Striking Nurses Shut City’s ERs, Labor & Delivery

In nation's fastest-growing large city, caregivers just don't care right now ... | SEATTLE (AP) — Thousands of nurses and other employees at a Seattle hospital system began a three-day strike over staffing levels and wages Tuesday, forcing administrators to close two emergency departments and bring in replacement workers. The picketers took to the sidewalks in front of Swedish Medical Center campuses wearing clear plastic ponchos against a heavy morning rain and carrying purple signs that...

6 States May Ban Gender-Changing Surgery On Kids

"The solution for children's identification with the opposite sex isn't to poison their bodies with megadoses of the wrong hormones, to chemically or surgically castrate and sterilize them, or to remove healthy breasts and reproductive organs," Rep. Fred Deutsch, South Dakota House of Representatives At least six states are trying to restrict kids from getting gender reassignment treatments January 22, 2020 CNN – State lawmakers can't stop fighting about the rights of their transgender citizens: Their access to...

Doctors Use Robot To Avoid Direct Contact With US Coronavirus Carrier

Jan 22, 2019 The Guardian – Doctors have been using a robot to treat the first person known to have been admitted to hospital in the US with a new strain of the coronavirus, as part of an effort to prevent the spread of the disease, which has killed at least 17 people in China and infected hundreds more. The man in his 30s was admitted to the special pathogens unit in a hospital in Everett,...

Patients Doctors Can’t Stand (Are You One?)

Jan. 19, 2020 The Washington Post – In what may be a well-kept professional secret, physicians dread encounters with about 15 percent of their patients. In 1978, the New England Journal of Medicine published what has become a classic on the subject: “Taking Care of the Hateful Patient.” “Admitted or not,” wrote the author, psychiatrist James E. Groves, “the fact remains that a few patients kindle aversion, fear, despair or even downright malice in their doctors.” For physicians,...

“The Robot Will See You Now”

Doctors are being replaced by machines that do a better job and cost less  | AI beats human doctors at predicting breast cancer Jan 1, 2020 NEW SCIENTIST – An artificial intelligence system is better at predicting breast cancer than radiologists, according to a UK-US study led by Google Health. The team behind the technology hopes it can be widely deployed to improve cancer care. Detecting cancer early improves the chances of treatment succeeding. That is why many countries...
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