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From the battlefield to the medical field: Growing physician leaders

Guest post by Mark Hertling, who leads programs for global partnering, leadership, development and health performance strategies at Florida Hospital in Orlando. Physicians, hospitals and a variety...

'Weekend effect' may not result in an increase in patient deaths after all

A new national study in England, published today in the  Journal of Health Services Research and Policy, says the death rate following a weekend hospital admission is higher only because the number of patients admitted to hospitals on weekends is lower.

Nurse association promotes 'culture of safety' in healthcare

In the wake of a new report that medical errors are the third leading cause of death in the U.S., the American Nurses Association is urging healthcare professionals to keep safety in mind during National Nurses Week, which begins today.

Have end-of-life conversations with patients ahead of time

Just as internists look ahead at the likely consequences of conditions such as hypertension or high cholesterol and talk with patients to make plans to prevent health problems, they can do the same for patients with life-limiting illnesses, says Janet L. Abrahm, M.D., in an interview with  Medical Economics.

Promise of coordinated care doesn't always work, one doctor says

The promise of coordinated care between healthcare settings doesn't always work the way it should, writes Fred N. Pelzman, M.D., a New York-based internal medicine physician, in  MedPage Today.

CDC unveils new campaign to improve hand-hygiene compliance

As a part of World Hygiene Day on Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention launched a new campaign to promote good hand-hygiene habits for healthcare professionals and patients.

FDA cancels recall of superbug-linked scope cleaners

The Food and Drug Administration has backed off a planned recall of machines used to clean medical scopes despite warnings that public health depended on it, according to Kaiser Health News.

Low-income households spend more to combat food allergies

Food allergies among children present a significant economic burden when they present in low-income households, councludes a study in the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Doctors are victims, too, in Syria's civil war

The five-year civil war in Syria is taking a toll on those trying to save its victims: the country's doctors, according to a report in  The Atlantic.

Number of Catholic hospitals in US has grown 22% since 2001

The number of Catholic-owned or affiliated hospitals in the United States has grown by 22 percent since 2001, and now 1 in 6 acute care beds is in a hospital connected to the church, according to a report released by MergerWatch.