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“One Shoe Can Change Your Life”*


by Jeanie Sauerland, BS, BSN, RN

I hate shopping for shoes – always have. Footwear was not the reason I chose nursing – but it sure made it nice, to be able to wear comfortable walking shoes without looking like you wore orthopedic shoes made for someone 90 years old. The world of white caps and starched uniforms disappeared long before I became a nurse. Even so, the shoes are still designed more for function than fashion: These are meant to be work shoes.…

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U.S. government to extend healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender people

The U.S. government said on Thursday it will extend its healthcare nondiscrimination law to transgender individuals and require health insurers and medical providers to treat all patients equally, regardless of sex.

Stethoscope meets smartphone and the heart knows it’s right

The Food and Drug Administration has cleared for the U.S. market a digital stethoscope, the Eko Core, that aims to bring auscultation — the ancient medical practice of listening to a patient’s heartbeat — squarely into the 21st century.

Coerced sterilization of Canadian indigenous women in 70s widespread: researcher

The coercive sterilization of indigenous women in Canadian health centers during the 1970s was more widespread than previously believed, with impoverished communities in the north disproportionately targeted, a researcher has found.

The Changing Definition of What Is ‘Brain Dead’

The declaration of “brain dead” for Oakland teenager Jahi McMath brings up the question: How is new medical technology changing the way we define death?