As she herded her two young sons into bed one evening late last December, Laura Devitt flipped through her phone to check on the routine blood tests that had been performed as part of her annual physical. She logged onto the patient portal link on her electronic medical record, scanned the results and felt her stomach clench with fear.Devitt’s white blood cell count and several other tests were flagged as abnormal. Beyond the raw numbers, there was no explanation.“I got really tense and concerned,” said Devitt, 39, a manager of data analysis who lives in New Orleans. She immediately began searching online and discovered that possible causes ranged from a trivial infection to cancer.“I was able to calm myself down,” said Devitt, who waited anxiously for her doctor to call. Two days later, after hearing nothing, she called the office. Her doctor telephoned the next day. She reassured Devitt that the probable cause was her 5-year-old’s recent case of … [Read more...] about Without context or cushion, do online medical results make sense?
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DRIVING THE DAY – “Bush is back: Portrait event stirs up odd politics,” by AP White House Correspondent Ben Feller: “Obama is welcoming his favorite foil, former President George W. Bush, back to the White House … for the official unveiling of Bush's portrait. … He and his wife, Michelle, will host generations of Bushes for a private lunch [at 12:10 p.m. in the Red Room], including former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush. Family members will join them. Then [at 1:25 p.m.], in the ornate East Room, Obama and George W. Bush will speak as the portraits of the former president and Laura Bush are unveiled. The audience will be filled with friends and officials from Bush's two terms … “It will be a rare limelight moment for Bush, who has not been back in more than two years. … When Bill Clinton came back for his portrait unveiling, Bush lauded him for ‘the forward-looking spirit that Americans like in … [Read more...] about FROM BAIN TO BAY STATE: FOCUS ON ROMNEY AS GOV. — Joe Klein writes TIME cover on final decisions for his parents — Mike Tuffin to lead APCO’s D.C. office — Steve Duprey b’day
JOHN DICKERSON, CBS HOST: Today on FACE THE NATION: The Republican Senate health care bill is on life support. And the president blames the Obama administration for not stopping Russian interference in the election. When Senate Republican leaders finally removed the veil of secrecy from their health care bill, they were met with stinging criticism from all sides, including their own. Even President Trump, who once promised a beautiful plan that would cover everyone at lower cost, has put away his trademark hyperbole. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I speak from the heart. That's what I want to see. I want to see a bill with heart. Health care is a very complicated subject, from the standpoint that you move it this way, and this group doesn't like it. You move it a little bit over here -- you have a very narrow path. And, honestly, nobody can be totally happy, (END VIDEO CLIP) DICKERSON: Republican leaders long ago gave up on total happiness and are just … [Read more...] about Face the Nation June 25, 2017 Transcript: Manchin, Toomey, Cassidy