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New Reasons Not to Miss a Well-Child Visit

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 17:23:44 EDT

Pediatric practices are using new methods, including texts, to get parents to follow the recommended doctor-visit schedule for their children, which includes about a dozen appointments by the time they turn three.

When Patients Take Too Many Pills, Doctors Deprescribe

Tue, 11 Oct 2016 11:23:33 EDT

Health-care professionals are screening patients to cut out ineffective medicines and avoid risky combinations.

Are You Fit for Surgery?

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:26:52 EDT

Hospitals are working to prevent complications and save money by addressing more patients’ conditions before surgery, such as diabetes, anemia, mental health and nutrition.

The Ultimate Battle Against MRSA

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 21:42:43 EDT

Some hospitals are giving all intensive care patients germ-killing baths and an antibiotic nose ointment upon admission to fight MRSA, the potentially deadly bacteria. Recent studies show the universal treatment is effective.

New Treatments for Children With Eating Problems

Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:38:40 EDT

Hospitals are setting up new clinics and protocols to help parents when infants and toddlers can’t eat properly. Sometimes a feeding tube is necessary, but new methods are helping parents try other effective techniques.

A Better Safety Net for Young Doctors

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 09:16:17 EDT

A Harvard program coaches new medical residents to ask veteran doctors for help more often, and older doctors to offer that help more readily.

The Nurse Will See You More

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:34:11 EDT

Hospitals hope added face time and personal attention in the patient's room will help make recovery easier.

School Nurses' New Role in Children's Health

Tue, 25 Sep 2012 13:30:54 EDT

A push is on to establish more full-fledged medical clinics within public schools and make the school nurse a more active participant in children's medicine.

Lab-Tech Shortages May Pose Risk

Wed, 13 May 2009 11:34:37 EDT

The flu outbreak has focused a spotlight on a looming risk for hospitals and their patients: a shortage of technicians to run critical lab tests.

Questions About Life and Death

Wed, 25 Jun 2008 03:04:00 EDT

Medical-ethics teams are increasingly the arbiters of agonizing health decisions. But as the number of hospitals with consulting services has grown, so have questions about how qualified some of these professionals are to render life-and-death advice.

A Guide to Skirting Summer Germs

Wed, 11 Jun 2008 23:29:00 EDT

The season of germ warfare is upon us. Not without good reason have we become a society of germophobes, toting antibacterial gels and wipes, taking other precautions. But how at risk are we for serious infections in our everyday lives?

Hospitals Move to Reduce Risk of Night Shift

Wed, 28 May 2008 03:12:00 EDT

Patients suffer higher rates of death, complications and medical errors when they are treated during thinly staffed off hours. Now, some hospitals are taking steps to improve safety and reduce their own legal liability from mishaps.

Matchmakers: Patients Meet Clinical Trials

Tue, 13 May 2008 21:32:00 EDT

A number of new programs are stepping up efforts to match patients to clinical trials as concern grows about a shortfall of participants.

A Fresh Focus on a Rare Risk of Anesthesia

Tue, 29 Apr 2008 23:38:00 EDT

The possibility of a rare but potentially deadly reaction to anesthesia is putting a spotlight on the many doctors' offices and surgical centers where a growing number of surgical procedures are performed.