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January 17, 2017

Weekly review: Why you shouldn't clean your ears with a Q-tip

Daily Briefing

    Obama: ACA 'repeal and delay' could endanger hospital jobs, services (Jan. 9)
    President Obama argues that Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act without immediately passing a replacement proposal are "reckless," in an opinion piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

    65 years in, this 100-year-old surgeon still shows up for work at Massachusetts General (Jan. 10)
    Sixty-five years after he began his career with Massachusetts General Hospital, Walter Guralnick still spends most of his days working at the department of oral and maxillofacial surgery, Billy Baker writes for the Boston Globe.

    Why you shouldn't clean your ears with a Q-tip (Jan. 11)
    Put down that Q-tip—or any other tool "smaller than your elbow"—and leave your earwax alone, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation advised in new guidelines released this month.

    The best diets, as ranked by US News (Jan. 12)
    U.S. News & World Report has released its Best Diets of 2017, ranking the Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet as Best Overall.

    Dr. Rana Awdish nearly died in her own hospital. Here's how it changed Henry Ford Health System (Jan. 12)
    Rana Awdish, a critical care physician at Henry Ford Health System, almost died in her own hospital. As Awdish fought for her life, she learned hard lessons about how doctors—herself included—often fall short in treating patients, and what it takes to provide truly compassionate care.

    The most burned out (and happiest) doctors, according to Medscape (Jan. 13)
    More than half of U.S. physicians are burned out—but certain specialties are suffering more than others, according to Medscape's 2017 Lifestyle survey.

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