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Study Shows Clear Masks Improve Doctor Patient Communication

JAMA Surgery — During the COVID-19 pandemic, wearing masks has become necessary, especially within health care. However, to our knowledge, the consequences of mask wearing on communication between surgeons and patients have not been studied. Patients reported improved communication when surgeons donned a clear mask, suggesting that not seeing the …

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The Delta Variant And What You Should Know

Yale Medicine experts discuss the highly contagious (and possibly more severe) SARS-CoV-2 virus strain, Delta. Here are five things you need to know about the Delta variant. 1. Delta is more contagious than the other virus strains. Delta is the name for the B.1.617.2. variant, a SARS-CoV-2 mutation that originally surfaced …

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AMA adopts new policy to increase diversity in physician workforce

CHICAGO – Furthering the American Medical Association’s (AMA) commitment to racial justice and equity within the medical profession and society as a whole, and building on the recent release of its strategic plan to embed racial justice and advance health equity, the AMA adopted policy during the Special Meeting of …

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Hospitals Launching Men’s Health Initiatives

June is men’s health month and hospitals are taking this opportunity to raise awareness about preventative care. One hundred years ago, men lived longer than women by an average of one year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But today, the average woman lives six years longer …

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Healthcare Equality Index Report

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation developed the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) to meet a deep and urgent need on the part of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans: the need for equitable, knowledgeable, sensitive and welcoming health care, free from discrimination. Many healthcare institutions are embracing and adopting LGBTQ+ …

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The Future of Doctor Waiting Rooms

Healthcare providers throughout the nation are making big changes to the waiting-room experience.  Redesigning waiting areas is a way to attract patients back into offices and keep them safe. Dak Kopec, Ph.D., an environmental psychologist and an associate professor at University of Nevada, Las Vegas envisions “pods,” which would effectively …

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North Country Healthcare

North Country Healthcare (NCH) is a non-profit affiliation of four medical facilities in the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire. NCH includes numerous physicians and medical providers at multiple locations. This leading comprehensive healthcare network which employs hundreds of highly-trained individuals delivers integrated patient care through three community hospitals, medical …

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Health Systems Supporting Frontline Workers Mental Health

Before the pandemic, mental health initiatives for medical staff were put on the back burner. Many studies reported high Physician burnout rates and experiences of emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a feeling of low personal accomplishment.  COVID-19 has had a major impact on an already stressed field. So now more than …

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Doctors With Disabilities

A growing movement of current and future Doctors with disabilities is changing the culture of medicine. Lisa Meeks, a Psychologist and Researcher at Michigan Medicine specializing in disabilities in medicine and medical education co-authored a report which found that many Doctors still conceal their disabilities out of fear of stigma …

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Medical Schools Seeing An Increase In Applicants

The United States is facing a shortage of Physicians. According to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), there could be a shortage of between 54,100 and 139,000 Physicians by 2033. The COVID pandemic has highlighted the heroic care Doctors provide on the frontlines. More people want to make a …

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More Hospitals Are Using Music Therapy

More hospitals are recognizing the power of music in healing and comfort. Many organizations are hiring music Therapists that offer individual and group sessions, along with art and movement therapy to ease pain, expand social connections, and bring peace and comfort to patients. The profession is growing. There are now …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Data Lacking Race and Ethnicity

The data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows more than 15% of the total U.S. population has been fully vaccinated. It is also reported more than 143 million doses have been administered, over 93 million people have received at least one dose of the vaccine and …

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Gender Discrimination In The Medical Field

Women have made great strides in advancing their careers in medicine, but many experience sexual discrimination in this field. Several women are speaking out and raising awareness about this ongoing issue. Under federal law gender discrimination in which an employee is treated differently or unfairly based on their gender is …

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Heart Warming Doctor’s Note

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced new guidelines for those who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19. We know that people want to get vaccinated so they can get back to doing the things they enjoy with the people they love,” said CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, …

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Historical African American Doctors

In honor of Black History Month, we are celebrating African American Doctors who pioneered and significantly improved medicine in America. Dr. James McCune Smith was the first African-American to obtain a medical degree. He was also the first black person to own and operate a pharmacy in the United States …

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