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Problems with your hospital care? Speak up!

Problems with your hospital care? Speak up!

There are laws that cover, among other things, your rights to privacy, nondiscrimination, language interpretation and visitation. But beyond legal protections, there are people you can talk to and steps you can take to improve your situation if you feel you’re not getting the care you deserve. And patients’ opinions do count.

November 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some US hospitals don’t put Americans first for liver transplants

Some US hospitals don’t put Americans first for liver transplants

Little known to the public, or to sick patients and their families, organs donated domestically are sometimes given to patients flying in from other countries, who often pay a premium.

November 20, 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
The painful side of positive health care marketing

The painful side of positive health care marketing

As Wallace’s cancer has progressed over the past seven years, she has become more critical of what she sees as excessive positivity in health care marketing. It’s everywhere: TV ads, radio commercials, billboards. The advertisements feature happy, healed patients and tell stories of miraculous recoveries.

October 25, 2017 | By | Reply More
Hospitals step in to help house the homeless. Will it make a difference?

Hospitals step in to help house the homeless. Will it make a difference?

Hospitals around the country are taking steps to help homeless people find housing. Doing so, they say, will limit unnecessary ER visits and reduce wasteful health care spending.

October 18, 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
Las Vegas faced a massacre. Did it have enough trauma centers?

Las Vegas faced a massacre. Did it have enough trauma centers?

Las Vegas is not only a glittering strip of casinos and hotels but a fast-growing region with more than 2 million residents — and one hospital designated as a highest-level trauma center. The deadly shooting Sunday that killed at least 59 and sent more than 500 people to area hospitals raised questions about whether that’s enough.

October 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Years after silently combating sexual trauma, female veterans seek help

Years after silently combating sexual trauma, female veterans seek help

The research has found that the association between sexual trauma and its negative effects on health — such as cardiovascular disease, substance abuse and other physical and mental illnesses — was most pronounced among female veterans ages 45-64.

September 29, 2017 | By | Reply More
As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection galls to families

As care shifts from hospital to home, guarding against infection galls to families

As more medical care shifts from hospital to home, families take on more complex, risky medical tasks for their loved ones. But hospitals have not done enough to help these families, said Dr. Amy Billett, director of quality and safety at the cancer and blood disorders center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Boston Children’s Hospital.

September 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Conference seeks to connect patients with metastatic breast cancer with researchers

Conference seeks to connect patients with metastatic breast cancer with researchers

The conference brings patients and caregivers together with medical professionals and scientists for the most current information on breast cancer treatments, research trials, integrative medicine, patient support and issues/advocacy for metastatic (stage IV) breast cancer.

September 18, 2017 | By | Reply More