Joseph Fins writes, “The last time I saw Margaret Worthen was in November 2012. She was in New York participating in a study of patients with severe brain injury. As soon as I walked into her room, I knew something had changed. She was still immobile, but she noticed my presence, was more attentive and engaged…”

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Hospital officials in Washington state have apologized after failing for months to inform a pregnant woman she was likely infected with the Zika virus that can cause devastating birth defects

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Artificial intelligence is not just creeping into our personal lives and workplaces—it’s also beginning to appear in the doctor’s office. The prospect of being diagnosed by an AI might feel foreign and impersonal at first, but what if you were told that a robot physician was more likely to give you a correct diagnosis?

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WHO today launched a global initiative to reduce severe, avoidable medication-associated harm in all countries by 50% over the next 5 years

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The years spent as a grad student and postdoc are among the most trying times for any scientist. The pressure to publish is intense, as young researchers vie for the few jobs at the heads of academic labs. Those high stakes and the pressure-cooker atmosphere make mistakes — and sometimes the willingness to cut corners and commit fraud — more likely

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Enthusiasm for precision medicine, from the White House down to everyday physicians, is at an all-time high. But serious problems with the databases used to interpret patients’ genetic profiles can lead to “inappropriate treatment” with “devastating consequences,” researchers at the Mayo Clinic warned on Monday

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We’re not doing enough to prevent mistakes that lead to unnecessary deaths

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The mouse slips, and the emergency room doctor clicks on the wrong number, ordering a medication dosage that’s far too large. Elsewhere, in another ER’s electronic health record, a patient’s name isn’t clearly displayed, so the nurse misses it and enters symptoms in the wrong person’s file

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