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Larger role for midwives could improve deficient U.S. care for mothers and babies

Larger role for midwives could improve deficient U.S. care for mothers and babies

Shortages of maternity care have reached critical levels: Nearly half of U.S. counties don’t have a single practicing obstetrician-gynecologist. Nevertheless, thanks in part to opposition from doctors and hospitals, midwives are far less prevalent in the U.S. than in other affluent countries.

February 23, 2018 | By | Reply More
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
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
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
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