Chief Medical Resident Dr. Julia Vermylen (right) critiques interns during an "intern boot camp," held at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital in June.
July 31, 2014 The Institute of Medicine this week urged Congress to allocate to community clinics more of the $15 billion it spends annually on training new doctors. But hospitals say that's the wrong prescription.
California's Board of Pharmacy is considering requiring all pharmacies in the state to provide bilingual labels on prescription medicines.
July 30, 2014 Adding a translation to the English label would require bigger bottles, pharmacists say. They worry patients would wind up carrying a few pills around loose — without any instructions at all.
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Proposed changes in medical training would shift money away from big teaching hospitals to clinics.
July 29, 2014 We spend $15 billion a year training doctors but end up with a medical workforce that doesn't meet the nation's health care needs, according to an Institute of Medicine Report.
Patients who get the comforts of palliative care as well as disease treatment live longer, studies show, than those who only get treatment for the disease.
July 29, 2014 Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.
July 28, 2014 Congress has reached a bipartisan deal to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs, after nearly two months of tense negotiations.
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July 28, 2014 Medicare's trust fund is projected to have money until 2030, four years longer than predicted last year. But the fund that pays for disability benefits could run dry just two years from now.
July 28, 2014 People sometimes avoid information because they're afraid of bad news. But this "information aversion" can lead people to avoid medical tests that could save their lives.
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Lissette Encarnacion in her apartment at The Brook, a supportive housing complex in the New York City borough of the Bronx.
July 28, 2014 Offering a homeless person an apartment with access to a doctor and social services may be cheaper than paying for emergency room visits and jail or shelter stays. But should Medicaid help with rent?
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July 28, 2014 The compromise plan to be unveiled Monday is expected to authorize billions in emergency spending to lease 27 new clinics and hire more doctors and nurses.
Traditional warning labels on medicine boxes tend to be long on confusing language, critics say, but short on helpful numbers.
July 25, 2014 A husband and wife who are doctors have been working on fact boxes for drugs that, like nutrition labels for foods, would more concisely convey a medicine's benefits and risks.
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July 25, 2014 Experts are more likely than the general public to buy generic products — but not always. Here's a breakdown of which foods and drugs experts buy generic.
When weighing the risk of heart disease, how the numbers are presented to patients can make all the difference.
July 24, 2014 Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital are working on ways to help patients better understand their chances of suffering heart attacks and surgical complications.
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July 24, 2014 A 1996 law has been cited to scold a mom taking a picture of her son in a hospital and to keep information away from police investigating a possible rape at a nursing home.
Even after the open enrollment deadline, HealthCare.gov remained a popular destination.
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July 23, 2014 Federal data, obtained by ProPublica under the Freedom of Information Act, show that nearly 1 million insurance transactions have taken place since the middle of April.
Intrauterine devices can be used immediately after a woman has given birth to prevent future pregnancies.
July 23, 2014 New York and five other states are helping women on Medicaid get contraception immediately after giving birth. New moms can get an IUD or long-acting implant before leaving the hospital.
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