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Hospitals inflate price of some services by 20 times or more, study says
Stephen FellerBALTIMORE, Sept. 9 (UPI) -- Huge price markups at hospitals, with some as large as 20 times the actual cost, are based on increasing revenue simply because they can, researchers say.
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Duke hand transplant recipient can use new hand
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - A Texas man who received a hand transplant at the Duke University Hospital earlier this year is developing feeling and use of his new hand. Rene Chavez of Laredo, Texas, told reporters at a news conference in Durham on Thursday that he's very happy with the ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | North Carolina Surgery University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Duke University Durham North Carolina Atlantic Coast Conference Hospital North Carolina Tar Heels
Rosie O’Donnell’s daughter Chelsea undergoing psych evaluation
Rosie O’Donnell’s teenage daughter Chelsea is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation after being hospitalized in Long Island on Tuesday.
306 points by Daily News | Psychiatry Psychology Mental health professional Family Psychiatrist Hospital Mental health Heroin
DCFS wards languish in psych hospitals, shelters, detention: audit
Children in the state's welfare system are being warehoused in psychiatric hospitals and emergency shelters hundreds of days longer than they should be in many cases because the agency does not have a place for them, a new report found. The highly critical review of Illinois' Department of Children...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Psychiatric hospital Hospital Foster care Psychiatry Mental disorder Institutionalization Anti-psychiatry Involuntary commitment
Seattle hospital to open gender clinic for transgender youth
SEATTLE (AP) - Transgender youth will have a place to go for coordinated medical care when a new clinic opens at Seattle Children's Hospital next month. KING-TV reports ( ) that doctors trained in transgender care will provide services to transgender kids entering puberty at the hospital's new Gender Clinic. ...
2 points by The Washington Times | Medicine Hospital Physician Transgender Health care Gender Surgery Puberty
High-quality hospitals save Medicare money on surgery
HealthDay News Having major surgery at a high-quality hospital costs Medicare less than the same procedure at a low-quality hospital, a new study finds.
7 points by UPI | Surgery Hospital United Press International William Randolph Hearst Health insurance International News Service News World Communications Coronary artery bypass surgery
Care after surgery much appreciated
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the staff at Pleasant View Genesis Nursing for the care that I received in my rehab for close to three months. I would like to especially thank the following who gave a little extra when they didn’t have to: Brad Rucker, Codey Gravel, Bobby Antoine, Tyl...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Orthopedic surgery Bone fracture Arthroscopy Family American film actors American television actors Cousin Hospital
Not all hospital readmissions are bad, study finds
In an effort to push hospitals around the nation to improve care of patients and cut costs, federal regulators began in 2012 to impose financial penalties on facilities that had more readmissions than should be expected. New research from Johns Hopkins now suggests that not all of the readmissions...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Medicine Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Physician Johns Hopkins University Hospital Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease Medicare Asthma
Last hospitalized Orlando shooting survivor discharged
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Officials at an Orlando, Florida, hospital say the only survivor of the Pulse nightclub massacre who was still hospitalized has been released. Orlando Health announced on its verified Twitter account Tuesday afternoon that all 35 victims who had been hospitalized at Orlando Regional Medical Center have ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | Orlando Florida English-language films Florida American films Hospital Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center Victim
Deaths among unhelmeted motorcyclists are up
After Michigan allowed motorcyclists 21 and older to ride without helmets the fatality rate was double to those who wore helmets        
13767 points by Detroit Free Press | Physical trauma Hospital
Shooting on Cleveland's East Side sends 1 to hospital
The condition of the victim was unavailable early Thursday morning. CLEVELAND, Ohio -- One person was taken to the hospital after a shooting on the city's East Side early Thursday morning. Police say a 26-year-old male was wounded in the leg on the 2400 block of East 40th Street. The victim was taken to University Hospital but his condition was unavailable. Police did not release other details on the shooting. It remains under investigation. If you'd like to comment on this story, visit our crime and courts comments section.
