Tag: Doctors

How Much Nature Is Enough? 120 Minutes a Week, Doctors Say

It’s a medical fact: Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is good for you. A wealth of research indicates that escaping to a neighborhood park, hiking through the woods, or spending a weekend by the lake can lower a person’s stress levels, decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk asthma, allergies, diabetes and cardiovascular […]

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Brazil Fails to Replace Cuban Doctors, Hurting Health Care of 28 Million

EMBU-GUAÇU, Brazil — The shiny plastic chairs all sat empty in a public health clinic, and the patients who staggered in were told to come back Thursday — the only day of the week now when a doctor is there. This small Brazilian city, Embu-Guaçu, home to 70,000 people, recently lost eight of its 18 […]

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Maine’s New Abortion Law Will Allow Non-Doctors to Perform Procedure

The governor of Maine signed a bill on Monday that will expand access to abortions in the state by allowing health care professionals who are not physicians to perform the procedure. Gov. Janet Mills, a Democrat, said in a statement that the measure “will ensure that Maine women, especially those in rural areas, are able […]

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The Business of Health Care Depends on Exploiting Doctors and Nurses

You are at your daughter’s recital and you get a call that your elderly patient’s son needs to talk to you urgently. A colleague has a family emergency and the hospital needs you to work a double shift. Your patient’s M.R.I. isn’t covered and the only option is for you to call the insurance company […]

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Ohio Doctor Is Charged With 25 Murders in Fentanyl Overdose Deaths

An Ohio doctor was charged on Wednesday with 25 counts of murder, with the authorities accusing him of deliberately causing patients’ deaths by prescribing fatal doses of the powerful opioid fentanyl. A grand jury indicted Dr. William Husel, 43, who turned himself in to the police on Wednesday in Columbus, the state capital. The charges […]

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Listen to What Doctors, in a Time of ‘Crisis,’ Said Behind Closed Doors

Cardiologists at North Carolina Children’s Hospital had worried for several years that children with complex conditions were dying at higher-than-expected rates. By 2016, it seemed that even patients undergoing lower-risk heart surgeries were suffering more complications. In meetings in 2016 and 2017, captured on secret recordings provided to The New York Times, doctors urged their […]

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Opinion: Doctors Privately Use Cruel Words to Describe Their Patients

In 1973, an understated article in the New England Journal of Medicine catalyzed a movement. Doctor Budd N. Shenkin and researcher David C. Warner called for a patient’s right to access their medical records. They said it would improve the doctor-patient relationship and avoid “excessive bureaucracy.” Today, 33 million patients have access not only to […]

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A Missed Opportunity for the Malpractice System to Improve Health Care

Image The American medical malpractice system is doing almost nothing to improve the quality of health care, research suggests. What may be more concerning is that there is very little discussion, much less action, about changing this. Despite worries among doctors that they are at financial risk from large payouts to plaintiffs, it turns out […]

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