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‘Nightmare bacteria’ stalk U.S. hospitals

‘Nightmare bacteria’ stalk U.S. hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detected more than 220 cases last year of a rare breed of “nightmare bacteria” that are virtually untreatable and capable of spreading genes that make them impervious to most antibiotics.

April 3, 2018 | By | Reply More
Without context or cushion, do online medical results make sense?

Without context or cushion, do online medical results make sense?

A decade ago, most patients were informed over the phone or in person by the doctor who had ordered testing and could explain the results. But in the past few years, hospitals and medical practices have urged patients to sign up for portals, which allow them rapid, round-the-clock access to their records.

March 27, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Training of Dr. Robot: Data wave hits medical care

The Training of Dr. Robot: Data wave hits medical care

The technology used by Facebook, Google and Amazon to turn spoken language into text, and recognize faces could help doctors combat one of the deadliest killers in American hospitals. Clostridium difficile, a deadly bacterium spread by physical contact with objects or infected people, thrives in hospitals.

February 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Could deadly ‘superbug’ fungus be gaining a foothold?

Could deadly ‘superbug’ fungus be gaining a foothold?

The number of U.S. patients infected with a rare but dangerous fungal “superbug” called Candida auris has climbed quickly to 200 as of Dec. 31. The fungus can cause serious medical complications when it enters the bloodstream, usually through wounds, ventilators or catheters. Patients with compromised health, especially those in hospitals and long-term care facilities, are most vulnerable.

February 12, 2018 | By | Reply More
Zika may cause brain damage in fetuses that is not detected with standard screening, study

Zika may cause brain damage in fetuses that is not detected with standard screening, study

The Zika virus may cause significant damage to the fetal brain even when the baby’s head size is normal, according to a new study. The damage, which can be difficult to detect even with sophisticated brain scans, may also occur in children infected during early childhood and adolescence, the researchers warn.

February 5, 2018 | By | Reply More
‘Safety Net’ hospitals face federal budget cuts

‘Safety Net’ hospitals face federal budget cuts

A double whammy of federal budget cuts might force many hospitals, particularly those that serve poor or rural communities, to scale back services or even shut their doors.

January 16, 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 prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

A prescription for reducing wasted health care spending

Wasted Medicine: A ProPublica series has illustrated the many ways the U.S. health care system leaks money. Health care leaders and policymakers suggest ways to plug the holes.

December 21, 2017 | By | Reply More
Automated registry helping patients better manage their diabetes

Automated registry helping patients better manage their diabetes

Primary care providers at Virginia Mason had developed a Diabetes Registry that automatically analyzes our medical records to identify patients with or at risk for diabetes, track how well they are doing; and bring them back for care when needed.

December 15, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
In era of increased competition, hospitals fret over ratings

In era of increased competition, hospitals fret over ratings

In a highly competitive market, no one wants to be a “C”-rated safety hospital any more than a “C”-rated restaurant for cleanliness. So, one hospital didn’t take its new “C” grade sitting down but sued the ratings group for defamation.

December 11, 2017 | By | Reply More