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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
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
Flat-fee primary care helps fill niche for Texas’ uninsured

Flat-fee primary care helps fill niche for Texas’ uninsured

Under the practice model, called direct primary care, patients are charged monthly — typically $20 to $75, depending on age, in Graham’s practice — for basic, office-based medical care and frequently cell phone and other after-hours physician access.

October 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
Trump’s deadline on ‘Dreamers’ reverberates through health industries

Trump’s deadline on ‘Dreamers’ reverberates through health industries

There are no firm statistics showing how many Dreamers work in the health care sector, but industry leaders suggested that DACA’s end could have an impact, especially among medical students and home health aides. Multiple health care groups denounced the administration’s move.

September 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Female doctors show more empathy than male doctors

Female doctors show more empathy than male doctors

Recent research has found that female doctors are better at empathy than male doctors, and this probably makes them better doctors.

September 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
How below-the-radar mergers fuel health care monopolies

How below-the-radar mergers fuel health care monopolies

A new study finds that 22 percent of markets for primary care doctors, surgeons, cardiologists and other specialties were “highly concentrated” in 2013. That means that a lack of competitors substantially increased those doctors’ ability to raise prices without losing customers.

September 6, 2017 | By | Reply More
Elder Abuse: ERs learn how to protect a vulnerable population

Elder Abuse: ERs learn how to protect a vulnerable population

Abuse often leads to depression and medical problems in older patients — even death within a year of an abusive incident. Identifying victims and intervening poses challenges for doctors and nurses.

August 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hypertension, obesity contributing factors in maternal deaths in WA

Hypertension, obesity contributing factors in maternal deaths in WA

Obesity and hypertension were common factors in the 69 pregnancy-related maternal deaths reported in Washington state in 2014-2015.

August 23, 2017 | By | Reply More
Doctors warm to single-payer health care

Doctors warm to single-payer health care

Fifty-six percent of doctors registered either strong support or were somewhat supportive of a single-payer health system. In a 2008 survey, opinions ran the opposite way — 58 percent opposed single-payer. What’s changed?

August 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
How accurate are pathologists’ interpretation of melanoma skin biopsies?

How accurate are pathologists’ interpretation of melanoma skin biopsies?

New research indicates that pathologists are likely to agree when lesions are benign or highly malignant, but often disagree when gray-area lesions are less obviously characterized.

July 23, 2017 | By | Reply More