31 points by The Plain Dealer | English-language films New York City Footnote National Film Registry Victim Comment Hospital Teaching hospital
Michigan motorcycle deaths jump after 2012 helmet repeal
For a year after Michigan allowed motorcyclists 21 and older to ride without helmets the fatality rate among the bareheaded riders was double that of their helmeted counterparts, according to a study released Wednesday by the University of Michigan a        
13767 points by Detroit Free Press | Physical trauma Hospital
Vote on hospital contract approved
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's Executive Council has approved a three-year, $36 million contract to Dartmouth-Hitchcock for psychiatric hospitals to the state, including at the state hospital. New Hampshire Public Radio reports ( Wednesday's vote came as an independent investigation gets underway concerning a former patient's suicide. The patient ...
-1 points by The Washington Times | New Hampshire Hospital Psychiatric hospital Psychiatry Patient New England Manchester New Hampshire Involuntary commitment
Competency evaluation done for deputy slaying suspect
HOUSTON (AP) - A Houston man accused of fatally shooting a sheriff's deputy at a gas station last year is set to return to court following the completion of a competency evaluation after his stay at a state mental hospital. Court records show that a sealed competency evaluation of Shannon ...
1 points by The Washington Times | Mental disorder Psychiatric hospital United States Texas Hospital Sheriff Psychiatry Kenneth L. Curtis
Accused Goforth killer returning to Houston after stint in mental hospital
The man accused of killing Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Darren Goforth in August 2015 is returning to Houston after a stint in a north Texas mental hospital. Shannon Miles, 31, was arrested shortly after Goforth's murder in northwest Harris County but ultimately found incompetent to stand trial and sent to a North Texas State Hospital in Vernon for treatment earlier this year.
30 points by The Houston Chronicle | United States Sheriff Warrant Psychiatric hospital Arrest Constable Competence Hospital
Newly merged Cleveland Clinic Akron General names president
Dr. Brian Harte will start in the new position September 26th. Dr. Brian HarteCourtesy of Cleveland Clinic  CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Clinic has named Dr. Brian Harte as president of the newly formed Cleveland Clinic Akron General, the hospital system announced Wednesday. Harte, who most recently served as president of the Clinic's Hillcrest Hospital, is a hospitalist, a doctor who focuses on the care of hospitalized patients. He will replace Acting President Janice Murphy, who will return to her role as chief operating officer for the Clinic's Regional Operations. Harte was chosen after "a thorough review by the search committee, with unanimous endorsement by the Executive Committee of the Akron General Board of Trustees," according to the hospital system. He begins in the new position on September 26th. The Clinic-Akron General merger, one of the state's largest in recent memory, took more than a year to finalize. It includes the entire Akron General Health System, including the flagship Akron General Medical Center, Lodi Community Hospital, the Edwin Shaw Rehabilitation Institute, three health & wellness centers, the Justin T. Rogers Hospice Care Center and Visiting Nurse Service and Affiliates. Dr. J. Stephen Jones, president of the Clinic's Regional Hospitals and Family Health Centers, said in a news release that Harte is uniquely qualified for the job.  "The integration of Cleveland Clinic and Akron General is succeeding at a rapid pace," Jones said in the release. "I'm confident with Brian's experience and proven successful leadership we will continue to drive positive change and to actualize true regionalization and grow our services for the benefit of the Akron community." Harte, who joined the Clinic in 2004, is the former chairman of the Department of Hospital Medicine and the Medicine Institute there. He has an undergraduate degree from Yale University and a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the University of California, San Francisco and was in private practice for five years prior to joining the Clinic. He is an associate professor of medicine in the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University. He also currently serves as president of the Society of Hospital Medicine.
19 points by The Plain Dealer | Medicine Hospital Physician Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital Cleveland Akron Ohio Hospice
Parents rejoice as their formerly conjoined twins leave hospital
The parents of two formerly conjoined twins had two reasons to cheer as their baby girls were released from a Westchester County hospital.
