- Indiana: Terry Brown, an OB-GYN in Indiana, retired on June 29, after delivering 6,304 babies over the course of his 36-year career in medicine. Brown, who is also a clinical OB-GYN professor at IU School of Medicine, said he picked his specialty in medical school after getting average grades in his initial pick—neurosurgery—and excelling in OB-GYN classes. According to Brown, the provider-patient relationship is key for a successful medical career. "This is a profession where you develop a relationship with the patient," Brown said. "You don't always have to immediately solve the problem. Sometimes, it's just about holding a person's hand and listening" (Neal, Dubois County Herald/Sacramento Bee, 7/15).
- Massachusetts: Brigham and Women's Hospital recently performed a heart exam on a 300-pound gorilla named Little Joe, whom officials at the Franklin Park Zoo feared may be developing heart disease. Initial results from the test showed that the 24-year-old gorilla's health is good overall, although samples collected during the procedure still have to be assessed. According to the Boston Business Journal's Jessica Bartlett, heart disease is a major risk factor for gorillas that live in captivity (Bartlett, Boston Business Journal, 7/14).
- Washington, D.C.: The Washington, D.C. Department of Health said it will increase its supply of naloxone in the department's latest effort to combat opioid overdoses in the city. According to the Washington Post's Rachel Chason, opioid overdoses in the city have nearly tripled in the past two years, going from 83 in 2014 to 231 in 2016. Department officials, who distributed 1,000 naloxone kits in 2016 as part of a pilot program, said they were allocating an additional 2,500 kits to two community organizations that work with people who misuse drugs (Chason, Washington Post, 7/14).
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