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5 billion people lack access to surgical care

Though "surgery is an integral, indivisible part of healthcare," 5 billion people worldwide lack access to safe and affordable surgical care, according to a new commission from  The Lancet.

Hospitals don't do enough to stop C. diff spread

Even as the White House has unveiled an aggressive, $1.2 billion plan to fight antibiotic-resistant infections, a new study suggests that U.S. hospitals don't do enough to prevent one particularly dangerous superbug from harming patients.

Medicare Advantage rates, risk scores and the future of senior healthcare

Sometimes, in the midst of reporting the news day after day, you miss the proverbial Big Picture. It usually takes several stories centered on a common theme, along with some sort of memory trigger,...

Nursing homes may replace hospitals as linchpin of senior care

Nursing homes may edge out hospitals as the primary healthcare option for elderly patients, according to the New York Times.

Drug known as 'spice' sparks rise in ER visits, poison-control calls

The use of a drug called spice--a synthetic substance that mimics the effects of marijuana--has sparked a troubling rise in visits to emergency departments and calls to poison control, the  New York Times  reports.

Workplace violence is on the rise and nursing staff are in particular danger

In a report that puts hard numbers behind a danger many health workers have long spoken out against, the Occupational Health Safety Network found that injuries associated with workplace violence increased overall from 2012 to 2014 and "nearly doubled for nurse assistants and nurses."

Advance directives and end-of-life care: The conversation no one wants to have

My husband and I recently attended a funeral that was devoid of anything personal or unique about the deceased's life: Who she was, how her life mattered and how those who loved her will miss...

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy calls for 'prevention-based society'

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, M.D., called for improving public health by creating a "prevention-based society" in an interview with the Washington Post.

Antibiotic shortages ratchet up superbugs' threat to patient safety

As controversy continues to swirl around superbug outbreaks in U.S. hospitals, a new study sounds the alarm that shortages of key antibiotics could make drug-resistant bacteria an even bigger threat to patients.

How house calls can cut down on hospital readmissions

The healthcare industry abounds with new ideas to reduce unplanned hospital readmissions and emergency department visits, but a New Jersey hospital has turned to a seemingly old-fashioned medical strategy--the house call.