Top News: #Healthcare

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A nurse cares for an elderly woman in a nursing home.New Push to Stop Overuse of Antibiotics in Nursing Homes:

Up to 70% of nursing home residents receive one or more courses of antibiotics every year for urinary tract infections, pneumonia, cellulitis and other suspected conditions, according to researchers. Yet up to 75% of those prescriptions are given incorrectly—either unnecessarily or the prescription is for the wrong drug, dose or duration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. Read more



F.D.A. Approval of OxyContin Use for Children Continues to Draw Scrutiny:

Ever since the Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the narcotic painkiller OxyContin for certain children in August, it has faced unabated criticism from lawmakers and public officials who are wrestling with devastating rates of prescription opioid abuse int heir communities. Last week, Hillary Rodham Clinton brought the issue to the presidential race, calling the agency’s action “absolutely incomprehensible.” Read more


(Illustration by Rebekka Dunlap for the Washington Post)Dueling Recommendations About Need For Pelvic Exams Leaves Women Confused:

It’s the latest battle over screening: Should healthy women skip annual pelvic exams? A controversial recommendation last year by the American College of Physicians, which represents the nation’s internists, strongly urged that doctors stop routinely performing the invasive exam on women without symptoms and who are not pregnant. Read more


ACP Issues Recommendations for Retail Clinics:

Retail health clinics provide patients with a backup for short-term illnesses or when their primary care providers are unavailable, but these clinics should not replace a long-term relationship with a regular physician, according to a new policy position paper issued by the American College of Physicians (ACP). Read more


A New Efffort Has Patients Turn Into Donors:

A well-to-do cancer patient is nearing the end of her treatments. During an office visit, she says to her doctor, “I can’t thank you enought for the care you provided.” Should the doctor simply accept the patient’s gratitude – or gently suggest a way for her to show it: “Perhaps you might consider making a donation?” Read morel