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February 12, 2018

Weekly review: What one physician learned by asking terminally ill children about joy, meaning, and love

Daily Briefing

    The flu hospitalization rate just hit a record high, and we're 'by no means out of the woods,' CDC says (Monday, Feb. 5)

    The rate of influenza hospitalizations this flu season is the highest in nearly a decade, according to CDC data released Friday.

    The 'Angel of Death's' guide to small talk (Tuesday, Feb. 6)

    Writing in the New York Times, Kate Bowler, an assistant professor at Duke Divinity School who has stage IV cancer, reflects on her awkward encounters with friends who don't know how to talk about her disease—and offers suggestions for what to say "when you meet the Angel of Death at a party."

    'Kids can be so wise': What one physician learned by asking terminally ill children about joy, meaning, and love (Wednesday, Feb. 7)

    In a now-viral tweet, Alastair McAlpine, a palliative pediatrician at Paedspal Cape Town in South Africa, shared responses from his patients on "what they had enjoyed in life, and what gave it meaning," Sherie Ryder writes for BBC News.

    The 10 biggest email mistakes of 2017, according to Grammarly (Thursday, Feb. 8)

    Even the most carefully crafted email can contain a typo or two, Joanna Cutrara writes for Grammarly. To improve your emails this year, Grammarly, a proofreading software, ranked the most common email errors that users made in 2017.

    Our take: 7 reasons why the just-signed spending law is a big deal for providers (Friday, Feb. 9)

    President Trump last week signed a spending package that ended a (very brief) government shutdown. Here's what you need to know about how the new law will affect MACRA, telehealth, provider reimbursement, and more.

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