With thousands of medical apps available for download, patients and physicians can instantly keep visual records of wounds and look up symptoms.
August 10, 2012 What can count calories, perform triage and make appointments, all at once? Medical apps are transforming the way patients and doctors understand health and monitor it.
August 3, 2012 Over the next few years, the Affordable Care Act will probably boost demand for nurses to take care of the newly insured. But with many nursing faculty retiring, and not enough in the pipeline, nursing schools will have a challenge training the next generation of nurses.
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This happens less often than you might think.
July 10, 2012 Most family doctors don't do the math to figure out whether their patients are obese. It's one reason among many that doctors on the front lines are unlikely to be the solution for country's weight problem.
July 3, 2012 Choosing a physician is never easy. But if you're in the market for a doctor, newly published ratings and a few practical tips could make the process a little less bewildering.
June 27, 2012 A piece of fruit can be a terrific stand-in for a patient during doctors' surgical training. And while there are high-tech simulators on the market, one researcher believes skills crucial to minimally invasive surgery might be better taught with something as simple as a clementine.
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June 19, 2012 Even if they scrub their hands like crazy, which certainly helps, doctors succumb to germs every once in a while, just like the rest of us. And also like lots of the rest of us, doctors go to work sick, a survey of medical residents finds.
A pharmacy technician counts generic Vicodin tablets at Oklahoma Hospital Discount Pharmacy in Edmond, Okla.
June 12, 2012 More than 40 states have systems in place to monitor prescription drugs, but budget strains and unwieldy databases have hindered their use by doctors and pharmacists to curb drug abuse.
How much will that cost, doc?
May 31, 2012 Among recent health care consumers, 16 percent said they'd looked for prices beforehand, compared with 11 percent who'd answered that way two years ago. The most common source is a doctor's office, cited by 50 percent of people who checked on prices.
May 28, 2012 New research about to be published shows that in the medical world, it's considered "shameful and unprofessional" for doctors to express their grief. This suppression of very human feelings may result in undesirable consequences for patients.
Patients continue to complain that physicians don't spend enough time examining and talking with them.
May 24, 2012 When it comes to time, there is a stubborn feeling among patients that doctors are in too big of a hurry. That is troubling — and frustrating — to physicians who feel that they are already packing more into every workday and are stretched thin by paperwork.
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May 22, 2012 Over the past decade or so, sigmoidoscopy has been largely abandoned by doctors in the U.S. in favor of colonoscopy to detect and prevent colon cancer. But sigmoidoscopy is easier on patients and is also effective in finding precancerous polyps.
May 9, 2012 British guidelines for collaboration between the drug industry and doctors suggests that conflicts are problems of the past. But a frequent critic refutes that notion and calls on recent examples to raise a warning.
May 8, 2012 A survey of more than 1,000 OB-GYNs who work in religious hospitals finds that more than one-third report they've had a conflict regarding religious-based policy for patient care. At Catholic hospitals, the figure was 52 percent.
Build a cardiac catheterization lab and doctors will tend to use it, even if treatment with drugs alone would suffice.
May 2, 2012 In Michigan, areas with more cardiac catheterization labs — places where patients are diagnosed for heart problems — tended to have more interventions than those with fewer labs.
April 27, 2012 In rural Mississippi, the number of doctors per person is among the lowest in the country. Now, a new scholarship program is trying to attract medical students to begin their practice there. The success — or failure — of the program depends largely on the recruiter's ability to pick the right students.
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