About 5 years ago, I looked at the rainbow strands of light below and wondered if I was seeing some sort of digital art.
What I was actually seeing was a map of someone’s brain, made with a Siemens Magnetom Allegra 3-Tesla scanner at Massachusetts General Hospital.
By imaging the mobility of water molecules, the brilliant strands here showed nerve pathways – essentially a wiring diagram of a thought…maybe even a feeling. [click to continue…]
RESULTS: 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S. (2013) are…
After more than 100,000 votes, the results are in for Soliant Health’s 5th annual list of the 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in America.
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An online medical content web site lists the average 2010 pay for nurses in Massachusetts at $23.38/hour (or $48,630 annually.) YET, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that in May 2009, registered nurses in Massachusetts earned an average hourly wage of $39.32/hour ($81,890 annually.) Did pay rates for nurses in Massachusetts really drop 50% in one year?
Over the last few years, we’ve looked at nursing pay rates, America’s nursing shortage by the numbers, and which states need the most nurses in 2013 and beyond…But what’s the final word on how (and what) nurses actually get paid under various circumstances? [click to continue…]
The career choices doctors make affect the lives of every patient they treat. Like anyone, doctors sometimes discover they’re not on quite the right career path, while some just take time to find the specialty that suits them best. Either way, without doctors and the knowledge and skill they provide in caring for their patients, many people would suffer the effects of illness more acutely, and our lifespans would be dramatically shortened. Dating back to 1933, Doctors’ Day gives patients and their families the chance to show their appreciation for the people who spend their lives helping and healing others. [click to continue…]
Whether you can’t get enough of them or whether you never watch them (“who wants to stress out more about patients after work” and “they’re so fake!” are frequent refrains), medical dramas have started to shape public and medical professionals’ perception of the healthcare industry.
But just where do TV medical shows cross paths with real life careers of doctors and nurses (and where don’t they?)
A 2004 study published in the Journal of Surgical Research found evidence to suggest that TV shows like ER and Grey’s Anatomy affected surveyed medical students’ decisions to enter surgery.
Some of the students interviewed in the study basically thought surgeons were self-absorbed jerks, who either didn’t have families or had horrible relationships with them.
But how close are these TV-based perceptions to reality?
Here’s a look at five portrayals of life as an intern, resident, and first-year nurse on TV, as well as how closely they line up to reality: [click to continue…]
Advances in medical technology over the past 5 years have been impressive. But even more impressive: the widespread adoption of a scant few of those technologies.
While we could list dozens of future healthcare game-changers, the picks below are five we think actually stand a chance of being adopted soon, dramatically changing the way medicine is practiced: [click to continue…]