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Reducing Preventable Harm in Hospitals

The New York Times

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Agencies and hospitals working together want methods and protocols with which to guard better against the risks that can harm the patient. The key may be the "Swiss cheese model," by which a hospital must have multiple lines of defense to compensate for each individual system's weaknesses.

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Curing Hepatitis C, in an Experiment the Size of Egypt

The New York Times

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A new approach to distributing pharmaceuticals in Egypt could become the blueprint for providing cutting-edge medicines to the poor. The approach, developed to fight Hep. C, capitalizes on local networks and involves negotiating lower prices with drug companies.

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An Electronic Eye on Hospital Hand-Washing

The New York Times

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Hospital-acquired infections are the fourth leading cause of death in America. Hospitals are trying to remedy that using high-tech solutions to promote health-care worker handwashing.

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An End to Polio in India?

The New York Times

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India has, for years, been a hotbed of polio. Supported by the WHO as well as local health-care workers, immunizations have officially ridded the country of the disease.

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An Investment Strategy in the Human Interest

The New York Times

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Social Impact Bonds are hot - these programs issue bonds to finance prevention programs that house the homeless or prevent recidivism, repaying investors from the savings generated if they succeed. Now governments and donors are applying the same idea to poor-country development.

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Better Hand-Washing Through Technology

The New York Times

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Washing hands in between contact with patients is one of the most important things a healthcare worker can do to prevent the spread of disease and reduce the rise of superbugs like MRSA. A new technology is increasing rates of hand washing by displaying, via a sensor in an employee's badge, wheth...

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Nigeria's polio endgame and a chance to improve struggling routine vaccination services

On Medicine

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In light of a study published in BMC Medicine, authors Nancy Fullman and Alexandra Wollum take a deeper dive into Nigeria’s gains against polio and what they could mean for the country’s routine vaccine systems.

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Lessons From America's Safest Hospitals

AARP Magazine

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An estimated 6,000 "never events" — egregious errors like operations on the wrong limb or instruments left inside a surgical wound — occur every month among Medicare patients alone. Hospitals across the country are revamping their care programs to stop preventable injuries and deaths.

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On AIDS: Three Lessons From Africa

The New York Times

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How three African countries are successfully using comprehensive, community-based approaches and strategies to reduce or eliminate the transmission of HIV through treatment and education, surpassing many developed countries in reducing cases.

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In India, a Small Pill, With Positive Side Effects

The New York Times

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In the developing world, intestinal worms stunt physical and mental growth, drain energy, and can inhibit school work for children. Deworm the World is a global campaign that lobbied the Delhi government to regularly distribute deworming pills to school children. The benefits decrease student abs...

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