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What Drives Doctors to Take Their Own Lives

Doctor burnout and suicide are a growing concern, a new study finds.

“We often overlook the physical health of our health care workers, but poor health can lead to difficulty performing tasks at work, which then leads to job stress and mental health issues,” said corresponding author Dr. Kristen Kim, a resident in psychiatry at UC San Diego Health.

About 1 in 15 doctors experien...

Your Doctor's Gender, Race May Bias Your Treatment Outcome

Deep-rooted bias may affect the way white patients physically respond to medical care provided by physicians of differing race or gender.

Researchers assessed treatment reactions of nearly 200 white patients after they were randomly assigned to receive care from a male or female doctor who was either Black, white or Asian.

White patients appeared to improve faster when treated by a...

Ob-Gyns Call Bans on Abortion Devastating for Women's Health

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn a woman's right to have an abortion marks a "very dark day in health care" that will leave patients at risk and doctors afraid to act, leaders of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) said Friday.

"It is a dark day indeed for t...

Telemedicine Could Really Help People Battling Advanced Cancers

As a bill that would expand Medicare coverage for telehealth services makes its way through the U.S. Senate, a new study of people with advanced cancer suggests the practice could improve the lives of patients.

The use of telehealth skyrocketed during the pandemic: A U.S. Health and Human Services ...

Is Telemedicine Closing the 'Race Gap' in Primary Care?

Here's one way in which the pandemic did not exacerbate health care disparities: A new study shows that telemedicine has closed the gap in access to primary care between Black and non-Black Americans.

The use of telemedicine boomed during the pandemic, so University ...

1 in 4 Hospital Physicians 'Mistreated' by Patients, Visitors

Nearly 1 in 4 hospital doctors are mistreated at work by patients, visitors and other doctors, and female doctors are nearly two times more likely than male doctors to face this abuse, a new study reveals.

"All members of the health care team share the r...

Bans on Affirmative Action Led to Fewer Black, Hispanic Doctors

State bans on affirmative action have prompted a precipitous decline in the number of U.S. medical students from racial/ethnic minority groups, a new study finds.

"We know that a more diverse physician workforce leads to better care for racial- and ethnic-minority patients," said lead researcher Dr. Dan Ly, a...

Fewer U.S. Doctors Will Get Trained in Abortion if Roe v. Wade Overturned

There could be far fewer U.S. doctors trained to provide an abortion if Roe v. Wade is overturned by the Supreme Court in a decision that is expected by the end of June, researchers report.

That's because nearly 45% of 286 obstetrics and gynecology residency programs across the United States are in the 26 states certain or likely to ban abortion if the court overturns

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  • Doctors Devise Safer Alternative to Opioids During, After Surgeries

    It's been slightly more than a year since Jonathan Akindle, 23, underwent weight-loss surgery, and so far, so good.

    He is now down 130 pounds, and he was able to get through gastric sleeve surgery and recovery without taking any opioids for pain.

    "The pain right after...

    AI May Help Spot Relapse Risk in Alcoholics

    Artificial intelligence (AI) may be able to identify alcoholics at risk of relapsing after treatment, researchers say.

    Patients often return to heavy drinking during and after treatment, and may require multiple tries before they can achieve long-term abstinence from

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  • Health Care Workers Were At Highest COVID Risk in Workplace

    U.S. health care workers were most likely to be infected with COVID-19 at work during the pandemic's first year, according to a new study that challenges previous research suggesting their risk was highest off the job.

    Researchers said their findings could help guide efforts to better protect ...

    U.S. Medical Schools' Faculty Still Lack Diversity: Study

    U.S. medical schools are not keeping pace with a nation that is more racially and ethnically diverse every day, a new study reports.

    The schools' clinical faculty and leadership are not as diverse as the communities around them, though ...

    As Pandemic Evolved, U.S. Hospitals Learned Quickly How to Care for Patients

    While hospitals and clinics are known for being slow to turn new evidence into actual practice, they picked up the pace during the pandemic.

    A research team led by scientists from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and the University of California, San Francisco, collected data from more than 50 academic medical centers across the United States, finding that hospitals overcame ba...

    New Way to Blast Kidney Stones Can Be Done in Doctor's Office

    A noninvasive ultrasound technique is capable of quickly pulverizing kidney stones, an early study shows — in what researchers call a first step toward a simpler, anesthesia-free treatment for the painful problem.

