Editor's picks

Our reads for the weekend

March 16, 2012

The Daily Briefing editorial team highlights several studies and articles that got us talking this week.

Super PACs take aim at the federal health reform law's Independent Payment Advisory Board, USA Today reports. One TV ad claims the board is made up of "unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats." More.

At 8 feet 3 inches, Sultan Kosen held the world record for tallest man—and a tumor in his pituitary gland forced him to keep adding height. The Daily Progress explains how University of Virginia surgeons helped the Turkish man finally stop growing. More.

Do hospitals do enough to protect radioactive materials? A Government Accountability Office expert this week warned the Senate Homeland Security subcommittee of weaknesses in anti-terror rules, the New York Times reports. More.

In China, the biggest challenge to health reform may be public hospitals. The Wall Street Journal explains why. More.

What could adult medicine learn from pediatrics? Writing in the New York Times this week, Perri Klass outlines potential lessons. More.

The number of hospitalists in the United States jumped 172% between 2003 and 2010. Writing in The Atlantic this week, the University of Oklahoma's John Henning Schumann explains why young doctors are choosing hospitals over primary care. More.

U.S. doctors are feeling the squeeze and struggling to make ends meet, the Wall Street Journal writes. Why the pressure? More.

About 45% of health care organizations—including Children's Hospital Boston—now offer “artful healing.” The New York Times explains the trend. More.

Reuters goes behind the scenes and explains how the multistate lawsuit filed against the federal health reform law—a lawsuit which will be argued before the Supreme Court this month—came to be. More.

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