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New standards aim to improve surgery for the oldest patients

AP: The American College of Surgeons launched a program Friday to encourage hospitals around the country to adopt 30 new standards to optimize surgery on patients who are 75 and older — information seniors and their families eventually will be able to use in choosing where to get care.

What a doctor wishes patients knew about the end

CNN: At the end of life, that job becomes especially intense when time is short, when machines and data seem to be taking over, and so many intense emotions surround a body that is trying to die. But here in that narrow trench, both providers and patients do have power to shape their experience together, especially if they take the time to have a few crucial conversations.

Additional news media reports on MLH physicians and the health care industry, excerpted from MLH’s daily Morning News Report:

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6abc and Main Line Health introduce Well Ahead Philly

6abc: Well Ahead Philly features health information and advice from Main Line Health’s medical experts that cover a variety of topics, including managing chronic disease, preventive care, and coping with issues like stress and anxiety.

GMA’s Gio Benitez does hot car demonstration in Havertown, Pa.

6abc: With heat indexes expected to top 100 degrees in the Philadelphia area, Good Morning America sent reporter Gio Benitez to Havertown to see just how high temperatures can go in a parked car. Benitez was joined by Dr. Joseph Bushra, System medical director, Emergency Management and medical director for Narberth Ambulance.

Regional Health News…
Just 30 patients remain at Hahnemann University Hospital, residents tell judge

The Inquirer: Locked into service to a hospital with only 30 patients in its 496 beds, resident physicians at Hahnemann University Hospital told a bankruptcy judge Friday that the collapse of the institution has thrown their educations, careers, and futures into limbo.

Quality and Safety News…

U.S. records 25 new measles cases as outbreak spreads to Ohio, Alaska

Reuters: The United States recorded 25 new measles cases last week, raising the total number of cases this year to 1,148 in the country’s worst outbreak in a quarter century, federal health officials said on Monday.

Patient Care News…
Department of Health says eating disorders among youth on the rise

The Herald-Standard: In a recent release from the state’s Department of Health, the number of youth dealing with eating disorders in Pennsylvania continues to climb.

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