-1 points by Daily News | Surgery Dominican Republic Physician Conjoined twins Medical law Life Hospital Twins
Outlook good as formerly conjoined twins leave NY hospital
VALHALLA, N.Y. (AP) — Formerly conjoined twins from the Dominican Republic have left a New York hospital two months after surgery to separate them.
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Hospital Gregorian calendar The Spine Elizabeth Banks
Letter: Support single-payer
Support single-payerI write to thank Mike Bradley for his letter (Monitor Forum, March 18) in support of single-payer medical coverage for all. It is important for those who see this imperative to know we’re not alone, that we can and must keep the idea prominently in front of decision-makers. Even...
-1 points by Concord Monitor | Health care Medicare Hospital Health insurance Health economics Illness Patient Health care provider
Olympus' redesigned scope is linked to infection outbreak
Doctors have tied a superbug outbreak at a foreign health facility to a medical scope that Olympus modified last year in an attempt to reduce its risk of spreading bacteria between patients. Five patients treated with the modified device tested positive for the same potentially deadly bacteria,...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | Endoscopy Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography Lehigh Valley Digestion Lehigh County Pennsylvania United States Senate Hospital 2015
Rectum reconstruction required after bull impales matador (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
A Mexican matador failed to take the bull by the horns instead finding himself gored in a very uncomfortable place. Antonio Romero required reconstructive rectum surgery after an incident which saw a 12-inch bull horn pierce him from behind. Read Full Article at
-1 points by Russia Today | Mexico Bullfighting Mexico City Hospital Surgery Torero Injury The Kill
Anne Arundel Medical Center selected for cardiac program
'It's time for us to bring a program to Anne Arundel County'
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Anne Arundel County Maryland Hospital Maryland Howard County Maryland Surgery Cardiothoracic surgery Washington D.C. Glen Burnie Maryland
Putin critic leaves hospital after 'poisoning'
A critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was hospitalized this month after suspected poisoning, has left the country to seek further treatment, the man's lawyer said Sunday.
25 points by CNN | Boris Nemtsov Russia Vladimir Putin Poison Hospital Boris Yeltsin Moscow Moscow theater hostage crisis
Car bomb leaves at least 30 dead
At least 30 people were killed in a car-bomb blast at a market Sunday in Mogadishu, Capt. Abdirisak Mohamed, a senior Somali police officer, told CNN.
130 points by CNN | English-language films The Wounded Hospital Attack Surgery
6 hospitalized after South Loop crash
Six people were hospitalized after a two-car crash in the South Loop early Sunday, authorities said. At about 3:50 a.m., one car crashed into another car, which then crashed into a storefront in the 600 block of West Roosevelt Road, according to Chicago Fire Department officials. Six people were...
6 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Chicago Loop Hospital Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University English-language films Roosevelt Road Southern United States
Police: 4 dead, 1 critical after Des Plaines car wreck
Four people were killed and a fifth was clinging to life after a three-vehicle crash in northwest suburban Des Plaines on Thursday night, police said.
2 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Chevrolet Impala Chevrolet General Motors Chevrolet Caprice Chevrolet Biscayne Hospital Chevrolet Monte Carlo English-language films
Fla. woman set on fire by estranged husband recalls attack
A Florida woman who was set on fire five months ago by her estranged husband is speaking out.
15 points by Daily News | Emergency medicine Emergency department Hospital Urgent care
Students get preview of what surgeons do, and some can't bear to see it
Deborah hospital streamed video of surgeries to students at Cherry Hill High School West and a dozen other area schools, and a surgeon was on hand for an online chat.
-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Surgery Amputation Physician Hospital Toe Cherry Hill High School West Burlington County New Jersey High school
Travel ban forced doctor to cancel life-saving surgery

2708 points by CNN | Surgery Obstetrics Pregnancy Uterus Medicine Baylor College of Medicine Hospital Physician
Doctors more likely to prescribe opioids may help fuel epidemic of abuse
Dennis Thompson, HealthDay News You may be more likely to wind up a long-term user of opioid painkillers if you're treated by a doctor who frequently prescribes those drugs, a new study says.
