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February 27, 2018
Apple is launching a group of health clinics called AC Wellness for its employees and their families this spring, according to several sources familiar with the company’s plans. The news comes as Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan announced a joint effort to improve health care for their employees.
February 22, 2018
A quarter of a million Americans die every year from sepsis, which is the body’s reaction to overwhelming infection. This cascade of organ failure can be nipped in the bud if health care workers know it’s ramping up, but that’s often not easy to do. “Sepsis is a really frustrating disease,” says Dr. David Carlbom, a critical care pulmonologist, and medical director of the sepsis program at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. “There’s no blood test for sepsis,” he says. “There’s nothing you can look at under the microscope and say ‘this is sepsis.’”
February 20, 2018
Drive a few minutes from the seawall here, where the Gulf of Mexico crashes into this island city, and follow some meandering streets through a subdivision of graceful, low-slung homes. Look for the one with the Mardi Gras doll hanging beside the front door. There you will find a scientific mind of the first order.
Harvard Health Letter
Originally Published in November, 2017
Low back pain is one of the most common complaints on the planet. And you may wonder where to turn when you start experiencing some of those aches or twinges in the lower part of your back.
February 14, 2018
Hospital stays are expensive — adding up to more than $381 billion a year in the US, according to recent data. The average hospital stay costs over $10,000, but the amount varies widely depending on the medical condition.
February 8, 2018
As Team USA preps for the Winter Olympics festivities to kick off, it’s not only the 243 athletes who are getting ready for action — it’s also a crew of medical volunteers who undergo a grueling selection process of their own.
February 23, 2017
Just 5 percent of US doctors are black, even though African-Americans account for 12 percent of the US population. And research shows that Hispanics and Native Americans are even more underrepresented in the field. That may mark more than a simple failure to diversify the ranks of medical professionals; it could also be bad for public health.
February 6, 2018
Last fall some people in the know about influenza science got picky when it came time to get their flu shots. They didn’t want to roll up their sleeve for any old vaccine on offer at their doctor’s office or workplace clinic.
If you’re like most Americans, you probably start your day with a hot shower, a cup of coffee—and a handful of pills. More than half of us now regularly take a prescription medication—four, on average—according to a new nationally representative Consumer Reports survey of 1,947 adults. Many in that group also take over-the-counter drugs as well as vitamins and other dietary supplements.
February 1, 2018
It’s one of the intractable financial boondoggles of the U.S. health care system: Lots and lots of patients get lots and lots of tests and procedures that they don’t need. That all adds up to substantial expense that drives up the cost of care for all of us. Just how much, though, is seldom tallied. So, the Washington Health Alliance, a nonprofit dedicated to making care safer and more affordable, decided to find out.