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Hazards tied to electronic records rush
By Boston Globe | July 21, 2014
Theresa Robertson's bedside oxygen alarm sounded at 2:52 a.m., sending an urgent beep through the South Shore Hospital emergency room. The cause of Robertson's crisis, it would later be learned, was a precipitous drop in her blood glucose—severe hypoglycemia. The deadly turn was the result of...
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Illinois legalizes medical marijuana for children with seizures
By Reuters | July 21, 2014
Illinois children and adults with epilepsy will soon be allowed to use marijuana to ease their symptoms under a law signed on Sunday by Democratic Governor Pat Quinn, the latest in a series of measures loosening restrictions on cannabis by U.S. states.
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Statistics show progress on patient safety
July 21, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Regarding “Hospital patients no safer today than 15 years ago, Senate panel hears”: Show me the data.
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Most consumers unclear about physician quality, poll finds
By Associated Press | July 20, 2014
Americans consider insurance and a good bedside manner in choosing a doctor, but will that doctor provide high-quality care? A new poll shows that people don't know how to determine that.
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N.Y. doctor convicted of manslaughter in 2 overdoses
By Associated Press | July 19, 2014
A doctor accused of peddling painkiller prescriptions to addicts — including some who died of overdoses and one who later killed four people in a pharmacy holdup — was convicted Friday in what was believed to be the first manslaughter case against a New York doctor in an overdose death.
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Early prostate cancer care questioned
By Sabriya Rice | July 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
Two new studies are raising concerns about management of early stage prostate cancer and treatment.
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Care teams can boost access, patient education
By Dawn Morton-Rias | July 19, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
One of the most rewarding parts of my job as a clinical physician assistant has been talking with patients about their healthcare needs and concerns. But that type of one-to-one patient engagement and education is getting harder to do these days.
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Patient safety is improving, has changed from 15 years ago, hospital groups contend
By Sabriya Rice | July 18, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Groups representing U.S. hospitals took issue with statements made at a recent Senate hearing that patient safety has not improved in the past 15 years. The hearing did not paint a clear picture of the improvements that have been made to address preventable harms, such as wrong-site surgeries and...
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Wis. judge says docs need not be present when abortion pills taken
By Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel | July 18, 2014
A Dane County, Wis., judge ruled that a 2012 state law requires doctors to be present when they dispense abortion pills to women, but not when the women take the pills. Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin brought suit because the abortion provider feared the law could be interpreted to mean doctors...
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Hospital patients no safer today than 15 years ago, Senate panel hears
By Sabriya Rice | July 17, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The problem of patients dying or being harmed because of preventable medical errors in U.S. hospitals remains one of grave consequence that is not getting enough attention, according to the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging, which met Thursday with a panel of patient...
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