WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new report says doctors-in-training are still too tired for safety, despite some limits on their working hours.
The findings come five years after a medical board first tried to cap hours that bleary-eyed medical students work, limiting them to about 80 hours a week.
Today, the Institute of Medicine says the workload should be eased further. Anyone working a maximum 30-hour shift should get an uninterrupted five-hour break for sleep after 16 hours.
In some ways, the long hours comes with the territory: doctors can't just clock out if a patient is in danger. But sleep deprivation fogs the brain, which can lead to serious medical mistakes.
Other recommendations include increasing mandatory days off and requiring experienced physicians to more closely supervise medical residents.
U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reiterated Tuesday that she won’t intervene in the “incredibly agonizing” case involving a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is waiting for a lung transplant, telling members of Congress that medical experts should make those decisions.
One of the first provisions of the 2010 health reform law has had its intended effect: shifting costs from hospitals, taxpayers and families to health insurance companies, researchers reported on Thursday. It’s one of the most popular aspects of the law.
People may realize that fast food isn’t health food, but they don’t realize just how fattening it really is, researchers report. They surveyed people eating at 10 burger, chicken, sandwich and doughnut chains and found they greatly underestimated just how much they were chowing down.
A new line of caffeinated chewing gum is causing jitters among health advocates and prompting federal officials to take a new look at the proliferation of jolt-infused foods, including those marketed to children and teens.