Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Today's Headlines is prepared daily to help keep you informed about news affecting women's health care and ob-gyn. This brief is derived from the four major national newspapers: The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal. Please note that the WSJ requires a paid subscription to access articles.
The New York Times
"Hospital Agrees to Pay $190 Million Over Recording of Pelvic Exams"
The doctor wore an unusual pen around his neck. It was really a concealed camera, and for years he secretly recorded women at some of their most private moments, during pelvic exams. On Monday, Johns Hopkins Hospital agreed to pay $190 million to more than 7,000 women for the gross violation of doctor-patient trust in what experts said was one of the largest medical malpractice cases of its kind...Read more.
"An 'Emotional Burden' Rarely Discussed"
While many cases are mild, 24 percent of older adults have moderate or severe urinary incontinence that deserves medical attention. This problem affects women, whose pelvic floor muscles have often been weakened by childbirth, twice as often as it does men...Read more.
The Washington Post
"Patients Secretly Taped by Johns Hopkins Doctor Win $190 Million Settlement but Want Answers"
About 8,500 women are part of a class-action lawsuit against Johns Hopkins Hospital alleging a grotesque violation of their trust and their privacy. On Monday, Hopkins agreed to pay $190 million to settle their claims...Read more.
"In Dealing With Menopausal Hot Flashes, Weight Loss Might Help"
In general, women who lost weight experienced fewer and less severe hot flashes than those who didn’t lose weight. By one measure, the weight-loss group recorded four to five fewer hot flashes a day, on average. The more weight lost, the greater the reduction in hot flashes...Read more.
"Decriminalization of Sex Work Could Reduce HIV Infections"
The decriminalization of sex work could significantly decrease global HIV infections among female sex workers, leading to a reduction of at least a third in three countries examined by researchers, according to a new study...Read more.
"They Want a Baby. The Economy Won't Play Along."
Last year, the nation’s fertility rate hit a historic low—62.9 births per 1,000 women ages 15 to 44, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Some of that decline comes from a long-term shift toward smaller families. But finances also play a pivotal role...Read more.
"That Emergency Room Wait? Here's How to Cut It."
In an era of increased competition, hospitals around the country are hoping that online ER appointments will help attract patients anxious to avoid long waits in a crowded and often chaotic environment...Read more.
"$190M Payout Over Gynecologist Who Secretly Recorded Patients"
Johns Hopkins, one of the world's most prestigious medical institutions, has agreed to pay $190 million to settle claims by thousands of women against a gynecologist who used a tiny camera to surreptitiously make hundreds of videos and photos of patients. But an attorney for the Baltimore medical center on Monday described Nikita Levy as "a rogue employee'' and said Hopkins should not be blamed for his actions...Read more.
The Wall Street Journal
"Johns Hopkins Agrees to $190 Million Exam-Photos Settlement"
Johns Hopkins Health System has agreed to a $190 million settlement with more than 7,000 patients of a gynecologist who allegedly took secret photographs and videos of his patients during pelvic exams...Read more.
"Doctors Upset Over Skill Reviews"
Besides holding a state medical license, about 75% of US doctors are certified by 24 privately run boards, signifying that they have mastered their area of specialty, in fields ranging from internal medicine to orthopedics. The specialty boards require their physicians to pass rigorous exams, generally every 10 years, to stay certified. In recent years, those boards also have begun requiring doctors to enroll in official Maintenance of Certification programs in between exams to show they are committed to lifelong learning and quality improvement...Read more.
"Nurses Shift, Aiming for More Time With Patients"
Hospitals are changing traditional work practices, shifting more routine tasks to certified nurse assistants and other less highly skilled staffers. They are eliminating inefficient processes that make nurses walk as many as 5 miles around the hospital in a single shift. Some hospitals are aiming to triple the amount of time nurses spend with patients...Read more.
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