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9:31am

Thu August 29, 2013
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Politician And Health Quality Guru Berwick Consults For U.K.

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 10:23 am

Gubernatorial hopeful Dr. Donald Berwick speaks at the Massachusetts Democratic Party Platform Convention in July.
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12:34pm

Wed August 28, 2013
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Looking For Free Condoms? There's A Health Department App For That

Free and findable thanks to this app.
New York City Health Department

Like radio, public health communication is all about figuring out how to connect with the audience.

New York City is betting that if you're anticipating a night of adventure, you might make use of the Find Condoms NYC app.

The app scans the New York Health Department's list of 3,000 sites that distribute free condoms, and uses a smartphone's GPS to list and map the five closest spots. In the moment, convenience counts.

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1:58pm

Tue August 27, 2013
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Patients Love A Gentler Approach To Surgery, But Surgeons Balk

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 2:37 pm

We know you'd rather skip the fasting and bowel prep. But that's the way we've always done it.
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Surgery can be a necessary misery, endured in hope of health.

But what if you took away the misery, and kept the benefits?

When hospitals quit subjecting patients to prolonged fasting, nasogastric tubes, abdominal drains, and other commonplaces of surgical care, a study finds, patients feel less pain and recover faster.

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4:53pm

Fri August 23, 2013
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Doctors Fleeing Medicare? Not So Fast, Feds Say

How many doctors are taking new patients under Medicare and private insurance?
HHS

Are doctors so fed up with Medicare's stagnant pay and bureaucratic rules that they're bailing out of the program?

Short answer: Yes, some are. Long answer: Not as many as you might have thought.

The Wall Street Journal reported recently, the number of doctors who opted out of Medicare tripled between 2009 and 2012. Tripled!

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12:24pm

Thu August 22, 2013
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How Hospitals Can Help Patients Quit Smoking Before Surgery

Stubbing that little habit out before surgery would be a very good idea.
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Doctors want people to quit smoking before surgery because it reduces the risk of complications, but often don't do much to make that happen.

But, it turns out, just a wee bit of help makes it much more likely that people will quit before going under the knife, a study finds.

Patients who got less than five minutes of counseling from a nurse and free nicotine patches at least three weeks before surgery were much more likely to quit, according to researchers at the University of Western Ontario. Those patients also got a brochure and a referral to a quit-smoking hotline.

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