Families with employer-sponsored health plans have seen average health care spending rise twice as fast as wages over the past decade, according to a research brief from the Peterson Center on Healthcare and Kaiser Family Foundation.
When a 72-year-old patient's dentures went missing after a minor abdominal surgery, everyone assumed they were misplaced. It wasn't until the patient returned to the hospital twice for throat pain, trouble eating, and vomiting blood that providers solved the mystery of the dentures, according to a paper in BMJ Case Reports.
The Trump administration wants to shift most dialysis care to patients' homes—a practice that providers say can improve quality of life, but can also present a "burden" for older patients that "shouldn't be underestimated," Judith Graham reports for Kaiser Health News.
New research suggests that people who use their vacation days are less likely to develop metabolic syndrome, a group of conditions that increase the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, Rebecca Voelker writes in a JAMA Medical News & Perspectives piece.
Writing for Harvard Medicine Magazine, Sachin Jain, an adjunct professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, explores the profound ways thank-you notes from patients and their family members impact physicians.