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Health Jun 02How children’s hospitals are helping kids sleep at night
Children’s hospitals are now adopting some of the strategies used to foster better sleep at hospitals serving adults.
Health Apr 25In West Baltimore, pharmacy deserts leave health care gaps
CVS rebuilt a store destroyed by protesters after Freddie Gray’s death last year, but a shortage of quality pharmacies means low-income residents still have unmet needs.
Health Apr 07Hospital software often doesn’t flag unsafe drug prescriptions, report finds
Medical errors are estimated to be the third-highest cause of death in the country. Experts and patient safety advocates are trying to change that. But at least one of the tools that’s been considered a fix isn’t yet working as…
Health Mar 07For depression, primary care doctors could be a barrier to treatment
Often referred to as the “common cold of mental health,” depression causes about 8 million doctors’ appointments a year. More than half are with primary care physicians. A new study suggests those doctors may not be the best to treat…
Health Feb 16Should all young children be screened for autism? Task force is inconclusive
An influential task force says there’s “insufficient evidence” to argue definitely that the benefits of screening all young children for autism outweigh the harms.
Health Feb 01Study: Doctors’ texts can prod patients to take drugs, but questions linger
A spoonful of sugar may make the medicine go down, but that’s hardly useful if a patient doesn’t remember to take it in the first place.
Health Jan 15Heroin addiction is rare among painkiller abusers, study says
A new review article published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine provides insights for policymakers on how to curb this deadly trend of prescription painkiller abuse…
Health Jan 05Study finds gap in Medicaid’s efforts to help people stop smoking
The 2010 federal health law has a provision that was supposed to make it easier for people on Medicaid to quit smoking. But in a number of states, it’s not, so far, having widespread success.
Health Sep 16Hospitals push physicians to improve their bedside manners
A doctor’s training hasn’t historically focused on sensitivity. And too often while juggling heavy workloads and high stress, they can be viewed as brusque, condescending or inconsiderate.
Health Aug 17Why won’t hospitals let patients sleep?
It’s a common complaint — if you spend a night in the hospital, you probably won’t get much sleep. There’s the noise. There’s the bright fluorescent hallway light. And there’s the unending barrage of nighttime interruptions: vitals checks, medication administration,…