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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.