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> The amount of anesthetic required for general anesthesia during surgery varies widely from patient to patient and some patients may be able to receive a lower dose than typically administered, suggests a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. Announcement

> New York law now requires hospitals to let patients designate a family member or unrelated caregiver to receive advice on medical care, transfers to other facilities and medical needs upon the patient's discharge, reports the Associated Press via the San Francisco Chronicle. Article (subscription may be required)

> The court-appointed patient care ombudsman for Hutcheson Medical Center said conditions at the Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, hospital are so bad that she has notified the state licensing agency, the Chattanoogan reports. Article

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> The is no one way to prevent or cure all physicians from suffering burnout, according to authors of a recent study, but there are some clues about how to improve physicians' well-being. Article

> Strong physician-patient relationships are integral to a successful practice. But the bonds that employees build with patients are just as important to delivering top-notch customer service and fostering patient loyalty, according to an article from Physicians Practice. Article

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