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We're last! again! US Healthcare ranks poorly
NBC News
The latest look at the U.S. healthcare system compared to other rich countries shows — yet again — that the United States comes in dead last.

Americans spend far more per person on medical care, yet are less healthy than people in 10 other countries. The system is less fair than systems in other rich countries and it's far less efficient, ranking last of 11 nations, the Commonwealth Fund report reads.
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CT radiation in kids: How much of a risk, really?
Medscape
Editor's Note: The risks of radiation from CT, particularly in children, have been widely reported in both the professional and lay press and have raised concerns about cancers later in life in these children. A 2012 analysis concluded that the use of expensive CT technology by hospital emergency departments to evaluate pediatric patients with abdominal pain rose sharply from 1998 to 2008.
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When advance directives are ignored
The New York Times
In the final two years of her mother's life, Lisa McAllister started carrying copies of her mother’s do-not-resuscitate and power-of-attorney forms in her purse and her car. Her mother was cycling between the hospital, assisted living and rehab — "a round robin of craziness," said McAllister, a retired copy editor — and was clear about not wanting to be kept alive with substantially diminished quality of life.
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Nurses learn to work through generational diversity
By Keith Carlson
At this time in history, there are four generations currently working within the nursing profession. Although this diversity can be seen as a positive aspect of our collective culture, it is easy to understand that there is also room for misunderstanding and mistrust between the generations. This perceived generation gap is well worth our attention and positive intervention.
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Ready, puff, go in Washington State
AHEC Blog
It's just hours away when the state of Washington has the first licensed recreational pot stores open. Many of the just awarded licensees received an email in the early morning hours today. This has been 20 months in the making since the recreational use was legalized. As the emailed notifications were received, shop owners began placing orders with some of the state’s licensed growers. Some were having trouble with the software tracking system that is required.
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PTSD & marijuana
Advanced Healthcare Network
Veteran's quiet use of cannabis to self-medicate against the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder may soon move into mainstream medicine, thanks to the FDA and Public Health Service's approval of the first study on marijuana use for PTSD. Mary Lynn Mathre, MSN, RN, CARN, president of Patients Out of Time, a non-profit education forum on medical cannabis, can anecdotally attest to veterans using marijuana to alleviate anxiety, flashbacks and insomnia as far back as the Vietnam era.
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Campaign to lift malpractice cap dirty
San Antonio Express-News
"Pee in a cup" is a phrase Californians should be prepared to hear frequently this election season. A requirement that doctors be subject to random drug and alcohol testing is the curb-appeal provision in a measure on California's November ballot.
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