Putting A Lid On Waste

May 24, 2017

Needless medical tests not only cost $200B – they can do harm. This overly aggressive care also can harm patients, generating mistakes and injuries believed to cause 30,000 deaths each year

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At least one million people will die in sub-Saharan Africa and elsewhere, researchers and advocates said on Tuesday, if funding cuts proposed by the Trump administration to global public health programs are enacted

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American Indian and Alaska Native families are much more likely to have an infant die suddenly and unexpectedly, and that risk has remained higher than in other ethnic groups since public health efforts were launched to prevent sudden infant death syndrome in the 1990s. African-American babies also face a higher risk, a study finds

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Diabetics need insulin to stay alive. Increasingly, they can’t afford it

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There’s more grim news about inequality in America. New research documents significant disparities in the lifespans of Americans depending on where they live. And those gaps appear to be widening, according to the research

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Sold For Parts

May 1, 2017

One of the most dangerous companies in the U.S. took advantage of immigrant workers. Then, when they got hurt or fought back, it used America’s laws against them

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When Chris Ategeka was a boy of 7 in Uganda, his parents died of HIV/AIDS. And his brother, not yet 5, died of malaria. The problem, as he sees it, is that upon graduation from medical school on the African continent, newly minted health care workers are hired away for more money elsewhere, pulling the talent from developing countries to, as he says, “slightly developed countries and Western countries”

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In medicine, we speak of “seeing patients” when we are rounding in the hospital or caring for those who come to our clinics. But what about those people who may be sick but do not seek care? What is our responsibility to the patients we do not see?

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