4 points by UPI | Opioid Morphine Medical prescription Physician Emergency medicine Oxycodone Codeine Hospital
Video: Golden retriever delivers valentines at Texas Children's Hospital with joy
A toddler couldn't have done this with any more sweetness. Elsa. the 2-year-old golden retriever employed full-time by Texas Children's Hospital to help patients heal, spent Tuesday delivering valentines.
1178 points by The Houston Chronicle | Houston Valentine's Day Golden Retriever Dog breed Hospital Labrador Retriever Therapy Texas Children's Hospital
Ex-SUNY Downstate head agrees to fine for using state credit card for Bermuda trip
ALBANY – The former head of SUNY’s Downstate Medical Center has agreed to pay a $3,000 fine for billing personal expenses from a planned trip to Bermuda to his state-issued credit card, officials said. John Williams, who led the medical center from 2012 until his resignation in 2016, violated the state’s Public Officers Law, the...
47 points by New York Post | New York City State University of New York Thomas DiNapoli SUNY Downstate Medical Center Credit card Hospital New York Hospitals in New York City
New Jersey girl donates 1,300 books to children's hospital
VOORHEES, N.J. — A 12-year-old New Jersey girl spent Valentine's Day delivering over 1,300 books donated to a children's hospital.Charlotte Olson tells the Courier-Post her original goal was to collect 1,000 children's books as a way to give back to her town of Voorhees.She started the book drive before Christmas, using social media, her family and church to help spread the word.
28 points by Boston Herald | New Jersey Cherry Hill New Jersey Camden County New Jersey Camden New Jersey Courier-Post English-language films Hospital South Jersey
People are getting plastic surgery to take better selfies
Today’s airbrushing could be tomorrow’s Botox. Doctors say the pressure to look good comes from seeing your own face popping up on social media: Over 40% of surgeons in a recent American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery survey said patients said looking better in selfies on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook was an incentive...
17 points by New York Post | Plastic surgery Surgery Reconstructive surgery Hospital General surgery Rhinoplasty Microsurgery Breast implant
Lawsuit says mold killed patient at third UPMC hospital
The family of a Pittsburgh man who died in October after contracting a fungal infection while he was a cancer patient at UPMC Shadyside filed a lawsuit today alleging negligence by UPMC and the company that washes all of UPMC’s laundry, Paris Cleaners Inc.
35 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Immune system 2015 Bacteria 2016 Hospital University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pleading
Texas neurosurgeon found guilty of maiming patients
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas jury has found a neurosurgeon guilty Tuesday of maiming patients who had turned to him for surgery to resolve debilitating injuries.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Physician Jury Hospital Dallas Felony Criminal law Surgery Downtown Dallas
Obamacare overhaul proposals create uncertainty for patients, providers
Divvying up Medicaid block grants among states is a "fool's errand," says ex-health chief.       
12594 points by USA Today | Health insurance Health care Medicaid Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Medicare Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis Hospital United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
John Davis, Towson basketball player and ex-Neumann-Goretti star, shot after game in Philly

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Wound Basketball Hospital Colonial Athletic Association Philadelphia Injuries Ballistic trauma According to Jim
Fire departments rescuing patients from costly ER trips
WASHINGTON (AP) - In the 15 minutes after firefighters and a nurse knocked at Thelma Lee's Maryland townhouse, they checked her blood pressure, told her what foods would keep her blood sugar from skyrocketing and set up an appointment - and a ride - to visit her primary-care physician. They ...
15 points by The Washington Times | Emergency medical services Health care Hospital Medicine Emergency medicine Myocardial infarction Urgent care Illness
9-year-old boy killed in Englewood wreck involving 2 SUVs, CTA bus: police
An 11-year-old boy has died after a crash involving two sport-utility vehicles and a CTA bus on the South Side on Saturday afternoon. The boy, Kevon Ranson, of the 400 block of North Harding Avenue on the city's West Side, was pronounced dead at 4:54 p.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner's...
