Weekly review: Napping, preventing heart disease, and more

Key news from Sept. 3-Sept. 6

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

How science can help you have the 'perfect nap' (Sept. 6)
Taking a nap isn't child's play, according to a host of sleep experts. Specifically, length of time, sleeping position, and time of day all play a role in crafting the "perfect nap."

Can Cleveland Clinic save a city? (Sept. 5)
Although Cleveland Clinic has prospered, its namesake city has not: Population levels have declined and median incomes continue to fall. CEO Delos Cosgrove has a plan to change that.

Why 'the worst surgeon I've ever seen' wasn't stopped (Sept. 4)
It took the Texas Medical Board more than a year to stop Christopher Duntsch, despite vocal complaints from physicians who called Duntsch "the worst doctor I've ever seen." Journalist Saul Elbein explains why.

CDC: Three ways to avoid dying from heart disease (Sept. 4)
A new federal study suggests that nearly one-quarter of all deaths related to heart disease and stroke annually could be prevented by expanding prevention efforts and treatment options.

How much less do female doctors get paid than men? Try $50,000—per year (Sept. 3)
A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine finds that female physicians' median annual income is about 75% of male physicians' income, although specialty choices may play a role in explaining the pay gap.

Berwick: Throw out Medicare's three-day inpatient stay rule (Sept. 4)
Former CMS chief Don Berwick says that a Medicare rule requiring beneficiaries to spend three inpatient days in a hospital before receiving coverage for rehabilitation care should be abandoned, in part because of the increasing use of "observation" status at hospitals.


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