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Female doctor washing her hands in the hospital.

Bad News: Your Docs May Not Be Washing Their Hands Correctly

Hand hygiene is key, especially in hospitals where health care-related infections can be fatal. Yet new research finds that health care workers may not be doing everything they can to protect us.

Doctor holding stethoscope in the hospital.

Germy Stethoscopes in the ICU – and a Cleaning Solution

Your doctor’s stethoscope could be covered with potentially harmful bacteria — including Staphylococcus aureus, which can cause serious infections.

Hospital curtains.

Hospital Privacy Curtains: A Source of Harmful Germs

Privacy curtains in hospital rooms can threaten patient safety by harboring dangerous antibiotic-resistant bacteria and being a breeding ground and potential source of infection.

Ellen Pompeo in Grey's Anatomy

How Medically Accurate is Your Favorite Hospital Show?

From “Grey’s” to “Scrubs,” learn about how closely your favorite doctor TV shows mimic real-life medicine.

Doctor checking thyroid glands

How to Help Your Doctor Help You

If you have vague symptoms that don’t seem to point to anything in particular, how can you get around to feeling better? Here’s what worked for me.