442 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago English-language films Hospital Road Southern United States
Doctor made millions off fake cancer diagnoses
A Florida doctor falsely diagnosed patients with cancer for profit and now he’s paying the price. Dr. Gary Marder has agreed to pay the government millions of dollars after charging patients on Medicare who were not sick, WPTV reported. Marder, a physician in Port St. Lucie, Florida, would wrongfully diagnose patients with skin cancer and...
1771 points by New York Post | Physician Medicine Surgery Hospital West Palm Beach Florida Radiation therapy Port St. Lucie Florida Doctor Who
‘It’s as if we’ve all forgotten about Zika’
RECIFE, Brazil — In this city at the heart of the Zika outbreak, the gloom and dread have lifted from maternity hospitals and delivery rooms.
2 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | Congenital disorder Northeast Region Brazil Pernambuco Recife Hospital Brazil Rio de Janeiro Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
Officials probe hospital after man dies in ER waiting room
ITHACA, N.Y. — The New York state health department is investigating the death of a patient in the waiting room of a hospital emergency room. Cayuga Medical Center president John Rudd tells the Ithaca Journal that the 52-year-old man’s death followed “a series of breakdowns” in procedure and the hospital is fully cooperating with the...
39 points by New York Post | Ithaca New York New York Hospital Cornell University United States Gannett Central New York Production Facility Urgent care New York City
Rotterdam Film Review: ‘Filthy’
This powerfully disturbing drama about a high schooler raped by her math teacher loses its way as the narrative feels increasingly forced.
102 points by Variety | Psychiatric hospital Psychiatry Hospital Mental disorder Rape Involuntary commitment Doctor Electroconvulsive therapy
Study: Immigrants here illegally must suffer to receive care for kidney disease
In Colorado, undocumented immigrants receive kidney dialysis only as an emergency action to save their lives, which can cost far more than regular treatment.
783 points by The Denver Post | Chronic kidney disease Kidney Nephrology Renal failure Dialysis Erythropoietin Hospital Medicine
Georgia House takes first step to extend hospital tax
ATLANTA (AP) - House members are acting quickly to extend a tax on hospitals that allows Georgia to draw $600 million in federal support for the Medicaid budget. The House Appropriations Health subcommittee approved an extension through 2020 on Tuesday. The bill passed the Senate on Thursday and now goes ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Hospital United States United States Senate Legislatures Washington D.C. United States House Committee on Appropriations United States House of Representatives United States Congress
Hospitals would face higher charity costs without Obamacare
Hospital officials worry without Obamacare they will be burdened with higher costs for treating poor       
120 points by USA Today | Health insurance in the United States Insurance Iowa Health insurance Health economics Uninsured in the United States Hospital Charity care
Surgeons remove huge 130lb stomach tumor diagnosed as ‘fat’ (PHOTOS)
A California patient who was informed by a doctor that a giant tumor sticking out from the bottom of his stomach was “just fat” has had the 130-pound lump removed from his stomach. Read Full Article at
50 points by Russia Today | English-language films Physician Surgery Hospital Surgeon The Lump God Reformed epistemology
Man has 130-pound tumor removed
A Mississippi man who was told he was simply fat has had a 130-pound tumor removed during an operation in Bakersfield, Miss.Roger Logan of Gulfport, Miss., had the surgery on Jan. 31. He’s staying at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital for another week or so.His surgeon says the tumor probably began as an...
-2 points by Concord Monitor | Bakersfield California Physician The Bakersfield Californian Hospital Surgery Mississippi Surgeon Ingrown hair
Man who was told he was just fat has 130-pound tumor removed
A Mississippi man who was told he was simply fat has had a 130-pound tumor removed during an operation in Bakersfield. Roger Logan of Gulfport had the surgery on Jan. 31. He's staying at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital for another week or so. His surgeon says the tumor probably began as an ingrown...
127 points by Chicago Tribune | Bakersfield California Physician The Bakersfield Californian Hospital Surgery Mississippi Surgeon Ingrown hair