This week, pharmaceutical giant CVS announced it was preparing to buy the insurance company Aetna for $69 billion. The merger could have a profound impact on the way Americans receive healthcare — and it also raises a number of privacy concerns, said medical ethicist Arthur Caplan

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A re-analysis of a 50,000 year old Neanderthal skull shows that, in addition to enduring multiple injuries and debilitations, this male individual was also profoundly deaf. Yet he lived well into his 40s, which is quite old by Paleolithic standards

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Researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine were shocked to find that nearly half of all medical care in the United States is delivered at hospital emergency departments

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Poor and minority patients receive less optimal pain management, are placed on enhanced recovery protocols later than wealthier, white counterparts

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Danielle Ofri, “The rain was coming down in torrents and my shoes were not up to the job. Nevertheless, I pressed forward along the soggy blocks. My 91-year-old patient and I had been together for some 20 years — honestly I’d lost count — so this was the least I could do.”

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The Breakthrough

September 11, 2017

Hopelessness and Exploitation Inside Homes for Mentally Ill: A reporter finds that homes meant to replace New York’s troubled psychiatric hospitals might be just as bad

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A California judge ruled that a teen girl who was declared brain dead more than three years ago after a tonsillectomy may technically still be alive, allowing a malpractice lawsuit against the hospital to move forward and possibly setting up the family to have her care paid for if they succeed

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Driven by fear of malpractice. Johns Hopkins research team conducts national survey of more than 2,000 physicians

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