    The study reports on the first 19 patients who've had kidney stones treated with the ultrasound "bursts." So far, it's been able to completely, or nearly completely, break up ...

    Ultrasounds, Exams Unnecessary Before Receiving Abortion Pill: Study

    Women can safely use abortion pills without first getting ultrasound scans, or having an in-person medical appointment at all, a new study confirms.

    For more than 20 years, U.S. women have had access to medication abortions for ending early pregnancies, using the drugs mifepristone and misoprostol. But for most of that time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration required them to have an i...

    U.S. Health Officials Faced Widespread Harassment During Pandemic

    Harassment of U.S. public health officials and departments was rampant during the COVID-19 pandemic and led some officials to quit, researchers say.

    Their analysis of survey responses from 583 local health departments nationwide found 57% of them reported nearly 1,500 incidents of harassment that ...

    Diversity Still Elusive in America's Medical Schools

    U.S. medical schools have a disproportionate number of wealthy students, which hinders attempts to improve diversity among U.S. doctors, researchers say.

    "In recent years, there has been a significant focus on the diversity of medical students, bu...

    Upcoming Surgery Worry You? Poll Says You're Not Alone

    Many older Americans have concerns about elective surgery beforehand, but most who go through with it are satisfied with the outcome, a new survey finds.

    Elective surgery includes many operations for conditions that are not immediately life-threatening, such as knee replacem...

    Apps: They Help Manage Health Conditions, But Few Use Them, Poll Finds

    Health and fitness apps are growing in popularity, but not among the people who might benefit most from them seniors and people with chronic health conditions.

    Nearly two out of three American adults are living with a chronic health problem like heart disease, diabetes or asthma, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll survey found.

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  • Telemedicine Helped Many MS Patients During Pandemic

    Telemedicine was widely used by Americans with multiple sclerosis (MS) during the pandemic, and many were happy with the results, a new study finds.

    "The findings suggest that telehealth services were well liked during the pandemic. Because many individuals with MS have physical disability that may make travel more difficult, tempo...

    Alexa Will Soon Put Users in Touch With Telehealth Doctors

    Alexa can already play your favorite song or tell you whether it is going to rain, but soon you may also be able to tell the popular voice assistant to contact a doctor for health issues.

    The service from Amazon and telemedicine provider Teladoc Health will be available around the clock on Amazon's Echo devices, the Associat...

    Many Who Postponed Health Care During COVID Are Still Waiting

    In a sign that the pandemic continues to wreak havoc on routine health care, many of the nearly one-third of older Americans who had a medical procedure, primary care visit or dental appointment canceled or postponed due to COVID still haven't received that care, a new poll finds.

    "Whether they chose to postpone or their provider did, these patients missed opportunities for preventive car...

    Drills Key to Making Dental Appointments COVID-Safe

    The type of drill your dentist uses just might determine your chances of catching COVID-19 while in the chair.

    So claims new research that suggests dentists can significantly improve patient safety during the pandemic by switching the type of drill they use.

    British researchers used a harmless virus s...

    Most Vaccine-Hesitant Health Care Workers Change Their Minds, Study Shows

    Most health care workers at a large U.S. hospital who initially refused COVID-19 vaccines eventually went and got their shots, new research reveals.

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  • Omicron Batters Already Strained U.S. Hospitals

    U.S. hospitals continue to reel from the pressure posed by the ongoing pandemic, facing critical workforce shortages and rising labor costs that amount to a "national emergency," hospital executives say.

    Nearly 1,400 hospitals -- 31% of the nation's total -- are on the verge of critical staffing shortages, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA). In 12 states, 40% or more of ...

    Crowded Emergency Rooms Cost Lives: Study

    A seemingly endless wait in an emergency department can be taxing for many reasons, but new research suggests that long delays in being admitted to the hospital may even raise a patient's risk of death within the following 30 days.

    Why? One possible reason: A crowded ER might mean care happens in suboptimal spaces, said study author Simon Jones, a research professor in the department of p...

    Insurance Often Covers Ivermectin for COVID, Even Though Drug Doesn't Work

    U.S. insurers are paying millions of dollars a year to cover the cost of ivermectin for COVID-19 patients despite a lack of proof the anti-parasitic drug is effective against the virus, a new study finds.

