Weekly review: Mergers, allergies, and physicians' salaries

Key news from April 29 to May 3

Missed a day of the Daily Briefing? Here's a quick roundup of top stories and research highlights from last week's issues.

'Angel of Death' nurse tells his story (April 29)
CBS's "60 Minutes" in April interviewed Charles Cullen, a former nurse who is serving multiple life sentences for killing at least 40 patients during his 16-year medical career.

Deal creates nation's second-largest, not-for-profit health system (May 2)
Trinity Health and Catholic Health East last week merged their 82 hospitals across 21 states, creating the second largest not-for-profit health system in the United States.

Researchers: Your DNA may hold new clues to cancer risk (May 3)
Cancer has traditionally been defined by where it originates in your body—for example, breast or colon cancer—but researchers have uncovered new evidence that may lead to reclassifying cancer by its "genetic fingerprint."

Why kids born in the U.S. have more allergies, asthma (May 1)
Children born in the United States are about two times more likely to suffer from allergies and asthma than children who were born abroad, according to a study published this week in Pediatrics.

Highmark forms one of the nation's largest integrated health systems (April 30)
After nearly two years of debate and scrutiny, the Pittsburgh-based insurer has finalized its acquisition of West Penn Allegheny Health System and unveiled one of the largest integrated health systems in the United States.

Medscape ranks the highest—and lowest—paid specialties (April 29)
For the first time in several years, physicians in nearly every specialty saw at least a 1% increase in their annual salary, according to Medscape Medical News' 2013 Physician Compensation Report.

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