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Geriatrics is a specialty that should adapt and change with each patient, says physician and author Louise Aronson. "I need to be a different sort of doctor for people at different ages and phases of old age." Robert Lang Photography/Getty Images hide caption

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A Clearer Map For Aging: 'Elderhood' Shows How Geriatricians Help Seniors Thrive

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'Patients Will Die': One County's Challenge To Trump's 'Conscience Rights' Rule

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Just as sleep deprivation has been shown to impair cognition, so too has it been found to dampen empathy for others. Johner Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Lenh Vuong, a clinical social worker at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center, checks on a former John Doe patient she recently helped identify. Heidi de Marco/KHN hide caption

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Dr. Brian Chesebro (right), in Portland, Ore., has calculated that by simply using the anesthesia gas sevoflurane in most surgeries, instead of the similar gas desflurane, he can significantly cut the amount of global warming each procedure contributes to the environment. Kristian Foden-Vencil/OPB hide caption

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Effects Of Surgery On A Warming Planet: Can Anesthesia Go Green?

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Will computers alienate us from the healing touch? Chris Nickels for NPR hide caption

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As Artificial Intelligence Moves Into Medicine, The Human Touch Could Be A Casualty

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According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, incidents of serious workplace violence are four times more common in health care than in private industry. Most assaults come from patients and patients' families. Phil Fisk/Cultura RF/Getty Images hide caption

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Facing Escalating Workplace Violence, Hospital Employees Have Had Enough

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Dr. Carlos Gutierrez examines a young girl at a shelter in El Paso that was set up for recent migrants. The girl's mother said her daughter's deep cough arose while the family was in immigration custody. Anna Maria Barry-Jester/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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If a doctor's office is like Blockbuster, Hims feels more like Netflix. It's a way to skip the long waits and crowds and get generic Viagra, hair growth treatment and other medicine and vitamins with minimal interaction with a health care provider — for better and worse. PeopleImages/Getty Images hide caption

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Dr. Hillary Tamar, who's in the second year of her family medicine residency in Phoenix, is part of a new generation of doctors who are committed to treating addiction. Jackie Hai/KJZZ hide caption

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Aspiring Doctors Seek Advanced Training In Addiction Medicine

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The reality of electronic medical records has yet to live up to the promise. suedhang/Getty Images/Cultura RF hide caption

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Why The Promise Of Electronic Health Records Has Gone Unfulfilled

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The common practice of double-booking a lead surgeon's time and letting junior physicians supervise and complete some parts of a surgery is safe for most patients, a study of more than 60,000 operations finds. But there may be a small added risk for a subset of patients. Ian Lishman/Getty Images hide caption

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Health staff prepare a cholera treatment tent in September 2018. The country's health system lacks the capacity to contain diseases like cholera. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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"There does seem to be across-the-board understanding that what's happening to patients right now isn't right or fair," Sen. Maggie Hassan, D-N.H., said about surprise medical bills. Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images hide caption

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When a former patient died from a lethal combination of methadone and Benadryl, Dr. Ako Jacintho got a letter from the state medical board. Whitney Hayward/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images hide caption

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California Doctors Alarmed As State Links Their Opioid Prescriptions to Deaths

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A moment from Embodied Labs' virtual reality video of Clay Crowder, a fictional 66-year-old man with incurable lung cancer. In this scene, Clay's family gathers around his bed, reassuring him that it's OK to let go of life. Embodied Labs hide caption

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Sarah Witter had two operations to repair bones in her lower left leg after a skiing accident last February. The second surgery was needed to replace a stabilizing plate that broke. Matt Baldelli for KHN hide caption

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