The Physicians Committee says hot dogs present a choking hazard and are linked to a high risk of cancer, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Maine, Missouri, and Washington, D.C.
Physicians in Congress say they bring a unique patient perspective to health care policy, and their voices are becoming increasingly influential amid the ongoing debate over the Affordable Care Act, according to observers.
Merriam-Webster recently added more than 1,000 new words to its dictionary, and health care terms are well-represented—including "CRISPR, " "EpiPen, " "prosopagnosia," and more, Heather Punke reports for Becker's Hospital Review.
Sen. Chuck Grassley's (R-Iowa) inquiry follows a Kaiser Health News investigation that found drugmakers are legally manipulating the orphan drug program to "maximize" profits and "protect niche markets" for medicines that millions of people already use.
Indiana University Health is using predictive analytics to prevent central line-associated bloodstream infections, while Northwestern Medical Center is using the technique to curb readmission and mortality rates within 30 days of discharge.