The Daily Briefing's editorial team in 2018 read through scores of news stories and studies on the lifestyle choices that we face every day—from whether to start a low-carb diet for weight loss to how long to exercise. As part of our Year in Review, we compiled this list of top stories to help you stay happy and healthy in 2019.
When Kim S. had breast reconstruction after a double mastectomy, her insurance fully covered the procedure—including the $7,000 combined price for two Mentor MemoryGel implants. But patients undergoing a cosmetic augmentation procedure can often expect to pay far less for the implants, Victoria Knight reports for Kaiser Health News.
U.S. hospitals annually treat tens of thousands of seriously ill patients who've travelled from abroad, but care for these patients "is complex and, often, messy" because providers lack "effective tools to screen potential patients in real-time for who would most benefit" from care in a U.S. hospital, Richard Leiter, a palliative care physician and researcher at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, writes for the New York Times' "Well."
While EDs traditionally haven't had much to offer patients with substance use disorder, Massachusetts General Hospital has adopted a program to start treatment for opioid use disorder in the ED, Felice Freyer reports for the Boston Globe.
Zina Martinez had suffered from nosebleeds since she was eight, and doctors told her it was nothing to worry about. But later in life, Martinez suffered from a genetic disorder that ended up landing two of her children in the hospital, Sandra Boodman writes for the Washington Post.