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VA doesn't know why its hospitals have done fewer reviews of mistakes

By Shannon Muchmore  |  August 31, 2015

The Veterans Affairs Department is conducting fewer reviews of medical errors, even though the number of such problems has increased, according to a report by the GAO. The VA said it is aware of the decrease in reviews, but has not studied why it has happened.

Researchers track high-flying pathogens

Researchers track high-flying pathogens

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 29, 2015

The next time you use the bathroom on an airplane, you may be donating a first-class research sample to help monitor infectious disease in real time.

Safety leaders tackle diagnosis mistakes ahead of report

By Sabriya Rice  |  August 26, 2015

More than a dozen healthcare organizations have formed a coalition to address diagnosis errors as the industry awaits a report from the National Academy of Medicine that's expected to shed new light on the gravity of the problem.

Corrective ads don't do much correcting

Corrective ads don't do much correcting

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 25, 2015

Advertising designed to correct misleading claims drugmakers initially make regarding their products is ineffective toward changing consumer views, according to a new study.

Q&A: Obama's narrowly confirmed surgeon general on fostering a culture of prevention

Q&A: Obama's narrowly confirmed surgeon general on fostering a culture of prevention

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 22, 2015

Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed in December as the 19th U.S. surgeon general after his nomination was stalled by opposition from the National Rifle Association, which objected to his comments about gun violence as a public health issue. Modern Healthcare recently spoke with Murthy about his goals...

FDA's Bad Ad Program lacks teeth

By Sabriya Rice  |  August 22, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration's Bad Ad Program recently received complaints after reality TV star Kim Kardashian raved about a pill that relieved her morning sickness.

Female sex pill spurs new questions

Female sex pill spurs new questions

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 22, 2015

The Food and Drug Administration's recent approval of Addyi, the first drug to increase sexual desire in women, could lead to some new and complicated conversations in doctors' offices across the country.

Learning to be LGBT-friendly

Learning to be LGBT-friendly

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  August 22, 2015

Experts say it's important for healthcare providers to become more knowledgeable, sensitive and welcoming to LGBT patients because that population suffers from a disproportionate burden of chronic illness.

Without this ring, I thee treat

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 22, 2015

A wedding ring symbolizes a lifetime of commitment. But bands that are nearly impossible to remove give an entirely different meaning to the ties that bind.

Money and time needed to bring more doctors to VA

By Andis Robeznieks  |  August 20, 2015

The effort to recruit and train physicians to tend to the specific and often very locally focused needs of VA patients is slow-going despite its fast-track implementation, according to the Veterans Affairs Department.

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