Stethoscope becomes heart of controversy; Emergency department drug shortages soar;

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> Patient-safety theories emphasizing teamwork and communication have been considered at odds with other approaches that borrow from industrial quality improvement principles. But new research by an Oxford University team supports bringing the theories together, according to a research announcement. Article

> Despite early controversy surrounding retail clinics, regulation as to how they may operate has been minimal in most states, according to The Pew Center, Stateline reports. Article

> The number of drug shortages in emergency departments has increased by 435 percent during the past six years, while the number of shortages of lifesaving drugs increased by 393 percent in that time, UPI reports. Article

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> The relationship between doctors and their stethoscopes may be more romantic than practical at this point, according to an article in the Washington Post. What that means with regard to the future of the tool itself, or even for the future of medical practice, remains cloudy. Article

> Clinicians are more likely to prescribe antibiotics to smokers for infections, a troubling trend that contributes to antibiotic resistance, according a recent study published in the Journal of Preventative Medicine. Article

And Finally... A for effort. Article