic, doctors warn patients to expect to feel some pain

Doctors at some of the largest U.S. hospital chains admit they went overboard with opioids to make people as pain-free as possible, and now they shoulder part of the blame for the nation’s opioid crisis. In an effort to be part of the cure, they’ve begun to issue an uncomfortable warning to patients: You’re going to feel some pain.

January 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
A hospital charged $1,877 to pierce a 5-year-old’s ears

A hospital charged $1,877 to pierce a 5-year-old’s ears

Experts estimate the U.S. health care system wastes $765 billion annually — about a quarter of all the money that’s spent. Of that, an estimated $210 billion goes to unnecessary or needlessly expensive care.

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Washington state to require all health providers to undergo suicide prevention training

Washington state to require all health providers to undergo suicide prevention training

Most people who die by suicide don’t see a mental health counselor but commonly interact with healthcare providers in the weeks leading up to their suicide.

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctor’s Rx for a stiff knee: A prescription for 90 Percocet pills

Doctor’s Rx for a stiff knee: A prescription for 90 Percocet pills

I recently hobbled to the drugstore to pick up painkillers after minor outpatient knee surgery, only to discover that my doctor had prescribed me 90 Percocets. Talk about using a shotgun to kill a mosquito.

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

The US health care system serves the elderly poorly. A new book provides guidance to help seniors receive the best care possible.

November 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Grass-roots network of doctors delivers supplies to Puerto Rico

Grass-roots network of doctors delivers supplies to Puerto Rico

Across the United States mainland, an agile, jury-rigged network of doctors has scrambled to deliver aid to their counterparts in Puerto Rico, often reaching clinics before federal assistance arrived. They draw on a sense of solidarity in the medical community, connections formed through the hurricanes in Houston and Florida — and the use of private jets belonging to corporations, sports teams and individual donors.

November 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Team approach to health care means new role for doctors

Team approach to health care means new role for doctors

Doctors increasingly oversee care plans that are executed by a team, from nurses who sit down with patients to discuss diet and exercise to clinical pharmacists who monitor a patient’s medication.

October 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Seattle pediatrician named WSMA president

Seattle pediatrician named WSMA president

Donna Smith, MD was elected president of the Washington State Medical Association at the association’s annual meeting in Seattle, Sunday, Oct. 15.

October 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
Mobile clinics assume greater role in preventive care

Mobile clinics assume greater role in preventive care

Mobile health clinics like it have been around for decades, but they are assuming a more prominent role as the U.S. health care system places a greater emphasis on preventive care.

October 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Training new doctors right where they’re needed

Training new doctors right where they’re needed

Dr. Olga Meave didn’t mind the dry, 105-degree heat that scorched this Central Valley city on a recent afternoon. The sweltering summer days remind her of home in Sonora, Mexico. So do the people of the Valley — especially the Latino first-generation immigrants present here in large numbers, toiling in the fields or piloting big rigs laden with fruits and vegetables.

October 9, 2017 | By | Reply More