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Three Massachusetts hospitals are in the spotlight after federal regulators say they failed to properly report patient deaths and injuries that may have been caused by medical devices. Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women's and UMass Memorial were among the 17 hospitals nationwide inspected by the FDA last December over concerns about infections possibly linked to contaminated instruments.

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How far would you go to make sure your unborn child was born healthy? That's the latest argument after a baby, now six-months-old, was born in Mexico using a new fertility technique involving both parents and DNA from a donor woman. The technique is causing a divide among medical professionals, while some say it could help other families with genetic disorders, critics says it's irresponsible and unethical.

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For over a decade, Detroit Medical Center (DMC) has consistently struggled to provide surgeons and other healthcare professionals with sanitary instruments, exposing untold thousands of patients to infection and communicable disease.

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Movies and television shows depict the brutality of crime scenes in gory detail, but they rarely explain what happens to the scene after the police are done with it. Before a property owner can reclaim their space following a crime or trauma, it must be properly cleaned and sanitized. This work is done by a growing number of small cleaning service businesses who work to make places where horrible things have happened physically and emotionally safe again.

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If you got the flu shot last year, you may have learned the hard way that it didn't work so well. It essentially offered no protection against the flu strain going around at that time. So how effective was the 2015-16 vaccine? According to Dr. Danuta Skowronski, an influenza expert with Canada's BC Centre for Disease Control, it was about 45% to 50% effective, which was an improvement, but still not good enough.

Dr. Skowronski pioneered the flu vaccine study protocol test negative design (TND), which is now used around the world. The TND system changed the assumption that the annual flu shot offers protection between 70% to 90%. Here's how TND works: hundreds of doctors' offices across Canada took samples from patients with flu-like symptoms, then recorded whether they got the flu shot. That simple protocol broke down the variables of protection by season, subtype, age group and vaccine product.

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