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July 15, 2019

Weekly review: An incessant itch left this nurse in 'agony'—until one doctor dug deep into her medical past

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    An incessant itch left this nurse in 'agony'—until one doctor dug deep into her medical past (Monday, July 8)
    Leslie Lavender, a 60-year-old retired nurse practitioner, was devastated by an "incessant itch" that left her in "agony" for over a year—until a specialist dug into her medical history to find an explanation other doctors had overlooked, Sandra Boodman reports for the Washington Post.

    Are female doctors paid less? See the gap, in 6 charts. (Tuesday, July 9)
    Medscape surveyed almost 20,000 practicing physicians across 30 specialties for their 2019 Physician Compensation Report. Here's what they found about the gender pay gap, the gender breakdown in specialties, how each gender feels about their pay, and more.

    The best and worst cities for nurses, mapped (Wednesday, July 10)
    In a new report, 24/7 Wall St. ranks the 20 best and the 20 worst cities for nurses based on wages, cost of living, employment share, and more. Check out our interactive map to see if your city landed among the best—or the worst.

    This hospital was fed up with 'top hospital' ratings. (So it created its own.) (Thursday, July 11)
    Ever since Rush University Medical Center uncovered a major flaw in U.S. News' "Best Hospitals" list in 2015, it has pushed back against major ratings systems. Now it's gone further and released its own composite ranking for 70 U.S. hospitals. Here's what Rush is doing differently—and who topped its rankings.

    What your BMI fails to capture—and 3 easy-to-use metrics that might be better (Friday, July 12)
    Body mass index (BMI) is often used as a catch-all marker of a person's overall health—but several other simple measurements might offer a better glimpse into fitness and mortality risk, James Hamblin writes for The Atlantic.

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