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Nurses strike in San Pedro, California. Photo: Scott Varley/Digital First Media/Torrance Daily Breeze via Getty Images
Nurses have not been afraid of going on strike at their hospitals, where they are already in short supply, Axios' Bob Herman reports.
Between the lines: Pay and health benefits are almost always part of why any worker considers striking. But nurses, who make $72,000 per year on average, are also consistently unhappy about understaffed hospitals, saying they're caring for too many patients at once.
The big picture: Nurses are in high demand but low supply, and that has led to a "high-pressure work culture" and "emotional burnout," Jaimy Lee of LinkedIn recently reported. Juggling a lot of patients over long hours has prompted many nurses to walk out.
What they're saying: Staffing levels are often the driving force behind work stoppages.
What's next: Because nurses will continue to be in short supply over the next 3 years, hospitals will spend more money to hire temporary nurses and to attract and retain nurses, according to a report from Moody's Investors Service.
The Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services yesterday announced that they have charged 60 people with the illegal prescription and distribution of opioids, alleged crimes involving 32 million pain pills.
Between the lines: Some of the allegations are wild and illuminate the continuing profitable enterprise of prescription opioids.
The bottom line: The opioid epidemic may have evolved into being mostly about illicit opioids like heroin and synthetic fentanyl, but these allegations show that prescription drug abuse is far from a thing of the past.
A new gene therapy made with altered HIV fixed "bubble boy" disease in 8 babies, AP reports.
"Bubble boy" disease — named after a famous case in which a boy lived in a bubble to protect him from germs — affects 1 out of 200,000 newborns, almost all male.
Here's a new twist on Medicare fraud: State authorities are warning of an alleged scam involving DNA tests that's targeted to low-income and senior-living communities, Bloomberg reports.
Background: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced last year that Medicare would cover genetic testing for cancer.
Oscar's advertising. Photo courtesy of Oscar
Hey, are you a health care company looking to brand yourself as tech-forward but still approachable? Well, you’re going to need a medium-weight serif font.
Flatiron Health, One Medical and Oscar all use strikingly similar typefaces in their marketing materials. Business Insider noticed this trend — possibly because it uses one of the same fonts.
Between the letters: Serif fonts (the ones with the little feet on each letter, like the one you’re reading now) are popular for large amounts of text, like newspapers and books.
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