    Both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the World Health Organization say ivermectin pills -- typically used to treat parasitic infections like worms -- should not be used for COV...

    Surge of U.S. Military Medical Personnel to Ease Medical Worker Shortages

    President Joe Biden plans to announce Thursday that a "surge" of U.S. military medical personnel will soon be deployed to hospitals struggling with staff shortages amid soaring COVID-19 cases.

    More than 1,000 will begin arriving at hospitals nationwide starting next week, and that deployment will be in addition to other federal medical personnel who have already been sent to states to off...

    Many Doctors Uninformed on Rights of Disabled Patients

    More than 30 years after passage of the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), many doctors still don't know how to provide accessible care, a new study finds.

    "Despite the fact people with disabilities comprise 25% of the population, they often confront barriers to basic health care services such as physical examinations, weight measurement and effective communication with their...

    Too Many Fertility Specialists Still Use a Painful, Useless Procedure: Study

    Couples struggling to conceive a child through in vitro fertilization (IVF) sometimes are offered an often-painful procedure known as "scratching the womb" as a desperate last hope to get pregnant.

    As many as one-third of IVF clinics offer the practice in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom, a new survey reports. It's very likely some U.S. clinics also offer the procedure, altho...

    Poor Outcome More Likely When Patient Is Female, Surgeon Is Male: Study

    You can't always choose who operates on you, especially in an emergency, but the sex of your surgeon shouldn't matter, should it?

    It just may, according to a

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  • Who Gets a Flu Shot? Having a Doctor Is Key

    Public health experts have long recommended getting a seasonal flu shot, but a new study suggests there's hesitancy about that vaccine, too. Physicians and pharmacists can play a key role in flu shot uptake, the research shows.

    Only about 44% of people who had a health care provider got their flu shots, the study found, but it was even worse among those who didn't have a doctor: Only one ...

    Pandemic Stress, Exhaustion Weigh on Health Care Workers

    The pandemic is taking a toll on health care workers' sleep, which can put both their mental health and patient care at risk, researchers warn.

    Their study of more than 800 New York City health care workers found that compared to those with no sleep problems, those with poor sleep were two times more likely to report symptoms of depression, 70% more likely to report anxiety, and 50% more...

    1 in 5 Avoided Health Care During Pandemic, Study Finds

    One in five adults avoided seeking health care during the COVID-19 pandemic, even when they had symptoms suggesting the need for urgent medical attention, according to researchers in the Netherlands.

    "Health care avoidance during COVID-19 may be prevalent amongst those who are in greater need of it in the population, such as older individuals," a team led by Silvan Licher, of Erasmus Univ...

    Biden Plan Will Spend $1.5 Billion to Boost Health Worker Supply

    Vice President Kamala Harris announced Monday that the Biden administration will spend $1.5 billion to tackle a health care worker shortage in underserved communities.

    The money from the COVID-19 recovery program, called the American Rescue Plan, and other sources will go to three federal programs that provide scholarships and loan repayments for health care students and workers if they a...

    Across America, Black People Have Worse Health Outcomes

    Race-based gaps in health care and health outcomes persist in every region of the United States, a new state-by-state report card shows.

    Racial and ethnic disparities woven throughout America and its system of health care mean that people of color are more likely to die younger from preventable illnesses than white people, according to a racial equity scorecard developed by The Commonweal...

    HPV Vaccination Rises in States That Don't Require Parental Consent

    When young people are allowed to give their own consent for human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccines, vaccination rates are higher, new research shows.

    The new study suggests that allowing teens to consent without parental involvement could be an important strategy for boosting HPV vaccination rates. This consent is already a policy in several U.S. states.

    While researchers can't say def...

    Better Work Conditions Bringing Better Mental Health to Resident Doctors: Study

    Medical training may be taking less of a mental health toll on young doctors than it used to, but depression remains common, a new study suggests.

    Medical residency -- the training that new doctors undergo at hospitals or clinics -- is infamous for its grueling schedule, high pressure and relatively low pay. Research has shown that residents also have fairly high depression rates.

    N...

    Sexism May Play Role in Who Performs Your Surgery

    Male doctors are much more likely to refer patients to male surgeons, rather than send them to female surgeons with equal qualifications and experience, a new study finds.

    "During my 20 years in practice, I always had the sense it was easier for my male surgical colleagues to get referrals than it was for me, and the patients they were referred were more likely to need surgery," said seni...

