June 4, 2018

Weekly review: $1M in student loans? How one orthodontist racked up an extraordinary debt—and why his story may become more common.

Daily Briefing

    The 5 best (and worst) states for health care, according to the Commonwealth Fund (Tuesday, May 29)
    The Commonwealth Fund recently released its 2018 Scorecard on State Health System performance, which ranked Hawaii as the top state health system in the United States.

    $1M in student loans? How one orthodontist racked up an extraordinary debt—and why his story may become more common. (Wednesday, May 30)
    Health care professionals are seeing significant increases in tuition and student-loan interest rates, resulting in swelling six-figure debt.

    No, Ambien won't make you a racist, drugmaker says (Thursday, May 31) Sleep aid Ambien can come with side effects, but racism isn't one, Ambien's maker Sanofi said in response to TV star Roseanne Barr's suggestion that the drug contributed to her recent controversial tweets. Here's what the research says—and doesn't say—about Ambien's potential side effects.

    'I wanted him to die': How a surgeon controlled his emotions while operating on a murderer (Friday, June 1)

    In his book "Confessions of a Surgeon," Paul Ruggieri, a trauma surgeon, reckons with the moral crucibles that doctors face every day, including sharing his experience operating on a patient who had just killed his wife: "Some days," he writes, "my job does not allow me the privilege of being human."

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