VA hospitals lacking in gender-specific care for female vets; Open-backed hospital gowns on their way out

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> Traditional open-backed hospital gowns, a longtime source of patient complaints, seem to be falling out of fashion, with many hospitals opting for more patient-friendly gowns of softer fabric, bolder prints and closed backs, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

> Veterans Affairs hospitals are not adjusting quickly enough to an increasing female veteran population with gender-specific health needs, such as gynecologists, breast care, prenatal care and mental health professionals trained to address military sexual trauma, according to a report from the group Disabled American Veterans. Report

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> Google and Johnson & Johnson device company Ethicon are teaming up to create robots to assist surgeons. Article

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