    Pandemic Has Stressed Out Doctors

    It's a finding that stands to reason: A new study shows the pandemic has triggered anxiety and depression in many doctors.

    Researchers used surveys to assess the mental health of more than 5,000 doctors in Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom at two points during the pandemic -- June 2020 and November/December 2020.

    Doctors in Italy had the highest rates of anxiety (1 in 4) and of de...

    Almost 1 in 3 U.S. Seniors Now Sees at Least 5 Doctors Per Year

    Nearly one-third of older U.S. adults visit at least five different doctors each year -- reflecting the growing role of specialists in Americans' health care, a new study finds.

    Over the past 20 years, Americans on Medicare have been increasingly seeing specialists, researchers found, with almost no change in visits with their primary care doctor.

    On average, beneficiaries saw a 34%...

    White House Announces COVID Vaccination Plan for Young Kids

    The White House on Wednesday unveiled a national plan to roll out coronavirus vaccines for 5- to 11-year-olds that is designed to make getting shots as easy and comfortable as possible for both kids and their parents.

    Rather than mass vaccination sites, the Biden administration plans to have pediatric COVID shots delivered in settings that parents know and trust.

    "Nationwide, more t...

    U.S. Psychologists See Big Spike in Demand for Mental Health Care

    The number of Americans seeking treatment for anxiety and depression has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic, creating what a leading medical association terms a "mental health tsunami."

    That's the key takeaway from a nationwide survey of psychologists by the American Psychological Association (APA).

    "[The findings] highlight what we have been saying since the early days of the pand...

    Women Doctors Face Higher Levels of Harassment, Frustration: Survey

    Many female family doctors face sexual harassment, but most remain satisfied with their careers, a new study finds.

    Researchers surveyed 315 women physicians in family practices from 49 countries and found that 75% said they were satisfied or extremely satisfied with their work conditions and their career.

    "Despite all obstacles in the work environment, especially regarding the pay ...

    Biden Administration to Invest $100 Million to Ease Health Worker Shortage

    The National Health Service Corps will receive $100 million to help tackle the U.S. health care worker shortage, the White House announced Thursday.

    That's a five-fold increase in funding from previous years for a program that helps find primary care doctors for communities that struggle to recruit and keep them, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NBC News<...

    Many Addicts Turned to Telemedicine During Pandemic, But Does It Beat In-Person Care?

    The coronavirus pandemic forced a significant shift to telemedicine treatment for addiction, but it's not clear whether that approach is better than in-person care, a new study finds.

    Before the pandemic, addiction treatment services in the United States had many restrictions on telemedicine use, so only about 27% of addiction facilities offered telehealth services, while telehealth was u...

    Are Breast Self-Exams Necessary? The Answer May Surprise You

    A shift in thinking means it's OK to skip your monthly breast self-exam -- but don't miss your regular professional checkup and diagnostic imaging, health experts say.

    A periodic visual check in a mirror can be helpful, breast health experts from the Cedars-Sinai health system in California suggest.

    "Beginning at age 40, women with an average risk for breast cancer should rely on an...

    Doctors Often Miss Signs of Type 1 Diabetes in Kids

    Potentially dangerous symptoms of type 1 diabetes in children are not always immediately recognized by primary care providers, new research suggests.

    In type 1 diabetes, the pancreas fails to make enough insulin, the hormone that helps regulate blood sugar used for energy by cells. Between 5% and 10% of cases of diabetes are type 1, which often first surfaces in childhood.

    The Swed...

    Telemedicine Gets High Marks for Follow-Ups After Surgery

    After routine surgery, a "virtual" follow-up visit might be just as good as a traditional office appointment, a new study suggests.

    Researchers found that surgery patients who had video follow-up appointments were just as satisfied with their care as those who made a trip to the office. And they appreciated the convenience of skipping the commute and the doctor's waiting room.

    The p...

    Medical Paperwork: So Bad Some Folks Skip Care

    Getting prior authorizations to see a specialist, dealing with errors on medical bills and even scheduling appointments can be a big hassle.

    That's clear to anyone who has spent time on the phone handling issues with insurance companies or doctors' offices.

    For some patients, in fact, it's a hurdle that's caused them to delay or even forgo needed medical care.

    "It is the thing...

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