Weekly review: Where to grow old and practice medicine

Key news from May 28 to May 31

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

WHO: New coronavirus is 'a threat to the entire world' (May 30)
World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan says that a deadly, SARS-like virus that was discovered last year now is considered "a threat to the entire world."

Aging in health: The five best states for seniors (May 29)
Minnesota is the healthiest place to grow old in the United States, while several Southern states face uphill battles to improve the health of their elderly populations, according to a report by the United Health Foundation.

From migrant worker to Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon (May 28)
Twenty-five years ago, Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa illegally hopped the U.S.-Mexico border to work as a migrant farmer. Today, he's a prominent neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins—a journey chronicled in his new memoir, "Becoming Dr. Q."

NEJM: How hospitals can win the fight against MRSA (May 31)
Hospitals should discontinue the current practice of screening and isolating MRSA-positive patients and instead begin decontaminating all ICU patients, researchers wrote in NEJM last week.

Medscape: The best—and worst—places to practice medicine (May 30)
Medscape Medical News recently revealed its 2013 list of the best—and worst—places to practice medicine in the United States, which accounts for factors that influence doctors' lives inside and outside the office. 

RAND: Workplace wellness programs don't deliver (May 29)
Workplace wellness programs bring only modest improvements in employee health and do little to cut medical spending, according to a much-anticipated RAND report.


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