Infectious diseases organization honors 9 WashU physicians

Nine faculty members at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have been elected fellows of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA). They are Courtney Chrisler, MD, Michael Durkin, MD, Kevin Hsueh, MD, Jennie H. Kwon, DO, and Andrej Spec, MD, assistant professors of medicine; Philip J. Budge, MD, PhD, Gerome Escota, MD, and Jennifer A. Philips, MD, […]

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Tague receives Harold Amos faculty development award

Laneshia K. Tague, MD, an assistant professor of medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award. A pulmonologist, Tague is being recognized for her work in understanding the role of genetics in patients’ responses to immunosuppression drugs following lung transplantation. The fellowship award is given by the Harold Amos […]

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Medicare Punishes 2,499 Hospitals for High Readmissions

The federal government’s effort to penalize hospitals for excessive patient readmissions is ending its first decade with Medicare cutting payments to nearly half the nation’s hospitals. In its 10th annual round of penalties, Medicare is reducing its payments to 2,499 hospitals, or 47% of all facilities. The average penalty is a 0.64% reduction in payment for each Medicare patient stay […]

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California Vaccine Mandate Extends to Aides for People With Disabilities

Workers in adult and senior care facilities and in-home aides have been added to the list of California health workers who must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Those who work directly with people with disabilities — such as employees paid through the state’s regional center network, aides contracted by agencies, and in-home support service workers who don’t live with […]

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Readers and Tweeters Ponder Vaccines and Points of Fairness

Letters to the Editor is a periodic feature. We welcome all comments and will publish a selection. We edit for length and clarity and require full names. Higher Insurance Rates for the Unvaccinated? Snuff Out That Idea This is about Dr. Elisabeth Rosenthal’s comments on “All In With Chris Hayes” (“Analysis: Don’t Want a Vaccine? Be Prepared to Pay More for Insurance,” Aug. […]

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A Narcissism Expert Reveals the Secrets to Spotting One in Your Own Life

Dr Ramani Durvasula is a clinical psychologist who specializes in narcissism. On her YouTube channel, she creates content explaining various aspects of narcissistic abuse, shedding light on the insidious behavior and tactics which a narcissist might use to control and manipulate the people around them, and which frequently go unnoticed or normalized in relationships, be they romantic, familial or professional. […]

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Halsey Posts Intimate Breastfeeding Photo for World Breastfeeding Week

It's World Breastfeeding Week, and that means moms everywhere are sharing their own breastfeeding stories—including celebrity moms. Singer Halsey—aka Ashley Nicolette Frangipane—is one of those celeb moms, posting an intimate photo of herself breastfeeding her newborn, Ender Ridley Aydin, to her Instagram Wednesday. "#Worldbreastfeedingweek…we arrived just in time," she wrote in the caption. Halsey, 26, gave birth to Ender—who's gender […]

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What August's Aquarius Horoscope Predictions Mean for You

Read what your sign's 2021 horoscope predictions have in store for you or check out the Aquarius personality profile. Happy August, gorgeous Aquarius! Last month, a full moon injected great fun into your social life, and Chiron retrograde helped you navigate the stress of returning to in-person events. Now, during a new moon in loyal Leo on Sunday, August 8, try and treat […]

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What August's Virgo Horoscope Predictions Mean for You

Read what your sign's 2021 horoscope predictions have in store for you or check out the Virgo personality profile.  Welcome to August, Virgo! Your season approaches. At the end of July, when horny Mars entered your sign, your sex life got hot enough to make all of your exes jealous. Now, August brings even more exciting news for your love life. To start, […]

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Diabetes Drug’s New Weight Loss Formula Fuels Cost-Benefit Debate

The long list of side effects that follow ads for the newer expensive drugs to treat Type 2 diabetes sometimes include an unusual warning: They might cause weight loss. That side effect is one that many people — especially those with Type 2 diabetes, which is associated with obesity — may desperately want. So it’s no surprise that some of […]

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