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The majority of medical students are women, but male heart surgeons still vastly outnumber female

Dec 31, 2019
Ninety-four percent of practicing thoracic surgeons are men — and that’s an improvement on recent years.
Dr. Amber Edwards at work.
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Juul struggles to secure research on the effects vaping has on health

Sep 16, 2019
With vaping under intense scrutiny and a deadline of May 2020 to apply for FDA approval, the company is under pressure.
A man smokes an electronic cigarette.
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The battle over who gets to sell pills for cancer treatment

Jul 29, 2019
Doctors are challenging pharmacy middlemen over who can fill prescriptions.
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Legislation on surprise medical bills would hit physician staffing industry

Jul 1, 2019
Congress is debating multiple proposals that would protect patients from surprise medical bills. But the physician staffing industry is pushing back.
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How virtual reality might help surgeons master new medical devices

Jun 3, 2019
In-person support by sales reps and manufacturers might soon be a thing of the past.
In a simulated exercise, third-year orthopedic surgery resident J.P. Wanner practices making repairs to a dislocated hip on Osso VR's virtual reality platform. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is among a dozen institutions test piloting the technology.
Blake Farmer

Many in the health care industry already lining up to derail 'Medicare-for-all'

Feb 8, 2019
Patients may like the sound of "Medicare-for-all," but for many of the hospitals and doctors who would treat them, it's a nonstarter.
Patients may like the sound of "Medicare-for-all," but for many of the hospitals and doctors who would treat them, it's a nonstarter. 
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Nashville may not have gotten HQ but Amazon is opening a logistics hub with 5,000 jobs in the city

Nov 29, 2018
Among all the buzz surrounding Amazon’s HQ2 announcement, the city of Nashville received a sort of consolation prize — a logistics hub with 5,000 high-paying jobs. Those watching Amazon’s ambitions in health care see potential for the hub to double as a lab for experimentation. Nashville is home to the largest hospital companies in the nation […]
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How big data can identify doctors who overprescribe opioids and avoid potential costs

Oct 19, 2018
The opioid crisis is estimated to cost $500 billion a year.
Oxycodone pain pills.
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How big data can identify doctors who overprescribe opioids and avoid potential costs

Oct 19, 2018
The opioid crisis is estimated to cost $500 billion a year.
Oxycodone pain pills.
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As hospitals increasingly close in rural areas, communities consider a hybrid health center model

Mar 28, 2018
Without enough patients with health insurance, hospitals are closing in rural parts of the country. Some communities have turned to hybrid health centers — shy of a hospital but more than a clinic — to try to meet their community's health needs.
A sign lets Lewis County residents know the hours and offerings. Another sign on the building instructs patients to call 911 if the facility is closed for the night. 
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