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Michael Bloomberg named World Health Organization ambassador

Michael Bloomberg named World Health Organization ambassador

By Associated Press  |  August 18, 2016

Billionaire philanthropist and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has a new job—as global ambassador for the U.N. health agency with a mandate to help reduce deaths from prevalent diseases, traffic accidents, tobacco, alcohol and obesity.

Editorial: Congress needs to stop dithering on Zika

Editorial: Congress needs to stop dithering on Zika

By Merrill Goozner  |  August 05, 2016

Don't hold your breath waiting for members of Congress to return to Washington to deal with the immediate public health threat posed by the Zika virus. That would require putting the public interest over politics, an approach gone missing in action during this poisonous election year.

Getting into a lather over handwashing

Getting into a lather over handwashing

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 07, 2016

Think washing your hands is as easy as 1-2-3? Think again! Getting them properly cleaned is an 12-step, 60-second, finger-interlacing and rotational rubbing extravaganza, according to the World Health Organization.

Data Points for Feb. 1, 2016

Data Points for Feb. 1, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 30, 2016

Data Points for the week of Feb. 1, 2016, covered the following topics: Zika virus and vector-borne diseases.

Making checklists work: South Carolina's statewide experiment

Making checklists work: South Carolina's statewide experiment

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 23, 2016

South Carolina has become a laboratory to test a more focused approach to surgical checklists. It's a partnership with checklist champion Dr. Atul Gawande and Harvard. Leaders of the project estimate that it could save 500 patient lives a year by averting medical mistakes.

Data Points for Dec. 14, 2015

Data Points for Dec. 14, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 12, 2015

Data Points for the week of Dec. 14, 2015, covered the following topics: Mass shootings, healthcare costs, ebola, contraceptive coverage and breast cancer screening

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