The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness. (TBG)

LET’S START WITH THE MOMENT I realized I was already a loser, which was just after I was more or less told that I was destined to become one.I’d been summoned to an editor’s office at the Globe Magazine with the old “We have a story we think you’d be perfect for.” This is how … More The biggest threat facing middle-age men isn’t smoking or obesity. It’s loneliness. (TBG)

Doctor Considers The Pitfalls Of Extending Life And Prolonging Death (NPR)

Humans have had to face death and mortality since since the beginning of time, but our experience of the dying process has changed dramatically in recent history. Haider Warraich, a fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center, tells Fresh Air‘s Terry Gross that death used to be sudden, unexpected and relatively swift — the … More Doctor Considers The Pitfalls Of Extending Life And Prolonging Death (NPR)

No Doctor Should Work 30 Straight Hours Without Sleep (TheAtlantic)

When Larry Schlachter was a 31-year-old neurosurgeon, he was driving to the hospital early one morning and “just blacked out.” He crashed his car and crushed his chest; broken ribs punctured his thorax, which filled with air and blood. “I almost died.”Instead he was left with 14 fractured bones and a lingering loss of balance. … More No Doctor Should Work 30 Straight Hours Without Sleep (TheAtlantic)

What would you ideally do if there were no targets? (Allard & Bleakley)

Abstract: Top-down policy directives, such as targets and their associated protocols, may be driven politically rather than clinically and can be described as macro-political texts. While targets supposedly provide incentives for healthcare services, they may unintentionally shape practices of accommodation rather than implementation, deflecting practitioners from providing optimal care. Live work activities were observed for … More What would you ideally do if there were no targets? (Allard & Bleakley)

Studies Link Cancer Patients’ Survival Time To Insurance Status (NPR)

Privately insured people with cancer were diagnosed earlier and lived longer than those who were uninsured or were covered by Medicaid, according to two recent studies. In one study, researchers examined data from more than 13,600 adult patients who had glioblastoma multiforme, the most common type of malignant brain tumor, between 2007 and 2012. The … More Studies Link Cancer Patients’ Survival Time To Insurance Status (NPR)

Teaching Medical Teamwork Right From The Start (NPR)

There’s a new building going up on the campus of the Cleveland Clinic. A very big building. “The skylight that we’re standing under will eventually cover the area of an entire football field,” says Russ Saghy, who oversees construction projects for the Cleveland Clinic. The skylight is part of the new Case Western Reserve University … More Teaching Medical Teamwork Right From The Start (NPR)