Early Coronavirus Testing Failures Will Cost Lives

The U.S. has been slow to roll out testing, leaving communities in the dark about the spread of the virus. It was a lost opportunity to stop the virus in its tracks.

Corona virus test given at drive-through medical station.

Emergency Rooms Shouldn't Be Parking Lots For Patients

Patients in hospital ERs can wait hours for inpatient beds to open up. The delays can be maddening. A solution for this long-standing problem has been elusive in the U.S., despite progress elsewhere.

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A Detox Drug Promises Miracles—If It Doesn't Kill You First

The heavy hallucinogen ibogaine is illegal in the US, but some addicts are flocking to Mexican clinics for it, hoping to be cured. A physician investigates.

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When Temperatures Rise, So Do Health Problems

Heatstroke tends to get the most attention during extreme heat waves. But other diseases are affected by high temperatures as well.

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To Solve Hospital Overcrowding, Think Like a Mathematician

An operations management specialist is applying lessons from statistics to help free up hospital beds. It’s working.

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The Problem with Using the Term “Fake News” in Medicine

While misinformation can sway elections and threaten public institutions, medical falsehoods can threaten people’s health, or even their lives.

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Keep Limits Intact On Medical Residents' Work Hours

Caps on shift lengths for medical residents were implemented to improve patient safety. Given the effects of sleep deprivation on emotional capacity and residents' well-being, why risk longer hours?

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Are The Risks Of Drugs That Enhance Imaging Tests Overblown?

A contrast agent doesn't make you feel better or treat what's ailing you. But by making CT scans clearer, contrast might be crucial in helping your doctor make the right diagnosis.

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Iron Is the New Cholesterol

Elevated iron is at the center of a web of disease stretching from cancer to diabetes.

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Dangerous Infection Tied To Hospitals Now Becoming Common Outside Them

Infections with Clostridium difficile can be difficult to treat and life-threatening. Once a problem seen mainly in health care facilities, the infections are now occurring often in the community.

A class of bacteria known as Clostridia, displayed up close.