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January 9, 2017

Weekly review: It's tough to telecommute in health care. Here's how Mayo Clinic does it.

Daily Briefing

How one ICU uses 'Word Clouds' to honor dying patients—and help families heal  (Jan. 3)
At St. Joseph's Healthcare's ICU, clinicians are creating Word Clouds—visual depictions of words that describe a person—to help humanize dying patients and comfort their families.

The science behind keeping your New Year's resolutions (Jan. 4)
We all know the New Year's resolution drill: Start strong—and then sputter out. But there are research-backed approaches that can maximize your chances of success.

It's tough to telecommute in health care. Here's how Mayo Clinic does it. (Jan. 4)
Allowing certain health care employees to work from home can boost recruitment, satisfaction, and retention—but the practice can pose problems if employers don't implement the right standards and policies, Lena Weiner reports for HealthLeaders Media.

Senate kicks off process to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Jan. 4)
Kellyanne Conway, a top adviser to President-elect Donald Trump, says Trump's administration doesn't "want anyone who currently has insurance to not have insurance."

This NYT writer went a month without added sugar. Could you? (Jan. 5)
Cutting added sugar out of your diet, even for a short period, can "reset [your] sugar-addled taste buds" and make you aware of "the many products that needlessly contain sugar," op-ed contributor David Leonhardt argues in the New York Times.

How a brush with death inspired this MD to rethink how we die  (Jan. 6)
While physician B.J. Miller was in college, a night of drinking with friends culminated in a life-altering accident—and ultimately led him to radically rethink how we care for the dying, Jon Mooallem writes for the New York Times.

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